Sunday, March 6, 2011

Day 38 and 39 or our trip to FL and SE

On the Road Again Friday March 4 to Fort Pulaski. Following the War of 1812 the country realized our shores needed to be protected. The Fort was named for Commander Casimir Pulaski, a Polish soldier who was very influential in the American Revolution. The walls are 11 feet thick. They were thought to be impenetrable.

Concrete was made with seashells in it. We saw the sidewalks in Savannah also made with seashells

But during the Civil War, the Union army had a new type of cannon, rifled cannon. They hit the wall in the form of a 7 which weakened the walls. Eventually a hole was made in the 11 foot wall.

Some shots are still embedded in the walls. General Olmsted surrendered. The defeat of the brick fort led to worldwide recognition that brick forts could no longer be seen as the undefeatable.

Next stop: Tybee island Lighthouse.

We climbed the 175 steps to the top but could not go out on the observation landing.. It was closed because it was too windy. It was 53 degrees which may seem warm to some but the chill went through us.

The lens....still operating

We watched a video about the history of the Lighthouse and toured the buildings.

Bathtub was smaller than 4 feet.

Stove like my Grandmother Yelk had, only I think it was bigger.

We had lunch at Gerald's chuck wagon. Great local food!

Phil had Fried Wild Shrimp. Ellie had a pork sandwich. The cole slaw was served IN the sandwich. Both meals were so very delicious.

Next stop Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah. We got the "Historical Society Guide" prepared by the "Historical Society dedicated to the Evolution and Preservation of the Historical Significance of the Cemetery.". We saw graves as old as 1766, 1775, 1847, 1849 and on & on. Having learned of some of the history of Savannah, when we saw the graves we recognized the significance to those people.

Noble Jones, 1702-1775, arrived in 1733 from England with founder John Olgethorpe, built a plantation, surveyor, organized first local militia in 1751,

Back to the Skidaway Island Park, Phil was washing the Roadtrek and Ellie making a salad when Jim and Sharon, a couple from GA. who we met the night before, stopped by. They invited us to go for a walk through the park and then visit with them in their RV. Got back to our RV too late for a campfire. We always enjoy hearing of others' experiences.

Saturday March 5, remembering Phil's Mom as today would have been her birthday. We remember many trips to Merrill to celebrate her birthdays. Keep on eye on us, Mom, and pray for safe journeying for us.

On the Road Again to Savannah. We parked the RV, free street parking on weekends. (We cannot park in parking garages...our height is 9 feet 6 inches, garages are much less than that.). In order to eat at Lady and Sons you have to go in person to put your name on the reservation list. We made it just in time to be one of the last. Everyone is told to wait across the street. The staff starts calling people in groups.

The restaurant is 3 floors. We chose the buffet. What a spread: fried chicken, baked chicken, ribs, two kinds of potatoes, gravy, rice, yams, lima beans, black eyed peas, collards, green beans, mac and cheese and a salad bar with 13 items.

For dessert warm peach cobbler and gooey chocolate cake. And of course SWEET is sweet! Oh, my goodness, we were so full when we were finished.

We walked along the river. There was an art fair with a great variety of items for sale.

The Waving Girl welcomes the ships as they come in.

We saw a huge ship bringing in semi trailer (containers). They looked so small.

We toured the Owens-Thomas House Museum. It was built in 1819. One of the first homes I the U.S. to have indoor plumbing, even 15 years before the White House. It was an incredible home, no expense spared. Designed by an English architect, Mr. Jay. He used ideas that were used in England, but not yet in US.

Then to the Telfair Art Museum.

It was a home also designed by Mr. Jay, with a ballroom added later. The Telfair family did a lot for the city of Savannah. Next to the Jepsen Center. After going up two lighthouses in three days, when we started out Saturday morning, I said to Phil, no. climbing stairs. Wow, was I wrong. Steps up and down to the river, through the 2 museum homes, the Jepsen Architecture Center and one more home to tour...where Juliette Gordon Low was born.

She is the founder of Girl Scouts. The other homes were opulent but this home middle class. Still lots of steps to climb because they built the homes with tall ceilings to promote air circulation. So interesting to hear the history of the era and the families who lived in the homes. Last event of the day, 5:30 Mass at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. An Irish Monsignor led the service and imparted his wit throughout. It was dark by the time we got back "home." Had a campfire and VERY little to eat as we were still stuffed from our buffet lunch.

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Location:Tybee Island and Savannah, GA.

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