City Market in Savannah, Georgia
The City Market in Savannah, Georgia is aptly called the “Art and Soul of Savannah” for good reason! It is full of areas to explore and hidden treasures lie around every single corner. It has a ton of art galleries, restaurants, stores, and opportunities for entertainment. It isn’t just one building. It encompasses a litany of businesses and attractions. Whatever you’re looking for, you’ll be able to find it at the Savannah City Market.
It all started back in 1755 when fishermen and farmers were mainstays. The market was a place of business first and foremost, but it was also a key way to socialize. If you needed a haircut or the latest gossip, you’d find it here. Although the first two buildings of the market were destroyed thanks to a fire in 1788 and 1820, the buildings were rebuilt. In the 1950′s the market became a contentious issue for Savannah residents. Many wanted it torn down and, in 1954, the market was demolished. This prompted the founding of the Historic Savannah Foundation which, to this day, works to preserve Savannah’s history. Thanks to them, the City Market is back up and running!
Along with countless shopping and eating opportunities, the City Market is a great place to catch a horse-drawn carriage ride or even a trolley tour! Old Town Trolley Tours runs through the market and will take you to the First African Baptist Church and the Ships of the Sea Museum. The First African Baptist Church of Savannah is the oldest black church in America. It was founded in 1775. Today’s sanctuary was built in 1859 by the actual members of the congregation. It represents a lot of hard work because it is the first brick building owned by blacks in the state of Georgia. The Ships of the Sea Museum houses models of famous ships including the Titanic, the Steamship Savannah, and The Wanderer. It also houses a gorgeous garden and an interesting gift shop.
The Savannah City Market includes fourteen art galleries and twenty-one artistic studios. It also has eight restaurants or cafes including ones specializing in wings, candy, and ice cream! There is a treat to delight your every taste bud. Six gift shops ensure that you’ll have plenty of souvenirs to remember your visit with. Three bars will keep the nights hopping.
Finding the market is easy. It’s on Jefferson at West Saint Julian St. To find out about market events, you can call 912-525-2489, and for information on daily entertainment call 912-790-9464. You can also visit SavannahCityMarket.com. There is always something happening regardless of the time of year and the variety is something to behold. You probably won’t see the same thing twice!