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1-DAY PASS PRICING

Adults: $83

Child: $47 

More than pays for itself by visiting only 3 attractions! 

(TourPass Includes Full Admission)

#1. Savannah Theatre: $43

#2. Hop On Off Trolley: $35

#3 Owens-Thomas House: $20

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There are 2 categories of attractions to choose from, Featured and Standard. (more info)

FEATURED ATTRACTIONS

  • Choose a limited number of Featured Attractions (see image below).
  • Choose an unlimited number of Standard Attractions (see image below).
  • Featured Attractions are more expensive.
  • Reservations are typically required which are easily made with the Mobile Pass you’ll receive after purchase.
  • Transportation to attractions is not provided unless you choose the Hop On/Off Trolley as a Featured selection.
 
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Savannah Tour Pass Grid

Notice: This attraction does not have shows daily. Visit their website to see if there’s a show the days you’d like to visit Savannah

The Savannah Theatre, first opened in 1818 and is located on Chippewa Square in Savannah, Georgia, is one of the United States’ oldest continually-operating theatres. The structure has been both a live performance venue and a movie theater. Since 2002, the theatre has hosted regular performances of a variety of shows, primarily music revues.
 
History
The Savannah Theatre opened its doors December 4, 1818 with a performance of “The Soldier’s Daughter”. The original structure was designed by British architect William Jay, whose other notable works include the Telfair Mansion and the Owens-Thomas House, both located in Savannah. During the 1850s and 1860s, it was sometimes known as the Athenaeum. On March 21, 1861, Alexander H. Stephens delivered the Cornerstone Speech at the theatre.
 
Notable players
Over the past two centuries, the Savannah Theatre has showcased an array of talented performers, including Fanny Davenport, E. H. Sothern, Julia Marlowe, Otis Skinner, Oscar Wilde, Sarah Bernhardt, W. C. Fields, Tyrone Power, and Lillian Russell. Edwin Booth played several engagements at the Theatre in February 1876, with Shakespearean roles including Hamlet, Iago, and King Lear. It is unknown as to whether or not Edwin’s younger brother John Wilkes Booth ever performed at the Savannah Theatre.
 
In 1851, the New York Dramatic Company leased the Theatre briefly. Among the players was Joseph Jefferson, whose most well-known role was that of Washington Irving’s “Rip Van Winkle”. However the company’s stand failed to succeed, as their “lineup of standard hits failed to tempt Savannah audiences.”
 
One of the more memorable performances in the Theatre’s history came in November 1911, when baseball great Ty Cobb appeared in The College Widow.
Featured Attractions:
  • Number of Featured allowed is determined by pass duration purchased more info
  • Reservations are typically required for Featured Attractions.
  • You can make reservations  in advance of arriving which are easily made from within the Mobile Pass you’ll receive after purchase.
  • View tour availability before purchasing TourPass

Standard Attractions:
  • No reservation is required, just show up and present your Mobile Pass for entry.
  • Visit as many as you wish 1x.
Transportation to attractions is not provided. In the Historic District you can use the Trolley.
$23.87 per Child without TourPass. (Pay $0 at the gate! TourPass includes full admission)

Hear the story of Savannah’s rich cultural heritage from it’s founding to present day.

Tour Highlights:

  • Learn the fascinating history of Savannah
  • See the history and culture
  • Hear about the best shopping and dining
  • Get an overview of this beautiful city
  • Tours at 10 am and 1 pm daily.
  • Tours depart from Reynold Square.

The Savannah Stroll is the best way to get acquainted with this fair city, and a wonderful introduction that will have you strolling the streets like a native.

If you’re only in Savannah for one day, or need a tour that gets you oriented to the major streets and squares of our fair city, then The Savannah Stroll is for you.

A great 90 minute introduction to the fascinating history of Savannah. This tour is the best way to see the history and culture of Savannah, from ancient times to the present. You’ll walk the streets with an experienced, licensed guide who’ll answer your questions and go at the only suitable pace for this city…WALKING.

The Savannah Stroll…where else can you learn about history, get recommendations for shopping and dining, and spend the day outside in the fresh air. Topics covered on this tour merely scratch the surface of city’s rich history, and are designed to give you an overview of the city, her history, and the people that have made Savannah a destination for travellers since its founding day.

