The Savannah Collection
Savannah up close and personal with Chasing Oz.
The downtown River Street area of Savannah is always hustling and bustling with people. The tourist from all over the globe, but early in the morning while the city still sleeps, the sunrise to my back illuminated the early morning skies.
One of the most iconic parts of Savannah is the original cobblestone streets of the riverfront. Over the years many have had to be replaced because people actually steal pieces of the road. A piece of history removed from its home because of entitled tourist. Can you imagine if these stones could tell their stories? What they have seen over the years?
On the Savannah riverfront, there is one staple that can always be seen, the famous Savannah paddle-wheel boat. The Savannah riverboat has been a staple of the historic community since 1991. A refreshing scene considering the rather dark history of the Savannah riverfront.
Anyone can purchase a ticket to ride on the vessel, and I highly recommend taking in Savannah with a riverboat cruise.
Another shot of the famous Georgia Queen. The various different angles of the boat gave for endless possibilities to take in the sunrise in the sky.
One of my favorite late fall cotton candy skies.
The Savannah City hall was built in 1905 on the site of the 1799 City Exchange. The beautiful gold dome has become an icon for the city of Savannah in the years following. The iconic dome also includes a beautiful clock tower.
The original copper dome was gold leafed in 1987 for the first time.
A closer look at the architecture of the Savannah City Hall at sunrise. Giving a great video of the famous clock tower.
The riverfront is the home to the Cotton Exchange. When Savannah was first settled their biggest export was cotton. The Cotton Exchange was built in 1886 and was one of the first buildings to be constructed over a public road.
Around Savannah, you will notice iron. Lots of iron. During the time Savannah was settled, the wealth of a family would be shown in the ironwork on their home. You will notice many treasured pieces around the city.
Another view of the Savannah’s historic Cotton Exchange overlooking River Street. Built of red brick with a terracotta façade, iron window lintels, and copper finials and copings, the building is one of the best surviving examples of the Romantic Revival period.
Erected at the time of the Cotton Exchange the winged lion statue has become a staple of Savannah. In 2008 a driver went through the iron fencing demolishing the statue. It took many people and lots of time to restore the fountain.
One of the treasures about Savannah is their Squares. The historic downtown consists of 22 historic squares many of which include statues and memorials for the founders of Savannah and other historical figures that helped build the city.
Long before the city came to life, as the sun rose in the distance, I strolled along the River Street area. This stretch was once one of the very first buildings in the country to be built over a road. The original cobblestone streets also give the whole area a little extra dose of history.
City Hall in the distance.
At the corner of Bull & E. President Streets is one of the most beautiful churches in Savannah. The Ascension Lutheran Church in Wright Square.
One of the most iconic places in Savannah is Forsyth Park famously known for their fountain. While the fountain itself isn’t one of a kind it nevertheless is stunning. I could have taken pictures of the fountain itself all day long.
I love the Forsyth Park fountain so much that I actually put it on the cover of the last full-length novel I wrote, Falling Forward. My love for the city is something I’ll never shake. I’d love to live there one day.
An up-close look at the iron details of the fence surrounding the Forsyth Park fountain. Another shining example of Savannah’s love for iron.
This fountain was erected in 1858 making it 160 years old. Considering its age, I’d say she is aging beautifully.
One of my favorite features of Savannah are the fountains. The working fountains around the city are not just beautiful but they give each and every corner a colorful addition.
This sits outside of the City Market right behind the Hotel Indigo.
All around the city different historical sites have history markers explaining a piece of the story of Savannah. What many people don’t know about the city is it is the birthplace of Jingle Bells, the popular Christmas song.
In the right of this picture is the famous Savannah Candy Kitchen. If you love pralines this is one place you don’t want to miss if you ever make it to town.
This view is taken on River Street overlooking the area that docks the Georgia Queen. River Street is one of the most haunted areas of Savannah. Because of the number of deaths and bodies that were once buried upon these grounds. In fact, most of Savannah is actually built on old burial grounds. Not surprising that many people experience paranormal activity when visiting the city. Want to stay in a haunted hotel? Try The Marshall House!
In one of my more edited pictures of River Street, I used the sunrise down at the end of the road to help bring out the clouds. Something awesome about downtown at sunrise when the rest of the city is still sleeping.