Attend the 2016 Savannah Haitian Caribbean Heritage Festival

2016 Savannah Haitian Caribbean Heritage FestivalThe Anniversary Celebration of the Haitian Memorial Monument in Franklin Square offers a full weekend of activities. including the Savannah Haitian Caribbean Heritage Festival. October 7th and 8th, 2016.

The Haitian Memorial Monument in Franklin Square honors the Chasseurs-Volontaires de Saint-Domingue (the volunteer soldiers of Saint-Domingue). This was one of the few black regiments to fight for the American side in the Revolutionary War. The soldiers were recruited from the French colony of Saint-Domingue, now called Haiti.

All volunteer soldiers, the ten companies of light infantry were part of the French force. The Chasseurs-Volontaires were the largest black regiment to serve during the American Revolution. Their force was the largest military unit serving during the Siege of Savannah.

After the War for Independence, some of the Chasseurs-Volontaires were instrumental in Haiti’s slave insurrections. Their success in 1804, liberated Haiti from French rule and created the first majority-black republic in the western world.

The anniversary celebration of the Haitian Memorial Monument attracts thousands. The event includes a parade, brunch, and a roundtable discussion. The nest day is the Savannah Haitian Caribbean Heritage Festival. The festival is a full day of cultural activities, including dance troupes, live music, workshops, and more. Scheduled entertainers include Tabou Combo, T-Micky, and Ayabonmbe!

Franklin Square is adjacent to the First African Baptist Church, founded by slaves in 1773. Attendees to the anniversary celebration in Franklin Square should consider paying it a visit as well.

Savannah Haitian Caribbean Heritage Festival Schedule
Friday, October 7th
10am – Haitian Parade from Jewish Cemetery to the monument site in Franklin Square
11:30am – Brunch
6pm – Roundtable Discussion

Saturday, October 8th
11am to 11pm – Haitian Heritage Festival

The Haitian Caribbean Heritage Festival promotes the richness of Haitian culture through dance, music, and an appreciation for the ties between Haiti and the United States.

Savannah Haitian Caribbean Heritage Festival

Oct 7th and 8th, 2016
Haitian Memorial Monument in Franklin Square, Oct 7
Savannah’s Riverfront Plaza, Oct. 8
For more information, visit haitianhistory.org or on Facebook.

Haitian Caribbean Heritage Festival Lodging
Savannah Villas’ vacation rentals are the perfect accommodations for your Savannah vacation. Our three Savannah vacation rentals include 17 bedrooms in 6 rental units. They can accommodate up to as many as 46 people at once – or as few as two! All are conveniently located in Savannah’s Landmark Historic District, minutes from Savannah’s most popular destinations. Book your stay at Savannah Villas today!

Top 10 Things to Do in Savannah, Part III

This is our last installment of our Top Ten Savannah Attractions List.

8. First African Baptist Church

These stained glass images represent the initial pastors of the church.

These stained glass images represent the initial pastors of the church.

Built in 1861, this church was the first African-American Baptist Church on North America and was also a stop in the Underground Railroad. The church itself is beautiful and steeped in American history. You can take a tour of the interior, they usually take place at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. with well-informed and passionate guides. See the tiny secret room in the church where runaway slaves were hidden on their way north traveling on the underground railroad. The First African Baptist Church is an easy half mile walk from our vacation rentals.

9. Juliette Gordon Low’s Birthplace

This house was Savannah’s first Registered National Historic Landmark. You can take a guided tour of the home, which is decorated with authentic period furniture. A tour (adults are $8, children 5 and under are free) will share with you the lively stories of four generations of one American family, including Juliette Gordon Low, founder of Girl Scouts of the USA in 1912. The Gordon Low home is about a third of a mile walk from our Savannah rental homes.

10. Skidaway Island State Park

This state park borders Skidaway narrows, a part of Georgia’s intracoastal waterway. Hiking trails wind through maritime forest and past salt marshes, leading to a boardwalk and observation tower. Visitors can watch for deer, fiddler crabs, raccoon, egrets and other wildlife. Inside the park’s interpretive center, find information and tools for biriding, along with kid-oriented exhibits, like the 20-foot Giant Ground Sloth replica and reptile room. Open-air picnic shelters make great spots for lunch. The park is about 14 miles from our vacation rental houses in the Historic District.

This is just the beginning of what Savannah has to offer! We hope to see you soon.