It is said that a bolt of thunder struck the earth and created a freshwater spring on Wilmington bluff, in southeastern Savannah. Whether this is how it came to be or not, there is indeed a freshwater spring on the bluff overlooking the intra-coastal waterway leading from the Atlantic Ocean to the City of Savannah. And there have long been people here.
Thunderbolt proved an important defense point for Savannah’s first settlers. Native Americans, Colonial settlers, the French army during the American Revolution, and the Confederate army during the Civil War all kept men at Thunderbolt in order to keep enemies from sneaking into Savannah from the Atlantic. Soldiers were even stationed at Thunderbolt during World War II.
In times of peace, Thunderbolt has been a both popular vacation spot for Savannahians and a thriving shrimping port. Today it draws visitors, who travel to Thunderbolt to learn about its interesting history. Just minutes from the heart of Savannah, Thunderbolt has retained much of its small town charm.
The Thunderbolt Museum is small, but it contains of wealth of artifacts relating to the history of the Town of Thunderbolt. It is free and open Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 to 2:30, and Saturdays from 1 to 5.
Guests of our Savannah Vacation Rental Homes can easily bike the five to six miles out to Thunderbolt. On nice days, grab a sandwich from Tortuga’s Island Grill and enjoy it on a dock overlooking the water. Or dine at Tubby’s Tank House in Thunderbolt, which has great outdoor seating (including an upper deck).
Our Savannah Vacation Rentals host business travelers, friends and families on vacations, and Destination Weddings. Sometimes our guests don’t have much in the way of free time. Yet if you find yourself with a few free hours the next time you’re in Savannah, and if you enjoy exploring small towns, check out the Town of Thunderbolt.