Ten fun facts about Savannah

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Fact 1
It served as a strategic port city in the American Revolution and during the American Civil War.

Fact 2
Savannah is today an industrial center and an important Atlantic seaport.

Fact 3
Several heavy metal music groups have emerged from Savannah, including the Baroness, Kylesa and Circle Takes the Square.

Fact 4
Savannah's architecture, history, and reputation for Southern charm and hospitality are internationally known.

Fact 5
The city's former promotional name was “Hostess City of the South”, a phrase still used by the city government.

Fact 6
Each year Savannah attracts millions of visitors, who enjoy the city's architecture and historic buildings: the birthplace of Juliette Gordon Low (founder of the Girl Scouts of the United States of America), the Georgia Historical Society (the oldest continually operating historical society in the South), the Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences (one of the South's first public museums), the First African Baptist Church (one of the oldest African-American Baptist congregations in the United States), Temple Mickve Israel (the third oldest synagogue in America), and the Central of Georgia Railway roundhouse complex (the oldest standing antebellum rail facility in America).

Fact 7
Savannah’s downtown area, which includes the Savannah Historic District, the Savannah Victorian Historic District and 22 parklike squares, is one of the largest National Historic Landmark Districts in the United States (designated by the U.S. government in 1966).

Fact 8
Downtown Savannah largely retains the original town plan prescribed by founder James Oglethorpe (a design now known as The Oglethorpe Plan).

Fact 9
Savannah was the host city for the sailing competitions during the 1996 Summer Olympics held in Atlanta.

Fact 10
Savannah was named for the Savannah River, which probably derives from variant names for the Shawnee, a Native American people who migrated to the river in the 1680s.

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Short about Savannah
is the oldest city in the U.S. state of Georgia, and the county seat of Chatham County.