CSS GEORGIA IS RECOVERED FROM THE SAVANNAH RIVER

Above: An illustration of the CSS Georgia in its glory. The ship was too heavy to move in the water so it was permanently anchored at the entrance of the Savannah river to fire upon Union Ships.

Above: An illustration of the CSS Georgia in its glory. The ship was too heavy to move in the water so it was permanently anchored at the entrance of the Savannah river to fire upon Union Ships.

The CSS Georgia, an Ironclad warship in the Civil War was anchored to the entrance of the Savannah river when it was sunk by the Confederates just prior to Sherman's capture of the city.

A 730 million dredging project has been underway for two years to make the Savannah river deeper to allow larger container ships to enter the part that make it through the Panama Canal.

In this video made in July of 2015 we witness the canons being recovered from the ship.

October blog 2016

THE REVIEWS ARE IN AND SAVANNAH TOUR WALK OFFERS THE BEST WALKING TOUR IN SAVANNAH!

The tripadvisor reviews reveal 40 consistent five star reviews within a 8 month period. Read the reviews on the home page to ensure that you have found the best walking tour in Savannah! Only 12 patrons per tour and with iPads allowing for a window back into time. 

The Fountain in Forsyth Park was constructed in 1859. It is the icon of Savannah. Every Saint Patricks Day it flows with green water. The fountain symbolizes simply being present with enjoying the moment, unlike the monuments throughout Savannah, it does not represent any historical element but only that of resting in the lowcountry as you sit around the fountain in one of the many park benches.

The Fountain in Forsyth Park was constructed in 1859. It is the icon of Savannah. Every Saint Patricks Day it flows with green water. The fountain symbolizes simply being present with enjoying the moment, unlike the monuments throughout Savannah, it does not represent any historical element but only that of resting in the lowcountry as you sit around the fountain in one of the many park benches.

The Bells of Savannah

If you stand in the center of London during the top of any hour you will hear church bells ring from around the city. It is one of the great dynamics that makes London so great. If you stand in the center of Savannah during the the top of any hour you will witness the same dynamic. Part of Savannah's romantic history embraces its church bells. One of the oldest churches in Savannah, Christ Church, has a bell that was made by Paul Revere and his sons, however due to the church burning down twice, the bell tower was never rebuilt, though the original bell remains on site. The same is true for the First Independent Presbyterian Church. St. John the Baptist Cathedral has one massive bell weighing 7400lbs. and stands four feet tall. It gives off a deeper resonance than the other bells in the city. 

Here is a quick video allowing you to experience the bells of the Lutheran Church that is on Wright Square.

     The Church Bells of the First Lutheran Church on Wright Square

Historical Chandler Hospital and Its Death Room and Tunnels

The Historical Chandler hospital goes back to 1803. It is a historical building that has been restored to its original beauty and today it is a law school. View the video to learn more about the building, its history and it famous death room.

             The Historical Chandler Hospital


James of Wright Square

James is a icon of Savannah. He sits and sings and weaves on Wright Square. His artisan craft is weaving roses out of sweet grass (a form of lowcountry grass that is very easy to bend.) He sings and sells his creations to tourists that stroll by. He represents an era that does not exist any longer in Savannah. A hundred years ago there stood the city market place on Ellis Square. It was torn down and replaced with a parking lot that has since been torn down and replaced by restoring Ellis Square to shops. Slaves and feedmen would sell their produce and goods inside and outside of the market. They would sing to as grab a buyers attention. Below is a video of James doing just that.

MOVIES FILMED IN SAVANNAH

         Tom Hanks as Forest Gump

         Tom Hanks as Forest Gump

 

Every two weeks a new movie or TV series being shot in Savannah. This summer it was a series called "Z" The Beginning of Everything. During August the second season of "Underground", a series about the Underground Railroad is being shot. In July Michael Caine was in town filming a new movie about a military high school. There have been over 70 major films made in Savannah. The two most popular being Forrest Gump and Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. Other noted movies have been The General's Daughter, Glory, Let's Give Them Something to Talk About, The Conspirator, and The Lincoln Conspiracy.

Here is a list of the films and TV shows shot in Savannah.

