We are now at our home base for the summer, which is at my brother’s house here in Newfane New York, about 20 miles east of Niagara Falls New York. We actually got here two weeks ago.  When we got here we noticed right away it was cooler, in fact the weather has not been all that great. It has been raining and only in the 50’s. The last few days however have improved and hopefully that will be the trend. We are not used to it being cloudy ,rainy or cooler. We decided to park the rig by the barn so that I could wash it easier, but that hasn’t worked out. This weekend we will move to the shed area, I have set up. I have been pretty busy getting the barn cleaned up, so we can clean out the shed, that has all our stuff in it, some will go to a garage sale coming up soon, and the rest will be put in the barn or shed. Melissa has also started back to work at her old place of employment, right now about 15 hours per week. It is kind of a weird feeling being back here, we are used to being on the go ,and I see already life will slow down a little bit. I guess that is good as we can reflect on our 8 months of being away. We already have plans on leaving Sept 10th, for Florida again and not be back until the end of May next year.


This is the spot we will be backing into this weekend. We will be facing the back woods.


Savannah River Street

Our last day in Savannah we went to Bay and River Streets, another sunny & warm day . River street is lined with old factory buildings, once cotton warehouses, that are now mostly refurbished inns, restaurants, shops and art galleries. River Street is along the broad Savannah River, it’s definitely a good spot to see all kinds of boats and ships pass. Especially when you get to see ships from around the globe sail into one of the busiest ports in America. Dave & I saw a huge Freighter filled with layers of train box cars piled on top of each other pass thru from Vietnam.

Bay Street.

Bay Street is above river street about 48 feet. In the day it was just a drop off, hard to get too. Until they decided to build the steps and cobble streets to the river.

These shots are from Bay street looking down toward River Street.





You’ll notice the streets and walls are cobblestone, they are actually ballast from ships that came across the Atlantic.


River Street

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On our way down to River Street, lots of shops.

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One of the many fountains


Somewhere on River Street.


Looking down River Street.


Original bell and tower from a church, the bells were rung during the War of 1812 to warn the citizens that the British were coming.

These cannon are very historic, they were captured during the American Revolution, and given to Savannah as a gift by President Washington. During the Civil War they were buried in one of the Armories to keep them hidden from Union troops







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The Chandler Oak,  is over 300 years old, and was here when the city was founded.




Echo Square

“X” marks the spot of an echo chamber in the middle of Rousakis Plaza Echo Square plaza.

It’s an X created by the cement pavers, and a mysterious echo created by the plaza’s unique acoustics.

If you stand in the center of the X and speak, there is an unusual and very noticeable echo which cannot be heard by anyone immediately outside the square. Dave and I both tried this and we definitely heard our echo.



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The Waving Girl statue

The Waving Girl statue, located at the east side of the Savannah River, commemorates Florence Martus, who took it upon herself to become the hostess of the Hostess City. In 1887, Martus, daughter of an ordnance sergeant at Fort Pulaski on Cockspur Island, decided to greet each ship entering the Port of Savannah. Florence welcomed visitors by waving a handkerchief during the day and holding a lantern at night, and according to legend, not a ship entered or departed Savannah without her greeting or farewell for the next 44 years.

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Pirate House Restaurant

A small plot of land, originally a botanical garden modeled after the Chelsea Botanical Garden in London, England, is now home to the Pirates’ House, a Savannah restaurant and one of the oldest standing buildings in Georgia.

In 1734 a small building was built on the plot of land and in 1753, as Savannah became a port town, it was decided this structure should be an Inn. This was the start of the Pirate House Inn, where it’s rumored seamen and pirates alike drank and shared stories of their adventures at sea.

The modern-day restaurant was established in the early 1950s Dave and I decided to have the buffet to  enjoy an extensive southern-inspired menu, that included Southern fried chicken. It was all very, very good! The restaurant has 15 separate dining rooms. The atmosphere remains true to a pirate’s inn, with maps, helms, flags and skulls hanging on the walls, as well as some of the original dining sets protected in glass cases.