Featured Attractions:
  • Number of Featured allowed is determined by pass duration purchased more info
  • Reservations are typically required for Featured Attractions.
  • You can make reservations  in advance of arriving which are easily made from within the Mobile Pass you’ll receive after purchase.
  • View tour availability before purchasing TourPass

Standard Attractions:
  • No reservation is required, just show up and present your Mobile Pass for entry.
  • Visit as many as you wish 1x.
Transportation to attractions is not provided. In the Historic District you can use the Trolley.
$21.20 per Child without TourPass. (Pay $0 at the gate! TourPass includes full admission)

Savannah is a quintessential Southern lady: striking beauty on the surface with soulful roots that run mysteriously deep. We encourage you to take your time and acquaint yourself with this cordial and complicated city by taking our Savannah Experience tour.

If you really want to get to know her, these things can’t be rushed. That’s why we designed this in-depth tour aboard our enclosed, air-conditioned mini bus to show you all the popular sites and haunts of the Historic District. But, then we go even further to explore the Victorian District, Thomas Square neighborhood restoration, the Beach Institute and oak-lined Victory Drive. Whether you’re a history buff or you’ve just gone gaga over Savannah (like most folks do) The Savannah Experience Tour is your chance to take your appreciation and understanding of this city to an entirely new level.

What to Expect:

  • Featured tour.
  • Tour takes place on a Trolley by Old Savannah Tours. Get a full overview of Savannah and learn the ins and outs of this great city. 
  • Narrated with costumed characters tell the full story of the city.
Featured Attractions:
  • Number of Featured allowed is determined by pass duration purchased more info
  • Reservations are typically required for Featured Attractions.
  • You can make reservations  in advance of arriving which are easily made from within the Mobile Pass you’ll receive after purchase.
  • View tour availability before purchasing TourPass

Standard Attractions:
  • No reservation is required, just show up and present your Mobile Pass for entry.
  • Visit as many as you wish 1x.
Transportation to attractions is not provided. In the Historic District you can use the Trolley.
$11 per Child without TourPass. (Pay $0 at the gate! TourPass includes full admission)

What you receive: 1 hour at the Cat Cafe along with 1 free bottomless coffee, tea, lemonade or soda.

Pounce Cat Cafe + Wine Bar is a place where you can come to enjoy freshly brewed coffee or tea, sip on wine or craft beer, snack on delicious pastries, and cuddle with adorable (and adoptable!) cats. We’ve teamed up with our local shelter, Charleston Animal Society, to provide our cats, so if at the end of your visit you’ve fallen in love with your new feline friend, you can take them home with you!

Visits to the cafe include 1 hour in the cat lounge as well as bottomless coffee, tea, lemonade or soda of your choice to enjoy while you hang out with the kitties. For an additional fee we offer wine and beer. Fresh, local pastries are also available for purchase at the cafe if you would like a snack. Additional time can be purchased at the cafe if the cat lounge is not fully booked for the next hour.

AGE RESTRICTIONS: The minimum age for visiting Pounce Cat Cafe + Wine Bar is 12 years old. A parent or guardian will need to sign a minor waiver for anyone visiting the cafe between the ages of 12 and 17.

CHANGES/CANCELLATIONS: You can alter your reservation date/time by clicking on “Modify Reservation” link in your confirmation email up to 24 hours prior to your visit. You can cancel your reservation up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund.
 
MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE: Parties larger than 8 people are required to reserve the space as a private event. Not only can large groups be loud and distressing for our cats, they can also be disturbing for other guests who are visiting the cafe during the same hour.

Featured Attractions:
  • Number of Featured allowed is determined by pass duration purchased more info
  • Reservations are typically required for Featured Attractions.
  • You can make reservations  in advance of arriving which are easily made from within the Mobile Pass you’ll receive after purchase.
  • View tour availability before purchasing TourPass

Standard Attractions:
  • No reservation is required, just show up and present your Mobile Pass for entry.
  • Visit as many as you wish 1x.
Transportation to attractions is not provided. In the Historic District you can use the Trolley.

IMPORTANT: Be aware that this tour normally operates 1 to 2x per day. Visit their website (link below) to confirm what time tour departs on the day you wish to tour. Advance reservations are not required. They do not allow upgrades to your ticket to the dinner or sightseeing cruise.