2009 The Conspirator
2009 The Last Song
2006 Hollis & Rae (ABC Pilot)
2004 Without Love
2003 Under Tow
2000 The Gift
2000 The Fugitive (T.V. Series)
2000 This Old House (PBS Series)
2000 Code Blue (T.V. Series)
1999 The Legend of Bagger Vance
1998 Forces of Nature
1998 The General's Daughter
1997 The Gingerbread Man
1997 Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
1997 Claudine's Return
1996 The Dinner
1996 Wild America
1996 White Squall
1996 Savannah (T.V. Series)
1995 Something to Talk About
1995 Now and Then
1994 Forrest Gump *(Won 6 Oscars)
1994 Scarlett - (Mini Series)
1993 Camilla
1992 Love Crimes
1990 Goldenboy
1989 The Rose and the Jackal
1989 Flight of the Intruder
1989 Glory *(Won 3 Oscars)
1988 Return of the Swamp Thing
1988 The Judas Project
1988 My Father, My Son
1987 1969
1987 War Stories
1986 Pals
1983 Solomon Northup Odyssey
1983 Gates Of Hell
1981 All My Children - (Soap Opera)
1981 Tales of Ordinary Madness
1981 Madhouse
1980 The Slayer
1980 White Death
1980 Scared to Death
1980 When the Circus Came to Town
1980 Fear
1980 East of Eden
1980 Mother Seton
1980 Hopscotch
1979 Roots: The Next Generation (Mini Series)
1979 Gold Bug
1979 The Ordeal of Dr. Mudd
1979 Orphan Train
1979 Hopscotch
1979 Carny
1978 The Double McGuffin
1977 The Lincoln Conspiracy
1976 Roots (Mini Series)
1976 The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars and Motor Kings
1976 Bernice Bobs Her Hair
1975 Gator
1975 Distance
1974 The Longest Yard
1962 Cape Fear
1957 Three Faces of Eve *(Won 1 Oscar)
1955 View From Pompey's Head
1920 Babs
1920 Stolen Moments
1918 The Glorious Adventure
1917 Hate
1916 Half A Rogue
1915 God's Witness
1915 Under Southern Skies

Many films are made in Savannah but only include a shot needing a home from the colonial era or Civil War period. It is common to see a film crew unload a truck, set up lighting, shoot a scene or shot and then they are gone in a matter of hours.

Here are a few behind the scene stills of some of those movies mentioned above. Beginning with the opening sequence of Forrest Gump that shows the church tower of The First Independent Presbyterian Church, The FreeMason Hall and Chippewa Square.

Tom Hanks sitting on the famous Forrest Gump bench that was created in Hollywood and shipped in for the movie. This is scene one, act one as the slate says. The actual bench was placed on Chippewa Square where the Chippewa Square sign now stands. The lighting was between trees so it was consistent for the shot. The square was shot down for 4 days to get the bench scenes for the movie.

Tom Hanks sitting on the famous Forrest Gump bench that was created in Hollywood and shipped in for the movie. This is scene one, act one as the slate says. The actual bench was placed on Chippewa Square where the Chippewa Square sign now stands. The lighting was between trees so it was consistent for the shot. The square was shot down for 4 days to get the bench scenes for the movie.

Tom Hanks and Director Robert Zemeckis take a break during the first day of Forrest Gump.

Tom Hanks and Director Robert Zemeckis take a break during the first day of Forrest Gump.

Taking a break during scenes on the set of Forrest Gump.

Taking a break during scenes on the set of Forrest Gump.

Clint Eastwood directing Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil on Monterey Square.

Clint Eastwood directing Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil on Monterey Square.

Kevin Spacey plays Jim Williams standing in front of the actual home off of Monterey Square.

Kevin Spacey plays Jim Williams standing in front of the actual home off of Monterey Square.

The actual Jim Williams standing in front of his house off Monterey Square.

The actual Jim Williams standing in front of his house off Monterey Square.

Denzel Washingtonand Morgan Freeman in the movie Glory. Scenes were shot along the Riverwalk to appear as if the shots were in Boston during the Civil War.

Denzel Washingtonand Morgan Freeman in the movie Glory. Scenes were shot along the Riverwalk to appear as if the shots were in Boston during the Civil War.

Robert Redford takes a break with James McAvoy during the filming of The Conspirator on Madison Square.

Robert Redford takes a break with James McAvoy during the filming of The Conspirator on Madison Square.

John Travolta shoots a scene in Madison Square during the filming of The General's Daughter.

John Travolta shoots a scene in Madison Square during the filming of The General's Daughter.