Savannah, Georgia   3 comments

Day 13-14

Driving to Savannah on I-75 South, near Highfield, Georgia, we saw remnants of trees where one of the tornadoes crossed the highway. We have been so lucky that the tornadoes have not hit in any of the areas “while we were there.”

Savannah is a beautiful city full of history and charm. Savannah maintains its reputation amongst the “living” as one of the most historic cities in the United States, but its popularity is so intense that not even the “dead” can stay away. Savannah has been named “America’s Most Haunted City” by the American Institute of Parapsychology. Becca was our ghost trolley tour guide and told us of tales of Savannah’s haunted ‘past and present. Our spooky trip included a stop at the “Dead House,” an 1884 morgue tunnel under Savannah’s old Candler Hospital. Below is a photo of the hospital and the morgue.

Our guide pointed out many homes that are said to be haunted. Below is one of them.

I took close up pictures of the windows, hoping to see a ghost peering out once I put the picture on the computer, but that didn’t happen.

Ft. Pulaski was constructed in 1829 at a cost of $1 million (25 million bricks and 18 years of toil to finish). It was ranked as one of the most spectaculart harbor defense structures in the United States.

On January 3, 1861, two weeks after South Carolina seceded from the Union and one week after Federal troops occupied Ft. Sumter in Charleston Harbor, Georgia Gov. Brown ordered state militia to seize Ft. Pulaski.

Engineer Capt. Quincy Gillmore believed that an overwhelming bombardment would force the confederates to give up the fort. He erected 11 artillery batteries containing 36 guns and mortars along the northwest shore of Tybee island. On April 10, the Confederates refused Gillmore’s formal demand to surrender, the Federals opened fire. The Confederates were not alarmed, as the Union guns were a mile away, more than twice the effective range for heavy ordnance of that day. But what the Confederates didn’t know was that the Federal armament included 10 new experimental rifled cannons, whose projectiles began to bore through Pulaski’s walls with shattering effect, penetrating 20 to 25 inches. It took only 30 hours after the bombardment for the Confederates to surrender. Some of the 5,275 shots fired can still be seen in the wall today.

Check out the radio controlled lawn mower used on the mounds surrounding the fort. I WANT ONE.

Visiting Old Fort Jackson we saw a cannon blast demonstration. When I say blast, I mean blast. I think it was the loudest on this trip so far. The percussion alone could kill you.

We concluded our tour of Savannah with a 90 minute historic trolley tour. We saw 250 years right before our eyes. Homes and churches beautifully restored. It almost felt like New Orleans. City Hall, bottom left, has a dome made with Georgia gold. Unfortunately, my camera could not capture the beauty.

The “pink” house was pretty unique. It looks to me like it may have been two homes at one time joined together.

Check out the “fish” drains on this building

Next time we come to Savannah, I want to spend more time walking around downtown.

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3 responses to “Savannah, Georgia

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  1. I am curious, what tour company did you use for your Ghost Tour and the tour of the Morgue Tunnel at Candler’s Hospital?

    Thanks

    Doc

  2. I don’t remember the name of the company. There are only 2 companies, I believe, that do it.

  3. It was Oglethrope Trolley.

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