BC: An amazing trip with great memories! Love you!
FC: Jen and Amanda's Savannah Vacation June 2011
1: Anna Powers was a young Irish girl who was able to come to America by marrying a rich old man. She wasn't in love with this man though, and on the way to Savannah she met and fell in love with a sailor. They planned to run away together when his ship arrived. However, the captain of the ship was good friends with the man Anna was promised to, and told his friend about Anna's plans to run away with the sailor. When they arrived, Anna's husband was waiting for her, and he took her back to the hotel room away from her lover. On the night the ship left Savannah, the story goes that she was watching its departure on the third floor balcony and was so sad, that she jumped to her death and fell on the brick courtyard below. Today her ghost is seen often at the hotel, mainly in room 204...
4: River Street Savannah
6: Forrest Gump The park bench that Forrest is sitting on through out the film (telling his story to other people waiting for the bus), the famous feather dropping opening sequence, and the ending of the film all take place and were filmed in Savannah. The well known park bench that Forrest sat on is encased in the Historic Society in Savannah. Also, Forrest's house in Alabama was actually purpose built in Savannah. | The Last Song Filmed in both Savannah and Tybee Island | Lights, Camera, Action...!!
7: Something to Talk About a major scene is created outside the Six Pence pub on Bull Street | Midnight in the garden of good and evil the Mercer House is at the eye of the literary storm regarding Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil in Savannah, Georgia. It was here that the real life story of Billy Hansen's murder played out. | The Gift Filmed at 1117 Louisville Rd., 14 Gordonston Ave., Bonaventure Cemetery, and West Boundary at Louisville Rd.
8: City Market Savannah
10: Paula Deen's The Lady and Sons Restaurant
11: The Olde Pink House
12: Statue of John Wesley (founder of Methodism) at Reynolds Square, said to be visited by spirits from a malaria outbreak. The spirits haunt Savannah as evidenced by the orbs.
13: Savannah Creepy Crawl Haunted Pub Tour
14: Owens- Thomas House (Reynolds Square)- Considered the nation's finest example of English Regency architecture, this house was designed by William Jay and built in 1816-1819. It has a formal English garden and a lovely carriage house. It is the first house designed by a trained architect, in Savannah . | Magnolia Place Inn With graceful, wide verandas that overlook Forsyth Park, the Magnolia Place Inn, now a well known Bed and Breakfast, is among downtown Savannah’s loveliest examples of Victorian architecture. The birthplace of Pulitzer Prize winning poet and novelist, Conrad Aiken, this magnificent mansion, originally Magnolia Hall, was built in 1878 for Guerard Heyward, descendent of Thomas Heyward, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. | Iron Dolphin downspout | Davenport House- Threatened with demolition in 1955, a group of community-spirited citizens joined forces to purchase the Davenport House. This was the first act of the Historic Savannah Foundation, which has gone on to save hundreds buildings in the historic city through its renowned revolving loan fund and other historic preservation activities.
15: "5, 4 and a door" | Mercer House- This magnificent mansion, designed in 1860 for Hugh W. Mercer, Johnny Mercer’s great-grandfather. Construction was interrupted by the Civil War, and the house was not completed until about 1868. Jim Williams, long known as a preservation and restoration expert, as well as a lavish host, became famous as the central figure in Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. He bought the Mercer House in 1969 and spent two years restoring the home. Williams’ sister, Dorothy Kingery, now owns it. | Federal Government Offices -"Bathroom Tile" buildings | The Kehoe House- designed by Dewitt Bruyn, and completed in 1892 brick ,terracotta and iron are the dominant building materials used for this Italianate, Greek revival and renaissance elements adorning this queen Anne mass | The Federal Courthouse- completed in the 1890's by Jeremiah O'Rourke and extended in the 1930's by William Aiken. It is heavily ornamented by Romanesque arches, decorative panels, and many other architectural details all made of Georgia marble. | Kehoe house chimney detail
17: Cathedral of St. John the Baptist
18: Stained glass of St John the Baptist Cathedral
19: Bonaventure Cemetery, although not Savannah’s oldest cemetery, it certainly is its most famous and hauntingly beautiful. Quintessentially Southern Gothic, it has captured the imaginations of writers, poets, naturalists, photographers and filmmakers for more than 150 years. Part natural cathedral, part sculptural garden, Bonaventure transcends time. Military generals, poet Conrad Aiken, Academy Award-winning lyricist Johnny Mercer and Georgia's first governor Edward Telfair are among those buried at Bonaventure. The approximately 100-acre cemetery is also historically significant as a reflection of changing views on death and dying in the Victorian era. As death became more romanticized and ritualized during this period, cemeteries became lush, beautiful “cities of the dead.” Another reason behind Bonaventure’s popularity is John Berendt’s book, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, which featured a cover photo of the now-famous "Bird Girl" statue, formerly located in Bonaventure. The statue has since been moved to the Telfair Museum of Art, founded through the bequest of Mary Telfair, also buried at Bonaventure. | Bonaventure Cemetery
20: Bonaventure Cemetery
23: The famous Bird Girl statue, originally designed both as art and as a birdseed holder, was originally located at Bonaventure. A Savannah photographer, Jack Leigh, was commissioned to take a photograph for the cover of the book and created his now famous photograph of the statue. The Bird Girl was relocated in 1997 for display in the Telfair Museum of Art in Savannah.
24: ...and finally to the beach for a little rest and relaxation!