Savannah, GA Churches, fort, lighthouse, cemetery, river, beach, & sunsets

June 12, 2016 the adventure begins....Joan, Dave, John, and Kim head to Savannah. Lunch find: PJs Cafe on the road in Hawthorne, FL. YUM! We arrive in Savannah at the Hampton Inn that evening, check in and head out to River Street to find dinner (Cotton Exchange).

June 13, 2016 - Day 1

Today we choose to do the Old Town Trolley Tour -- a hop on/hop off sightseeing tour of the city. Since we had an awesome tour guide/driver when we first boarded, we decided to stay on the bus for the whole route, then circle back to the more interesting places on foot. (Lunch @ Belford's in City Market; Dinner @ Boars Head on River St--FREE WINE!)

Camera shy tourists waiting for the tour bus!

Churches

The First African Baptist Church has a long and storied history in Savannah Georgia. It is thought to be the oldest African-American Congregation in the United States. The congregation was formed in 1733 by Reverend George Leile. The building which houses the Church was finished in 1859, almost 100 years after the land was obtained for the church. The man who oversaw the completion of the Church was Reverend William J. Campbell.

The First African Baptist Church

Cathedral of St. John the Baptist

is one of the most awe-inspiring buildings in all of historic Savannah Georgia. It is also one of the most popular tourist attractions in all of Savannah. It is a beautiful French Gothic cathedral, certainly one of the most amazing cathedrals in the south. It is the Mother Church for the Roman Catholic Diocese in Savannah.

Colonial Park Cemetery

The Colonial Park Cemetery, one of Savannah’s most beautiful restorations, is the final resting place for many of Savannah's earliest citizens. Established about 1750, it was the original burial ground for the Christ Church Parish. Colonial Park Cemetery is considered one of the most haunted locations in all of Savannah. Some of the local paranormal enthusiasts even go as far as calling Colonial Park Cemetery ‘Paranormal Central.'

Just south of the south wall of Colonial Park Cemetery is a small park. Today the area contains a basketball court and a children’s playground. It is rumored that this is the dueling grounds of Savannah when dueling was legal. After the city of Savannah passed laws outlawing dueling the participants would go over to Hutchinson Island or South Carolina to attempt to restore honor to their names. Prior to the passage of this law, this small park was used by duelers in Savannah.

Parks, Architecture, Fountain

Along the River

Sunset on River Street

June 14, 2016 - Day 2

Heading out to Tybee Island today. Our first stop is Fort Polaski, then Tybee Lighthouse, lunch, and a walk out on the fishing pier. (Lunch @ Rock&Roll Cafe Tybee Beach; Dinner @ Pacci in Brice Hotel)

Fort Polaski

Tybee Lighthouse (closed on Tuesdays!)

Tybee Beach & Fishing Pier

Sunset from the Hotel pool deck

Nighttime on the River

June 15, 2016 we are back on the road heading home. Of course a must lunch stop at PJ's Cafe in Hawthorne!

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