During this 1.5 hour cruise you can experience the river that was the lifeblood of Savannah! Hear our Captain’s intriguing tales and historic facts about our modern port and the ships that visit from all over the world. Then make your way down river to Old Fort Jackson, home of one of the largest and oldest original artillery pieces in the country! Take advantage of the great photo opportunities of Savannah’s historic riverfront and skyline. Snacks and beverages are available on board at our Riverboat Snack Shop.

 

NOTICE: Visit their website (link below) to verify what time the Narrated Harbor Cruise departs for the day you wish to tour. DO NOT ENTER YOUR CREDIT CARD INFO. Arrive 30-minutes prior to the tour start time to check-in.


Featured Attractions:
  • Number of Featured allowed is determined by pass duration purchased more info
  • Reservations are typically required for Featured Attractions.
  • You can make reservations  in advance of arriving which are easily made from within the Mobile Pass you’ll receive after purchase.
  • View tour availability before purchasing TourPass

Standard Attractions:
  • No reservation is required, just show up and present your Mobile Pass for entry.
  • Visit as many as you wish 1x.
Transportation to attractions is not provided. In the Historic District you can use the Trolley.
$22 per Child without TourPass. (Pay $0 at the gate! TourPass includes full admission)
  • Tours depart daily starting at 9 a.m. and every 15-20 minutes thereafter until between 4:30-5:00 p.m. depending on the season (7 days a week). Call for times (number listed below).
  • Tour length: 100 minutes or all-day!
  • If your hotel is located in the historic district Old Savannah Tours may be able to pick you up! Call them (click to call button below).
  • You an hop on at any location.
  • Good for 1-day of use and uses 1 of your Featured Tours. To use for a second day, pay them a discounted $11 per person when you check-in.

 Take a ride on Savannah’s most iconic tours, the Hop On/Hop Off Trolley Tour. Get acquainted with the layout of the city and learn about famous landmarks on this narrated tour. Hop on and off at your leisure all day at 16 stops. And always be on the lookout for Old Savannah Tour’s signature Savannah characters to charm you with their colorful personalities along the way. 

What to Expect on This Tour:

  • Can use for 1-day all day. If you would like additional days on the hop on/off Trolley you can purchase it directly from Old Savannah Tours.
  • Hop on/off at 16 sites throughout the historic district.
  • Learn about the city’s most famous landmarks on this narrated tour. 
  • Famous Savannah characters hop on the bus at different stops and tell you story. 

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Hop on Hop Off Trolley

Featured Attractions:
  • Number of Featured allowed is determined by pass duration purchased more info
  • Reservations are typically required for Featured Attractions.
  • You can make reservations  in advance of arriving which are easily made from within the Mobile Pass you’ll receive after purchase.
  • View tour availability before purchasing TourPass

Standard Attractions:
  • No reservation is required, just show up and present your Mobile Pass for entry.
  • Visit as many as you wish 1x.
Transportation to attractions is not provided. In the Historic District you can use the Trolley.
$13 per Child without TourPass. (Pay $0 at the gate! TourPass includes full admission)
  • Tours depart daily starting at 9 a.m. and every 15-20 minutes thereafter until between 4:30-5:00 p.m. depending on the season (7 days a week). Call for times (number listed below).

Savannah is a quintessential Southern lady: striking beauty on the surface with soulful roots that run mysteriously deep. You know that sayin’ ‘in due time?’ Well, we encourage you – do take your time – and acquaint yourself with this cordial and complicated city by taking our Savannah Experience tour.

If you really want to get to know her, these things can’t be rushed. That’s why we designed this in-depth tour aboard our enclosed, air-conditioned mini bus to show you all the popular sites and haunts of the Historic District. But, then we go even further to explore the Victorian District, Thomas Square neighborhood restoration, the Beach Institute and oak-lined Victory Drive. Whether you’re a history buff or you’ve just gone gaga over Savannah (like most folks do) The Savannah Experience Tour is your chance to take your appreciation and understanding of this city to an entirely new level.