It also said that Captain Flint, a pirate mentioned in the book Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson, died in the upstairs bedroom, and that his ghost still haunts the building. Haunted or not, visitors can see rare early edition pages of the novel hanging on the walls of the Captain’s Room and the Treasure Room. It was a great experience and we were glad different people told us to go there.


When we got there we were seated right away, when we left there was a line out the door.

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Our eating area was the old gardeners house, it is very small.




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The underground tunnel, led to the river, it is said that if a sailor had too much rum, and passed out he would be taken through the tunnel and put on board a pirate ship to serve the rest of his days.

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Our pirate escort





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Our visit to Savannah “was like a box of Chocolates, you never

know what your gonna get.”  We got a  good time.
















On our third day in Savannah, we decided to visit the 22 squares, they have in the historic town. That meant a lot of walking, about 6 miles in total, my feet were killing me. Each square is dedicated to someone and has it’s own charm about it. During our walk we saw a lot of people and experienced the charm the town has to offer. We did stop at a few places which are listed below.

Webb Military Museum

Savannah’s Webb Military Museum opened in 2015 on 411 E York St. The museum explores the personal history of America’s wars, with a special focus on the wars of the 20th century.   It’s a private museum that filled with military artifacts owned by Gary Webb . He started hobby collecting small items and searching for military relics in the woods of Germany and it turned into a lifelong interest that has now turned into Webb Military Museum .   The museum documents military exhibits displaying hundreds of artifacts from all over the world.   Some of his items include a Russian-made MiG (a jet fighter aircraft) from East Germany and several other notable items, including napkins from Hitler’s Berghof (his mountain retreat) and a uniform that belonged to Saddam Hussein, which was taken from one of his palaces.

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This painting was hanging in Saddam Hussains palace

The Sorrel-Weed House

It Mansion was built in 1841 and has 16 thousand square feet which makes it the largest house in Savannah.   It was built for Francis Sorrel a wealthy shipping merchant and esteemed citizen of Savannah. One of his sons General Gilbert Moxley Sorrel was one of the youngest Generals in the Confederate army. Francis Sorrel was also a good friend of Robert E. Lee. In 1859 Henry D. Weed a Savannah businessman purchased the house. It remained in the Weed family until 1914.   It is one of the most significant tributes to early 19th century with lots of history. It was built to entertain the wealthy with two parlors and a large dining hall. The Sorrel House was the first structure built on the green Square . The square was then called the “green”, where Savannahians   gathered for parties.    The Sorrel-Weed Mansion was featured on on HGTV’s ” If Walls Could Talk”, and named “A must see” by the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.


Despite all Francis Sorrel’s wealth his second wife Matilda (who was suffering from mental illness)she threw herself off the balcony and committed suicide. Society in the 1800s thought that if you “couldn’t handle your wife” what good are you! Francis was black balled by everyone and was forced to leave all his glory behind, never to return.

The Mansion has other stories or “tales” of hangings, etc and it is believed to be haunted. A plot of ground on which the building sits was where the Siege of Savannah took place during the Revolutionary War. In this terrible assault in October of 1779 was, according to many historians, the bloodiest hour of the entire American Revolution, with well over a thousand casualties recorded. Is it haunted? Who knows? Anyway it is listed as one of the top 10 haunted locations in the USA.

The mansion was opened to the public January 1940 and it was one of the first homes in the State of Georgia to be designated a State landmark . Another great place to visit

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The basement, it was open in the day and was a kitchen then .The only original stuff is the brick floor, made by slaves in the day.

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All hand done stucco medallion


Curved doors, very labor intensive and hard to make, especially back then ,a sure sign of wealth.


Back garden ,the bricks were made by slaves and on most of them you can see there finger marks, from moving them when they were still hot.



As we were leaving my, southern belle arrived, she is a time traveler and wanted to take me back to the early 1800’s. I really wanted to go with her, but just as soon as she appeared she was gone.


