Oh it looks so charming - have you been to Charleston as well? We are currently planning an East Coast tour (from London) and trying to decide where to visit!
Honor, yes I have and I LOVE Charleston. One of my best friends lives there in the winter so I get weekly Charleston news too, it is an amazing, beautiful place. The people, the restaurants and bars, the houses... stunning. Be sure to spend at least a couple of days in Charleston! What a fun tour, happy planning. xxx
Savannah is lovely. Pyromaniac Sherman wouldn't allow his troops to burn it, so he could present it to Lincoln as a birthday gift. He let them burn nearby Old Sheldon Church (1753), which the British had burned during the revolution. It wasn't rebuilt after the second burning, but there are services there.If you've never visited Richmond, Virginia, you should. It is a gorgeous, vibrant city. (Disclosure: I'm a native Richmonder and ardent Virginian.) You can drive along the James River and see Jamestown, where the British colony began, Williamsburg, where it flourished, and Yorktown, where Cornwallis surrendered to Washington. That route is chockablock with significant plantation houses like Shirley, Westover, Carter's Grove, Berkeley (site of the first Thanksgiving four years before the Pilgrims arrived in MA.) To quote William Byrd II, "In the beginning, all America was Virginia." The next time you visit DC, cross the Potomac to see Old Town Alexandria, which was occupied throughout the Civil War and has some of the finest examples of Federal and Georgian architecture in America. George Washington and Robert E. Lee considered it home.
Janet the history is so fascinating isn't it! We've never been to Richmond but we really have to go. We spent a couple of days in Williamsburg with our kids when they were small and we had such a great time, we still talk about that holiday. I've only ever been to Washington for a day trip which is ridiculous, we have to go back. My husband is a nut for American history and his brain is like an encyclopedia, he would love it too. Thank you so much Janet for all of these good tips. xxx
I second Janet’s tips, and yes, come to Alexandria!! We LOVE Old Town and will dearly miss it when we move!! (We are likely moving back to Canada this summer). We love Charleston and Savannah, both are incredible...I would give a slight edge to Charleston for the overall experience but Savannah has a mysterious quirkiness that I love...there’s no other way to explain it.
It was one of the places where my father said he would live in the states. I was intrigued so i had to visit and i did love it. not as much as charleston but there is definitely a vibe and i did all the house tours - the one with the first flushing loo in the states - even before the white house. The trees and of course more so than forrest gump - midnight in the garden of good and evil! i wanted to go to that drag queen's show but it was sold out. Paula who was still PC at the time - her restaurant had lines around the corner but then again i know what butter tastes like. x
Naomi it sounds like you've really done it! There is definitely a different vibe to Charleston and most people seem to prefer one or the other. Funny your Dad said he would live there! xxx
Nope, never been but it is on my hit list Dani. Would love to visit the Isaiah Davenport house museum and take a spin around the historic house district of that fair city.
CD you would love it for sure, you'll have to do a tour to include Charleston too. My friend's house in Charleston is in the historical district and I was shocked when I visited her, the beauty of it, the style! xxx
I love Savannah, more so than Charleston. Once we had a pedicab ride through the city and all those charming little parks/ squares at night - it was magical and I felt like Cinderella! Our student pedicab driver was friendly and chatty (in a good way). We also got a chance to walk through the Pink House one morning before it was open for business. Each of the rooms was so interesting - a lovely place to dine.slf
slf loved all the little squares! The parks with their gardens, I couldn't get over it. I would love to visit at night too, you're right it would be magical. xxx
Georgia was such a culture shock for me when I was young, the flora and fauna and houses were so unlike anything in New England, that looks such great fun, they always do it better over there.T