“Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get”. We got a nice surprise- a chance to visit the filming sight of the Forrest Gump movie bench scene while in Savanah.
MINNESOTA NAMESAKES SQUARES OF SAVANAH
The city was planned by General Oglethorpe in 1733. There are 22 squares around town. Each is unique- A few of special interest were Franklin Square (Colleen grew up in Franklin MN); Calhoun Square, Lafayette Square,
As we walked around the various squares of Savanah, and visited numerous bronze statues honoring military leaders. This made us wonder what connection Minneapolis, Minnesota might have had with famous names from Savanah history .
There is a statue honoring Casimir Pulaski- He has a statue and a square named after him. / also the namesake for Lake Pulaski in our home town of Buffalo Minnesota
ISLE OF HOPE MARINA SAVANAH
We chose to stay at Isle of Hope Marina just outside Savanah . The offer of a courtesy car helped our decision. The car is available free in 2 hour stretches- with two boats you get it four hours. If we needed to tour town for longer, it was easier to call for an Uber rider (about $16 one way) Savanah- known for horse drawn carriages, antebellum architecture and its historic district. The hop on hop off trolley is a good way to see the sights- We visited cobblestoned squares and parks and saw numerous oak trees filled with hanging Spanish moss.
MORE MONUMENTS AND STATUES
As a city rich in history- military history for Revolutionary war, Civil War and World wars; Civil Rights history, and Slave history to name a few. The city has chosen a wide variety of symbols to honor its history.
RIVER STREET MEMORIALS INCLUDE AFRICAN-AMERICAN MONUMENT
Erected on July 27, 2002, the African-American Monument depicts a family of four embracing after emancipation while chains representing slavery lie at their feet. Standing near the river walk, this beautiful monument is the first in Savannah to recognize the contributions made by African Americans.
The inscription, by poet Maya Angelou, reads:
“We were stolen, sold and bought together from the African continent. We got on the slave ships together. We lay back to belly in the holds of the slave ships in each others excrement and urine together, sometimes died together, and our lifeless bodies thrown overboard together. Today, we are standing up together, with faith and even some joy.
Another monument recognizes service in the revolutionary war:
CEMETERY DATING TO THE 1700’S
The historical district is lined with buildings dating back to the cotton is king era.
The Many homes along the Forsythe Park area are now bed and breakfasts, or in many instances still single family homes. Most of the buildings that rose from the edge o the sidewalk had stairs rising up to the first floor.
SAINT JOHN THE BAPTIST CATHEDRAL
TROLLEY HOP ON HOP OFF TOUR
A narrated tour on the trolley was very informative and entertaining.
A visit to Savanah is highly recommended. This town goes on the favorite list to be revisited at some time in the future.