Comfort Suites Historic District
630 W. Bay Street
Savannah, GA 31401
Phone: (912) 629-2001
Fax: (912) 629-2002
Savannah is the colonial capital of the state of Georgia. Playing host to around a thousand events each year, the city draws tourist in large numbers from all around the world. Over the past decade, Savannah has significantly contributed towards the promotion of tourism in Georgia. Historic buildings and landmarks, zoos, museums and aquariums are tucked in every corner of the city. Major attractions include the Reynolds Square, the historical cathedral of St. John the Baptist, the Sorrel Weed House among others.
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.
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.
This National Historic Landmark site is home to the only preserved railroad shops complex and roundhouse of its size. The brick industrial buildings, constructed in the mid 1800s, are a testament to the importance of the railroad to Savannah and the U.S. The 125-foot tall smokestack that still stands is very impressive. The giant turntable still works, and the collection of locomotives and railroad cars, many of which have been fully restored and are operational, are often rolled out and moved.
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
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.
Built for a wealthy cotton tycoon and now used as a church rectory, this glamorous Gothic-style home on Madison Square served as the lodging of choice for General William Tecumseh Sherman during his somewhat unwelcome stay in Savannah. From a desk in an upstairs bedroom, Sherman dictated a telegram to Abraham Lincoln, offering the city as an extravagant 1864 Christmas present.
Since 1992, Savannah's Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences has pursued an effort to preserve and completely restore The Owens-Thomas House, circa 1819. The granddaughter of longtime owner Congressman and Savannah Mayor George Welshman Owens donated the house and its contents to the art museum in 1951. Now, as a gallery of period art and furnishings and classic architecture, The Owens-Thomas House is open for visitors to enjoy.
Owned and operated by the City of Savannah, this six-acre public cemetery is the oldest intact municipal cemetery in Savannah (and existed before the Bonaventure Cemetery that was made famous in the novel, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil). Originally known as the Old Cemetery, it served as the public cemetery from 1750 to 1853. Among the notables buried here are Revolutionary War hero General Nathanael Greene, Button Gwinnett, one of the three Georgia signatories to the Declaration of Independence, and General Lachlan McIntosh who led troops in the 1779 Battle of Savannah. - Natasha Lawrence
Although not as popular as River Street, Broughton Street has its own charms. With beautiful surroundings, plus wonderful stores and restaurants, you'll be sure to have a good time. Make sure to stop in the beautiful and expensive Wonderful Things.
Facing Lafayette Square, this 1848 stucco and brick masterpiece has played host to such notable visitors as William Makepeace Thackeray and Confederate General Robert E. Lee. The homes namesake, however, is that of the husband of Julliette Gordon Low, who founded the Girl Scouts of America within these very four walls. Tours are conducted until 3:30pm, except on major holidays. Admission is USD7 for adults, USD4.50 for students and children to age 6. Credit cards not accepted.
Visit the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, for it is not only a religious marvel, but also has a rich history behind it. It is a breathtaking experience to see for yourself the church bathed in white from the outside and as you venture in, you admire the intricacy of the stained glass windows. With its French-Gothic style of columns and minarets, this church is an architectural masterpiece. The atmosphere inside is generally calm and serene, but one can attend the Sunday mass if looking for a great spiritual experience. Also, do not miss the beautiful choir gallery.