What to Expect:

  • Featured tour – reservation required. Click the See Available Times button to book. 
  • Tour takes place on a Trolley by Old Savannah Tours. Get a full overview of Savannah and learn the ins and outs of this great city. 
  • Narrated with costumed characters tell the full story of the city.
Featured Attractions:
  • Number of Featured allowed is determined by pass duration purchased more info
  • Reservations are typically required for Featured Attractions.
  • You can make reservations  in advance of arriving which are easily made from within the Mobile Pass you’ll receive after purchase.
  • View tour availability before purchasing TourPass

Standard Attractions:
  • No reservation is required, just show up and present your Mobile Pass for entry.
  • Visit as many as you wish 1x.
Transportation to attractions is not provided. In the Historic District you can use the Trolley.
$11 per Child without TourPass. (Pay $0 at the gate! TourPass includes full admission)

Savannah has charmed visitors for centuries with her history, architecture and famous hospitality. With this tour, you will:

  • Explore the rich architectural heritage that spans two centuries
  • More than a discussion on architecture, this enchanting walk through the heart of the Historic District focuses on Savannah’s majestic mansions and their residents.
  • Learn about Savannah’s ongoing historic preservation movement and hear of the contributions of residents dedicated to protect and conserve our rich history.
  • This tour may include depending on availability, a visit to one of Savannah’s most beautiful historic homes.
  • Tours departs from Warren Square.

One of the places you’ll see on this tour is the Owens-Thomas House, widely regarded as the premiere example of regency architecture in the United States, and learn about the achievements of architect William Jay. You’ll also see the Green Meldrim House, where Gen. William T. Sherman was a “guest” during the Civil War. Other house highlights includes discussions on the development of domestic dwellings in Savannah, from colonial times to the present, featuring fine examples of architecture that span two centuries.

Featured Attractions:
  • Number of Featured allowed is determined by pass duration purchased more info
  • Reservations are typically required for Featured Attractions.
  • You can make reservations  in advance of arriving which are easily made from within the Mobile Pass you’ll receive after purchase.
  • View tour availability before purchasing TourPass

Standard Attractions:
  • No reservation is required, just show up and present your Mobile Pass for entry.
  • Visit as many as you wish 1x.
Transportation to attractions is not provided. In the Historic District you can use the Trolley.
$13 per Child without TourPass. (Pay $0 at the gate! TourPass includes full admission)

Tour typically only takes place on Friday and Saturdays. Must be 21 years of age or older.

Guests are escorted by a seasoned guide through the Pubs and Taverns of Old Savannah. Your guide will relate stories of how each pub and tavern has earned its place in history. Savannah, with so much history, is bound to have a few skeletons in her closet, and maybe just a bit more!

Pubs and Taverns Tour Highlights:

  • Learn about local legend and lore
  • Stroll America’s largest National Landmark Historic District
  • Gain insight into the City’s culture
  • Narrated by knowledgeable and interactive guides
  • The Pubs and Taverns Tour takes you though the old colonial part of the Historic District and talks to you about local legends and lore of Old Savannah.
  • Shocking soirees. Scandalous affairs. Don’t let the Southern charm fool you.
Featured Attractions:
  • Number of Featured allowed is determined by pass duration purchased more info
  • Reservations are typically required for Featured Attractions.
  • You can make reservations  in advance of arriving which are easily made from within the Mobile Pass you’ll receive after purchase.
  • View tour availability before purchasing TourPass

Standard Attractions:
  • No reservation is required, just show up and present your Mobile Pass for entry.
  • Visit as many as you wish 1x.
Transportation to attractions is not provided. In the Historic District you can use the Trolley.

STANDARD ATTRACTIONS

  • Visit as many Standard Attractions as you wish for the number of day pass purchased (see image below).
  • Standard Attractions are generally less expensive than Featured and do not require reservations…just walk-in and show your pass.
  • Transportation to attractions is not provided unless you choose the Hop On/Off Trolley as a Featured selection.

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Savannah Tour Pass Grid

Located in Historic Downtown Savannah, Webb Military Museum features military artifacts from the American Civil War to Desert Storm. Original uniforms, headgear and equipment are displayed in a walk-through setting. The museum honors our servicemen from all wars and branches. Many of the displays contain named groupings of servicemen highlighting their stories of service. A visit to Webb Military Museum will certainly bring back one’s love of history and the realization of how much we owe to our men and women in uniform.

