Wednesday, April 23, 2014
April 7th to April 10th was spent at Fort McAllister Historic State Park near Savannah, Georgia.
Fort McAllister was the southern-most of the Confederate defense works around Savannah. Fort McAllister saw little involvement in the Civil War until it became General Sherman's last major obstacle on his army's "March to the Sea" after the sacking of Atlanta. The fort was an earthen work with several emplacements of large canon to control access up the Ogeechee River.
The fort was surrounded by a dry moat filled with a palisade of sharpened posts.
We also took one day to drive into Savannah to visit its historic district.
The historic district has several lovely public squares.
Off of one of these squares is the Olde Pink House Restaurant. The restaurant is in a house whose history stretches back to pre-revolutionary times.
Another landmark in the historic district is Leopold's Ice Cream Shop. This shop was founded in 1919 and still uses much of the original equipment.
Another popular tourist area is River Street. This area along the river has lots of old buildings filled with restaurants, galleries and gift shops.
I found it humorous that this tourist paddle-wheel boat used thrusters to maneuver at the dock.
We thought this World War II memorial by the river was very neat.