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Experience Savannah's Rich Gullah Geechee Heritage

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Experience Savannah's rich Gullah Geechee Heritage with Gail Smith, historical interpreter. ​

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Gail's Itinerary

Cover Some Ground

Explore the natural wonders of coastal Georgia at Skidaway Island State Park, where trails wind through maritime forest and salt marsh, leading to a boardwalk and observation tower. Visitors can observe deer, fiddler crabs, egrets and other kinds of wildlife just 20 minutes from historic downtown. Take a kayak tour through the wetland and bury your toes in the sand of Butterbean Beach.

​Look into the Past

The former A.S. Varn & Son Oyster and Crab Factory is now the home of the Pin Point Heritage Museum. Nearby is Wormsloe State Historic Site, the home of carpenter Noble Jones who arrived in Georgia in 1733 with the first group of settlers. Today, visitors can interact with costumed interpreters during programs and events and visit a theater and museum with artifacts unearthed at the site. Nature trails lead past the tabby ruins of the original plantation, Georgia’s oldest remaining structure. A trip across a short bridge to Isle of Hope transports visitors to a coastal village populated with 17th and early 18th century homes.

​Stop for a Snack

For some of the freshest seafood around, stop for a bite at Pearl’s Saltwater Grille in the Moon River District. From Lowcountry classics to fresh takes on Southern fare, the menu at Pearl’s doesn’t disappoint. Lovers of fresh barbecue can rejoice because Sandfly BBQ is also convenient to the area. The atmosphere is casual and the food is sure to please any palate.

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