Historic Hotspot: Savannah, GA
Savannah is a petite, character-filled city that was founded in 1733 by James Oglesthorpe, a British social reformer intent on giving debtors a second chance through settling in America. It became a royal colony less than twenty years later and acted as Georgia’s capital for a while.
This genteel city is home to the South’s first public art museum, the Telfair Museum of Art, which was founded in 1886 by a prominent citizen Mary Telfair. Since, buildings have been added to the original, and the museum itself plays host to a substantial collection of European and African-American works of art. Further proving its affinity to embrace all forms of culture, Savannah also celebrates First African Baptist Church, the (arguably) oldest African church in North America which played a large part in the Underground Railroad during the Civil War.
Savannah is notable addition to the annals of American architecture. In its historic district, you will find a beautiful neighborhood noted for its late-nineteenth century Victorian homes, all ornate and colorful. They’re almost guaranteed to make you jealous that you don’t own one. And about ten miles south of Savannah is the Wormsloe Historic Site, acres of land that were once favored by a beautiful eighteenth century plantation. There is also a famous oak-lined walkway, both charming and eerie in that impossible-to-duplicate Southern way.
Finally, if the thought of a ghost-sighting thrills you, Savannah is alleged to be a city replete with paranormal activity. Consider staying at the historic 17 Hundred 90 Inn, Room 204, where a young woman, who flung herself out the window in life, still haunts the room. Another haunted (and absolutely gorgeous) hotel is the Kehoe House, where the reported ghost interactions have never been malignant but familial and endearing.
On an unrelated note, this home was purchased in the 1980s by football star Joe Namath, who had plans of turning it into a nightclub and disco. Citizens of Savannah were outraged at the potential defilement of a landmark and Namath never acted. This should be plenty of proof that the citizens of Savannah fiercely respect the sanctity of their city, making it a true historic hotspot.