We decided on a tour package to see Historic Savannah Georgia. We used Savannah Hop on Hop off Trolley Tour. We paid $30.00 per person and they picked us up at our campground at 9:00 am and dropped us back off about 4:30 pm. The Trolley has 15 designated stops all around the historic district of Savannah and you can get off or on at any of the stops. The tour is narrated by the Trolley driver, we had several drivers through out the day and they all did a great job. There are several Trolleys running during the day so we never had to wait more then a few minutes to catch one to our next stop. Since we only had one day to explore we chose stops that we thought we would enjoy the most.
Cathedral of St. John the Baptist
OMGoodness, I can’t even begin to put into words how magnificent this church is. The outside is amazing but when I walked in my jaw hit the floor. I should let everyone know that both Mike and I made it out without bursting into flames.
The church was originally built in the 1800’s. There is a ton of history about this church and you can read about it here.
The church as a beautiful pipe organ, we didn’t get to hear it being played but it is beautiful. It is not the original organ but one of many. You can click on the “pipe organ” link to read all about it. The pictures don’t do it justice but the stain glass behind the organ is just amazing.
If you love stained glass windows, the ones in the church are some of the most beautiful I have ever seen. Again the pictures do not do them justice. It is just amazing.
I think we spent more then an hour in the church just looking and taking pictures. I am still just awestruck at how beautiful this church is.
Andrew Low House
Our next stop on our tour of Historical Savannah was the Andrew Low House. In 1847 Andrew Low II hired an architect from New York to design and build this home for his family. Before the family was able to move into the home Andrew lost his four year old son and his 31 year old wife among other family members. In 1849 Andrew Low II and his two daughters moved into the home. Andrew Low II had a very interesting rags to riches life, you can read about him here. You can also see a family tree of the Low family here. If interested you can read more about the house here and garden here.
Juliette Gordon Low, the founder of the Girl Scouts married William Mackay Low when she was 26 years old. She held the first Girl Scouts meeting in the US behind the Andrew Low house. You can read about her life here.
The downstairs of the home consisted of the parlor, a formal parlor where you would entertain guests, Andrew Lows office, the kitchen and formal dining room. In those days you did not talk about how much money you had so you would show it by the size of your house, and the decor and finishings of the house. Most people would really dress up the lower level of the house where guests would be, for instance the door knobs on the lower level of the Andrew Low house were made of silver while the knobs upstairs were ordinary knobs. Another item in the house that shows they had money is the pianoforte. These pianos had the strings running up and down and were very hard to keep tuned. Often times they would have to be tuned every 45 minutes or so. The windows on the lower level can be raised completely into the wall to create a door way out to a balcony. Back in these days children were not allowed to eat with the adults until they were about 8 or 9 because that’s when they had learned table manners. Until then they would eat in the basement. In the majority of households children would eat, sleep and play in the basement and a nanny would care for them. The reason for this is that it was very common for children to die before their 2nd birthday and this way the parents didn’t have such an emotional connection to them. Not sure about all that but if it worked for them. One of the wives also did not agree with this and there was a room added upstairs for the children.
The upstairs of the house consisted of bedrooms and a bathroom. If you notice the bathroom floor. It was not proper to have you wood floors showing so they would hand paint designs on old sail boat sails and use them to cover the floor. I forgot to mention that the carpet on the lower level of the house was placed in strips and hand sewn by the servants before the family would arrive in the spring then taken back up when the family would leave for the winter.
A lot of the items in the house were donated to the historical society by the Low family to be placed back in the house. I thought that was pretty cool. I’m not sure how much stuff we could come up with if a historical bought one of our family homes, maybe some pictures.
Is it just me or is the children’s room creepy. what is up with those dolls, poor kids probably had nightmares.
American Prohibition Museum
Ok, that’s a lot of pictures, sorry. We took way more but I wanted to spare you. Our third stop was the American Prohibition Museum. If you ever get the chance you need to go through this. It is a walk through self guided tour. They did a great job of making it informative and very interesting. They say that NASCAR started with the moonshine runners during prohibition. As you walk through the museum they tell the good, bad and ugly about the prohibition. At the end of the tour you go into a speakeasy and have an adult beverage, if your 21 or over.
This was our final stop other then the river front to have lunch, I will post a restaurant review tomorrow and include some pictures. This was one of the best tours we have been on. We really liked the hop on hop off feature so we could see what interested us and could skip what didn’t. There were several other stops we would have like to take but time didn’t allow this time.