Explore Savannah History Walking Tour


2 hours (Approx.)
Free cancellation
1 - 15
Mobile ticket

Overview

On this tour we guide you through the HEART OF HISTORIC SAVANNAH from Wright Square to Forsyth Park.

- You will experience the perfect introduction of Savannah as you discover how and why Savannah was established.
- learn about the unique layout of our squares, gain insights about people who impacted Savannah.
- Of course, everyone wants to know where Forrest sat with his box of chocolates
- find the house from ‘Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil’ and much more.

When you join us on tour, you are ‘our guest’ in Savannah, not a ‘tourist on tour’!

Inclusions

  • Professional Local Guide

What to expect

Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Wright Square, Bull Street Between West State and West York Streets, Savannah, GA

Your tour begins in the center of the north side of Wright Square in front of the Gordon Monument.
You will learn how and why Savannah was first established, and why General James Oglethorpe decided to establish the colony on a 40-foot bluff.
You will also learn how the square are designed and why.
Did you know that the Port of Savannah is third largest port in the nation?
You will discover who Tomochichi, the chief of the Yamacraw Indians, was and why is the buried under the Gordon Monument in the center of the square.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Juliette Gordon Low's Birthplace, 10 E Oglethorpe Ave (corner of Bull St. and Oglethorpe Ave.), Savannah, GA 31401-3707

You will admire the birthplace of Juliette Gordon Low, the founder of the Girl Scouts, born here on October 31, 1860. You will discover the history the Gordon family and what it is used for today.
*We do not go into the home, but will admire it from the outside.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Independent Presbyterian Church, 207 Bull St, Savannah, GA 31401-3931

The Independent Presbyterian Church was founded in 1755 on Ellis Square (originally Market Square), but was destroyed by fire. Rebuilding on Telfair Square and destroyed by a hurricane. Today it sits on the corner of Bull St and Oglethorpe Ave, where is was built in 1855.
You will learn which US President was married in the church in 1885, and why is this steeple so famous today.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Chippewa Square, Bull Street Between Hull Street and Perry Street, Savannah, GA 31401

Here you will see where Forrest Gump sat with his box of chocolates, while waiting for the bus.
The monument in the center of Chippewa Square is General James Oglethorpe, not Captain Morgan. We agree he does look a lot like Captain Morgan, and it would be appropriate since Savannah does allow to-go cups.
Here you will learn about he man behind the colony of Savannah, and what his monument represents.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Sorrel Weed House, 6 W Harris St, Savannah, GA 31401-4354

The Sorrel Weed House is one of the most haunted homes in Savannah. We will pass buy the home, and tell you about the Savannah gray brick wall surrounding the courtyard and you will learn why there are fingerprints in the brick. Where did this brick come from?

Duration: 2 minutes

Stop At: Madison Square, Bull Street Between West Harris and West Charlton Streets, Savannah, GA

Where Madison Square is today, was once the location for one of the bloodiest battles during the American Revolution, the Siege of Savannah.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Green-Meldrim House, 14 W Macon St on Madison Square, Savannah, GA 31401-4356

Completed in 1853, this house is the finest example for Gothic Architecture in the south. This house cost $93, 000, or $3.2 million today, and was the most expensive home in Savannah during the 1800s.
This home made history as being the Headquarters for General Sherman during his March to the Sea, when he occupied Savannah.

Duration: 10 minutes

Pass By: SCADstory, 342 Bull St, Savannah, GA 31401-4518

Originally built and used as the Savannah Volunteer Guard building, this is now owned by SCAD. We go past this building.

Pass By: Gryphon Tea Room, 337 Bull St, Savannah, GA 31401-4520

The Gryphon Tea Room is located inside what we call the Shriner's Building. Inside the Gryphon Tea room is a museum in itself, once being used as Solomon's Apothecary, and still has the original mahogany cabinetry and cubbies used to store the medicines.
The Gryphon Tea Room is one of our favorites for lunch, dinner or to relax with a cup of tea!

Pass By: Mercer Williams House Museum, 429 Bull St Entrance Located Behind The House At 430 Whitaker Street, Savannah, GA 31401-4935

The Mercer Williams house, made famous by the book Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil, written by John Berendt. This is a true story of Jim Williams, who purchased the home in 1969, and the shooting of his assistant Danny 1981.
The book was released in 1993, and on New York best seller list for 216 weeks, longer than any book in history. A few years later, the movie was released and helped put Savannah on the map of tourism.
After-all, everyone loves a good scandal every once in a while. We recommend reading the book, or at least watching the movie prior to visiting Savannah.

Stop At: Armstrong House, 447 Bull St, Savannah, GA 31401-4960

Now known as the Armstrong-Kessler house, we will talk about the history of the home, and who lives in this 26, 000+ square foot home today. This is the one home in town where everyone gasps "WOW' and has to stop to admire. This is an absolutely magnificent home and one not to be missed. This is a private home today and not open for tours.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Forsyth Park, Drayton St and E Park Ave, Savannah, GA 31401

Forsyth Park, this is where our tour ends. This park began in 1848 with only 10 acres, today it covers 30 acres. It is our Central Park and enjoyed by young and old alike.
The crowning jewel of Savannah, our Forsyth Park Fountain. What most people don't realize is that this was a catalog mail order from France and installed in 1858. It is must-see and you must have your picture taken in front of this amazing fountain.

Duration: 5 minutes

Meeting point

Wright Square, Savannah, GA 31401, USA

Additional information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Email confirmation at time of reservation
  • Comfortable Walking shoes (approximately 1 mile with benches along the way)
  • Consider the weather, bring an umbrella
  • Summertime can be hot & humid - bring a bottle of water
  • Tour operates rain or shine
  • In the event of severe weather, you will be provided the option to reschedule (no refunds unless we cancel the tour)
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers

Exclusions

  • Gratuities
  • Entry/Admission - Armstrong House

Ticket delivery

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start time of the experience.
Travel61147937038
April 2022

Great history tour! Bill did a great job of sharing history with great stories. We loved the tour and will be back. He shared a wide range of history and we barely noticed that 2 hours had passed.

Ruth_W
April 2022

Rose Moss was just a terrific guide. She was knowledgeable, entertaining and open to all questions . Rose was so helpful with suggestions about Savannah and its many sites, even great suggestions about driving and parking.

EndlessSummer718
April 2022

Crystal was an OUTSTANDING tour guide. She was interesting and informative, providing all kinds of great tidbits about the history and background of Savannah. My husband and I learned so much!! We would wholeheartedly recommend both this tour and Crystal.

Susan K
April 2022

Crystal was amazing! She had so much history and side-bar stories to tell. Highly recommend! She usually does the afternoon tour. You can learn so much history during this 2 hour tour in which it would take you so much additional time on your own.

Margaret_O
April 2022

Bill was excellent and very knowledgeable. We had a small group and the time flew by! Savannah is a city full of history, and modern day enjoyment.

Erin_S
April 2022

Savannah is beautiful and our tour guide Crystal was so knowledgeable. I loved hearing all the stories of Savannah's history.

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