Featured Attractions:
  • Number of Featured allowed is determined by pass duration purchased more info
  • Reservations are typically required for Featured Attractions.
  • You can make reservations  in advance of arriving which are easily made from within the Mobile Pass you’ll receive after purchase.
  • View tour availability before purchasing TourPass

Standard Attractions:
  • No reservation is required, just show up and present your Mobile Pass for entry.
  • Visit as many as you wish 1x.
Transportation to attractions is not provided. In the Historic District you can use the Trolley.
$6 per Child without TourPass. (Pay $0 at the gate! TourPass includes full admission)

The Telfair Academy is just short walk away from the Jepson Center, but that short distance covers nearly 200 years of history. The stately two-story mansion, designed by William Jay in the Neoclassical Regency style and built in 1819, is just three historic squares away from Jay’s other masterpiece, the Owens-Thomas House. The Telfair Academy contains three nineteenth-century period rooms and houses nineteenth- and twentieth-century American and European art from the museum’s permanent collection including paintings, works on paper, sculpture, and decorative arts.

Featured Attractions:
  • Number of Featured allowed is determined by pass duration purchased more info
  • Reservations are typically required for Featured Attractions.
  • You can make reservations  in advance of arriving which are easily made from within the Mobile Pass you’ll receive after purchase.
  • View tour availability before purchasing TourPass

Standard Attractions:
  • No reservation is required, just show up and present your Mobile Pass for entry.
  • Visit as many as you wish 1x.
Transportation to attractions is not provided. In the Historic District you can use the Trolley.
$5 per Child without TourPass. (Pay $0 at the gate! TourPass includes full admission)

The Museum is arranged for self-guided tours. Please expect to spend at least one hour on site to explore the galleries and gardens. For groups of 10 or more Ships of the Sea can provide a guided tour of the Museum with a reservation in advance. The Museum also offers many educational opportunities for visitors of all ages. All student programs include educational tours. The Museum offers classes on the art of scrimshaw, sailor’s valentines, and women pirates. 

The Scarbrough House is the elegant setting for the Museum’s collection of ship models, paintings, and maritime antiques. It was built in 1819 for one of the principal owners of the Savannah, the first steamship to cross the Atlantic Ocean. Scarbrough’s architect, William Jay from Bath, England, created one of the earliest examples of domestic Greek Revival architecture in the South. Used as a public school from the 1870s – 1960s, the mansion was then abandoned for a brief period but later restored by Historic Savannah Foundation in the 1970s. After another period of vacancy, Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum restored the house again in 1996-97, building a new roof based on a documented William Jay design, adding a new rear portico and enlarging the garden.

What to Expect: 

  • Self-guided tour.
  • gift shop. 
  • May be closed for private events with short notice provided.
Featured Attractions:
  • Number of Featured allowed is determined by pass duration purchased more info
  • Reservations are typically required for Featured Attractions.
  • You can make reservations  in advance of arriving which are easily made from within the Mobile Pass you’ll receive after purchase.
  • View tour availability before purchasing TourPass

Standard Attractions:
  • No reservation is required, just show up and present your Mobile Pass for entry.
  • Visit as many as you wish 1x.
Transportation to attractions is not provided. In the Historic District you can use the Trolley.
$7 per Child without TourPass. (Pay $0 at the gate! TourPass includes full admission)

Treat yourself to a gourmet popsicle from this fun and one-of-a-kind shop. Featured by Duff Goldman (Food Network Chef, Ace of Cakes) as one of his favorite sweet treats in the nation!

Each of their pops are named after the one of the 22 historic Savannah squares. Some fan favorites are Calhoun Square (Blackberry Lemonade), Franklin Square (Strawberry Balsamic) and Pulaski Square (Salted Caramel, dipped in dark chocolate and rolled in pretzel pieces). Their philosophy on ingredients is to use the best and the least. The Key Lime Pie Pop has the most ingredients, with fresh squeezed lime juice, fresh heavy cream, buttermilk, milk, graham crackers, raw cane sugar, and Sea Salt. Extra care is given to several of their pops to make them as beautiful as they are delicious. The Telfair Square Pop, for example, features a whole Oreo embedded in the side, and the Wright Square pop showcases a perfect slice of kiwi. This isn’t easy to do, but it’s part of that extra mile They go to make the product special.