The Century of Hats

I read on trip advisor to check out The 100-year-old parade of feathers, silk, and straw housed in the Mansion on Forsyth Park. It’s called The Century of Hats exhibit and I am so glad I did. It is in Mansion on the Madison , Savannah’s premier luxury hotel. Julie Roberts, for one stays there when she’s in town.   The hats in the exhibit are from the 1860s-1960s, are arranged chronologically in two long display cases. Included in the collection is a wedding bonnet from the 1860s, worn by a Northern woman on the day of her marriage to a Southern gentleman.  I know that my mother and my aunt always made and wore hats, especially my aunt who made hats much like the newer ones in the Mansion.   And I remember when I was little you always wore a hat to church, especially one at Easter.   This was definitely a high lite for me on our visit to Savannah. Here are some hats from the collection.

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The lobby






We also went to the park, called Forsyth , its about 10 acres big, and is considered the hub of the squares, has a lot of open ground, and people bike , hike, walk, and even sell there wares here. It reminded me of a mini, mini central park.


The huge fountain in the park


The views below are from a few of the other squares we walked to.


City hall, the river is right behind it.


This mansion is an antique dealer, but the window ornimants are made of solid iron also notice the iron railings, wealth.


Some of the flowers that were all around.



We also went to the market square ,about two blocks in length, with shops, resterants, and the like. We had ice cream there.





Abe’s on Lincoln

was the last place we went ,before we had to get the bus back to the RV resort.


I came across someone’s best things to do in Savannah on the internet and was so glad I did! In Savannah National Historic District sits Abe’s on Lincoln which is one of the oldest continually run bars in Georgia established in the late 1700s by Polish and Irish immigrants. As you enter the bar you immediately notice the napkins upon napkins that have Abraham Lincoln drawn on them. They are all over the bar, on its old wooden beam ceilings and on the walls.

Rusty …., I found out the napkin drawing started when drunk man came into the bar, and the bartender refused to serve him. The man then asked for a pen and napkin and proceeded to draw a very impressive napkin drawing of Abraham Lincoln. The drunk man actually was a professional artist who had remarkably kept his artistic ability even though he was drunk. The drawing was so good the bartender taped it to the wall. This was the beginning the for hundreds of people who come to Abe’s to draw their own Abe Lincoln on a napkin.

Before the bar opened Dave & I were very lucky to meet Rusty & Hellen Donnelly from Iowa, they were also waiting for the bar to open. Both Helen & I drew Abe on a napkin and now our art is shown at the very top right hand corner, proudly displayed at Abe’s on Lincoln.


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Cheers to Rusty & Helen Donnelly













On our second day we visited a number of places, we were able to use the trolley and the bus system(which was free) to travel around more easily

Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum

The Ships of the Sea Museum is located in the William Scarborough mansion. One of the earliest examples of the Greek revival in Savannah, it’s a beautiful home built for William Scarborough, president of the Savannah Steamship Company, and one of the principal owners of the steamship Savannah, the first steamship to cross the Atlantic. It was completed 1819. This magnificent mansion soon became a center of Savannah social life and was the focal point of colorful festivities during President James Monroe’s visit that year.

Scarborough lost the home in 1820 after suffering financial setbacks. By 1827 the home back in the hands of the family, and was owned by his daughter, Charlotte Scarborough Taylor. From 1870 to 1876, the house was run as a boys’ orphanage. In 1878, it became the first public school in Savannah. After the school closed in 1962, the house remained vacant for a number of years. The dilapidated mansion was purchased and renovated by the Historic Savannah Foundation. Over $1 million dollars was spent on the renovation. Recognized for its extraordinary architectural and historical significance, the Scarborough House was designated a National historic Landmark in 1974 and opened to the public in 1976. It now houses the Ships of the Sea Museum.

The museum has a large collection of ship models, paintings, and maritime antiques. Some are totally amazing.

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The back entrance with it’s garden

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Davenport House Museum

The Isaiah Davenport House is a style called Federal-Style architecture. It has a simple but stylish exterior that was constructed of English brick and brownstone and has a showy railing and an attractive double entry stairway.   The interior of the home has been authentically restored and features beautiful woodwork, original plasterwork and a hanging staircase. Filled with furnishings of the period you can get a glimpse of what life was like in Savannah in the 1820s.

