Georgians and visitors alike experience our area’s rich history and cultural life as historic sites, house museums, art museums, and other points of interest in Savannah and coastal Georgia open their doors to the public, providing an exceptional opportunity to experience the history in our own backyard. From Statesboro to Darien, more than 40 cultural institutions throughout coastal Georgia participate in this popular GHS’s Georgia History Festival annual family event.
Take your family back in time to the site of one of the earliest and most beautiful colonial-era plantations of the Georgia coast. This popular annual living-history event features costumed re-enactors and vendors offering students and adults a taste of the excitement and adversity of life for the first settlers of colonial Georgia. Highlights of this weekend-long event include cannon and musket firing; blacksmithing, craft, and cooking demonstrations; Native American and slave life interpretations; and period music and dance. An hourly schedule of events will be available upon arrival at Wormsloe.
The Savannah Black Heritage Festival kicks off its celebration on February 1 and will continue through February 23 with pre- and post-festival events.
The Grand Festival Day will be Saturday, February 9 at the Savannah Civic Center. This full day of activities (10 a.m. to 9 p.m.) is one of the highlights of the festival, and includes top entertainment, retail vending, ethnic cuisine, crafts workshops, and a health fair.
In addition to the variety of activities for youth and performances by nationally famous recording artists, food and retail vendors will also be on hand with a wide variety of food, goods and services. The entire festival is presented by the City of Savannah and Savannah State University, and all events and activities are free of admission and open to the public.
You’ll hear stories from present day, all the way back to Bonaventure’s plantation beginnings in 1754, ranging from the funny, to macabre at its most morbid! The tour covers everything from Savannah’s role in “The DaVinci Code,” to a hooch runner for Al Capone, a woman drowned by one man — her hubby put to death for the crime. This event is perfect for friends, groups or anyone looking to do something different in Savannah!