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Savannah tunnels, top art buying city

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Quote of the day

In a dark time, the eye begins to see.

-Theodore Roethke

Are there tunnels underneath Savannah?


Pirate House Tunnel

The network of tunnels beneath Savannah is a maze of myths, legends, and history. Many people have never seen the tunnels in person. Tour guides, historians and city workers have differing opinions about which tunnels are where and what was transported through them. For example, the Pirate’s House Restaurant claims that the tunnel beneath its establishment was once used for drunken sailors. Stories suggest that pirates, or simply unscrupulous captains seeking to recruit sailors to their ranks, dragged the victims to the rum cellar before taking them to the river via a hidden tunnel. The tunnel was probably not used for these nefarious purposes, considering that the owners of most of the pirate stories about the restaurant are likely to have invented them. According to rumors, tunnels beneath the city were used to transport slaves to Wright Square so they could be paraded through the streets. Another myth about the slave trade is that the underground railroad was built under the First African Baptist Church. This is possible because there are air holes in the floors below the church that look like African prayer symbols. These stories, like most of Savannah’s tunnel history, are ambiguous and unconfirmed.

Old Candler Hospital Tunnel

The yellow fever epidemic of 1876 is one of Savannah’s most famous legends. Many believe that yellow fever was killing so many people at Candler Hospital that tunnels were constructed under Forsyth Park in order to conceal the bodies and stop mass panic. The tunnel runs under Drayton Street from the former Candler Hospital. However, it was built in 1884, eighteen years after the outbreak. The tunnel’s true purpose was to transport the “deadhouse,” or morgue, from the building to the underground. There are many mysterious underground tunnels and cellars throughout the city. However, most of their history has been lost to time and investigations lead to metaphorical and literal dead ends. These stories remain captivating and are a big part of Savannah’s mystery.

News bites


Savannah ranked top art-buying city in the U.S.
Artfinder, which bills itself as the world’s largest online art marketplace, has revealed the top art-buying cities across the U.S., with Savannah taking the crown…. Read more.
Savannah ranked top art-buying city in the U.S.
Artfinder, which bills itself as the world’s largest online art marketplace, has revealed the top art-buying cities across the U.S., with Savannah taking the crown…. Read more.
2 Savannah-area schools move to virtual learning due to increase in COVID-19 cases
Two more school districts in Coastal Georgia will be moving to virtual learning due to an increase in COVID-19 cases. The Liberty County School System and Wayne County Schools said… Read more.
2 Savannah-area schools move to virtual learning due to increase in COVID-19 cases
Two more school districts in Coastal Georgia will be moving to virtual learning due to an increase in COVID-19 cases. The Liberty County School System and Wayne County Schools said… Read more.
The 22nd Annual Low Country Home & Garden Show Coming to Savannah Convention Center January 22-23
The Annual Low Country Home & Garden Show is back for its 22nd year Saturday, January 22 – Sunday, January 23 at the Savannah Convention Center on Hutchinson Island. Enjoy… Read more.
The 22nd Annual Low Country Home & Garden Show Coming to Savannah Convention Center January 22-23
The Annual Low Country Home & Garden Show is back for its 22nd year Saturday, January 22 – Sunday, January 23 at the Savannah Convention Center on Hutchinson Island. Enjoy… Read more.

EVENTS


Today

Bruce Davidson: Face to Face » Telfair Museums
Bruce Davidson: Face to Face is an exhibition at Telfair Museums . Read more.
Bruce Davidson: Face to Face » Telfair Museums
Bruce Davidson: Face to Face is an exhibition at Telfair Museums . Read more.
Contemporary Spotlight: New Acquisitions from the Brandywine Workshop » Telfair Museums
Contemporary Spotlight: New Acquisitions from the Brandywine Workshop is an exhibition at Telfair Museums . Read more.
Contemporary Spotlight: New Acquisitions from the Brandywine Workshop » Telfair Museums
Contemporary Spotlight: New Acquisitions from the Brandywine Workshop is an exhibition at Telfair Museums . Read more.
Chul-Hyun Ahn: Beyond » Telfair Museums
Chul-Hyun Ahn: Beyond is an exhibition at Telfair Museums . Read more.
Chul-Hyun Ahn: Beyond » Telfair Museums
Chul-Hyun Ahn: Beyond is an exhibition at Telfair Museums . Read more.
Sips at The Station
Sips at the Station is Savannah’s best networking event benefiting our community and encouraging guests to discover all things local! Read more.
Sips at The Station
Sips at the Station is Savannah’s best networking event benefiting our community and encouraging guests to discover all things local! Read more.

Friday

Public Mind (Augusta) at The Wormhole
Augusta rockers Public Mind at The WormholePublic Mind is a 3 piece Alternative/indie Rock band out of Augusta, GA. Our influences span many different genres of music, including Punk, Rock,… Read more.
Public Mind (Augusta) at The Wormhole
Augusta rockers Public Mind at The WormholePublic Mind is a 3 piece Alternative/indie Rock band out of Augusta, GA. Our influences span many different genres of music, including Punk, Rock,… Read more.

Saturday

A Sea Full of Stars
After an unexpected birth diagnosis of Down syndrome, April must come to terms with her new life and the guilt of her reaction to it.Join us for a beautiful evening… Read more.
A Sea Full of Stars
After an unexpected birth diagnosis of Down syndrome, April must come to terms with her new life and the guilt of her reaction to it.Join us for a beautiful evening… Read more.
2022 Dining in the Dark
This event is sold out! To be added to a waiting list in case tickets become available, please contact Smcclelland@savannahcblv.orgWhat happens in the Dark? This unique dining experience will take… Read more.
2022 Dining in the Dark
This event is sold out! To be added to a waiting list in case tickets become available, please contact Smcclelland@savannahcblv.orgWhat happens in the Dark? This unique dining experience will take… Read more.
Dinner Detective Interactive Murder Mystery Dinner Show!
At The Dinner Detective, you’ll tackle a hilarious and challenging crime while you feast on a fantastic dinner. Read more.
Dinner Detective Interactive Murder Mystery Dinner Show!
At The Dinner Detective, you’ll tackle a hilarious and challenging crime while you feast on a fantastic dinner. Read more.

Sunday

Small Bites Cooking Class with Innichka Chef
Come join us as we learn how to make 3 amazing dishes with Innichka Chef! Read more.
Small Bites Cooking Class with Innichka Chef
Come join us as we learn how to make 3 amazing dishes with Innichka Chef! Read more.
ColorMeChocolate & Co X Chocolate Martini Bar Brunch Edition
Ladies! We love to see other women being the queens that they are and love to connect like minded women! This brunch is just that! Read more.
ColorMeChocolate & Co X Chocolate Martini Bar Brunch Edition
Ladies! We love to see other women being the queens that they are and love to connect like minded women! This brunch is just that! Read more.

Monday

Drawing With Joanna Hill
Drawing for beginners and intermediate Read more.
Drawing With Joanna Hill
Drawing for beginners and intermediate Read more.

Tuesday

Open enrollments | Star Castle, Savannah, GA | January 25, 2022
Open enrollments happening at Star Castle, 550 Mall Blvd, Savannah, GA 31406, Savannah, United States on Tue Jan 25 2022 at 05:30 pm Read more.
Open enrollments | Star Castle, Savannah, GA | January 25, 2022
Open enrollments happening at Star Castle, 550 Mall Blvd, Savannah, GA 31406, Savannah, United States on Tue Jan 25 2022 at 05:30 pm Read more.

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