Final Thoughts on Savannah

What a fun visit..

Things to consider..

  • Use the Trolley Vendor for visit. They give a great tour.
  • Parking is a challenge. Take pictures of your parking space and area. I lost my car. Can make one frantic.
  • Go with the flow.
  • Stop by the Savannah College of Art, especially their gift shop.
  • Bring water, it’s hot.
  • See Tybee Island, but plan for traffic.
  • ENJOY…………..

Davenport House

Davenport House, built in 1820, was the home of master builder Isiah Davenport. He and his wife ran his business from their home. They had 10 children of which 6 lived to adulthood. Mr. Davenport was an architect, alderman, and fire master in the community. Sadly, there are no pictures of the man who contributed so much.

Home furnishings are indicative of the era, and as a master builder this “model home” has many additional charms. Let’s take a peek:

Home Upgrades: Spiral Staircase and Rounded Arch
Dining Room – the knowledgeable docent told us that children did not eat with the family. With 10 children one wonders where they ate?? Forgot to ask that question…
As fire master these items were visible and close to the front of the home. In this home they were stored at the bottom of the stairs.

The home is lovely and was an enjoyable tour. Davenport House has many weddings on its property and in touring its grounds one can tell why. It is a perfect setting.

The walled garden

Leopold’s Ice Cream

Leopold’s Ice Cream is a family tradition and a delicious one at that.

Best ice cream I ever had.

Wait was a half hour, but worth it. Staff from the store distribute water to patrons in line. Nice touch. Make your decision in line by accessing the menu via the net.

Inside the store..

The current owner was a former vice president of a major movie company. Some memorabilia.

And what I ordered. It was amazing. Save your appetite.

Good thing I don’t live near by.

St John the Baptist Church

On my way to the Church came across an Indian wedding. What color, pageantry, and fun these folks were having. Take a peek..

Then on the stairs of St. John the Baptist, a bridesmaid. What a glorious day for these weddings.

This 14 year old gal told me this is an authentic Mexican bridesmaid dress.

Now, on to the Church.

Inside the church a Baptismal ceremony was being conducted.

Pope Francis has dedicated this year to St. Joseph. His altar and mural at the Church.

Visited another favorite Saint, Saint Therese

A closing picture of the beautiful altar.

The Jim Williams home: Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

Have always wanted to tour this home, and it didn’t disappoint. This was the home of Jim Williams, a prominent antique dealer. He was a self made man of many extraordinary artistic talents. The movie Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil is based on a story which occurred in this home.

Jim Williams was accused of killing his employee, Danny Hansford. They had a relationship. He was eventually exonerated after 4 trials then died of a heart attack shortly after his exoneration.

The home is lovely and if you have the time, see it. No photographs are allowed. Docents are well versed in the art as well as Mr. Williams life. The home is open during the Christmas season and since Mr. Williams was an enormous Christmas buff am sure it will dazzle. If in the area I plan on returning.

There are several books related to this story. The Lawyer Games describes the 4 trials.

Make time to visit the gift shop as you are certain to find several unique gifts. Here are some pictures.

Bonaventure Cemetery

On my journey to Florida for the continuing saga of condo renovation stopped in Savannah, Georgia. What a beautiful City with much to do. Glad I started my day early on this one day visit as there were many visitors in town.

First Stop: Bonaventure Cemetery

Gates open at 8 a.m. and I toured on my own. However, if you are a cemetery buff recommend the tour. Call for specifics.

There are several cemeteries in Savannah. This one is possibly the most beautiful and on the National Registry of Historic Places. Found it’s Jewish portion quite interesting with a synagogue for services,

and many mausoleums, interesting stones. In Jewish tradition a pebble is left when one visits the grave.

Some other interesting cemetery pieces

Johnny Mercer and his family are interred in this cemetery. Mercer was a co-founder of Capitol Records and won 4 Academy Awards for his music. Some of his famous songs are:

  • Come Rain or Come Shine
  • Days of Wine and Roses
  • Something’s Gotta Give
  • That Old Black Magic
  • Hooray for Hollywood

The Cemetery grounds are rugged and beautiful. It sits on the Wilmington River.

What a lovely view for your final resting spot.

Welcome to South Carolina

Stopped at the South Carolina Travel Center in Hardeeville, South Carolina. While not open at the hour I arrived many state tourism books were available outside the center.

Visitor Center
Nice picnic grounds

After taking a book I began a conversation with a friendly security guard which led me to my next venue.

While the Visitor Center was closed due to covid, this was a fun place for a walk with it’s beauty and many signs along the short trails. A great stop off with kids when you need to stretch your legs and get some fresh air.

Have the kids, (or even adults), try to locate songbirds, animal tracks, Spanish moss in the trees, and wetlands.

Quite an engaging path..
Spanish Moss

Can’t recall what these two are, however they are simply lovely.


And of course if anything is learned in this visit, it is the name of this culprit….

Poison Ivy

So, make the stop, walk the trails, and take a break…

I guarantee you’ll be glad you did…

Savannah Visit

Nice officer

At 2:30 a.m. I began my journey north and after 3 hours of I 95 the Savannah exit called to me. Since I hadn’t been there in 15 years, it was time. Upon entry to the City I was greeted by a friendly, young, bald, police officer. Would someone please tell me why these sweet young things shave their head? For another blog.. Well, from this lovely young man I learned the Savannah rules of the road without a ticket. To tell the truth I think he was more interested in the packed contents of the car than the rules, however, I learned to, “Watch the signs painted on the street.” After our visit I was off to explore the early morning hours of the City.

Parking near St. John the Baptist Cathedral I checked the mass schedule and realized I had 2 hours to explore. Starting with architecture enjoy these pictures of the beautiful homes in the area. Each one has a different flavor and style.

An added bonus for the area is the Savannah School of Art and Design (SCAD). Student art is displayed throughout the City. Many student pieces were displayed in the De Soto Hotel lobby and in the 1540 Room where I ate breakfast. Never had a seafood omelet and it was tasty. Stop in and take a peek.

Once again a police presence looms. Antique police cars on display.

Then onto the unique cemetery next to the police station. In this cemetery many prominent former residents are laid to rest in beguiling crypts surrounded by beautiful flowering trees. Nice tribute to these folks.

Savannah is a city of small parks known as squares. A captivating one was a tribute to an Indian Chief, Tomo Chi-Chi. In the square is his grave.

Near the Chief’s grave is an enticing museum, however, with time of the essence it will be for next visit. This exquisite exterior must house fascinating exhibits. Go and tell me about The Telfair Academy and Museum. I’m sure I’ll be jealous I missed it.

God The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist

After mass I passed by a historic post office, some quaint shops and restaurants then came across a tribute to Juliette Gordon Low, founder of the Girl Scouts. Juliette was a resident of Savannah and her home is open to the public. A must see for all Girl Scouts, as I did on my last visit.

In departing a new route appeared, 17 North. This route includes a spectacular bridge affording breath taking views of Savannah harbor. After the bridge was more natural beauty which is part of Savannah Natural Wildlife Refuge.

Onward for another 300 miles, North Carolina here I come. In the meantime, I am now traveling through South Carolina, Colbert Country. Wonder if I’ll bump into him in a rest stop as he returns to New Jersey? You never know.

Farewell Savannah