One of the stops on our Old Savannah Tour was The Pirates House. I could write pages on the history of this place that is part of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island and one of the oldest places in Savannah yet alone the United States, but could not do it justice.
The Pirates’ House is a historic restaurant and tavern established in 1753. It has 15 dining rooms, can hold up to 120 guests and serves a variety of southern dishes.
It was the perfect place for lunch and they had a decent buffet for $13.95 and the wait was not too bad.
The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist is just absolutely a fantastic example of Gothic architecture and fits in beautifully in the Savannah’s Historic District. We were lucky to visit at Christmas time and the Cathedral was decorated for the Holidays including a very elaborate Nativity Scene. Just an incredible place.
River Street in Savannah is a great place for touristy shopping and dining. We had dinner at Wet Willie’s on Saturday night after walking the mile up and down trying to find anyplace with a minimal wait. My biggest gripe with this part of Savannah is the Hyatt that distracts from this great riverfront area.
Looking west towards the Hyatt. In the middle is Wet Willies where we ate the first night.
In all my visits to Savannah, I never have gotten past River Street and Tybee Island. Thanks to a family friend, we were hooked up with a day pass for Old Savannah Tours. The tours are conducted on buses that look like trolleys and has many stops all over the historic district. This was a great way to see the city. We had an “on and off” pass and would go to a stop, get off the trolley, and see the sights in that vicinity. Depending on where the next stop was, we would either walk or hop back on the tour.
Between the old homes, mansions, shops and squares, I fell in love with Savannah. I found it magical and serene and something for the eyes at every corner. The city squares were all a little different and beautiful and this was winter. I can only imagine this place in the spring or summer.
If you make it to Savannah, block out a whole day for these tours. We definitely were able to see much more than if we had tried to sightsee by foot or car.
Even though it is not “The Garden of Good and Evil” from the book it definitely has become more popular thanks to John Berendt. I have been to Savannah many times but this was my first visit to Bonaventure. To say it took my breath away is an understatement. It is the most hauntingly beautiful place I have ever seen and absolutely no way to capture its magic on film. Walking among the graves and Spanish moss, there is a very surreal peaceful feeling that overcomes you.
These photos were taken in the winter, I definitely have to plan a trip in the spring to see all the flowers.
Being a Civil War history buff, I always try to stop by Fort Pulaski whenever I am in Savannah. Construction on the fort began in 1829 after President James Madison ordered a new system of coastal fortifications following the war of 1812. The fort has over 25,000,000 bricks with walls 11 feet thick. During the civil war the confederates held the fort until April of 1862 when the Union Army attacked with 36 new rifled cannons. These new cannons were accurate up to 4-5 miles and the damage to fort can still be seen. The Union army easily took the fort and used it as a prison and held it until the end of the war.
This is a wonderful well preserved fort from the civil war and is east of Savannah near Tybee Island.
Do you believe in ghosts or spirits? I have never actually seen one, but I have been in places where I have actually felt something. That something has been either a change in my mood, a sudden feeling of sadness or anger. A shiver. I have slept on Civil War battlefields and have heard strange noises and things move out of the corner of my eye. I have been in abandoned asylums and have felt fear and pain. None of these situations ever frightened me, however I have been opened up to a realm of belief that there is something out there beyond this world.