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Savannah History, Mystery and Music

Program Number: 11377RJ
Start and End Dates:
10/21/2012 - 10/26/2012; 10/19/2014 - 10/24/2014;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Savannah, Georgia
Price starting at: $726.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Signature Cities; History & Culture
Meals: 14; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 5 Dinners    

Explore the streets, squares and amazing architecture of beautiful Savannah: Georgia's earliest settlement — founded by Gen. James Oglethorpe — and America's first planned city. Learn about Savannah as shaped by war, environment, restoration, and people. Discover one of the most fascinating cities in the South!


• Uncover colorful history from generals to ghosts during expert-led walks through the historic district and museum visits.
• Relax to the rhythms of yesteryear as you pay tribute to Savannah native, Johnny Mercer, during a private recital of his music.
• Encounter the oldest tabby ruins in Savannah while exploring the colonial Wormsloe Historic Site nature trails, and enjoy the salt marsh and unique native plants.

Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles a day over city streets, some uneven; climbing flights of stairs at museums, historic houses (some without elevators); getting on/off buses and trolleys.

Program #11376, “Savannah’s Rich Heritage, Remarkable History and Memorable Music,” offers several of the same educational elements, with lodgings at a first-class hotel, with most meals served in select restaurants in the heart of Savannah’s historic district.

Date Specific Information


Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.

Coordinated by Armstrong Atlantic State University.


One of the world’s most beautiful cities, with the largest National Historic Landmark District in the U.S., this is Savannah. Residents celebrate their culture, creativity and distinctive cuisine amid Revolutionary and Civil War battle sites, elegant architecture, lush parks, and more than 20 city squares.

Midtown motel with spacious suites.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Rachel Perkins

Rachel is an environmental educator, interpretive naturalist and a teacher. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is a 1982 graduate of the Naturalist-In-Training Program at the Environmental Learning Center in Isabella, Minnesota. She directed the Environmental Education Program at the Tybee 4-H Center and has been a Tybee resident for 15 years. Rachel has been teaching for Elderhostel since 1996.
Jamie Keena

Jamie Keena is a singer of old songs. His repetoire includes folksongs of America and the British Isles, patriotic airs, and “songs written to order” by Tin Pan Alley composers. He received a B.A. in music from the College of William and Mary, and studied voice for five years. Jamie has researched the roots of popular song classics and the development of the music industry. He accompanies his singing with guitar, banjo, and ukelele, and also plays the fife, hammered dulcimer, and concertina.
Scott Hodges

A native of Hodges, S.C., Scott has an intriguing family history in the town dating back to the 1750’s. While attending William and Mary College, Scott’s life-long love of colonial history and fascination with theatrics found direction at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. His passion for living history led him to develop several historical characters during his work at the Scott Fort King George State Historic Site, and he now offers these programs to organizations throughout the Southeast.
Kim Polote

Born and raised in Savannah, GA, Kim Polote has emerged as Savannah's foremost entertainer. A full-time singer, she has appeared on national television with her accompanist David Duckworth, and has performed with Harry Connick, Jr. She is the only Savannah native ever to win the gold medal for the annual American Traditions Vocal Competition hosted by the Savannah Music Festival. Kim headlines The Kim Polote Trio, which also includes talented musicians David and Alisha Duckworth.
David Duckworth

David Duckworth has been a full-time musician in Savannah since 1992, working as a pianist and a record producer. In this time, he has been one of the city's most prolific producers of jazz recordings. David’s music has been featured on PBS and Georgia Public Radio, and he has traveled to perform in New York and Paris several times. David, along with Kim Polote, and his wife Alisha, make up the musical group, The Kim Polote Trio.
Alisha Duckworth

Alisha has performed the upright bass regularly in venues such as the Mulberry Inn, City Market, the Johnny Mercer Festival, and numerous other locations throughout coastal Georgia and South Carolina. She has been making music with her husband David since she met him in 1992 as his guitar student, and can be heard playing great music around town and performing as the third member of extremely talented The Kim Polote Trio, along with David and Kim.
Michael Freeman

