Fun Facts About Savannah

May 18, 2015
My knowledge of Savannah was limited until I visited the city for my first time about four years ago. Luckily, the friend who invited me to go to Savannah grew up one county away from Chatham county (where Savannah is located), so he was able to fill me in on a lot of the history.  Since then, I've enjoyed learning little tidbits about Savannah here and there. Learning quirky or historical facts about different places will never cease to amuse me, so I thought I'd share some of what I learned so far.


**I'll start with this one because even though I've been in the Low Country for almost a year now, I'm STILL learning. About two weeks ago, my friend and I went to Rocks on the Roof at The Bohemian Hotel on River Street.  We took a look at the drink menu, and I saw a drink called Chatham Artillery Punch.  I was informed that this is a rather famous drink in Savannah and that it was originally made in horse buckets in the 1800's.  Chatham Artillery Punch is a combination of rum, brandy or cognac, bourbon, champagne, lemons, sugar, and sometimes nutmeg is added.  Something funny is that it's considered to be a great party drink around here, so when I searched for recipes, many of them yielded 25 servings or more!  Eventually, I did find a recipe for a single serving if you want to try and make it.

** General James Oglethorpe came up with the layout of Savannah in the Colonial Period. Because it was a planned city, today Savannah boasts 22 beautiful squares in the midst of historic homes, churches, and businesses.  There were originally 24 squares, but Liberty and Elbert squares are lost because both of them got paved over.  Oglethorpe is a pretty famous name in Savannah and you'll see it in many places.  Of course the general has a square named after him, but there's also Oglethorpe Mall, Oglethorpe Avenue, and even a trolley tour company called Oglethorpe Tours, to name a few places.

** In the Antebellum period, Savannah's rich soil produced a significant amount of cotton.  In fact, Eli Whitney's cotton gin was invented right outside Savannah.

** The book Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil takes place in Savannah--I'll be reviewing this true crime story sometime soon!

** Plenty of movies have been filmed in Savannah including Forrest Gump, The Gift (the one starring Katie Holmes), The Last Song, Now and Then, and of course Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.

** Because Savannah is a port city, there has never been a shortage of guests to entertain.  Perhaps that's why Savannah is nicknamed "The Hostess City of the South."

** Some famous Savannahians include the songwriter Johnny Mercer, Flannery O'Connor, and Juliette Gordon Low.  Savannah is currently home to Paula Deen, and who owns The Lady and Sons restaurant on Congress Street.

** Savannah is Georgia's first city.

** Each spring beautiful azaleas bloom all over the city.  This year, the azaleas were in bloom in the middle of March.

** Savannah is known for its live oak trees draped with Spanish moss.

** There is free parking on the weekends in the historic district at the parking meters.

** Savannah and Charleston have always been rival cities.

** The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) has an impact on the city.  The students definitely help the local economy and many of them work in local restaurants or shops.

** Savannah is a "wet" city, meaning you can carry your drinks around with you as long as they are in a plastic cup. :)

** The book Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil takes place in Savannah--it's a true crime story, and I'll be reviewing it sometime soon.

** USA Today (and many other sources) consider Savannah to be one of America's most haunted cities.  There are several companies in Savannah offering ghost tours, but I recommend Blue Orb.

** During the Civil War, Savannah surrendered so General Sherman didn't destroy it. He "gave" it to Abe Lincoln as a Christmas gift.

** Savannah hosts the 2nd largest St. Patrick's Day celebration in the United States after NYC.  I went this year, and yes, it is a big deal!  The even water in several of the city's fountains is dyed green, and a green light is cast over City Hall.

Did you learn anything about Savannah?  Have anything to add? What are some fun facts about the city you live in?
24 comments on "Fun Facts About Savannah"
  1. We will be going down there soon to visit Jeklyll Island (that might be spelled wrong) I can't wait. I am no stranger to Savannah but I always go for business this will be the first time I go for pleasure.

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  2. I didn't know anything about Savannah! Thanks for the knowledge!

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  3. I've always wanted to see Savannah, Ga! I hear it's really beautiful! :)

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  4. Isn't Savannah just darling?! It's such a fun place to visit with your family or with friends! I haven't been in a handful of years but I can't wait to get back!

    Xo, Rach | Seashells + Sparkles

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  5. My family has gone to Jekyll Island in Savannah and friends have comment about great food & restaurants, and fun. I haven't been to Savannah. Will have to sounds interesting.

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  6. Savannah is one of my favorite places to visit. I can't wait to go this summer and look for some of these facts with my kids.

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  7. We love going down to Savannah for the weekend from our home in middle Ga. My daughter was there this weekend. One of my favorite historical sites is actually the graveyard with mid century graves. I'm going to add this post to my Georgia page on the blog. Good info here for the Georgia traveler.

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  8. I've been to Savannah once and loved it there! When I founded out that the city was haunted I was a bit creeped out. But I'll still be returning because there are a lot of things I haven't seen.

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  9. There are so many spooky stories! Yes, Savannah has a lot to offer--I live near the city, have been a countless number of times, and there's still a lot I want to do...So many restaurants to try!

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  10. Are you talking about Colonial Cemetery in Savannah or Bonaventure outside Savannah? Bonaventure is gorgeous. Thanks so much for including this post on your blog!!

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  11. Yay, enjoy! (That should be easy to do considering Savannah is pretty fabulous.)

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  12. Maybe I'm biased, but I just absolutely love it!! If you go, I hope you have a great time.

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  13. Yes, yes, it is!! There is so much to love about it--the historical homes have so much character!

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  14. It will not disappoint you! I recommend going in the spring when the flowers start to bloom--the summer is a bit too hot for my tastes.

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  15. No problem! I'm glad it is on your radar now. :)

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  16. I'd love to go back to Jekyll Island this summer. I want to get some shots of the Driftwood Beach. Have fun!!

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  17. Such cool facts about Savannah. Who knew so many movies were filmed there - super cool!

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  18. It's too pretty for Hollywood to resist it!! I often go to Chippewa square where Forrest Gump sat on the bench with his box of chocolates, ha ha.

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  19. Savannah is one of the places I haven't visited yet, but really want to go to. I love the South and all of the culture that it has to offer.

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  20. How interesting! I love these little facts. I have a friend who did a ghost tour in Savannah and loved it.

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  21. We're planning a Savannah trip this summer so thankful for this post!

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  22. I hope you love Savannah as much as I do!!

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  23. This made me want to visit Savannah even more than I already did!

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  24. I really didn't know that Now and Then was filmed there! That is one of my favorite movies!

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