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Hilton Head Island SC and Savannah GA, Oct 2009

I was sent to Hilton Head Island for an S1000D User Conference. As I've never been here before I decided to extend the trip a couple of days. Hilton Head Island was nice but it wasn't my kind of place. Although I didn't have great weather I spent my free time in Savannah GA.

I got interested in Savannah after seeing the movie "In the Garden of Good and Evil". Architecture and history were the biggest draw. The first day was very wet as it drizzled throughout most of the day. I drove out to Tybee Island to see what it was like. There is an old functioning lighthouse here and the remains of the Fort Screven Battery Garland. Tybee island is a beach resort that is typical of places like this on the east coast. As a CA boy, it was frustrating not being able to see the coast and water.

On the way to Tybee are Fort Jackson and Fort Pulaski. These are American forts that saw activity during the Civil War. I visited Fort Jackson. This is the oldest brick fort remaining in GA. From Fort Jackson you can see the Savannah River with the port and bridge.

I then spent about 4 hours crawling over the Old Roundhouse Railroad Museum. This is the location of the Central of Georgia Railway headquarters and repair shops built in the 1830's. The roundhouse and several other buildings are in good shape and others are being restored and developed as a larger Georgia State Railroad museum. They don't have that much rolling stock on display, but the facility is very interesting. At this same location, the old passenger depot was convert to the Savannah History Museum, and next to these buildings is Battlefield Park. At this location on October 9, 1779, 8,000 soldiers from three different armies clashed for control of Savannah, Georgia's colonial capital during the Revolutionary War.

On my second day I returned to Savannah and walked around much of the Historical district with its string of squares and historical buildings. I took one of the bus tours to get an overview of the area. The day started out as partly sunny but by the time the tour ended it was pretty overcast.

Harbour Town Lighthouse in Sea Pines, Hilton Head Island SC[2009-savannah_cropped_1]
[Pan] Harbour Town Lighthouse in Sea Pines, Hilton Head Island SC[2009-savannah_cropped_1]

Savannah, Laffeyte square[2009-savannah_cropped_10]
[Pan] Savannah, Laffeyte square[2009-savannah_cropped_10]

Roundhouse Railroad Museum, turntable, Savannah GA[2009-savannah_cropped_11]
[Pan] Roundhouse Railroad Museum, turntable, Savannah GA[2009-savannah_cropped_11]

Roundhouse Railroad Museum, view from store house towards roundhouse and smokestack, Savannah GA[2009-savannah_cropped_12]
[Pan] Roundhouse Railroad Museum, view from store house towards roundhouse and smokestack, Savannah GA[2009-savannah_cropped_12]

Roundhouse Railroad Museum, model train layout, Savannah GA[2009-savannah_cropped_13]
[Pan] Roundhouse Railroad Museum, model train layout, Savannah GA[2009-savannah_cropped_13]

Old Fort Jackson, view of Savannah river and the fort, Savannah GA[2009-savannah_cropped_2]
[Pan] Old Fort Jackson, view of Savannah river and the fort, Savannah GA[2009-savannah_cropped_2]

Old Fort Jackson, inside of fort walls, Savannah GA[2009-savannah_cropped_3]
[Pan] Old Fort Jackson, inside of fort walls, Savannah GA[2009-savannah_cropped_3]

Old Fort Jackson, view from gun positions, Savannah GA[2009-savannah_cropped_4]
[Pan] Old Fort Jackson, view from gun positions, Savannah GA[2009-savannah_cropped_4]

Old Fort Jackson, Savannah GA[2009-savannah_cropped_5]
[Pan] Old Fort Jackson, Savannah GA[2009-savannah_cropped_5]

Roundhouse Railroad Museum and Battlefield Park, Savannah GA[2009-savannah_cropped_6]
[Pan] Roundhouse Railroad Museum and Battlefield Park, Savannah GA[2009-savannah_cropped_6]

Roundhouse Railroad Museum, steam engine and turntable, Savannah GA[2009-savannah_cropped_7]
[Pan] Roundhouse Railroad Museum, steam engine and turntable, Savannah GA[2009-savannah_cropped_7]

Roundhouse Railroad Museum, Savannah GA[2009-savannah_cropped_8]
[Pan] Roundhouse Railroad Museum, Savannah GA[2009-savannah_cropped_8]

Colonial Park Cemetery, Savannah GA[2009-savannah_cropped_9]
[Pan] Colonial Park Cemetery, Savannah GA[2009-savannah_cropped_9]

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Sign at Crowne Plaza resort, Hilton Head Island SC