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Savannah – Rich In History And Famous In Legend

 

 

 

Town squares, river walkways, historic districts, colonial architectural treasures, three cemeteries… and more.

 

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Savannah, Georgia, one of America’s most beautiful small cities, founded in 1733, is also one of its oldest cities.  It is the site of countless Revolutionary and Civil War battles.  A point of history deeply ingrained in the psyche of Savannah is that the city was once a Christmas gift to the President of the United States – Abraham Lincoln.  That was in 1864.  Then Mayor Richard Arnold surrendered to General Sherman during his “march to the sea” – Savannah was a strategic port city during the Civil War – thus saving the city from destruction.

 

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With the delightful southern hospitality at every encounter, the intriguing old architecture, 20 breathtakingly beautiful city squares, conceived by the town’s founder, James Oglethorpe, it is hard to believe that Savannah is famous for being the most haunted city in the country.  Many of the city’s immensely popular small hotels, or bed and breakfasts, were former funeral parlors, brothels, butcher shops, or estate homes with sordid histories.  There are more paranormal sightings in this city than anywhere in the United States.  With all of the architectural and natural attractions, the cemeteries are the most visited.  The major tourist attraction is the Ghost tour – offered both by day and by night – with a walk through the hauntingly beautiful DAR Cemetery, right in the center of one of the squares.   Many victims of the town’s tragic dueling past are buried here and many a swordsman’s silhouette has been spotted disappearing among the oaks.  Another stop is a visit to the 1,500 Confederate soldiers who are buried in Savannah’s Grove Cemetery.  Here, heaviness permeates the atmosphere.

 

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The most famous and still operating cemetery is the 100-acre Bonaventure.  It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  A natural Cathedral, it is a “city of the dead”, much like in ancient times.  Long an inspiration to poets, authors, filmmakers and photographers, it exudes a haunting and serene beauty with its Gothic gravestones and grand live oaks draped with flowing Spanish moss.  Iconic and elaborate grave monuments of sculpted angels, carved columns and crosses commemorate the deceased.  Obelisks, a symbol of nobility and patriotism, are seen everywhere.  A stone piano sits as a grave monument on one site.  World famous songwriter Johnny Mercer and author Conrad Aiken are buried here.

 

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John Berendt’s Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, a murder mystery set in Savannah’s famous Mercer house, firmly embedded not only the city of Savannah and its society but also the haunting grandeur of Bonaventure Cemetery into the consciousness of all who read his very popular novel.

 

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One Response to “THE RICH & THE FAMOUS: Savannah – Rich In History And Famous In Legend”

  1. Josephina Lee Mascioli-Mansell | 06.27.13 at 3:47 PM said…

    LOVE YOUR WORKS, HEIDE !

 

 


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