Savannah Places

TripWhat's travel guide to Savannah; our list of the best things to see, including Sidewalk Arts Festival, Savannah College of Art & Design and Telfair Museum.
  • The best place in Savannah: Sidewalk Arts Festival

    Sidewalk Arts Festival

    Held in the Spring. The sidewalks of Savannah's charming Forsyth Park come to life with remarkable original artwork and live music. This event is free and open to the public. The Sidewalk Arts Festival draws thousands of visitors to view temporary chalk masterpieces created on the sidewalks of the historic park.
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  • Savannah College of Art & Design

    Savannah College of Art & Design

    SCAD — founded in 1978 by Paula S. Wallace, Richard Rowan, May Poetter and Paul Poetter — is an independent, accredited and nonprofit school dedicated to the visual and performing arts, design, the building arts and the history of art and architecture. SCAD enrolls more than 10,000 students from all 50 states and at least 100 countries.
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  • Telfair Museum

    Telfair Museum

    org], was the residences of the Royal Surveyors of Georgia and South Carolina. The Owens-Thomas House is widely considered the finest example of Regency architecture in the United States. Upon his visit to Savannah, General Marquis de Lafayette lodged in the mansion and spoke to the citizens of Savannah from the balcony overlooking President Street (formerly known as "King Street" prior to the American Revolutionary War).
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  • See a show at the Historic Savannah Theatre

    See a show at the Historic Savannah Theatre

    222 Bull Street
    See a musical variety show with the talented performers of this theatre company.
  • Savannah Music Festival

    Savannah Music Festival

    "Southern, Soulful and Sophisticated." The Festival's distinctive line-up showcases indigenous music from the Deep South, originally conceived chamber music, and a wealth of internationally renowned musicians representing an abundance of musical styles and genres.
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  • ShopSCAD

    ShopSCAD

    340 Bull Street on Madison Square
    Great works of art by students at SCAD. Right across the street from the Gryphon Tea Room. Why buy junky mass produced souvenirs when you can support student artists? They always have a wonderful mix of eclectic items.
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    built as a seaman's cottage
    Cozy, swoon-worthy bed and breakfast inn, originally two seamen's cottages near the Savannah waterfront in the Landmark Savannah Historic District on Greene Square.
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  • Green Palm Inn

    Green Palm Inn

    built as a seaman's cottage
    Cozy, swoon-worthy bed and breakfast inn, originally two seamen's cottages near the Savannah waterfront in the Landmark Savannah Historic District on Greene Square.
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  • River Street Sweets

    River Street Sweets

    A must for Savannah visitors, this candy shops makes the candy right in front of you. You can buy home made fudge or their world famous pralines.
  • Moon River Brew Pub

    Moon River Brew Pub

    Brewpub with good range of beers, standard bar food.
  • A nostalgic soda fountain, ice cream parlor and sandwich shoppe re-created by Savannahian and Hollywood movie producer, Stratton Leopold. The original shoppe was on the corner of Habersham and Gwinnett Streets, just down the street from the birthplace of Johnny Mercer, Savannah's "Huckleberry Friend" and legendary lyricist known best perhaps for "Moon River," made famous in "Breakfast at Tiffany's" and for "Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah," made famous in Walt Disney's "Song of the South."
  • Angel's BBQ

    Angel's BBQ

    21 W Oglethorp Ln
    A little taste of Heaven that's been through Hell!
  • Chatham Square

    Chatham Square was laid out in 1847
    It is on Barnard Street with the cross streets being Taylor and Gordon. It was named for William Pitt, the Earl of Chatham. On the Southeast corner of the square is Gordon Row, fifteen four story townhouses built as rental housing. The Barnard Street School, now one of the buildings of the Savannah College of Art and Design is on the Northwest corner of the square.
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  • Telfair Square

    From 1733 to 1883
    James Square and was one of the most fashionable residential areas. It was renamed to honor Edward Telfair, three time governor of Georiga (1786-1792) and his family. Located on Barnard Street between York and State Streets. The Telfair family home, now the Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences is one of the oldest art museums in the South. The Trinity Methodist Church and the Federal Buildings which were completed in the 1980s are on this square.
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  • Pulaski Square

    This square on Barnard Street between Harris and Charlton Streets was laid out in 1837 and named for Count Casimir Pulaski
    The red brick Jewish Education Alliance building on the East side of the square is now a dormitory for the Savannah College of Art and Design. The house on the Northwest corner of Barnard and Harris is new housing, completed in 1993. The house across from it is the 1839 house of Francis Bartow, a Confederate hero. It is now several apartments.
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  • Calhoun Square

    Calhoun Square was laid out in 1851
    It is on Abercorn Street with the cross streets being Taylor and Gordon. It was named for John C. Calhoun a well known South Carolina politician. Massie School and Wesley Monumental Methodist Church are on this square.
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  • LaFayette Square

    This square
    Until 1846, the City jail was located here; but when it was moved, Andrew Low purchased some of the land and built in 1849 what we now refer to as the Andrew Low House. This house, on the West side of the square, is next to the Battersby-Hartridge House, the only Charleston style house in the City. The Hamilton Turner House is also on this square as is the Flannery O'Connor Childhood Home. This home, now operated as a public museum, is where the renowned Georgia author lived as a child.On the North side of the square is the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist (built in 1873) and its school buildings.
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  • Liberty Square

