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Savannah Day 3
April 2017
Having covered so much of the Historic District on our first day, we decided to get out of town this morning. We started out at Bonaventure Cemetery. We wound up getting there before it was open, but after a short wait we toured the massive cemetery full of historic graves and insanely ornate monuments and headstones. Then we headed to Wormsloe Historic Site, an old fortified plantation that played an important role in Savannah's early history. Then it was back downtown to wander around the Cathedral of John the Baptist and then trek in the scorching sun to the Savannah History Museum. Of course, the highlight of that was the all-important Forrest Gump bench!

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DAY 2 | SAVANNAH INDEX | DAY 4
03-001 Savannah River 03-004 Bonaventure Cemetery Entrance 03-005 Road
Early morning ship traffic on the Savannah River
Heading into Bonaventure Cemetery
Bonaventure Cemetery is heavily wooded with old live oaks
03-006 Jewish Section 03-009 Jewish Section 03-012 Veterans Section
The Jewish section of Bonaventure Cemetery
The Jewish section of Bonaventure Cemetery
The Veterans section of Bonaventure Cemetery
03-014 Kollack Grave 03-015 Graves 03-016 Stubbs Grave
The graves here are unique
The ornate headstones are unlike you'd find elsewhere.
Many of the headstones are more like monuments.
03-017 General Robert Anderson Grave 03-018 General Robert Anderson Statue 03-019 Graves
General Robert Anderson was an Army officer who fought with the Confederacy, but also played an important part in reunification.
General Robert Anderson was an Army officer who fought with the Confederacy, but also played an important part in reunification.
Bonaventure Cemetery is a unique place
03-021 Christopher Casey Grave 03-022 Dieter Grave 03-023 Angel Statue Grave
Many of the headstones are more like monuments.
Many graves have ornate statues
Many graves have ornate statues
03-024 Rauers Grave 03-025 Hill-Doig Grave 03-026 John Moncin Grave
There are more than a few obelisks in Bonaventure Cemetery
Another impressive headstone
Yep, this guy has his own pyramid
03-027 Wilmington River 03-028 Lawton Grave 03-029 Perpetual Care Sign
Bonaventure Cemetery overlooks the Wilmington River
One of the more scenic graves
If you paid for perpetual care, they make sure it's well known!
03-030 Lawton Grave 03-031 Johnny Mercer Bench 03-032 Johnny Mercer Bench
Some statues are a bit creepy
Johnny Mercer, one of Savannah's favorite sons, has his own bench at his grave.
Johnny Mercer, one of Savannah's favorite sons, has his own bench at his grave.
03-034 Johnny Mercer Grave 03-035 Old Bonaventure Waterworks 03-037 Old Graves
Johnny Mercer, one of Savannah's favorite sons, has a fancy gravesite including palm trees.
The Old Bonaventure Waterworks supplied water to the cemetery before it was connected to municpal water
These are the oldest graves in Bonaventure Cemetery. They predate the cemetery. They were part of the plantation that resided here before it became a cemetery in 1846.
03-038 Gracie Grave 03-040 John Padelford Grave 03-041 Edward Telfair Grave
This headstone is a life size statue of the girl who is buried here, Gracie Watson.
One of the more ornate headstones in Bonaventure Cemetery
Edward Telfair was the governor of Georgia twice in the 1700s, a member of the Continental Congress and signer of the Articles of Confederation. You find his name throughout Savannah.
03-042 Trees & Spanish Moss 03-043 Magnolia Flower 03-044 Wormsloe Sign
The Spanish moss that adorns the live oaks looks like something from a movie set.
This is the ONLY magnolia flower that we managed to see anywhere on our trip.
Wormsloe Historic Site was the plantation of Noble Jones and important to the defense of Savannah.
03-045 Wormsloe Entrance 03-046 Wormsloe Driveway 03-047 Wormsloe Driveway
Wormsloe Historic Site was the plantation of Noble Jones and important to the defense of Savannah.
The driveway into Wormsloe is lined with 400 live oaks that create a beautiful canopy.
The driveway into Wormsloe is lined with 400 live oaks that create a beautiful canopy.
03-049 Trail 03-050 Spanish Moss 03-051 Tabby Ruins
The hike down to the tabby ruins is scenic and mostly shaded (thank god!)
The Spanish moss grows on everything!
The tabby ruins are the remnants of the original fortified plantation house. Tabby is a rudimentary concrete made of oyster shells and lime.
03-053 Tabby Ruins 03-054 Tabby Ruins 03-055 Trail
The tabby ruins are the remnants of the original fortified plantation house. Tabby is a rudimentary concrete made of oyster shells and lime.
The tabby ruins are the remnants of the original fortified plantation house. Tabby is a rudimentary concrete made of oyster shells and lime.
