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Savannah is one of the most beautiful cities in America.  It's located seventeen miles up the Savannah River from the ocean, very close to the border with South Carolina. The quaint Historic District, features charming squares dancing with beautiful live oaks dripping with Spanish-moss.  Today Savannah boasts examples of just about every architectural style of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, while the atmospheric cobbled waterfront on the Savannah River, key to the postwar economy, is edged by towering old cotton warehouses.

Savannah was founded in 1733 by James Oglethorpe, as the first settlement of the new British colony of Georgia. His goal was to establish a haven for debtors, with no Catholics, lawyers or hard liquor, and above all, no slaves. However, with the arrival of North Carolinan settlers in the 1750s, plantation agriculture, based on slave labor, thrived. The town became a leading export center, at the end of important railroad lines by which cotton was funneled from far away in the South. Sherman arrived here in December 1864 at the end of his March to the Sea; he offered the town to Abraham Lincoln as a Christmas gift, but at Lincoln's urging left it intact and set to work apportioning land to freed slaves. This was the first recognition of the need for "reconstruction," though such concrete economic provision for slaves was rarely to occur again.

The plantations floundered after the Civil War; cotton prices slumped, and Savannah went into decline. There was little industry beyond the port, and as that fell into disuse and decay, so too did Savannah's graceful townhouses and tree-lined boulevards. Not until the 1960s did local citizens start to organize what has been, on the whole, the successful restoration of their town – recently, and tentatively, extended to the predominantly black Victorian District.

Savannah has acquired a notoriety thanks to its starring role in John Berendt's best-selling Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil; both book and movie detailed a delicious brew of cross-dressing, voodoo and murder. Many other movies have been filmed in Savannah as well.  For a sense of what goes on behind closed doors in the city, it's an unbeatable read, and locals delight in making dark hints as to how much they knew, or even did, themselves. If you want to look behind the closed doors for yourself, however, few locations in "The Book" – as it's universally known – are open to the public, and none is likely to satisfy your curiosity.


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Traci Amick •  Keller Williams Realty, Coastal Area Partners •  (912) 631-0220
329 Commercial Drive Ste 100 • Savannah, GA 31406
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