Savannah is the oldest city in the state of Georgia, established in 1733 on the Savannah River and is the county seat of Chatham County. It was a strategic port city in the American Revolution and during the American Civil War. Today Savannah is an industrial center and an important Atlantic seaport. It is Georgia’s fifth-largest city, with a 2020 U.S. Census population of 147,780.
Savannah’s downtown area features one of the largest National Historic Landmark sites in the United States, designated by the federal government in 1966, the Savannah Victorian Historic District. Downtown Savannah still resembles the founder James Oglethorpe’s original town plan, now known as the Oglethorpe Plan.
On February 12, 1733, General James Oglethorpe and settlers from the ship Anne landed at Yamacraw Bluff and were greeted by Tomochichi, the Yamacraws, and Indian traders John and Mary Musgrove. The city of Savannah was founded on that date, along with the colony of Georgia. In 1751, Savannah and the rest of Georgia became a Royal Colony and Savannah was made the colonial capital of Georgia.
Each year, Savannah attracts millions of visitors to its cobblestone streets, parks, and notable historic buildings. With breathtaking architecture and some of the region’s best restaurants and history that dates back almost 300 years, you’ll be enchanted by Savannah!