Spent a lovely week exploring the beautiful historic cities of Savannah, Georgia and Charleston, South Carolina. (With a stop at Tybee Island in between, to enjoy the ocean.)
In Savannah, I heard the story of the seven women who decided in the 1950s to begin the Historic Savannah Foundation, beginning with $22,500 to buy a house in danger of being razed for a parking lot. I wonder if they were taken seriously back then, or if people considered this a hobby? The historic district owes its preservation — and definitely its thriving tourist industry — to the leadership of these women, and those who continued their vision.
In Charleston, we heard stories of the pirates hanged on the Battery in the 1700s and admired the antebellum homes that line the park. But our visit focused more on the remnants of the Civil War. These buildings stand as a reminder, so we can look back through many years and from another culture to try to understand those times.
Here are a few links to more information:
Cathedral of St John the Baptist, Savannah (virtual tour)
Flannery O’Connor (Encyclopedia Britannica)
Slave Mart (National Park Service link)
Fort Sumter (National Park Service link)