The Georgia Trust


Explore stunning historic homes and intriguing sites in Georgia's first city.

On Friday, explore Savannah's earliest automobile "suburbs," featuring stunning early 20th century homes and midcentury gems.

During Saturday's Ramble, guests will explore an array of private homes in Savannah's world renowned Historic Landmark District.

Sunday's Ramble features stately historic riverfront homes in the Moon River District.

Also on Sunday's Ramble is the rarely open Wormsloe Library.

The Georgia Trust Fall Ramble
From River to River: Georgia's First City
October 6-8, 2017
Savannah, Georgia

Ramble home Itinerary Registration options Hotels Packet pick-up



Registration: First Presbyterian Church, 520 Washington Avenue

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Start the day by picking up your registration packet at the First Presbyterian Church in Ardsley Park. The church's congregation began in 1827 and has had three sanctuaries throughout its history. The current neogothic style sanctuary was built in 1956.

Friday Ramble: Ardsley Park and Midtown
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Traverse Savannah's earliest automobile suburbs filled with grand Colonial Revival and Craftsman homes before visiting the palmetto-lined pedestrian mall at the center of Chatham Crescent and the hidden midcentury gems of Kensington Park and Magnolia Park. Explore fascinating homes including a 1930 Tudor influenced English vernacular home and a 1955 midcentury modern house featuring nearly all of its original details.

Friday Evening: Dinner and Cocktails at the Charles H. Morris Center, 10 East Broad Street
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Dine on the site of Savannah's original Trustees' Garden. Associated with the city's early founders, the Charles H. Morris Center provides a unique historical backdrop to a site with layered history as old as the city itself. From 1733 to 1748 Trustees' Garden was used as an experimental garden where peaches, rice, cotton, grapes, flax, hemp, indigo, olives, and mulberry trees, which were essential to silk culture, were grown. In 2004, Charles H. Morris acquired 6.3 acres at Trustees' Garden and began a multi-phase restoration of the site's many historic structures to include the Morris Center, which was restored in 2008.



Registration & Breakfast: Lucas Theatre, 32 Abercorn Street

9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Put your finger on the pulse of preservation in Savannah's grandest historic theater, designed in the Spanish Baroque style and operated by the Savannah College of Art and Design. Enjoy breakfast in the theater's lavish Adamesque interior.

Orientation: Lucas Theatre, 32 Abercorn Street
10 to 11 a.m.

Hear from some of Savannah's eminent authorities on the city's architecture and preservation. Learn about Savannah's intriguing history and discover why this historic and hospitable town has grown to be one of the nation's most popular tourist destinations.

Registration: Kennedy Pharmacy, 323 East Broughton Street
11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Registration continues at the Kennedy Pharmacy, a historic pharmacy building that was rehabilitated with the assistance of Savannah College of Art and Design’s Historic Preservation department in 2009.

Lunch: Downtown Savannah
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Enjoy lunch from your choice of a participating downtown Savannah restaurants.

Saturday Ramble: Historic Landmark District
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Explore Savannah's world renowned Historic Landmark District, the largest in the nation. Tour an array of private homes, recently completed preservation projects and up-and-coming rehabilitations in progress. Highlights include grand historic townhomes overlooking Madison Square, an 1842 Federal style townhome that is touted as one of the finest in Savannah, and an 1859 Italianate home that is one of the oldest on Gaston Street.

Saturday Evening: Dinner and Cocktails at Three Rivers
6 to 8 p.m.
Enjoy a mouthwatering lowcountry boil and barbecue under the live oaks at Three Rivers. With breathtaking views of the Little Ogeechee River, this private residence is located at the nexus of the Forest River, Ogeechee River and the Little Ogeechee River. Constructed using Savannah grey brick and virgin heart pine lumber, this raised low country cottage was built in 1958 by the Knight family.



Sunday Brunch: Bethesda Academy

9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Enjoy brunch along the banks of Shipyard Creek and explore the grounds of the original Bethesda Orphan House and Academy. Founded in 1740, Bethesda includes a historic schoolhouse turned museum, an early twentieth century chapel erected by The National Society of The Colonial Dames in the State of Georgia, and an extensive tree lined allee planted in the late eighteenth century.

Sunday Ramble: Moon River District
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Get the Lowcountry experience as you tour sites in the Moon River District. Located just 20 minutes from downtown, this Savannah neighborhood is home to salt marshes, a Gullah Geechee oystering community and the picturesque Wormsloe Historic Site, where you'll explore several buildings on the private Wormsloe family property including the 1906 library. Discover Savannah's waterfront plantation houses on Isle of Hope, highlighted by an 1864 Victorian home on Bluff Drive overlooking the Skidaway River. Head over to Pin Point and see the historic Gullah Geechee community in a historic oyster factory turned museum.

*Times are subject to change. Event occurs rain or shine. Tickets that include meals are non-refundable after September 22.


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