Savannah, Georgia audio tour: A Walk through Historic Savannah: From Chippewa Square to Forsyth Park

A Walk through Historic Savannah: From Chippewa Square to Forsyth Park

Walking Tour

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60 mins
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1.0mi

About the Tour

Take in the old homes and buildings surrounding Savannah’s squares on a walking tour. As you stroll through the city’s Historic District, you’ll begin to sense that Savannah is a great lady with more than a few secrets and stories to tell. As a local Georgian with a love of history who has always found Savannah alluring, I’ll share those stories with you.

There is so much to see and show you that I couldn’t fit it all into one tour. This walk picks up where my other walk ends, and takes us to the conclusion of Savannah’s early history from around 1815 until just before the War Between the States. Along the way, you’ll hear about:

• The city’s connection to Forrest Gump
• James Oglethorpe, the founder of Savannah and the Colony of Georgia, and why his statue is facing south
• How Savannah Gray Brick was made
• Juliette Gordon Low, the founder of the Girl Scouts of America
• The Siege of Savannah, the second deadliest battle in the American Revolution
• Why one of the city’s fountains was mail-ordered from a Parisian catalogue in the early 1850s

Whether this is your first time in Savannah or you’re a local looking to discover more about one of America’s most unique cities, this tour provides a valuable introduction to ‘the Hostess City’ of the South, and is a fantastic accompaniment to my first one.

Tour Producer

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Andrew Cotton

Hi. My name is Andrew Cotton.
I own and operate a company here in Savannah named "Private Walking Tours of Savannah". We give high end, private history tours. Since I was a History Major at West Georgia College, I am fortunate to be doing what I am passionate about. Savannah is a beautiful and enchanting city, and I hope I am able to convey that to you during my tours.

Major Landmarks

  • The James Oglethorpe Statue

  • The Savannah Theater

  • Colonial Cemetery

  • St. John the Baptist Cathedral

  • The Andrew Low House

  • The William Jasper Statue

  • Jones Street

  • The Casimir Pulaski Monument

  • The Fountain at Forsyth Park

Directions to Starting Point

Our tour starts in front of The Independent Presbyterian Church located on Bull Street, just south of Oglethorpe Avenue. Look for the largest white steeple in the City. Almost anyone can tell you how to get there.

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Tips

Places to stop along the way

Colonial Cemetery is always a good place to stop the tour and check out. We will go by three great tour houses along the way: The Andrew Low House, The Sorrell-Weed House, and The Green-Meldrim House. The Savannah College of Art and Design (aka SCAD) shop is always popular. At the end of the tour, a walk around and through Forsyth Park is highly recommended.

Best time of day

It really depends on the time of year. During mid and late summer, morning times are better. And in the winter, afternoons tend to be best. During the rest of the year, anytime is good.

Precautions

The humidity in both summer (very muggy), and winter (really cold), can make a big difference in your comfort. So dress accordingly. Wear comfortable walking shoes. The roots of the live oaks tend to push up the sidewalks and streets, so watch your step.

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