We've Been Orbed

Trip Start Jun 03, 2008
Trip End Aug 12, 2008

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Savannah Oaks RV Park

Flag of United States  , Georgia
Thursday, June 26, 2008

Savannah!  My kind of town.  We drove into the historical district of Savannah and parked at the Visitor's Center where you can take an open-air trolley ride which is a guided tour through the town.  We decided this would be a good way to familiarize ourselves with the town and figure out where we wanted spend the rest of the day. 

We hopped aboard and went right into the history of Savannah.  Clark's dream come true, history at every corner.  Everyone has a story about the town.  A man by the name of Oglethorpe founded this town.  He was from England and he built the town on a grid of squares.  There were 24 squares in all of which only 21 still exist.   The trolley wove its way through the town taking us from square to square, all the while telling stories of the people that lived in the impressive homes that lined the streets or the famous people like Washington who came to visit. Clarkism, "Did you know that Oglethorpe had a prohibition against lawyers?  If you had something to settle, you could not go to court, you just had to work it out." (Like a duel, perhaps?)  Who needs school when you can bring your kids here for an American history tour.  The architecture amongst the Live Oaks (which are named that because they do not have a dormant period)  with the dangling Spanish Moss creates an atmosphere quite unique and unlike any other town we have encountered.  The squares and how they back up to each other to create this town is mesmerizing.  The end of the tour ends up along the river front where there are lots of shops and restaurants.  It was beautiful, in a way different from the rest of the Ole town.   

We hopped off the trolley and bid farewell to the guide and decided to walk the riverfront.  We had passed Paula Dean's (where we were recommended to have lunch) on the tour and the line went around the building.  I think we will go elsewhere.  We meandered in and out of the buildings that used to be used for the cargo coming and going from the Savannah River.  We were amazed by the container ships that still navigate these waters.  We ended up eating southern cooking at Dockside where we were greeted by Earl.  He was a fine waiter with an extremely heavy accent and sense of humor.  We enjoyed the fried chicken and fried okra before moving onward into town.  We made our way to Paula Dean's to make a reservation for the next day.  They don't take reservations and recommend that if you want to eat lunch at noon to arrive about 8:30 to get in line.  These people have spent too much time in the sun! No food is worth waiting over 3 hours for.  They have all lost their minds! 

After making our way through the town by foot, we decided to go home and let the kids get some pool time and rest up a bit before the Ghost Tour we were going to take at night.

We started the tour at the Pirates House which is now a restaurant/Bar.  We were told to look at our digital pictures that we take as we went, as orbs or white circular misty images will sometimes show up on your pictures.  There is no way of knowing why some people can take a picture and have 5 or 10 orbs in one pictures and some else take 50 pictures and get none. We walked through squares where we told stories of Rene' who still walks the streets of Savannah and doesn't like people much as he was unjustly hung by an angry mob.  And then there are the 2 orphan girls who burned in the attic together.  There also is the story of the house that had to be moved and it was placed on top of a burial chamber without the owner knowing....it happens to be the most haunted house of all.  We had been taking picture after picture and no orbs.  We were orb-less.  There were several other people though that had at least one orb if not 20 in one picture.  The Grand Kehoe House has its own story where the wife died of yellow fever and asked to buried but her husband choose to cremate her instead.  The house after sold was turned into a funeral home for over forty years and is now a bed and breakfast.    You eat breakfast in what used to be the viewing room.  The kids hung on every word as we made it back to the Pirates House and descended into the rum cellar.  Here is where many men's career changed to a life on a boat for a couple years. If they drank too much rum, they were drugged and dragged onto the boats where they awoke as the ships new crew members.  Many men lost their lives in the cellar and hence very haunted there. Once again, we took picture after picture and got nothing where others were getting multiple orbs.

We decided to review our pictures after many prompts from our children when we found we had been orbed and just didn't know it.  There is an orb in the upper right hand corner of the Grand Kehoe House.  If you look closely you with see an orb on the roof line on the right side of the house.  Indeed we had been orbed in Savannah, the most haunted city in America.
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