Isaiah Davenport was a native of Rhode Island and he arrived in Savannah before 1807 after completing his apprentice as a builder. He soon became known as one of Savannah’s most famous and prosperous builders and built a number of brick houses in the late Georgian and Federal styles, all with high basements because of the dusty unpaved streets of Savannah.

Davenport’s family sold the Davenport house to planter William E. Baynard in 1840, and remained in the hands of that family until 1955. Unfortunately, the house was a run-down tenement building by the 1930’s and was to be destroyed in 1955. Fortunately the historic home was saved and restored in 1962.

Dave & I took a guided tour of this house and the guide also mentioned that it was also a showcase house for Isaiah Davenport to sell this style house. We both liked the stairs.


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The Davenport house from the square


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stairs looking up

Looking up


All hand done wood work



Part of the back garden.

Andrew Low House

Andrew Low was a wealthy merchant who had this home built for him and his first wife in 1848. Sadly, his first wife and their son died before the house was completed, so when Andrew Low moved into the house with his two daughters, he was a devastated widow. He married his second wife 5 years later, and they had three more daughters and a son, and one baby that died in infancy Sadly, his second wife died in 1863 in her early thirties.

The home has 5 bedrooms and a bathroom with an indoor flush toilet and running water! An elaborate rainwater collection system collected water in below the house, where it was manually pumped to a 500 gallon cistern in the attic above the bathroom. That way, if you wanted to draw a bath or wash your hands at the faucet, gravity made it simple!

Andrew Low was friends with Robert E. Lee, and Lee was the godfather of Andrew’s youngest daughter Jessie. He stayed for a week in the house during a visit to Savannah in 1870.The bedroom where Lee stayed during that 1870 visit is now called the Lee Bedroom.

Andrew Low was the father-in-law of Juliette Gordon Low, who married Andrew’s son William Mackay Low in 1886. Juliet Low was the founder of the Girl Scouts , If you were a girl scout like I was, you definitely heard of Juliette, her nickname was Daisy.

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Iron fences and gates were everywhere, as mentioned before this was a sign of wealth.







The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist

The original cathedral was constructed in 1799 by the first French colonists to arrive in the area. At the end of the 19th century, the old building was torn down to make room for a larger stone cathedral . It is stunning with the intricate gold-leaf designs, Italian marble altar and stunning stained-glass windows.

People are amazed by its beauty and compare it to Europe’s medieval churches





The stations of the cross are four feet wide and eight feet high, all hand carved from solid walnut

Colonial Park Cemetery

Nearly six acres in size, the cemetery serves as the final resting place for some of Savannah’s earlier residents. The cemetery served as Savannah’s main public cemetery from 1750 to 1853. The Cemetery contains more than 9,000 graves

The oldest intact municipal cemetery in Savannah, this historic cemetery serves as a popular site. Historic markers stand beside a number of graves, describing important people and events contributing to Georgia’s history.







That ended our second day, we were pretty tired  ,walked about 5 miles.




Our first day in Savannah we decided to take the 15 stop Trolley tour they have. It lasts about an hour and a half, and it goes over some of the history of the city. But first a little about Savannah and it’s founding.

In 1732 a ship called The Anne landed here by the bluff. It had some forty families. There leader a man called Oglethorpe, quickly became friends with the indian chief called Tomo-Chi-Chi, and they both decided that the city should be on the high bluff, near where they came ashore. There the city of Savannah was born

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The city was also in the center of the American Revolutionary war. A key battle took place here in 1779, the young American army did not do so well here.



Way out in the distance is where the battle started at one of the redouts (forts)

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Plaques to the Americans who gave there lives.



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The first thing we did was take a trolley sightseeing tour because it was the best way to see the city. The trolley driver stopped at 15 designated stops while highlighting all the attractions and told different stories of the area.

As you head into downtown Savannah, where the rich history still blows strongly through those live oak trees throughout the city. It does have great architecture, history, natural beauty and good food.   The city has some of the oldest houses in the country, dating as far back as the early-mid 1700s. You’ll notice some maintain their original brick structures, with elegant wrought-iron railings and staircases. Iron at that time was a sign of wealth, Savannah has lots of iron.


