Upon my return from this last trip to Costa Rica, my brother came down to JAX for a visit. Since he was taking some time off from his demanding job in fabulously trendy San Diego, we tried to keep his vacation as redneck as possible. This included such planned activities as drinking copious amounts of beer (although it was not Budweiser, so I am not sure that we can count this), eating wonderful southern food at Barbara Jean’s, and going to an indoor shooting range (because my mom bought a GroupOn!) where you could use Osama bin Laden as target practice (down in the south, they haven’t got the memo yet, I guess).
One of the highlights was our day trip up to SuhvaannUh, GeORguh. Since neither my brother nor I had ever been, we felt it was our duty to go learn more about such a historic, mythical city. Given that Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil is one of our favorite movies, it was especially important to take in some of the scenery expressed so well in the movie. (If you haven’t seen it yet, put it in your NetFlix queue. When it arrives, dress in your Sunday best, pour yourself a Schlitz and Fitz, get real cozy with some nice, tall drink of water, and watch that s**t! It is such a fine repertoire of all things Southern.)
Savannah was the first city established when GeORguh became the 13th and final colony in 1733. It was named after King George II and is one of the nation’s largest historical landmarks. People were a bit more progressive than in other colonies at that point, as they were free to worship how they chose, and slavery was forbidden. They also forged charters with the Yamacraw tribe and was America’s first actual planned city. This is evident as you walk around a neatly laid out grid of city streets and buildings, complimented with beautiful old row homes, intermingled with 22 parks (or squares) within the downtown area for one to take a midday respite after having too many Mint Juleps, perhaps?
Although, back in those days rum was forbidden, but this (as well as non-legalized slavery) would come to an end in the 1780’s with the invention of the cotton gin. The trans-Atlantic Slave trade brought many Africans to Georgia – and the ones who stayed, blessed the city with the Gullah culture (which is one of the oldest surviving cultures still living along the Jacksonville to North Carolina coasts today). Their influence predominates the art, music, food, fashion, and customs of the people in SuhvaannUh today.
I especially like the pink port-o-potties!