A little Georgia history

Since we didn’t have to pick up Buddy from the vet until Monday and Heath has this whole week off we decided to stop in Savannah and spend two nights. We didn’t realize that weekends are the biggest time for Savannah and hotel rooms are expensive and hard to come by. We ended up in a suite bigger than my first apartment.

My goal in Savannah was to visit the Juliette Gordon Low (founder of Girl Scouts) birthplace. Katy wanted to go to a place called The Candy Kitchen. So Sunday morning we got the on-and-off tickets for a trolley tour. The company we used is a local company and most of the drivers are from Savannah and are allowed to talk about what they want to rather than from a script so it was really interesting. They also have costumed characters that come aboard at various stops and tell their stories.

This is
This is “America’s Unlikeliest Abolitionist” but I didn’t get her name!

And I got Florence Martus’s name, but not her photo! She’s known as The Waving Girl and there’s a statue of her we didn’t see. She greeted every ship that came into Savannah by waving a white handkerchief and later a lantern at night. Ships would respond by sounding their horns. She did that for 44 years and never missed a ship. When she turned 70, a party was given in her honor and ship captains from all over the world attended.

And stop #9  was the Juliette Gordon Low home. Juliette (called Daisy) was born in 1860, the year the Civil War started. The home was bought by the Girl Scouts in 1953, I think. Daisy’s entire family was very interesting. Her mother’s family founded the city of Chicago and one of her grandmothers was kidnapped by Seneca Chief Cornplanter and lived with the Seneca for a year. For anyone interested in Daisy and her fascinating family and the history of Girl Scouts, “Lady from Savannah”, written by her niece, is the best book there is.

Historic marker.
Historic marker.
Front of the house. It's really not all that impressive looking. It was originally built as the mayor's home, I think.
Front of the house. It’s really not all that impressive looking. It was originally built as the mayor’s home, I think.
Medal of Freedom awarded to Daisy (posthumously) on the occasion of Girl Scouts' 100th anniversary in 2012.
Medal of Freedom awarded to Daisy (posthumously, obviously) on the occasion of Girl Scouts’ 100th anniversary in 2012.
Daisy in her uniform, which she was buried in.
Daisy in her uniform, which she was buried in.
Notes from the first Girl Guide meeting.
Notes from the first Girl Guide meeting.
Katy in Daisy's room. The bed is period, but not original.
Katy in Daisy’s room. The bed is period, but not original.
Daisy's mother bought this chest and thought it was kind of boring as the drawers were plain. Daisy used her wood-burning skills to add decoration.
Daisy’s mother bought this chest and thought it was kind of boring as the drawers were plain. Daisy used her wood-burning skills to add decoration.
Katy playing the piano in the parlor (the docent asked if anyone could play).
Katy playing the piano in the front parlor where children were not allowed (the docent asked if anyone could play).
The back drawing room (the family room). Daisy's SIL came to the house one day and found Daisy's mother in the library having a fit saying
The back drawing room (the family room). Daisy’s sister-in-lwa came to the house one day and found Daisy’s mother in the library having a fit saying “Daisy has the back drawing room filled with little girls (they were all older teens!) and is insisting Morrison fix them a fussier tea than I would serve the president”. Mrs. Gordon had served the president before so she knew what she was talking about. Morrison had been the family’s butler for many years. He was a slave before the war and then afterward stayed on as an employee.
Looking through a
Looking through a “stereoscope”. They were in 3D long before View Master offered 3D reels.
I really wanted to see this gate. Daisy made it while living in England. She got very into iron work one year and when the London social season came around the muscles in her arms had built up so much the sleeves on her gowns were too tight!
I really wanted to see this gate. Daisy made it while living in England. She got very into iron work one year and when the London social season came around the muscles in her arms had built up so much the sleeves on her gowns were too tight!
Katy with Daisy and her dog.
Katy with Daisy and her dog. Daisy had hundreds of pets.

We stopped in the gift shop and spent too  much money. When you visit the birth place there is a pin you can buy to wear on the front of your Girl Scout uniform (girl and adult) so Katy and I each got one.

Katy's birthplace pin (the little one with the daisy). She also got a patch for the back of her sash.
Katy’s birthplace pin (the little one with the daisy). She also got a patch for the back of her sash.

After the birthplace visit we ate lunch at a little soda shop down the street the cashier at the gift shop recommended then went back to hop on the next trolley. We got off at River Street for the The Candy Kitchen. I found out it’s a mail-order company, too, and they have a small shop at the Atlanta airport. Who knew!

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Katy is in candy heaven.
Katy is in candy heaven. That’s not a mirror behing her, it’s more candy. She filled a bag with mix and match candy.
These candied apples were the size of softballs. I've never seen an apple that big.
These candied apples were the size of softballs. I’ve never seen an apple that big.
Huge Rice Krispy treats.
Huge Rice Krispy treats.

They also have homemade ice cream with homemade waffle cones and we watched a waffle cone being made.

After the candy store we poked around in a souvenir shop while we waited on the next trolley. We finished out the trolley tour and went back to the car. A huge storm was coming so what did we decide to do? Drive out to Tybee Island. It started pouring rain, then it started to hail. You could hardly see where you were going and people were pulling off to the side of the road. Cars were pouring off of the island and what were we doing? Heading out to the island. We went past Fort Pulaski and the ranger was waving cars away. The rain finally cleared up and we drove out to the lighthouse.

Tybee Island lighthouse
Tybee Island lighthouse

We really need to go back to Savannah sometime. And not on a weekend! There were lots of places we’d like to see and I want to go to the Andrew Low home. He was Daisy’s father-in-law. Daisy inherited the home when her husband died. He had left it (and practically everything else) to his mistress but his will had been drawn up in England wasn’t valid in Georgia because it only had two signatures and Georgia required three. I don’t know who owns it now.

So that was the end of our vacation. Monday morning we got up and drove home.

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