Savannah Fun Facts

Savannah was founded in 1733 by General James Edward Oglethorpe, who had sailed here from England.

Savannah is called ‘America’s First Planned City’ because Oglethorpe carefully organized the town into grids, with wide streets and 24 public squares. 21 of these squares were carefully preserved throughout the years and still exist today.

Girl Scout founder Juliette Gordon Low was born here and also began Girl Scouts in Savannah.

Spanish Moss, the famous hanging plant, graces the landscape throughout Savannah, but don’t touch it—it contains bugs and mold.

When General Sherman marched through Savannah during the Civil War, he was so impressed by her beauty that he sent a telegraph to President Lincoln, offering Savannah to him as a Christmas present.

Lawyers were not allowed to practice in early Savannah.

More than 20 major movies have been shot in the city. For the past 100 years, Savannah has been the backdrop for a number of films. Silent movies, the original Cape Fear, the TV miniseries Roots, Forrest Gump and Midnight In the Garden of Good and Evil are just a few of the movies filmed in Savannah.

About 11.4 million people visit Savannah each year.

Savannah is one of a handful of cities that allow to-go cup cocktails.

The American Institute of Parapsychology chose Savannah as “America’s Most Haunted City.”

The average annual high temperature is 77.1 degrees.

To learn more about Savannah and obtain an official visitor’s guide, visit the City of Savannah’s website.

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