Pambling Roads ~~ Georgia and South Carolina
Pambling Roads – Savannah to South Carolina
We met people from: Great Britain, Georgia, and SC
This was a return visit for us. We decided to do a bit more touring. This time, instead of staying in historic downtown, we stayed in the LaQuinta on Abercorn, which was only a few miles from the downtown area we wanted to visit. Just to be different, there is supposed to be a hotel in Savannah that is haunted, perhaps we will stay there next. It is not a reflection on LaQuinta. It was a beautiful well-kept hotel with A-1 employees and service.
We decided to do something a bit different and used the Oglethorpe Trolley Tours. This tour is a continuous tour that was very informative and enlightening. They do not have drop-off or pick-up areas like the Old Town Trolley Tours. We were not dissatisfied because they made sure we understood that it was a continuous tour. The Oglethorpe Tour was under two hours. It was an educational, informative, and interesting ride.
Although the pamphlet states that it has unlimited on and off, I do not understand how because the only place the trolley stopped for passengers or asked us if we wanted to get off was at the City Market. When we walked back to the Round House and Railroad Museum to pick up the trolley, we were told to wait and someone would come to get us to bring us to our destination. A small bus came to pick us up and drove us to where we had wanted to go. When we were done, we went to the closest tour stop (or where we thought was a trolley stop—no signs) and a trolley never stopped. We saw it drive by a block away and thought it would circle around but it did not. So, we walked the rest of the day.
Please keep in mind that there is so much to see in Savannah and the three days that we spent there does not cover everything that can be seen or experienced. Savannah and most parts of Georgia are the epitome of southern hospitality. I must say that everyone we met there and throughout the state were polite and gracious.
Points of Interest:
The Sorrel-Weed House: This home is being thoroughly renovated. There are ghost stories attached to the house, a murder, etc. The architecture of the building was beautiful and the ongoing renovations that we did see seem to be going with the original building. There is history with it, being owned by a prominent Savannah businessman who became friends with Generals Sherman and Robert E Lee.
The Owens-Thomas House: The museum is part of the Telfair Museum of Arts and one of the nation’s oldest museums. It is an exquisite example of a stately Georgia home. There is a large collection of art and furnishings, an enjoyable walk through a breathtaking ornamental garden, and the original carriage house that contains an intact slave quarter from the South.
Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum: Ships, ships, and more ships! My husband was in heaven and I was totally enthralled. From models to various forms of art and furnishings, you will find an abundance of history in this museum. The museum is housed in the Scarbrough House. Mr. William Scarbrough was one of the owners of the Steamship Savannah and was involved with the Savannah Steamship Company. The garden was a splendor. Every step we took, we wished we had the talent to create such an elaborate paradise.
St. John the Baptist Cathedral Church: Magnificent-breathtaking-awe inspiring essence of grace and beauty. Even though the organ was not playing, I could hear it, feel it filling the air of the cathedral. Even if you are not Catholic, just the architectural wonder will impress the most ardent lovers of architectural history. The stained glass windows reflect an atmosphere of peace and serenity.
The only thing on our list that we did not see was the King Tisdell House. It was on the other side of the town, opposite of where our vehicle was, time was running out as the parking lot was going to be locked and we had to get back before we were locked out.
Be prepared for a lot of shopping at the city market and the wonderful shops down on River Street and along the waterfront. The waterfront always has something going on. It is a port town so if you choose there are river cruises to entertain everyone, sightseeing, dinner, moonlight, and murder mystery to name a few.
Clary’s Café: Clary’s on Abercorn is a must see/eat/snack/visit for anyone who is in Savannah, even if it is just for a day. I drool just over the thought of their éclairs!
Tybee Island, Georgia:
The Tybee Community Center
This is just a hop, skip, and jump from downtown historic Savannah. Tybee Island is a beautiful, clean beach with the lighthouse, seafood restaurants, live music, and a comfortable welcoming island atmosphere. Wonderful place to just get away.
Yemassee, South Carolina
Frampton Plantation on 17 just off 95 is a South Carolina’s Lowcountry Visitors Center & Museum. Old ancient oak trees decorate the yard and in the backyard, you will find original Civil War Earthworks. Like many majestic estates in the south, the original home, built in the 1700's was burned to the ground by Sherman's troups during the Civil War and the owner rebuilt. The house has been beautifully renovated.
We chatted with Lynn and had a wonderful visit. She was happy to answer all of our questions. We learned that the house was originally owned by John Frampton, a signer of the Declaration of Secession, and a very prominant citizen in South Carolina. The live oak in front of the house is about 300 years old. Their gift shop has an abundant choice of unique gifts that will please all visitors. The Frampton Plantation in Yemassee, SC also had some cotton ball wreaths in their gift shop.
Santee, South Carolina
We arrived in Santee after traveling down 17/15 through urban areas surrounded by fields and fields of corn, soy, and cotton. People greeted you in Santee, even if you were walking through the parking lot. They did not ignore you because you were a stranger or unfamiliar to them, they acknowledged your presence. It was wonderful. We stayed at the Best Western and as usual, it did not disappoint us. Best Westerns also give discounts to seniors starting at 50 years old.
We ate at the Captain’s Quarters, which was right near the Best Western. Mark was our server and deserved a 5+ star rating for his attention to detail and service. Dinner was the utmost perfection, absolutely wonderful.
It was on this trip that we learned about the Blue Bottle Tree. It was one of those things I always wondered. When I did ask someone, she responded that their grandmother always did it and they thought it was cool so they did it.
This trip, I finally learned that it is a southern superstition. Evil spirits, ghosts, and multiple boogiemen cannot resist the beautiful blue bottles. Curiosity tickles their imagination into discovering what is inside the bottles. They cannot stop themselves from climbing into them. Unfortunately for them, they do not know how to get out or cannot get out, finding themselves trapped. Once the sun rises, they are destroyed.
The superstition does not stop there. At night, when the wind blows you can hear the little boogers moaning and whistling. Many southerners didn’t stop at the bottle tree but also painted their front and rear doors blue, which was also supposed to keep out all the bad spirits and protect the people who lived in the house.
It is believed that the bottle tree goes back to Africa where hand-blown glass was hung on huts and trees as a talisman to keep away evil.
While you are in the Santee area, stop by the Elloree Heritage Museum and Cultural Center. There was so much there, so much wonderful history preserved. They have a cotton gin house and you can see how cotton is grown and harvested from the past to the present, a replica of the town from over one hundred years ago and a cabin from the founder of Elloree, William J. Snider. There is a gift shop, as well, with wonderful gifts and collectibles. The cotton ball wreaths are still in my mind, especially with the holidays coming.
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