Our Savannah rental was a restored freedman’s cottage from the 1870s, located near Forsyth Park. We loved the light-filled space, decorated with local art and antiques.
Dee of Savannah Bike Tours led us through the highlights of Savannah, from the river to the park, with some Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil locations in the mix.
Tybee Island, just twenty minutes from Savannah, delighted us with its wide beach and hometown feel – mostly small houses rather than high-rises.
We ate well in Savannah. A favorite was B Matthews Eatery, where we spent a memorable evening devouring luscious seafood dishes.
We started our Lowcountry experience, fittingly enough, in the past. A canopy of live oak trees, draped in Spanish moss, line the mile-and-a-half long road to Wormsloe Plantation, the estate of Noble Jones.One of the original English settlers in Georgia, the versatile Jones, who began his career as a carpenter, also served as a surveyor, a doctor, and a military commander in the new colony.
Tabby ruins are all that remain of the original estate. Tabby, a mix of lime, water, sand, ash, and oyster shells, and was often used as a building material in the colonial coastal southeast. Durable and uniquely textured, it is well suited to the environment of the coast, but declined in popularity after the 1800s. These tabby ruins are the oldest structures in Savannah.