Sunday, June 9, 2013

My Trip to Savannah, GA

I know I haven't posted in a long while, but since I was finishing school, I haven't had a lot of time to take photos.  But for my graduation, my mom and I took a trip last week to Savannah, Georgia.  We both had wanted to go for years, and the city did not disappoint.  There was gorgeous architecture, friendly people, and lots of walkable streets which surround a series of squares. 

One of the places I wanted to visit most was the Mercer-Williams house which was built for songwriter Johnny Mercer's great-grandfather, but made famous by Jim Williams, who renovated the house with gorgeous art and antiques, and was tried and acquitted for murder right in this house.  That was the basis for the book and film, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.  We toured the house, which was gorgeous.

Below is a statue of Johnny Mercer which sits in City Market on the north side of the Historic District.

The filming of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil was not the only one which took place in Savannah.  Cape Fear, Something to Talk About and the Oscar-winner Forrest Gump were just some of the films shot there.  The bench Tom Hanks sits on in Forrest Gump is on display at the Savannah Historical Museum.

The main reason for going was to see all of the architecture, and there was a lot to see.  Did you know Savannah was spared from General Sherman's destruction during the Civil War which destroyed cities like Charleston and Atlanta.  So a lot of amazing architecture from the plantation days still exist.

In many of the squares that make up Savannah, as well as down by the river, there are monuments to many people and groups such as the African-American monument, the WWII monument, a Vietnam Memorial and a statue to Oglethorpe who founded Savannah in 1733.

If you have a chance to visit Savannah, Georgia, go.  It's a safe, fascinating, beautiful city, and I hope to go back there someday.