Monthly Archives: May 2008

Walking Architectural Tour by Repeat Savannah Getaways Guest

My favorite thing to do in Savannah is to walk around and look at the beautiful old homes.  There is no other Southern City quite like Savannah for that.  I especially enjoy walking on Gaston from the front door of my Savannah Getaways townhouse, through Forsyth Park to the west side of the park.  There are gorgeous homes to look at with a family feel to them.  On most of my walks I have enjoyed the dogs that sit in the windows looking out. 

On Gaston just east of the park is the beautiful, double-staircase entry to The former Granite Steps, which was featured in the movie, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.  Continuing west on Gaston you will notice the beautiful Mills B. Lane abode, the well-known Savannah judge’s home.  It is so well maintained and pristine.  The stately homes on Gaston opposite of the park are definitely worth seeing.  Poi811
There is also the Men’s Club structure (The Oglethorpe Club) that is quite impressive. 

It is difficult to pass Forsyth Park without entering.  It is a very active park with people jogging around the park, to visitors sitting on the benches around the wonderful fountain.  Walking by the Savannah landmark fountain you pass through the children’s playgrounds which are always quite active.  From there you may hear a concert going on with people pick-nicking and just enjoying themselves.

Continuing west from the park on Gaston or West Huntington you start to see this different neighborhood of the historic district.  There are no restaurants or businesses to interfere in this area. You are greeted quite cordially by the locals as you walk through this area.  These homes certainly vary in style from Victorian Homes that nowadays house stately condominiums to the rowhouse homes that was equally favored 100+ years ago.  Definitely worth taking the time to walk through, and enjoy.

Annual 4th of July fireworks on the beaches of Tybee Island

Logo_01Spend this 4th of July watching fireworks on the beautiful beaches of Tybee Island. Starting approximately 9:15 from the end of Tybee Pier, the display will be able to be seen from the beach, businesses and other locations around Tybee.

Be sure and arrive early to get the best views of the spectacular display on the beach. Bring your chairs and/or blankets and settle in for a great evening!

Osceola played significant role in early Lowcountry History

From America’s first City, St. Augustine all the way up to low country Charleston, Seminole leader Osceola’s presence loomed large in the early 1800’s.  According to the Global Security website of that era:

The Seminole were one of the "Five Civilized Tribes" that included the Cherokee, Creek, Choctaw and Chickasaw made up of refugees from several southeastern tribes and runaway black slaves. The name Seminole comes from the mispronounced Spanish word "cimmarones" meaning wild.  Armed conflict began with the massacre of about 50 Americans near an army post in Georgia—climax to a series of raids against American settlements by Seminoles based in Spanish Florida. The Indian commissioner of the area, attempted countermeasures but soon found himself and his force of 600 Regulars confined to Fort Scott (Alabama) by the Seminoles. War Department instructions had permitted the pursuit of Indians into Florida but had forbidden interference if the Indians took refuge in Spanish posts. Maj. Gen. Andrew Jackson invaded Florida with a force in the spring of 1818. Jackson destroyed Seminole camps, captured Pensacola (capital of Spanish Florida) and other Spanish strongholds. Eventually the British were mollified and a compromise agreement was reached with the Spanish under which American forces were withdrawn from Florida without repudiating the politically popular Jackson. As for the Seminole problem, it was temporarily allayed but by no means solved.

In 1823 some of the Seminoles agreed to live on lands in central Florida located along Okeechobee Lake. By the 1830s pressure from white settlers convinced the U.S. Government to attempt moving all Seminoles out west.180pxosceola
Osceola stood out as a strident defender of his people, viewed by whites as the leading Seminole voice for resistance. Beginning in 1835 with successes during the Second Seminole War, Osceola gained fame as a fierce and cunning fighter.  During the 1830s Osceola led the Seminole people of Florida in a valiant attempt to resist U.S. Government efforts to relocate them to Indian Territory west of the Mississippi River. The Seminole Wars were the longest and costliest Indian wars fought by the United States military at a cost of $50,000,000 and over 2,000 soldiers died. After his capture by a deceptive lie under the guise of a truce, Osceola’s death at Fort Moultrie in 1838 foreshadowed the outcome of their struggle. The majority of the Seminole people were eventually forced from their traditional homeland.

Today, Chief Osceola lies interred on Sullivan’s Island within the confines of the popular tourist attraction Fort Moultrie where he was taken up the coast after his capture in St. Augustine. 

International Tour Company Vacations Made Easy tours Savannah

Abercorn Townhomes, Suites, and Condominiums has successfully partnered with Vacations Made Easy with some of our tour packages. Whether retracing the haunted steps of Savannah’s past or leisurely taking your time exploring the current cityscape of Savannah aboard a hop-on / hop-off trolley, there are a variety of in-depth topics to experience in "America’s oldest city." Find the tour just right for you, or piece together an encompassing experience from two or three tour options for an informative and fun look at the past, present and even future of Savannah, GA! First-time visitors and regular guests alike are sure to find fresh ideas waiting for a vacation experience you won’t soon forget.

With over 260 years of history, it should come as no surprise that the city of Savannah can offer an eclectic look at its past. From general overview tours and relaxing lunch and dinner cruises to very specific tour options touching on topics ranging from ghosts and pirates to southern cooking, you’re bound to find a niche in Savannah to pique your interest. Below, you’ll find some of Savannah’s more popular tour options highlighted to give you a better understanding of what awaits in the charming, southern city, and to help you to better plan your next vacation.

Clue: The Musical this weekend in Savannah

This weekend The Savannah Community Theatre invites you to enjoy their production of Clue: The Musical.  According to the Theatre’s press release:

Where: The Savannah Community Theatre, 2160 East Victory Drive (rear of the Piggly Wiggly Shopping Center also known as The Crossroads Shopping Center – ½ mile east of the Truman Parkway)

When: May 2 through 18, 2008 – Thursday – May 15 – 7:30 PM/Fridays – May 2, May 9, May 16 – 7:30 PM/Saturdays – May 3, May 10, May 17 – 7:30 PM/Sundays – May 11, May 18 – 3:00 PM

Box Office: Call (912) 898-9021 to make your reservations or to charge by phone.

Show Ticket Prices: Adults – $25.00, Seniors (55 and up)/Military – $20.00 Sunday Matinee, Students, Children – $15.00/Thursday Performance: All seats – $10.00 Reception: Saturday, May 3 – Cast and Crew

Reception with show producers Chuck and Judy Farrell! All audience members invited! 9:30 PM immediately following the show.

Description: "Clue: The Musical." The internationally popular game is now a fun-filled musical which brings the world’s best know suspects to life and invites the audience to help solve the mystery: who killed Mr. Boddy, in what room and with what weapon. The audience receives forms to help them deduce the solution from clues given throughout the fun filled evening. Three audience members choose from cards representing the potential murderers, weapons and rooms; there are 216 possible solutions! Only one hard nosed female detective is qualified to unravel the merry mayhem. Comic antics, witty lyrics and a beguiling score carry the investigation from room to room. Even after the culprit confesses, a surprise twist delights the audience. "Superb! Terrific! Excellent! Fun! Has intrigue, ‘colorful’ suspects and deadly weapons." —Chicago Sun Times