Featured Attractions:
  • Number of Featured allowed is determined by pass duration purchased more info
  • Reservations are typically required for Featured Attractions.
  • You can make reservations  in advance of arriving which are easily made from within the Mobile Pass you’ll receive after purchase.
  • View tour availability before purchasing TourPass

Standard Attractions:
  • No reservation is required, just show up and present your Mobile Pass for entry.
  • Visit as many as you wish 1x.
Transportation to attractions is not provided. In the Historic District you can use the Trolley.
$4 per Child without TourPass. (Pay $0 at the gate! TourPass includes full admission)

Savannah History Museum is located in the former historic Central of Georgia Railroad’s passenger station. The museum walks guests through the city’s history from 1733, spanning the American Revolution and Civil War, all the way to modern day Savannah. Many exhibits highlight Savannah’s musical, cultural and artistic contributions including the famous bench from the movie Forrest Gump. Located just across the street is Battlefield Memorial Park, which presents visitors with a free memorial to those who fought in the 1779 Battle of Savannah, second bloodiest battle of the American Revolution. This park marks the exact location where approximately 800 troops died or were wounded.

Featured Attractions:
  • Number of Featured allowed is determined by pass duration purchased more info
  • Reservations are typically required for Featured Attractions.
  • You can make reservations  in advance of arriving which are easily made from within the Mobile Pass you’ll receive after purchase.
  • View tour availability before purchasing TourPass

Standard Attractions:
  • No reservation is required, just show up and present your Mobile Pass for entry.
  • Visit as many as you wish 1x.
Transportation to attractions is not provided. In the Historic District you can use the Trolley.
$5 per Child without TourPass. (Pay $0 at the gate! TourPass includes full admission)

Pin Point Heritage Museum is located in the former A.S. Varn & Son Oyster and Crab Factory. The community was founded in 1896 by freed slaves after the Civil War. The former factory has been transformed into an educational center for visitors to authentically learn about the Gullah/Geechee culture directly from residents who grew up in the small, close-knit community. Guests can discover these unique lifeways, from daily life to religion, language and food.

Featured Attractions:
  • Number of Featured allowed is determined by pass duration purchased more info
  • Reservations are typically required for Featured Attractions.
  • You can make reservations  in advance of arriving which are easily made from within the Mobile Pass you’ll receive after purchase.
  • View tour availability before purchasing TourPass

Standard Attractions:
  • No reservation is required, just show up and present your Mobile Pass for entry.
  • Visit as many as you wish 1x.
Transportation to attractions is not provided. In the Historic District you can use the Trolley.
$5 per Child without TourPass. (Pay $0 at the gate! TourPass includes full admission)

Built as a beautiful Regency style mansion in 1819, the Owens-Thomas House, along with its adjacent gardens, carriage house, and slave quarters, allows visitors to explore the complicated relationships between the most and least powerful people in the city of Savannah in the early 19th century.

History of the Richardson-Owens-Thomas House

In November 1816, work began on the new home of banker, shipping merchant, and slave trader Richard Richardson and his wife, Frances. The home was designed by English architect (and relative to Richardson by marriage) William Jay, but was constructed by builder John Retan and the team of free and enslaved men in his charge. The site also included a two-sided privy and a building located on the east end of the lot, which was divided into a carriage house and slave quarters.

The Richardsons moved into the home with their six children and nine enslaved men, women, and children in January 1819. Unfortunately for the Richardsons, the next three years saw steady decreases in their prosperity, including the financial Panic of 1819, a yellow fever epidemic, a fire that destroyed half the city, and the death of Frances and two of the children. By 1822, Richardson decided to sell the house and move to Louisiana, where he had family and business interests. He had been shipping enslaved people, mostly children, from Savannah to New Orleans for years.

By 1824, the Bank of the United States owned the house, which they leased to Mary Maxwell as a boarding house. The Marquis de Lafayette was a guest of Mrs. Maxwell when he visited Savannah in March 1825 as part of his whirlwind tour of the United States for the 50th anniversary of the American Revolution.

