A.G. “Smitty” Smith
Now for the second day which is the day we left to come home. So we got up and packed and got ready to check out of our hotel. We asked valet if we could put our stuff in the car and leave the car so we could go grab lunch they said it was fine. So we put the stuff in the car and headed off to get some lunch. We decided to go to the chive to eat but they were not opened yet so we decided to do a little shopping. We got a cut sign and a coat hanger. We also got a pirate monkey for my brother I always try to get him a bear but we could not find one with Savannah on it so I told Rusty to pick something out for Jacob. So he picked out this cute pirate monkey I love it. So after little shopping trip we went back to the Chive to eat.
Now about the Chive..
Inspired by the decadence of the 1920s, Chive Sea Bar & Lounge offers a unique dining affair in Savannah’s Historic District.
Located on bustling Broughton Street, Chive is a refreshing change of pace for those seeking an intimate experience like no other, for special occasions or a weekday wind down. Our signature vintage cocktails made with top-shelf favorites are perfectly paired with dishes incomparable to any fare served downtown.
Chive Sea Bar & Lounge is the ideal place for the Southern pace, bringing the classic to the contemporary.
After we ate we walked to look at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. It is such a beautiful church the inside looks amazing with all the stained glass and paintings and wood carvings are some amazing work. You can tell it is telling you a story just walking through the Cathedral you can just fill the emotions and the history. Now to tell you the history of this Cathedral.
The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist is a Roman Catholic cathedral at 222 East Harris Street, Savannah, Georgia, in the United States. It is the Mother Church of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Savannah.
The colonial charter of Savannah prohibited Roman Catholics from settling in the city. The English trustees feared that Catholics would be more loyal to the Spanish authorities in Florida than to the English government in Georgia, however this prohibition faded shortly after the American Revolution. The church’s congregation was reorganized about 1796. French Catholic émigrés established the first church in 1799 when they arrived from Haiti after slave rebellions began on that Caribbean island in 1791. Construction began on the new Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in 1873 and was completed with the addition of the spires in 1896. The structure was nearly destroyed by fire in 1898 but through diligent effort was rebuilt by 1899.
The congregation constructed its first church on Liberty Square in 1779 and in 1811, choose a site on Drayton and Perry Streets for a larger building. Bishop John England of the Diocese of Charleston, which encompassed Savannah, consecrated the new church April 1, 1839. Pope Pius IX established the Diocese of Savannah in July 1850 and the congregation began to plan for a new cathedral in 1870 under Savannah’s fourth Bishop, The Right Reverend Ignatius Persico. Most Reverend James Roosevelt Bayley, Archbishop of Baltimore, presided at the dedication of the Neo-Gothic sanctuary April 30, 1876. However, the brick structure lacked spires which were not added until 1896 when it also received a coating of stucco and whitewash.
On February 6, 1898, a fire swept the building and left only the walls and towers, however the congregation quickly rebuilt and was able to celebrate Christmas Mass in the new facility in 1899. But again, the structure was not complete and interior decoration took an additional 13 years. The parish undertook subsequent renovation projects in 1959-1965, which addressed heating, cooling and lighting systems and decoration; 1984-1985, to reinforce structural foundations and implement changes mandated by the Second Vatican Council and 1998-2000 to install new roofing, and restore the original interior color palate and decorations. We also bought three post cards and a cute ornament at the Cathedral.
After the tour of the Cathedral we walked to our car and headed out to Old Fort Jackson. That was something I really liked as I like history about the wars and military. Just hearing the story about this fort is neat. We did miss almost the entire tour but we did get to see the canon be fired. That was something I liked a lot. Now about the history of the fort.
Fort James Jackson (usually called Old Fort Jackson or shortened to Fort Jackson) is a restored 19th-century fort located on the Savannah River, two miles east of the city of Savannah in the U.S. state of Georgia. It is a National Historic Landmark and the oldest standing brick fort in Georgia.
U.S. President Thomas Jefferson authorized the construction of a national defense system of fortifications to defend his new nation. Jefferson’s system included Fort Jackson, constructed between 1808 and 1812 over an old earthen battery from the American Revolution. At the time, war with Great Britain or France seemed likely, and Fort Jackson was the best site from which to protect Savannah from attack by sea. In the War of 1812, local militias and U.S. troops saw active duty at Fort Jackson. After the War of 1812, two periods of construction followed at the fort. A moat, drawbridge, brick barracks, privies, a rear wall, and another powder magazine were added.
James Jackson, the namesake of the fort, was a British native who fought for the American cause and rose to the rank of colonel. When he was twenty-five, Jackson accepted the surrender of the British in Savannah at the close of the revolution. He was later a U.S. Representative, U.S. Senator, and Governor of Georgia. He is interred at the Congressional Cemetery in Washington, D.C..
During the American Civil War, Fort Jackson, along with nearby Fort McAllister and Fort Pulaski, defended Savannah from Union attack. In 1862, Fort Jackson was shelled from a ship captained by an escaped slave named Robert Smalls. The fort was commanded by Colonel Edward Clifford Anderson and would become the Confederate Headquarters for the Savannah River defenses, including the Confederate Navy.
When the Union Army commanded by William T. Sherman captured Savannah by land on December 20, 1864, Confederate troops abandoned the fort and retreated across the Savannah River into South Carolina. Confederate troops from Savannah joined other forces in North Carolina and South Carolina and continued to fight until April 26, 1865, when they surrendered to General Sherman’s army at Durham, North Carolina. Several different regiments garrisoned Fort Jackson during the Union occupation of Savannah. One of these units was the 55th Massachusetts Regiment, which consisted of African American troops.
From 1884 to 1905, Fort Jackson was known as Fort Oglethorpe and was little used by the U.S. military. It was purchased by the city of Savannah in 1924 for park purposes but not fully restored until the 1970s.
Fort Jackson is located at 1 Fort Jackson Road, on the Islands Expressway linking Savannah to Fort Pulaski and the town of Tybee Island.
Fort Jackson is owned by the state of Georgia and operated as a museum by Coastal Heritage Society, which also manages Savannah History Museum, Georgia State Railroad Museum (formerly the Railroad Roundhouse Museum), Savannah Children’s Museum and, most recently, Pin Point Heritage Museum.
In the summer the fort has a daily cannon-firing demonstration. Admission is $7 for adults.
So this was are trip we had for our first anniversary. When we got home we exchanged gifts and I got my husband a poster of a Magic the Gathering person he likes. He got me a journal and pencils and a bag for our anniversary. Thanks for reading this post. Also sorry it is so long.
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