Michael Freeman has a bachelor’s from Samford University and a Master’s of Divinity from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has worked with the homeless, mentally challenged, and persons living with AIDS for over 20 years in Savannah and Louisville. Michael currently works as pastor of a small Unitarian Universalist community, and substitutes as a teacher. He is pursuing a teaching certificate in history, and is writing a book on the monuments of Savannah.
Meals and Lodgings
   Oglethorpe Inn and Suites
  Savannah, GA 5 nights
 Oglethorpe Inn and Suites
Type: Motel
  Description: This motel is 2 blocks from the Oglethorpe Mall, 3 miles from hospitals, 8 miles from the historic district and River Street and 19 miles from Tybee Island. All rooms are suites.
  Contact info: 7110 Hodgson Memorial Drive
Savannah, GA 31406 USA
phone: 912-354-8560
  Room amenities: Each room is a suite and equipped with coffee maker, microwave, refigerator, dining area, separate living area with large cable TV and in room voice mail.
  Facility amenities: Fitness center, outdoor pool. Free wireless internet in guest rooms and lobby.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Rates vary by season. Rates are seasonal-call the motel for prices.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Rates vary by season. Rates are seasonal-call the motel for prices.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
3:00 pm hotel check-in ; 5:00 PM in lobby for Road Scholar registration. You will be staying at Oglethorpe Inn and Suites that night.
  End of Program:
11:00 hotel check-out; Program ends around 11:00 AM after morning class. You will be staying at Oglethorpe Inn and Suites the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Signing a Waiver of Liability/Hold Harmless Agreement is required in order to participate in the program. This form is mailed with the welcome materials and is to be mailed back to the university before the program begins.
  Parking availability:
Parking is free for the length of the program.
To Start of Program
  Location:  Savannah, GA
  Nearest city or town:  Tybee Island, Georgia
  Nearest highway: Interstate 95.
  Nearest airport:  Savannah International Airport (SAV), Savannah, GA.
  From End of Program
  Location: Savannah, GA
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details



From Airport




Adam Cab Co.
phone: 912-927-7466


Per Person/One Way:


$35.00 Price increases slightly with additional passengers
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


45 minutes depending on traffic 




approximately 25 miles


Current rates may fluctuate due to fuel price increases.

Driving Directions
  Savannah International Airport or Interstate 95 Take I-95 North or South to Exit 94(Route 204 East) toward Savannah for approximately 15 miles. Take a right on to Mall Boulevard(Oglethorpe Mall-Belk's) Turn left at the second light( Hodgson Memorial). Oglethorpe Inn and Suites is approximately a half of a mile on the right.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Daily Schedule