Exploring more of Wormsloe
03-056 Woodpecker 03-057 Woodpecker 03-062 Jones' Narrows
This woodpecker was at the very top of a dead tree. You could hear him for miles.
This woodpecker was at the very top of a dead tree. You could hear him for miles.
Looking out over Jones' narrows. One of the waterways Wormsloe was built to defend.
03-063 Gecko 03-064 Red Cedar Tree 03-065 Jones' Narrows
A gecko hiding among the leaves
Red cedar trees are strange looking. You'd think this was dead, but this is just how it's growing.
Looking out over Jones' narrows. One of the waterways Wormsloe was built to defend.
03-067 Blacksmith Shop 03-068 Wormsloe Driveway 03-069 Clary's Cafe Sign
The Wormsloe blacksmith shop
The driveway at Wormsloe is lined with 400 live oaks that create a beautiful canopy.
Clary's is a great little retro restaurant with fantastic comfort food.
03-070 Clary's Cafe 03-071 Clary's Cafe 03-073 Pimento Cheese Sandwich
Clary's is a great little retro restaurant with fantastic comfort food.
Clary's is a great little retro restaurant with fantastic comfort food.
Pimento cheese sandwich at Clary's. Pimento cheese is a southern classic!
03-076 Clary's Cafe 03-077 Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist 03-078 Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist
Clary's is a great little retro restaurant with fantastic comfort food.
The Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist is one of the more ornate of the many churches in Savannah.
The Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist is one of the more ornate of the many churches in Savannah.
03-079 Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist 03-081 Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist Pano 03-082 Altar
Inside the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist
Panorama of the interior of the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist
Inside the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist
03-084 Stained Glass Windows 03-085 Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist 03-087 Small Church Pew
No shortage of stained glass in here
Looking back from the front of the church
I guess people who go to church also want to be left alone sometimes!
03-088 Pipe Organ 03-089 Baptism Pool 03-090 Central Georgia Railroad Locomotive
Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist's massive pipe organ
Fanciest bathtub ever! Actually, it's their baptizing tub.
Central Georgia Railroad locomotive at the Savannah History Museum
03-091 Dentist Office 03-093 Forrest Gump Bench 03-096 1902 Crestmobile
Wow, dentist offices used to be a lot scarier looking!
Savannah's greatest landmark, Forrest Gump's bench! It was placed in Chippewa Square for the movie.
This 1902 Crestmobile is technically a car though I'm not sure I'd want to drive very far in it!
03-098 Join or Die Flag 03-099 Weaving Loom 03-100 Quilts
Join or Die, originally drawn by Ben Franklin
Weaving loom
Quilts on display
03-102 Johnny Mercer Oscar & Grammy 03-105 Orleans Square Fountain 03-106 Harper Fowlkes House
Johnny Mercer's Oscar & Grammy
Orleans Square has a fountain
The Harper Fowlkes House is a Greek Revival mansion
03-107 Scottish Rite Temple 03-108 Scottish Rite Temple 03-111 Casmir Pulaski Memorial
The Scottish Rite Temple
The Scottish Rite Temple
The monument to Revolutionary War hero and honorary US citizen Casmir Pulaski in Pulaski Square.
03-112 Casmir Pulaski Memorial 03-113 Mickve Israel Synogogue 03-116 Wesley Monumental United Methodist Church
The monument to Revolutionary War hero and honorary US citizen Casmir Pulaski in Pulaski Square.
Mickve Israel Synogogue joins Savannah's pile of religions
And one more religion is represented… Wesley Monumental United Methodist Church
03-118 APL Yangshan Cargo Ship 03-119 Arkansas Tugboat 03-120 Arkansas Tugboat & APL Yangshan Cargo Ship
Spending another evening on the riverfront watching container ships go by. This is the APL Yangshan from Singapore.
The tugboat Arkansas hooked up to the back of a container ship.
Spending another evening on the riverfront watching container ships go by. This is the APL Yangshan from Singapore with the tugboat Arkansas
03-121 Ghost Tour Trolley 03-122 River Street 03-123 Huey's Sazerac
Ghost tours are a HUGE thing in Savannah. We did not do one.
River Street and the riverfront are busy tonight
Trying my first sazerac at Huey's, a New Orleans themed restaurant
03-124 Huey's Crawfish Etouffee 03-125 Huey's Beignets 03-126 Georgia Queen
Huey's is a New Orleans themed restaurant, so of course I ordered crawfish etouffee.
No New Orlean's style meal is complete without beignets
The Georgia Queen riverboat looks great all lit up on the riverfront late at night.

DAY 2 | SAVANNAH INDEX | DAY 4

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