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Savannah History, Mystery and Music

Program Number: 11377RJ
Start and End Dates:
10/20/2013 - 10/25/2013;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Savannah, Georgia
Price starting at: $728.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Signature Cities; History & Culture
Meals: 13; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 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


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Coordinated by Armstrong 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.
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 Participant Information 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 20)
 Afternoon: Check-in at the hotel is at 3 p.m. and Road Scholar registration is in the lobby from 5-6 p.m. Cookies and punch will be served while you get to know your fellow participants.
 Dinner: Catered dinner at hotel
 Evening: During orientation, meet fellow participants and review the schedule for the week. Free time suggestions will be discussed.
Accommodations: Oglethorpe Inn and Suites
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Savannah's Historical Splendor
(Monday, October 21)
 Breakfast: Continental breakfast
 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 the South!
 Afternoon: Take a lesson in Savannah's history by visiting the Andrew Low House Museum. This ornately decorated house was once inhabited by Juliette Gordon Low, the founder of the Girl Scouts. She founded the Girl Scouts of the USA in the parlor of the stately home. Afterward, relax as our professional guide paints a fascinating picture of the Historic District while we visit the charming squares known as grassy utopias.
 Dinner: Catered 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 22)
 Breakfast: Continental breakfast
 Morning: Enjoy a "visit' with Gen. James Oglethorpe. From the pages of journals, diaries and letters of that time period, Gen. Oglethorpe comes to life and relays the first years of the "Georgia Experiment."
 Lunch: Lunch in the Historic District at a local restaurant
 Afternoon: Accompanied by a local historian, visit the Davenport house, which was slated to be demolished in 1955. However, a group of seven determined, civic-minded ladies formed the Historic Savannah Foundation, which purchased the home and saved it and many other homes from destruction. Beautiful sites in the city will illustrate a true sense of Savannah's long journey.
 Dinner: Catered dinner at hotel.
 Evening: Evening entertainment
Accommodations: Oglethorpe Inn and Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Savannah's Music
(Wednesday, October 23)
 Breakfast: Continental breakfast
 Morning: Delight in an entertaining musical presentation featuring the music of Savannah's own Johnny Mercer.
 Lunch: Catered lunch at hotel
 Afternoon: Free afternoon to explore on your own.
 Evening: Free evening to explore on your own.
Accommodations: Oglethorpe Inn and Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Savannah's Wormsloe Plantation
(Thursday, October 24)
 Breakfast: Continental breakfast
 Morning: Enjoy a fascinating lecture as you continue to discuss Savannah's past and present. Its people are as vibrant today as they were during Georgia's earliest settlement.
 Lunch: Catered lunch at hotel
 Afternoon: Experience three centuries in one place: Colonial Wormsloe! The picturesque roadway leading though the property is lined with more than 400 live oak trees leading the way to the colonial estate of Noble Jones, who was among the first group of setters to arrive from England with Gen. James Oglethorpe. Wormsloe's tabby ruins are the oldest standing structures in Savannah.
 Dinner: Catered dinner at the hotel.
 Evening: Evening entertainment
Accommodations: Oglethorpe Inn and Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Program Wrap Up
(Friday, October 25)
 Breakfast: Continental breakfast
 Morning: Program concludes after a morning lecture about Savannah's Avenue of Heroes, the untold story of Savannah's monuments.
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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