In 1830, George Welshman Owens, then mayor of Savannah, purchased the property at auction for $10,000. Owens, who was also a lawyer, planter, and politician, moved in with his wife, Sarah, and their six children in 1833. Over the years, Owens kept nine to 15 enslaved people on the property and held almost 400 men, women, and children in bondage on his plantations.

The last Owens descendant to live in the home was George Owens’ granddaughter, Margaret Gray Thomas. When Thomas passed away in 1951 with no direct heirs, she willed the house to the Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences to be run as a house museum in honor of her grandfather, George Owens, and her father, Dr. James Gray Thomas. The site opened to the public in 1954.

Carriage House

Orientation Gallery

The south half of this building originally housed horses and carriages on the first floor with a hay loft on the floor above. Beginning in;November 2018, the first level of this building will house our Orientation Gallery. Exhibits in this space help put the story of the site into the larger context of local, regional, and national history. The site of the original hay loft now houses The Loft, a workspace for Telfair’s historical interpreters to study primary documents, examine archaeological artifacts, and research our sites’ history.

Slave Quarters

The north half of the building contains the original slave quarters for the site. This two-story structure was composed of three rooms on each level. Nine to 15 enslaved people, about half of whom were children, lived and worked on the site at any given time between 1819 and the end of the Civil War. Once the war ended, the space became servants’ quarters, housing many of the same people.

Now these these wonderfully preserved spaces offer new interactive exhibits to help visitors understand the day-to-day lives of the enslaved people who lived and worked in the space, as well as the most unique architectural feature of the house, the indoor plumbing.

Featured Attractions:
  • Number of Featured allowed is determined by pass duration purchased more info
  • Reservations are typically required for Featured Attractions.
  • You can make reservations  in advance of arriving which are easily made from within the Mobile Pass you’ll receive after purchase.
  • View tour availability before purchasing TourPass

Standard Attractions:
  • No reservation is required, just show up and present your Mobile Pass for entry.
  • Visit as many as you wish 1x.
Transportation to attractions is not provided. In the Historic District you can use the Trolley.
$5 per Child without TourPass. (Pay $0 at the gate! TourPass includes full admission)

Old Fort Jackson is a must-see National Historic Landmark offering daily cannon firings and exciting interactive programs for adults, kids and families! Only minutes away from historic downtown Savannah, you can experience unique views of Savannah’s riverfront and walk on the grounds of one of the oldest brick fortifications on the East Coast.

History

This fortification is located on the Savannah River, just 3 miles east of the city. It was constructed in 1808 as part of President Thomas Jefferson’s Second System coastal defense initiative and named after Revolutionary War patriot James Jackson. This brick fort was constructed over an old earthen battery from the Revolutionary War which had been called “Mud Fort.” Soldiers were stationed at Fort James Jackson to guard Savannah during the War of 1812. Following the War of 1812, two periods of construction continued expansion of the fort from the 1840s-1850s, prior to the outbreak of the American Civil War.

Local Confederate militia units occupied the fort at the start of the Civil War in 1861. In 1862, it became the headquarters for Savannah’s river defenses after the fall of Fort Pulaski. In 1864 the Confederate troops quickly evacuated Fort Jackson just prior to the arrival of federal troops under the leadership of General William Tecumesh Sherman after his infamous “March to the Sea,” leaving Fort Jackson under control of federal troops. The last American soldiers to be stationed at Fort Jackson were members of the 55th Massachusetts, an African- American unit of the Federal Army.

The War Department abandoned the fort in 1905 and the state of Georgia reopened it in 1965 as a maritime museum. After the state decided to close the museum in 1975, the newly formed nonprofit Coastal Heritage Society approached the State in 1976 asking permission to re-open and operate the site, which was granted. The historic site was now referred to as Old Fort Jackson. In 1978, Fort Jackson and CHS came under the leadership of Scott W. Smith. Operation continued to grow with modest success as did development of educational programming for regular guests and student field trips.

Currently, Old Fort Jackson has a successful model of independent operation and a solid reputation of delivering high-quality, engaging educational programming for booked groups. This program offering has been expanded to regular operation for daily museum guests and includes cannon, musket firings and other interactive & hands-on activities.

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Transportation to attractions is not provided. In the Historic District you can use the Trolley.
$4 per Child without TourPass. (Pay $0 at the gate! TourPass includes full admission)

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