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  • Writer's pictureJeff Epps

Road Trippin' USA: Savannah River Street

Savannah was settled in 1733 as a port city in the newly found English colony of Georgia. It became a major commercial hub due to its vast import and export activity during the Colonial era:

In 1778, during the Revolutionary War, British forces launched a surprise attack on Savannah and captured it from the Continental Army. In 1779, during the Siege of Savannah, American and French forces attempted to take it back but failed. Savannah remained under British control until 1782.

By the mid-1800s, Savannah was the #1 cotton exporting city in the world.

In 1864, during the Civil War and General Sherman's "March to the Sea," Savannah was captured, but preserved, and given to President Lincoln as a Christmas Gift. Savannah had been a vital port city in the South with respect to cotton exports and slave imports (until 1798):

The buildings on and around River Street are 250+ years old, and the cobblestone streets are 200+ years old. The area has been well-preserved thanks to a major restoration project in the 1970s.

River Street has many notable tourist attractions which include River Street Marketplace, Olde Pink House, Forsyth Park, Waving Girl Statue, Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist, Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters, Savannah Theatre and many others:

This is a short vlog that is a part of my ongoing #RoadTrippinUSA🇺🇸 project with mostly 3-second clips, highlighting attractions on River Street in Savannah, Georgia.


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