Day 1: Check-in and Registration/Orientation
(Sunday, October 21)
 Afternoon: Check-in at the hotel is at 3:00 and Road Scholar registration is in the lobby between 5 and 6. Cookies and punch will be served while you get to know your fellow participants.
 Dinner: Dinner included.
 Evening: Orientation.
Accommodations: Oglethorpe Inn and Suites
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Savannah's Historical Splendor
(Monday, October 22)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.
 Morning: Morning lecture on the history of Savannah. Discuss the fascinating aspects of Savannah's history that shaped Southern culture.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local Southern restaurant for a taste of real Southern food.
 Afternoon: A guided walking adventure of the Historic District, museum homes, and beautiful sites in the city will give personal experience and a true sense of Savannah's long journey.
 Dinner: Dinner at hotel.
 Evening: Evening options change weekly but may include discussion of Savannah's notable people and places.
Accommodations: Oglethorpe Inn and Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Savannah's Historical Splendor
(Tuesday, October 23)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.
 Morning: Visit with General James Oglethorpe-from the pages of journals, diaries, and letters of that time period, General Oglethorpe comes to life and relays the first years of the "Georgia Experiment."
 Lunch: Lunch included.
 Afternoon: Field trip-see more gems of Savannah with a local historian.
 Dinner: Dinner at hotel.
 Evening: Evening entertainment
Accommodations: Oglethorpe Inn and Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Savannah's Music
(Wednesday, October 24)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.
 Morning: Delight in an entertaining musical presentation featuring the music of Savannah's own, Johnny Mercer.
 Lunch: Lunch included.
 Afternoon: Free Afternoon to explore on your own.
 Dinner: Dinner at hotel.
 Evening: Free Evening to explore on your own.
Accommodations: Oglethorpe Inn and Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Savannah's Wormsloe Plantation
(Thursday, October 25)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.
 Morning: Lecture-continue to discuss Savannah's past and present. Her people are as vibrant today as they were during Georgia's earliest settlement.
 Lunch: Lunch included.
 Afternoon: Field trip-discover Wormsloe Plantation, Savannah's oldest tabby ruins.
 Dinner: Closing dinner at the hotel.
 Evening: Evening entertainment
Accommodations: Oglethorpe Inn and Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Program Wrap Up
(Friday, October 26)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.
 Morning: Morning lecture. Program concludes after morning class.
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
  Savannah, GA General Overview
Museum examples, Savannah History Museum, Davenport Houes, Andrew Low House, Juliette Gordon Low House, Owens-Thomas House, Green-Meldrim House, Telfair Museum of Art, Ships of the Sea Museum, Ralph Gilbert Civil Rights Museum, Mighty 8th Airforce Heritage Museum, Fort Jackson, Fort Pulaski, Tybee Lighthouse, City Market and River Street-examples of historic churches include Temple Mickve Israel, First African Baptist and St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic-examples of historic cemeteries include Bonaventure, Colonial and Laurel Grove-examples of wildlife and bird watching include the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge, Skidaway Island Aquarium, Bamboo Farm, and Wormsloe Historic Site, the Oatland Island Education Center, the Savannah Ogeechee Canal Nature Center-Savannah also offers the Roundhouse Railroad Museum. For additional information, visit
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List

Savannah in the Time of Peter Tondee: The Road to Revolution in Colonial Georgia

Author: Carl Weeks

Description: Fictional account of Savannah's first 50 years from Oglethorpe to Independence.

A Black Woman's Civil War Memories

Author: Susie King Taylor Weiner

Description: Reissue of a 1902 book by a nurse/teacher/former slave-memoirs of a black woman around the time of the Civil War.

Civil War Savannah

Author: Derek Smith

Description: Glimpse into the lives of the men and women who forever will be associated with Savannah through the wartime deeds.

Children of Pride

Author: Robert Manson Myers

Description: Collection of the Rev. Dr. Charles Colcock Jones family letters from 1860-1868-eyewitness account of the war-time South. The original edition is out of print-only used in book stores-expensive, but a unique piece of history. The Civil War portion is currently available in paperback.

Lady From Savannah: The Life of Juliette Gordon Low

Author: Daisy Gordon Lawrence

Description: Story of the founder of the Girl Scouts and her remarkable family. Available from the Girl Scouts.

The Complete Stories: Flannery O'Conner

Author: Flannery O'Conner

Description: Native Savannian who won the 1971 National Book Award for Fiction. Thirty-one tales depicting the humorous, or near tragic conditions of life in the Deep South during the fifties.

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

Author: John Berendt

Description: Referred to in Savannah as "The Book"-non-fiction, adult language-account of a local antique dealer, Jim Williams, four(!) trials for the same murder in the 1980's-also a Clint Eastwood movie released in 1997.

Spectres and Other Strange Tales/Savannah

Author: Margaret W. DeBolt

Description: Good dose of regional history and insights into the lives of people living in and around Savannah for decades-and of course-local legends/ghost stories.

A Guide to the Georgia Coast, The Georgia Conservancy

Author: Suzanne McIntosh

Description: Natural, historical, cultural, and recreational sites along the Georgia coast are described in detal. Includes driving maps and directions.

Fiction Trilogies by Eugenia Price

Author: Eugenia Price

Description: Savannah, To See Your Face Again, Before the Darkness Falls, Stranger in Savannah are based in Savannah. Lighthouse, Beloved Invader, New Moon Rising, and Bright Captivity, Where Shadows Go, The Waiting Time are based in St. Simons Island, Georgia. Not all are currently in print-you may find some available only through used book shops or libraries.

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