The Marshall – Named after an iconic structure on Broughton Street, the Marshall House is known for its haunted history and its time as a hospital during the Civil War. You cannot miss this towering structure in historic downtown Savannah as it looms over the surrounding buildings. Some visitors only stay in this haunting hotel to experience things that go bump in the night. The Marshall was originally built in 1851 by Mary and James Marshall, but a renovation in 1999 gave us the Marshall House we know and love today.
The Davenport – This elegant, artistically decorated tower takes its name from the 1820 Federal-style home constructed by an upwardly mobile artisan Isaiah Davenport for himself, his wife and their ten children. Upon his death, Isaiah’s wife, Sarah, converted the home into a boarding house and ran it until 1840. The once stately home fell into disrepair until 1955 when a group of community-spirited residents came together and bought the home. This purchase was the first official act of the Historic Savannah Foundation. The Davenport House became their office and later had its first floor opened as a museum. After the Historic Savannah Foundation moved to new headquarters, the Davenport began a re-restoration process to create a more authentic museum experience that you can still visit today.
The Madison – Overflowing with history and charm, Madison Square was designed in 1837 and features a large bronze statue of Sergeant William Jasper, who died from wounds received during the Siege of Savannah. Also in this historic square, you will find two cannons that mark the beginnings of the first highways in Georgia – Augusta Road and what is now known as Ogeechee Road.
The McAllister – Originally designed by Captain John McCrady, this fort had a bombproof area in the center and seven cannon emplacements. These features helped it stand tall against seven ship attacks within the span of two years. What makes it really special however is that Fort McAllister was the last fort defending Savannah in the Civil War. It stood until Sherman marched on Savannah in 1864.
The Broughton – One of the most well-known streets in Savannah, as it runs directly through the heart of the historic district, the Broughton is named after Thomas Broughton. Thomas and four others dedicated two months of time and labor in carpentry work to the new Savannah colony.
The Forsyth – Now known as the large 30-acre park in the historic district in Savannah, Forsyth Park was originally laid out in the 1840’s with land donated by William Hodgson. In 1851 John Forsyth, the 33rd Governor of Georgia, donated 20 acres to the project bringing it up to its final and current size of 30 acres.
Telfair's Treasures – The oldest public art museum in the South, founded in 1883 thanks to Mary Telfair's generous donation of her home and furnishings, the Telfair Museum now consists of three buildings. You can visit the Telfair Academy, The Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters, or the contemporary Jepson Center for the Arts; each represents an innovative expression of its time. The collections in each museum are from the same era as the buildings.
The Oglethorpe – The Oglethorpe derives its name from the founding father of Savannah. General James Oglethorpe landed on a bluff along the Savannah River in 1733 and claimed the 13th and final American Colony. He named it Georgia, after England’s King George II. Oglethorpe is known to have had a large role in the original plan for the city of Savannah as well as the layout of the squares throughout the historic district.
The Bethesda – Directly translated to mean “House of Mercy” the Bethesda began in 1740 as an orphanage, with a wholesome atmosphere and strong discipline. The founder, George Whitefield, hoped that the home would eventually become the foundation for a university. Unfortunately,Directly translated to mean “House of Mercy” the Bethesda began in 1740 as an orphanage, with a wholesome atmosphere and strong discipline. The founder, George Whitefield, hoped that the home would eventually become the foundation for a university. Unfortunately, after expenses piled up, the home was left to a charitable sponsor in England with hopes that it would continue on the same as it did during the life of George Whitefield. It was difficult for the new beneficiary of the home to oversee it from across an ocean, so the home almost closed. After a fire claimed the original structure, a new administration rebuilt on the same site and established the Bethesda School for Boys, now known as the Bethesda Academy. the expenses piled up and the home was left to a charitable sponsor in England with hopes that it would continue on the same as it did during the life of George Whitefield. The new beneficiary of the home could not oversee it from across an ocean so the home almost closed. Until a fire claimed the original structure and a new building and society were established on the same site.
The Cobblestone Collection – If you’ve had the pleasure of walking in historic downtown Savannah you’ve probably seen a street or two paved with uneven cobblestones. What you don’t know is that originally the streets were paved with ballast, but that was considered too rough for carriages and automobiles. Savannah shipped in quarried stone to make the many cobblestone streets you can still see in the historic district. Walking on cobblestones is like walking on physical memories of Savannah’s past!
The Live Oak – Besides being the state tree of Georgia, you could easily say that the live oak is Savannah’s favorite tree. Beginning in the 19th century, Savannah residents planted the trees in the streets and squares to provide shade during the heat of summer and beauty year-round. Now, you can see arching live oaks dripping with Spanish moss on almost every street and square!
The Azalea – March brings the switch from winter to spring, and it also brings masses of gorgeous Azalea blooms throughout Savannah. Almost every square or park will be flowering with their magenta and red hues, including Forsyth Park and Bonaventure Cemetery.
The Pink House – This Georgian mansion was originally built in 1771 for James Habersham Jr. and was one of the only buildings to survive the fire of 1796. From 1812-1865 the home was used as the Planter’s Bank and First Bank of Georgia. Then it served as headquarters for Union General Zebulon York before being restored and converted into an elegant restaurant and cellar tavern.
The Ellis - Ellis Square was originally named Decker Ward when it was laid out by James Oglethorpe himself in 1733. It took its final moniker from Sir Henry Ellis who never stayed in one place for long and was the 2nd Royal Governor of Georgia. The square itself was used as a market until the 1950s when the site was demolished and repurposed as a parking garage. In the early 2000’s the Savannah Preservation Society succeeded in having the area restored to a more modern iteration of the original site. Now named City Market and Ellis Square, featuring live music and splash pad style fountains, the area is one of Savannah’s most popular spots for locals and tourists alike.
The Chatham – Savannah is the largest city in Chatham County, Georgia. Chatham was created in 1777 and was named after William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham. Our flagship location first opened its doors in Savannah, GA in the heart of Chatham County.
The Pulaski – Pulaski has an entrenched history in Savannah, starting with Casimir Pulaski, also known as the father of the American cavalry. He was a general in the Continental Army and at the Battle of Savannah. While bravely leading a charge against British forces, he was injured and later died. You can find a monument of Pulaski in Monterey Square honoring the general.
The Whitaker – Our Whitaker Gift Basket received its name from William Whitaker. Whitaker was a native of Savannah who very much appreciated the sweeter things in life. He spent much of his life in Florida and was the first to plant commercial citrus groves in the state. Whitaker wanted a sweeter orange and experimented with grafting oranges; eventually, he created what he dubbed Whitaker Sweet Oranges.
The Drayton - Drayton street in Savannah is the route most people take to get downtown. One of the most notable buildings you'll see as you drive down this street is 330 Drayton Street, the site of the first Girl Scouts Headquarters. It was donated to the Girl Scouts of America by Juliette Gordon Low upon her death in 1927 and joined the National Register of Historic Places in 1966.