Savannah Villas

Savannah’s Historic Districts

August 23rd, 2011 by Robbie Bell

There are four distinct Historic Districts in Savannah; they are similar to one another in a general way, but each has a distinct personality well known to locals. All are worth exploring.

Landmark Historic District: It is home to our three Savannah Vacation Rentals, numerous restaurants, museums, shops, and historic squares. Bustling River Street sits at the north end of this 2.5 square mile neighborhood, and the north end of Forsyth Park is to the south. Much of the original architectural grandeur of this district has been restored, and it is delightful to simply walk down its shaded streets.

Forsyth Fountain

The fountain at Forsyth Park.

Victorian Historic District: Located south of the Landmark Historic District, the Victorian District is full of homes and buildings built between 1870 and 1910. The South end of Forsyth Park is located in this district, but the many small squares of the Landmark Historic District are missing. In their place are broad planting areas between the sidewalks and streets. Gardens and moss-draped trees abound here.

Thomas Square Streetcar Historic District: Craftsman cottages are mixed in with more stately Colonial Revival and Victorian homes in this thriving area. Musicians, writers and artists, many with connections to SCAD (Savannah College of Arts and Design) make their home here, and the neighborhood buzzes with energy and creativity. Stroll down 37th Street, the once (and future?) “Millionaires Row”.

Gordonston Historic District: This is Savannah’s first suburb, just five minutes from downtown Savannah. It takes its name from the Gordon Family, who planned and designed the area. Pierpoint Circle is the center point, and the neighborhood fans out from there. Lovely Gordonston Park is for residents only, and reflects the tight-knit community that lives around it.

It’s fascinating to explore the historic districts of Savannah, seeking subtle differences and similarities along the way. Whether you’re staying in one of our Savannah Vacation Rentals for business, a wedding, or a family vacation, we hope you’ll take time to visit the four historic districts mentioned above.

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