    This is one of two lost squares
    It was located on Montgomery Street in front of the present County Courthouse. It was laid out in 1799 and named to celebrate the freedom and independence gained through the Revolution and to honor the "Sons of Liberty" who had fought for independence. The "Flame of Freedom" is now on this site.
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  • Greene Square

    Established in 1799
    The square is on Houston Street, between three convening streets -- York, State (originally named "Prince Street"), and President (originally named "King Street" prior to the American Revolutionary War). The Second African Baptist Church, dating to 1802, is on the west Trust Lot of the square. At this church site with Edwin M. Stanton, Secretary of War, Major-Gen. William Sherman announced the famous "Forty Acres and a Mule" to the newly freedmen. On January 12, 1865 when black ministers met with Stanton & Sherman this was reported: "John Cox, aged fifty-eight years, born in Savannah; slave until 1849, when he bought his freedom for $1,100. Pastor of the 2d African Baptist Church. In the ministry fifteen years. Congregation 1,222 persons. Church property worth $10,000, belonging to the congregation." [18]On the Southeast corner, Savannah Gray Bricks were used in the construction of 521 East York Street. A sign on the house notes that the bricks were made at the Hermitage Plantation on the Savannah River.At the corner of Houston and State streets is the 1810 Cunningham House built for Henry Cunningham, the first pastor of the Second Colored Baptist Church (now Second African Baptist Church located on Greene Square). He was born a free man in McIntosh County, Georgia in 1759.502-512 East State Street were built in 1890.542 East State Street is the home built for free blacks Charlotte and William Wall (ca. 1818).124 Houston Street is a clapboard house built in 1815 by Isaiah Davenport, a builder, who came to Savannah from Rhode Island. Another Isaiah Davenport home is now a house museum on Columbia Square.117 – 119 Houston Street (ca 1810) is believed to be one of the early paired houses in the city, later used as the Savannah Female Orphan Asylum.Featured as one of Savannah "tiny" houses and painted in the red color often used on 18th Century wood homes in Savannah, 536 East State Street was built for John Dorsett in 1845. It had originally been located on Hull Street but was moved to this location in order to save it.513 East York Street, is a little two-story cottage built in 1853 for the estate of Catherine DeVeaux, a decendant of Jane DeVeauxes. Jane Deveauxes who was sent to the North for an education, but returned to establish a secret school from her home at St. Julian and Price streets from 1847 until after the Civil War. Along with another teacher of African students, Mary Beasley, Jane DeVeauxes was a member of Second African Baptist Church on Greene Square. Jane Deveaux’s school is generally regarded as having been the longest lived, approaching 30 years, and was in existence when General Sherman arrived in late 1864.At 548 East President Street is Green Palm Inn [19], built as a seaman's cottage, now one of Savannah's top-rated historic breakfast inns.
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  • Elbert Square

    This square is one of two lost squares
    It was located on Montgomery St. directly across from the westside entrance to the Civic Center and is represented by a small grassy area today. The square was laid out in 1801 and named for Samuel Elbert, planter and Revolutionary soldier. In 1969 the "Flame of Freedom" was placed here, but subsequently it was moved to Liberty Square in front of the Courthouse.
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  • Time Machine Portrait Co.

    112 West Broughton Street
    (Old Time Photos), 112 West Broughton Street (On Broughton next to the Gap between Whitaker and Barnard), ☎ 912-233-7704. An Old Time Photography studio with four great sets (Victorian Savannah, Pirate Ship, Roaring 20's Speakeasy, & Wild West Saloon) and tons of authentic costumes!
  • Reynolds Square

    Located on Abercorn Street between Congress and Bryan Streets
    On the Northeast trust lot, the Filature House was located. This center of the silkworm effort was the first large building in the colony and used as a meeting center before it burned down in the mid 1800s. The Corps of Engineers building is now on that site.The Pink House is one of the few houses to survive the Great Fire of 1796. Across St. Juilian Street from it, also on the West side of the square is the Oliver Sturgiss House. He was a partner with William Scarbrough in the Steamship Savannah venture. The Southwest trust lot on this square was the site of the parsonage in the earliest colonial days. The Christ Church Parish House is on the Northeast corner.The square also houses the John Wesley Monument.
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  • Ellis Square

    This square is one of the original four squares
    It was also referred to as Marketplace Square because that was its use. The square was named for Henry Ellis, second Royal Governor. Unfortunately, in 1954, this entire square, on Barnard Street between W. Bryan and W. Congress Streets, was covered by a city parking garage. This parking garage was torn down in 2007 and is being replaced by an underground parking structure, Savannah's first, with Ellis Square restored on top. On the west side of Ellis Square, the City Market complex extends for two blocks over to Franklin Square. Ellis was the site of the Old City Market, which was demolished in the early 1950s to make way for the infamous parking garage. The loss of the Old City Market upset residents to the extent that efforts began to prevent further losses of irreplaceable buildings.
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  • Forsyth Park

    the large public park marking the southern edge of the Historic District
    They filmed "The Movie" here, an adaptation of "The Book"; so stay in the park, admire the Spanish moss, and imagine yourself next to John Cusack under the dripping Spanish moss.
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EDIT THIS ITINERARY Our list of places in Savannah uses some content from Wikipedia and Wikivoyage.