Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Views from the trolley bus.

As Lucy previously mentioned, Monday morning of our Savannah Sojourn saw us boarding the Oglethorpe trolleys, once more, this time for a narrated sightseeing tour which we all enjoyed tremendously.

A loving father had these identical houses built
 for his twin daughters as a Wedding Gift,
so the story goes.

The Sorrel Weed House

Savannah's Historic district is world famous for it's cobblestone streets, manicured gardens, and oak-shaded squares draped with silvery Spanish Moss.

From our trolley driver/guides we heard that Savannah is the largest National Historic Landmark District in the United States, with more than twenty city squares filled with museums, monuments, antebellum mansions, magnificent churches, and famous forts of the Revolutionary & Civil War eras.

Many of the Historic homes are embellished
 with richly detailed wrought iron work railings and balconies.

The steps leading up to this beautiful mansion are further
enhanced by a stunning Fall display of pumpkins and mums.
We also toured the Victorian Historic District, Savannah's first suburb, located just south of the Savannah Historic District. Originally a parade ground, the extension of street railways in the late 19th century spurred the development of this neighborhood.

The wood frame houses dating from the 1870s and 1880s are a mixture of several Victorian styles of architecture.
Some of the best examples of these are the Carpenter Box style houses on West Gwinnett Street embellished with ornate brackets and cornices, the Queen Anne style mansion at the corner of Whitaker and Gwinnett, and the imposing Victorian Telfair Hospital on Park Avenue.

1 comment:

  1. Lovely post, Maggie. Takes me back to a wonderful time spent with good friends in a lovely setting. Thanks for organizing this meeting and sharing these photos. ~ Sarah