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Top Historical Sights in Savannah

Top Historical Sights in Savannah

The city of Savannah, Georgia’s oldest, was founded in 1733. Today, it’s brimming with historical attractions, from mansions and cemeteries to churches and forts. A visitor could easily spend weeks diving into Savannah’s history, but here are the top historical sights not to miss.

Bonaventure Cemetery

Savannah has several Southern Gothic municipal cemeteries, but none is quite so famous (or atmospheric) as Bonaventure. Spread across 160 acres (65 hectares), the cemetery dates to 1846 and is filled with lavish mausoleums and monuments. To get the full history behind the cemetery, see it on a dedicated tour or as part of a haunted tour.

Fort Pulaski National Monument

The Battle of Fort Pulaski was critical in the Civil War, and modern–day visitors get a glimpse at what life was like during that time through reenactments and ranger–led tours through the national monument, as well as Civil War–focused tours that include this as a stop.

First African Baptist Church

Situated just off Franklin Square, First African Baptist Church is the oldest African American church in North America and a National Historic Landmark. Visitors can join a worship service or come for a regularly scheduled tour.

Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace

This National Historic Landmark—the first in Savannah—is the childhood home of the woman who would go on to found the Girl Scouts. The nearby Andrew Low House was where Juliette Gordon Low lived as an adult, and the servants quarters behind the house served as the First Girl Scout Headquarters. Hop on hop off tours generally include this as a stop.

Mercer Williams House

Known as the setting for a purported murder that inspired the bestselling novel Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, the Mercer Williams House features on just about every historical tour of Savannah. Visitors can see the front den where Jim Williams supposedly killed his lover, as well as a sizable collection of 18th and 19th century furniture and art.

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Savannah Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour

Savannah Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour

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Explore Savannah on this 90 minute, historic Trolley Tour. With this ticket, you can see over 100 points of interest plus enjoy stops at City Market and River Street with time to explore.
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  • 2 to 8 hours
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Savannah Land & Sea Combo: City Sightseeing Trolley Tour with Riverboat Cruise

Savannah Land & Sea Combo: City Sightseeing Trolley Tour with Riverboat Cruise

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Enjoy the views as you pass by the many Church Steeples and under live oaks to experience the unobstructed sights of Historic Savannah. The 90 minute adventure starts from your Historic District hotel or the city’s visitors center and tells the colorful uninterrupted story of the city’s past. Following your Discover Tour of Historic Savannah, embark on the Savannah Riverboat for a 90 minute sightseeing cruise up & down the Savannah River.
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  • 5 hours
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Savannah's Off-The-Beaten-Path Secret East Side Historic Walking Food Tour
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Savannah's Off-The-Beaten-Path Secret East Side Historic Walking Food Tour

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Stroll through the east side of Savannah's Historic District to sample food at 6 restaurants on this lunchtime culinary walking tour. With a food-loving guide and a small group of 16 people or less, explore both hidden gems and well-known hot spots. During this outing, taste local delicacies like fried green tomatoes, chopped pork sandwich and en papillote chicken. Listen as your local guide fills you in on Savannah's distinctive culture and tumultuous history; the food and conversation add up to a tour that's both gastronomically and intellectually satisfying.
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  • 3 hours
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Savannah Stroll: Guided Sightseeing & History Walking Tour of Savannah
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Savannah Stroll: Guided Sightseeing & History Walking Tour of Savannah

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Immerse yourself in the history and beauty of Savannah on this walking tour. The city is full of historic sights, beautiful squares, churches, antebellum homes and great shopping and dining. Travel back in time to learn about Savannah's colonial past, as well as its roles in the American Revolution and Civil War, as you explore the Historic District, Reynolds Square, and more.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Savannah Civil War Guided Walking History Tour

Savannah Civil War Guided Walking History Tour

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Travel back in time to Savannah’s Civil War era on this guided walking tour. Take a leisurely stroll through the Savannah Historic District, one of the largest National Historic Landmark Districts in the US. See the houses of the south’s most famous generals and visit the buildings from the war years of the 1860s. Listen as an expert guide speaks of the town’s storied past, its military strategies and the Confederate States’ place in the war. It’s a great tour for history and Civil War buffs alike.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Movie Tour of Savannah's Historic District

Movie Tour of Savannah's Historic District

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Visit Savannah’s landmarks and locations that have been featured in the movies during this guided, 1.5-hour movie sites tour. Savannah’s Historic District has served as the backdrop for a number of popular films, from ‘Forrest Gump’ and ‘the General’s Daughter’ to ‘the Legend of Bagger Vance’ and ‘Something to Talk About,’ to name a few. Visit the filming locations and learn fun insider facts and stories about the movies and actors from the guide. A hotel pickup and drop-off are available for a fee.
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