Sure sign of wealth are these dolphin shaped down spouts made of solid iron.





When walking or taking the trolley you will notice the squares, 22 of them. The city’s squares were originally developed as a fire prevention method, people who lived in a certain square would bring their buckets there to fill up and put out a fire. But today they serve as peaceful gardens and grassy areas.

“Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” and “Forrest Gump” are the two movies to be filmed in Savannah, and “Something to Talk About”, “Cape Fear” and “Glory” also feature scenes in the city.


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It’s also known for it’s horse-drawn carriages and antebellum architecture. Its historic district is filled with cobblestoned squares and parks such as Forsyth Park shaded by oak trees covered with Spanish moss. At the center of this picturesque district is the landmark, Gothic-Revival Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist.


The Savannah River is a nice spot to get something to eat and drink and watch the huge freighters go passing by. We did not take any photos on the trolley tour.

Next we headed to the

Savannah History Museum

The Savannah History Museum is housed in the old Central of Georgia Railway passenger shed, a National Historic Landmark begun in the 1850s and completed in the 1870s. The railway used the building until 1972 and in 1990 it became the museum. It holds the city’s earliest history from 1733 through its important roles during the American Revolution and Civil War. It also features many exhibits featuring Savannah’s musical, cultural and artistic influences and the famous bench from Forrest Gump “Life is like a box of chocolates.” And being a Girl Scout in my younger days, I had to see the exhibit to the life of Girl Scout founder, Juliette Gordon Low





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Then we were off to the

Georgia State Railroad Museum

The railroad museum is believed to be the largest and most complete historic railroad repair facility still in existence in the world. It is recognized as a National Historic Landmark District and has been designated by the State Legislature as the Georgia State Railroad Museum. We walked the grounds of the exhibits which include a large collection of steam and diesel locomotives, rail cars, steam-powered machinery, model railroads, and a 126-foot brick smokestack. A large model train layout of Savannah, and exhibits explaining steam engines and belt-driven machinery. We even got to paddle a road car down the tracks, what fun!

Originally the site of the Central Georgia Railway Headquarters, the Roundhouse Railroad Museum was considered to be the most up-to-date, revolutionary facility of its time. Handling freight, passengers, maintenance and manufacturing at this single location, the Railway Headquarters was an indispensable site for a number of years. After being abandoned in the 1960’s, several local enthusiasts worked to save the buildings from destruction.

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The large smokestack


The huge turntable to bring in the cars


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We even took a ride on the push car




One of the early 1920’s executive railway cars. Had every modern convience you could ask for in the day.





All aboard!!!


Inside of the workers car. When they had to travel this was what they went in, just the basic comfort.


Extra kitchen workers car.

After that the day was about over so we had a early dinner about 3 or so. We ate at a place called the Distillery, close to our pick up point to go back to the campground.



I had a chicken sandwich with fries.


Melissa had one of her favorite meals of the whole 8 month trip, Grits and schrimp dinner. That ended out first day in Savannah.






Akron Ohio

We have been here at Woodside Lake Rv campground near Akrin Ohio, for three days now. Here there is a national park, called Cuyahoga Valley. Right who knew there was a national park in Ohio!!!. It is between Cleveland and Akron.

The last two days we have met up with our good friends and RV buddies, Bill, and Sandy, at the park. The first day we got together and hiked part of the canal pathway, about 5 or so miles in total. Then we had a good dinner near by and caught up on all our Rv stories. The second day we biked for about 14 miles the other way, had an late lunch, went to the Heronry, and visited Brandywine falls. A heronry you say, yes it is an area where great Blue Herons nest. They say there is around 143 nests of them in this area. It was really neat to see them all in there nests , right now babies are being born. The falls was neat also as there has been a lot of rain, it is flowing really good. It was great to see and catch up with Bill and Sandy, we had a lot of great fun and laughs, they leave in a week or so, for a one year Rv trip out west.


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Sandy and Bill


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On our bike ride


The Blue Heron Nests

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At the falls


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The Four Amegoes