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Historian, curator, and classic-car buff Tanya Bailey-Smith opened the Great Savannah Races Museum as an homage to the cultural significance of the Great Savannah Races of 1908, 1910, and 1911. Her facility doubles as a micromuseum and gift shop with media and fine-art items on display and a collection from the Automobile Club of America, whose members chose Savannah to host the first American Grand Prix.
411 Abercorn Street
Savannah,
Georgia
US
Built in 1842, The Harper Fowlkes House incorporates many of the popular styles of the era, such as an exterior of Savannah gray brick stuccoed and scored to resemble stone blocks. Visitors can still see the craftsmen?s handiwork during educational tours of the three-story Greek Revival mansion, held four days a week. A curving stone staircase leads to the mansion?s front doorway, surrounded by a two-story porch whose roof rests on elegant columns. Inside, antique artwork abounds, such as a portrait of Colonel Habersham, who played a key role in the Revolutionary War by originating the backward tri-cornered hat. Other period antiques decorate the house, and an enclosed garden adds an outdoor element. Further antique details permeate the house, from ceilings bordered by original plaster crown moldings to six chandeliers that were originally gas-burning but have been retrofitted to host light bulbs.
230 Barnard St
Savannah,
GA
US
The Savannah Beerathon mimics a marathon with a tongue-in-cheek lineup of 26 bar hops, each location pouring a different featured craft brew. The Savannah Morning News profiled the event, which taps into the city's burgeoning craft-beer culture for an eclectic tasting tour. Each venue boasts beer specials—though the brews themselves are not included with admission as per Georgia law. The suds range from Left Hand milk stout and Blue Point toasted lager to Sam Adams' Octoberfest. Participants meet new friends and new beers throughout the day, raising a glass to good taste and soaking up the sounds of live bands and DJs. The organizers encourage the wearing of team outfits and welcome designated drivers and sober pack-horses to join their friends at the venues.
117 Whitaker Street
Savannah,
GA
US
For a low-key lunch, Jepson Center for the Arts is a charming cafe worth checking out. At Jepson Center for the Arts, you can connect with other vegans and enjoy a bite. Wear what you like when you dine at Jepson Center for the Arts — the restaurant has a chill vibe just right for casual dining. Catering makes it easier to organize any event, and Jepson Center for the Arts will ensure that it is delicious. At Jepson Center for the Arts, you can find street parking nearby, as well as garage parking. Prepare to spend about $30 per person when dining at Jepson Center for the Arts. Stop by for three square meals a day — Jepson Center for the Arts serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
207 W York St
Savannah,
GA
US
Though you probably won't contact a ghost during the Savannah Ghost Show, you'll certainly witness a few magical tricks. The company's two family-friendly tours are part history lesson, part mobile theater?and while they follow a similar route, they cater to slightly different audiences. The 7 p.m. Catch a Ghost tour is designed to thrill and delight families with smaller children. Charting a 1-mile path by a graveyard and historic town squares, guides relay facts about the town's pirate history and recount legends of ghostly sightings.
Columbia Square
Savannah,
GA
US
In 1820, an upwardly mobile carpenter named Isaiah Davenport designed a 6,800-square-foot Federal-style home to live in with his wife, children, and slaves. After his death, Davenport’s wife turned the stately brick house into a boarding house, though it later devolved into a run-down tenement—until the Historic Savannah Foundation saved the landmark when it was threatened with demolition in 1955. The organization’s award-winning preservation, their very first effort, jumpstarted an organized preservation movement that spread across the entire port city. Today, the Davenport House Museum’s rooms are filled with antique furniture from the 1820s, acquired after careful research relying on estate inventories and detailed artist renderings of long-ago games of musical chairs. These period-accurate tables and chairs join ceramics, textiles, and books to form the museum’s collection of about 500 historical items. Behind the home, where a carriage house, garden, and privy once stood, a garden designed by renowned landscape artist Penelope Hobhouse flourishes. After walking among its flowers, visitors can drop by the museum shop to pick up jams and jellies, books about Savannah, and reproductions of early 19th-century items.
324 E State St
Savannah,
GA
US