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We got a very late start to the morning today.  It was almost afternoon by the time I left my cousins as both the dogs got belly aches.  It must have been the rawhides I gave them.  Regardless, I had to do a little washing and drying before we left!

We spent a few hours at our first stop, Savannah, capital of the Georgia Colony in the 1700s.  We parked near River Street complete with candy shops, restaurants, tourist apparel, street musicians, and riverboat rides.  The dogs and I crossed the cobblestone lane, climbed the stairs, and passed over the iron pedestrian bridges of Factors Walk to begin our walk to the fountain in Forsyth Park.

The sidewalk led us past restored homes, historic buildings, cafes, and shops as well as through countless squares.  Each square, lined with Spanish moss covered Live Oaks and Magnolias, featured a fountain or statue honoring war heroes, governors, and the like.  Ornate ironworks enclosed the statues and intricately designed brick sidewalks wrapped through the squares.

Forsythe Park was conceived in the 1840s by William Brown Hodges who donated 10 acres of wooded land to be developed into Savannah’s first recreational park.  The park is named for former governor John Forsythe.  The park is not only home to a lovely fountain, but also a large field, statues, and a variety of activities.  After our stroll through downtown Savannah, we continued south to Fort McAllister State Historic Park.

Fort McAllister State Historic Park is located on the banks of the Ogeechee River among salt marshes and giant live oaks.  Fort McAllister was a three gun earthwork battery.  Union ironclads attacked the mud earthworks seven times.  The Confederates didn’t fall until Union General William Sherman captured the fort during his March to the Sea from Atlanta to Savannah.

After our walk through the fort, we headed farther south to a roadside church which is the Smallest Church in America.  The 10 by 15 foot chapel seats 13 and is open 24 hours a day to all denominations.  According to the docent, the church was built by Agnes Harper, a rural grocer, in 1949. The church includes a small pulpit, wooden pews, and stained glass windows from England.  Just kidding, there wasn’t a docent for the tiny chapel, but there was a pamphlet!  The church was a final stop on this shortened day before proceeding to a Walmart near Darien.

websites:  www.gastateparks.org/info/ftmcallister

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