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Historic District

When outsiders think of Savannah, the Historic District is likely the image that comes to mind, with its graceful moss-draped oaks, stately historic houses, and large public squares decorated with fountains and monuments. The Historic District roughly matches Savannah’s original city limits, laid out in a grid by town (and state) founder James Oglethorpe. The Oglethorpe Plan is an unusual feat of urban planning, inspired by Enlightenment ideals, which divided Savannah into wards. Each ward has a central square, with four residential blocks around each corner and four smaller commercial blocks on the east and west side. Savannah eventually grew to comprise twenty-four wards, making up the modern and easily walkable Historic District. Houses here are beautiful, centuries-old artifacts with architectural features unmatched in modern times. The district extends to the Savannah River, with the tourist attraction of River Street as the border.

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Living in Savannah

Gorgeous and welcoming, Savannah is lovely to behold and even lovelier to live in. The lifeblood of this city, founded in 1733, is the Savannah River, flowing around and through the entire metropolis. And its heart? That’s Savannah’s legendary urban planning, created by town founder James Oglethorpe. A visionary town planner, Oglethorpe incorporated parks and gardens throughout, with pedestrian-scaled streets. Replicable and non-hierarchical, Savannah’s town plan remained the guiding light for the city’s new developments through the twentieth century. As a result, Savannah is a place that feels utterly livable, whether you’re relaxing on the beach, drinking and strolling on River Street, or just enjoying a delicious seafood meal, surrounded by moss-covered oak trees.