The city of Savannah, Georgia’s oldest, was founded in 1733. Today, it’s brimming with historical attractions, from mansions and cemeteries to churches and forts. A visitor could easily spend weeks diving into Savannah’s history, but here are the top historical sights not to miss.
Savannah has several Southern Gothic municipal cemeteries, but none is quite so famous (or atmospheric) as Bonaventure. Spread across 160 acres (65 hectares), the cemetery dates to 1846 and is filled with lavish mausoleums and monuments. To get the full history behind the cemetery, see it on a dedicated tour or as part of a haunted tour.
Fort Pulaski National Monument
The Battle of Fort Pulaski was critical in the Civil War, and modern–day visitors get a glimpse at what life was like during that time through reenactments and ranger–led tours through the national monument, as well as Civil War–focused tours that include this as a stop.
First African Baptist Church
Situated just off Franklin Square, First African Baptist Church is the oldest African American church in North America and a National Historic Landmark. Visitors can join a worship service or come for a regularly scheduled tour.
Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace
This National Historic Landmark—the first in Savannah—is the childhood home of the woman who would go on to found the Girl Scouts. The nearby Andrew Low House was where Juliette Gordon Low lived as an adult, and the servants quarters behind the house served as the First Girl Scout Headquarters. Hop on hop off tours generally include this as a stop.
Mercer Williams House
Known as the setting for a purported murder that inspired the bestselling novel Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, the Mercer Williams House features on just about every historical tour of Savannah. Visitors can see the front den where Jim Williams supposedly killed his lover, as well as a sizable collection of 18th and 19th century furniture and art.