Savannah GA
In the end of February 2010 we took a trip to Savannah GA. The weather was good (50f to 71f). We stayed in a suite at the Mulberry Hotel.
I had always wanted to go to Savannah to see the mansions, parks and antiques. Savannah will not disappoint in any category. A great trip and we recommend it highly.
Below you will see some highlights as Dorothy and I took many pics. Scroll down and enjoy. Many of the pics don't have captions as they will self explain.
Maybe it is just a pic of a mansion or some tugboats in the river etc.

This lighthouse was right across from our hotel
The light was erected by the United States Lighthouse Board in 1858 as the rear range light with the front light on Fig Island to guide ships into the Savannah Harbor
 and avoid the six British ships, which were scuttled in 1779 to impede French and American ships during the Revolutionary War.
The light was moved a few feet south in 1869. The light was refurbished in 1929. It was turned off during World War II.
In 1958, the Trustees Garden Club developed the eastern portion of Emmet Park. At that time, the light was in poor shape due to salt water corrosion and was stabilized with cables.
Restoration of the Old Harbor Light was planned as part of a major project to restore Savannah's monuments. With contributions of $125,000 from the Savannah Morning News and CSX Corporation,
the light was taken down in 2000 and moved to a nearby fabricator.
Rust was removed by chemical treatment, repairs were made, it was repainted, and the light was cleaned. It was re-erected and relit on January 11, 2001.








The Mulberry Hotel where we stayed.

Looking down from our suite to the courtyard.

We ate breakfast down there most mornings

A detail of the courtyard to show the gas light

More courtyard

These gas lights are everywhere in Savannah, there were about 5 or 6 of them at our hotel. This one was at the front entrance.

This bonnet chest was on the second floor landing to our suite.

Front entrance to show the gaslights again.


Savannah River

Dorothy shopping. I just couldn't keep up.

Dorothy said, "are you coming?"



I'm not sure if Julia Roberts owns this store or shot a big movie scene here. Either way we heard that she has something to do with this store

The Sorrel Weed House was the first home in Georgia to be designated a Georgia State landmark.

The Sorrel Weed House was the first home in Georgia to be designated a Georgia State landmark.

The Sorrel Weed House was the first home in Georgia to be designated a Georgia State landmark.

Dorothy waiting for the Sorrel Weed House  tour to start.

Mahogany sideboard at Weed Mansion

More mahogany at the Weed Mansion

A very interesting Civil War surrender letter found in the Weed Mansion

Cool clock in the Weed Mansion

Weed Mansion sofa

Weed Mansion, more mahogany

Amazing mirror at the Weed Mansion

Carriage house at Low Mansion

Sofa at Weed Mansion

Sofa at Weed Mansion

More mahogany at the Weed Mansion

Nice sofa in Weed Mansion basement?

Another Regency period sofa in the Weed Mansion basement.....?

Third storey balcony where the original owner jumped to her death after finding her husband in bed with a slave.
Apparently she now haunts the house.

The suicide landing spot.

The far left upper window in the carriage house is where the husband and slave had their moment

Notice the huge forged iron cannons and eves trough brackets.

The Mercer House. It is located at 429 Bull Street in downtown Savannah. While it is an historic home, it is most well known as the setting for the book and movie, "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil."

The Fountain was created in 1858 and received extensive restoration in 1988.
The Fountain is located in Forsyth Park, which extends from Gaston Street to Park Avenue along the Bull Street corridor.

Dorothy at the fountain

Yet another walkway to the fountain in Forsyth Park.

One of the many amazing walkways through  Forsyth Park.

The Candler Oak
During its lifetime, the Candler Oak has been a silent witness to the many changes in the area. In 1791, the Georgia State Legislature granted five acres of land surrounding the mighty oak to be used for a seaman’s hospital.
The hospital was constructed in 1803 and was in use until 1818. In 1819, a new structure, The Savannah Poor House and Hospital, was built on the land and was in use until 1854 when it was converted to serve as the headquarters for the Medical College of Georgia.
During the Civil War, the hospital was used by the Confederacy until it was captured by General Sherman. Sherman used the hospital to treat his own soldiers and constructed a barricade around the tree to house wounded Confederate prisoners.
 In 1930, the site was returned to service as the Warren A. Candler Hospital which operated until 1980. Huntingdon II, Ltd. purchased the building where community health care organizations continued to operate until 2000.

After years of stress, the Candler Oak was in serious decline with a life expectancy of less than 20 years. In 1982, the first preservation project of Savannah Tree Foundation (STF) was to save this historic tree.
The group made history by securing the first conservation easement on a single tree in the nation.
This 6,804 sq. ft. easement was established in 1984 to protect the Candler Oak from loss to development. Huntingdon II, Ltd. donated the easement to the STF so that the tree could receive proper care in order to arrest its declining health.
 In 1985 the asphalt was removed from the root area to revive the tree and a comprehensive schedule of maintenance, including soil tests, has been faithfully followed.
The tree is watered, mulched and fertilized as needed. Under the watchful eye of the Savannah Tree Foundation, the tree has rebounded and could continue to grace our city well into this century.

A view from our hotel suite showing the road that slopes down to the river.

Avery large and older tourist studying the ferns growing from between the bricks.

There was a vendor at this area that made Chicago Style hotdogs. Finally Dorothy had to pull me away............. ....

In the Pirate House basement with ghost orbs.
Our tour guide Miss Elizabeth.

A ghost orb at the Savnnah Cemetery

In the haunted Pirate House. Notice multiple orbs. According to our tour guide 'Miss Elizabeth' this basement was where the young men throughout the late 1700s and 1800s where lured to drink rum.
The famous book 'Treasure Island' is based on this place. When down here they were conked on the head and dragged down through a tunnel to waiting pirate ships.This is better known as shanghaied.
If these men woke up and resisted they were killed and buried in the walls of the tunnel. It is these guys that haunt this basement that is now known as the Pirate's Restaurant today.
Most of these young men woke up miles out at sea with a new career as a sailor.

 However the ghost tour was fun and apparently the orbs are the ghosts manifested on film or something like that.
A better res pic shows orbs all over Miss Elizabeth. Orb debunkers say that orbs are just from being in a dark room and the flash caused the orb reflections.
Or the Orbs are dust particles.
 I don't believe or whatever but after numerous pics her at home in our dark basement I can't get any orbs.

Uncle Bubba's place, one of Paula Deens sons .

I didn't get the camera up quick enough to catch a pic of a very strange looking swamp cat like animal that ran under the building to the left.

The goldfish pond out front of Bubba's

In this pic from the patio at Bubba's is this long walkway across the swamps. These long walkways are everywhere in these parts.
The people walk (in some cases) for a mile on these walkways to their docks where they keep a boat.

Here is a collage of pics for the Paula Deen fans. This hangs in Bubba's place. We didn't get into Paula's place but Bubba's oysters were unbelievable.

Dorothy waiting for Juliette Low house to open for a tour. Juliette started the Girl Guides in the USA.
This mansion was quite amazing to tour, however for some reason we were forbidden from taking pictures in the house.
The following pics are of a dollhouse that was in the waiting room. Nobody was around so I took a few pics.

Once outside we took some pics, it was ok out there.

Carriage House behind Low Mansion

A view of the (haunted) Pirate's House Restaurant.

Vic's, a great place to eat fine food.

This young lady is looking across the park wondering whether to go back to the hotel and rest or continue shopping.


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