16553 Whyte Hardee Boulevard, Hardeeville, SC, US, 29927
- Phone: (843) 784-7181
- Fax: (843) 784-7192
Founded in 1773 by Georga Liele, the first Baptist in Georgia, this church remains the oldest Black church in the U.S. Once part of the Underground Railroad, it has served as home to the congregation ever since. Participants in the early Civil Rights Movement in Savannah held weekly meetings at the First African Baptist church, and the church remains an important part of African American history in Savannah, Georgia, and the U.S. A unique feature of the church is its collection of stained glass windows depicting African American subjects.
A collection of model ships and maritime paintings fills this museum dedicated to the sea. Even the building has a nautical history. The Scarborough House was built in 1819 for the president of the Savannah Steamship Company, who was responsible for building the SS Savannah, the first steamship to cross the Atlantic Ocean. A model of the Savannah is on display, as is one of a sinking Titanic and many more ships. Be sure to stroll through the beautiful garden.
River Street runs through the historic district and the riverfront. If you walk down the street you can get to know the different districts while admiring the historical buildings and landmarks. The cobblestone River Street in the riverfront district is also the home of the St. Patrick's Day Parade and the monthly First Saturday Arts and Crafts Festival. This street also provides great shopping stores and restaurants.
Want to see Savannah from a different view? Take a cruise on the Savannah River Queen, a replica 19th century stern-wheel riverboat. Daily one-hour sightseeing cruises are offered from River Street. Lunch, Sunday brunch, and dinner cruises are offered nightly. Some evening cruises have special themes, such as a gospel cruise with live music and a murder mystery cruise. It is also available for group events. No reservations are needed for the sightseeing cruise.
Founded in 1733 at a location determined by General James Oglethorpe as part of the original Savannah settlement, the present building is the third one constructed (the previous two having burned down). A one-story church with a raised basement, it features an impressive Greek Ionic portico. Its third rector, the Reverend John Wesley, published the first English Hymnal in America in 1737. This was also the parish home of Juliette Gordon Low who founded the Girl Scouts in 1912. With two organs from England as part of its impressive musical program, the church offers concerts, orchestral performances, hand bells, and choirs which are often comprised of singers from citywide churches. Visitors are welcome to tour the beautiful church or attend services. - Natasha Lawrence
A fun and comfortable way to see the Historic District in style, this reliable outfit operates tours of some of Savannah's most popular attractions. The trolley will pick you up at your hotel, with departures every half hour throughout the day. A wide variety of tour packages are offered, including a very popular “ghost” tour that highlights the city's history of other worldly encounters.
A walking tour of the flowers, plants and trees of historic Savannah; enjoy folklore stories and fun facts as told by licensed tour guide Roy Heizer. Roy is a Georgia, North Carolina & South Carolina certified plant professional. Come enjoy and explore the plant life of Savannah. Experience a perfect blend of science, storytelling and the natural beauty of coastal Georgia. Tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for children 12 or younger.
This stunning home is where the Juliette Low founded the Girl Scouts and held many early Girl Scout meetings and adult trainings. Dating to 1821, the house is an interesting blend of Regency architecture and Victorian-style additions. The tour includes a memorial to Julliette Gordon Low and a Girl Scouts museum. Visitors are advised to inquire to confirm operating hours.
This annual March fundraiser for the Historic Savannah Foundation offers walking tours of six to eight historic homes and gardens in the Historic District. Various luncheons and lectures compliment the main event. The Foundation, founded in 1955, has since saved over 300 historic buildings. Proceeds fund continued preservation and outreach efforts. Reservations for a tour are highly recommended as the event sells out every year. Call or visit the web site for schedule and additional details.
This company offers two different movie tours in an air-conditioned bus. One is a 90-minute Savannah Movie Tour that features 65 film locations along with clips shown on LCD screens. Stops include views of the Mercer House and where Forrest Gump sat on a bench. The other tour is the 4 ½-hour VIP Movie Tour that includes a tour of the Mercer House, lunch at Lady & Sons Restaurant and several souvenirs. The owner/tour operator is “Hollywood Ron”, a native of Savannah and a graduate of the UCL Film School, has plenty of entertaining information to share on these tours. - Natasha Lawrence