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Savannah

Even if you’ve never been to Savannah, Georgia the odds are good that you’ve seen this church before. The roots of  Independent Presbyterian Church go back to 1755, but that’s not why you’ve seen the church before. The steeple and building get a cameo in opening shot of the movie Forrest Gump. You know, the one where there feather floats in the air until it lands at the feet of Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks).

Check it out at around the one minute mark.

I took the photo yesterday from a similar view as Forrest Gump had from where he sat on that bench in Chippewa Square. The bench was just actually just a movie prop so it’s no longer in the Square, but placed at the Savannah Historical Museum. I don’t know where that bench would be in ionic props in film history, but it has to be high on the list.

But what’s cooler than the bench is the city of Savannah itself.

“Architect John Massengale has called Savannah’s city plan ‘the most intelligent grid in America, perhaps the world’, and Edmund Bacon wrote that ‘it remains as one of the finest diagrams for city organization and growth in existence.’—Wikipedia

I first visited the city more than 20 years ago and enjoy taking the detour off I-95 to at least drive through the city even if I don’t have time to stay the night. The city was founded in 1733 by General  General James Oglethorpe. (A large bronze statue of Oglethorpe also gets a cameo in the opening scene of Forrest Gump at the 2:40 mark of the above clip. But it’s not a prop so if you visit Chippewa Square it’ll be there.)

There is also a marker in Chippewa Square for Dr. William. A. Caruthers (1802-46), an early American Novelist who lived one block away. His first novel The Kentuckian in New York was published in 1834.

Lastly, Savannah not only has a rich back story (you know it used to be a debtor’s colony), but you can see future stories being written as students from Savannah College of Art & Design walk around town carrying their large portfolios.

P.S. I’ve stayed in several bed and breakfasts in Savannah over the years, but my favorite is the Ballastone Inn.

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