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SIGHTS TO BE­HOLD

Sa­van­nah, Ge­or­gia is a beau­ti­ful city full of sight­see­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties. Just a few blocks away from the Aza­lea Inn, Forsyth Park is a per­fect start­ing point. For his­tor­i­cally-in­clined vis­i­tors, the park is rid­dled with var­i­ous war me­mo­ri­als from the Civil War, as well as the Span­ish-amer­i­can War.

An­other op­tion is the Cathe­dral of Saint John the Bap­tist. Though the colo­nial char­ter of Sa­van­nah pro­hib­ited Ro­man Catholics from set­tling in the city, res­i­dents quickly ig­nored this law af­ter the Amer­i­can Rev­o­lu­tion. Sur­viv­ing mul­ti­ple dif­fer­ent fires, the re­con­struc­tion this cathe­dral has un­der­gone has kept it as or­nate and breath­tak­ing as 250 years ago.

HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS Sa­van­nah is also in­fa­mous for the large num­ber of his­tor­i­cal land­marks it has in the shape of houses.

The Owen-thomas House, orig­i­nally built in 1816, is now a na­tional his­toric land­mark as one the United States’ best ex­am­ples of English Regency ar­chi­tec­ture. Guests in­ter­ested in preser­va­tion and de­sign can see this beau­ti­ful home on the cor­ner of Oglethorpe Square.

An­other his­tor­i­cal home is the Wayne-gordon House, also known as the Juli­ette Gordon Low birth­place. This house was also the first Girl Scout head­quar­ters, where Low es­tab­lished the now-iconic girls group. This is the per­fect des­ti­na­tion for life-long scouts.

A more mor­bid his­tor­i­cal home, the Mercer House is the real-life in­spi­ra­tion for John Berendt’s clas­sic Mid­night in the Gar­den of Good and Evil and can be seen in Mon­terey Square. For lit­er­ary guests, this house was the site of nu­mer­ous tragedies, in­spir­ing Berendt’s book.

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