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i (heart) Savannah: Day 3 November 11, 2012

Filed under: Interests,Sharing and Caring,travel — clappingonthedownbeat @ 8:39 PM

Today we decided to go out to get a coffee and a bite at Back in the Day Bakery.  http://www.backinthedaybakery.com  They were preparing to film a commercial for Kohls there that morning.  Maybe we’ll be on TV……probably not.  Anyway I met the owners and had Cheryl sign the cookbook I bought.  The shop had a great vintage vibe.  A tea and coffee cake later……we were on the road out to Tybee Island.

    

Our first stop was Ft. Pulaski.  (Hubby was really excited….he’s the history buff) The monument, named after Revolutionary War hero Casimir Pulaski, was first established in October of 1924 by order of President Calvin Coolidge.  Following the War of 1812, it became apparent that the recently ravaged United States of America needed a new coastal defense system in order to protect itself from future invasion. On March 15, 1830, the United States government took control of the 150 acres originally allotted to Jonathan Bryan to be set aside for the construction of a new fort. For much of the 19th century, masonry fortifications were the United States’ main defense against overseas enemies. However, during the Civil War, new technology proved its superiority to these forts.   Robert E. Lee oversaw  the construction of the main drainage ditch, an earthen embankment and dikes, the north pier, and multiple temporary wood frame buildings. Following Lee’s transfer and Babcock’s death in 1831, Lieutenant Joseph K.F. Mansfield took charge of the fort’s construction until near its completion in 1845.

  

The guide really makes the tour.  Our National Park Service Ranger was fantastic.  He was engaging and dynamic and brought the history to life.

  

 

We then headed out to the Lighthouse.  Ordered by General James Oglethorpe, Governor of the 13th colony, in 1732, the Tybee Island Light Station has been guiding mariners safe entrance into the Savannah River for over 270 years. The Tybee Island Light Station is one of America’s most intact having all of its historic support buildings on its five-acre site. Rebuilt several times the current lightstation displays its 1916 day mark with 178 stairs and a First Order Fresnel lens (nine feet tall).

Our waiter from B Mathews Eatery lives on Tybee Island so we asked him for restaurant recommendations.  He suggested a few and we saw a sign off the road for the Crab Shack.  We remembered him mentioning it so we followed the signs back.  It is the type of place that otherwise I am sure we would have driven right by.  It looked like a hole in the wall type of place.

  

Right on the water, boats can pull up to the dock and eat.  The tables have holes in the center with a large garbage can underneath so you can toss all you tails and trash right in.  All the food was served on styrofoam.  The building looked questionable, but the food was spot on.  I had the lowcountry boil with a crab cake  and hubby had crawfish.

  

I was licking my fingers all the way back to Savannah.  We headed back to the B&B to relax for a while and then did a late dinner again at B Matthews Eatery, thanking the waiter for his recommendations.  I had fried green tomatoes (again!  yes, everyone does them a little different)  Hubby had a burger.

After dinner we walked to Leopolds Ice Cream. Leopold’s Ice Cream was founded in 1919 by three immigrant brothers from Greece: George, Peter, and Basil Leopold. Leopold’s VeriBest™ ice cream is absolutely one-of-a-kind. All flavors are made on the premises, one batch at a time, using top-secret family recipes handed down from the original Leopold brothers. Try some of our more historic flavors – like Johnny Mercer’s favorite, Tutti Frutti – made exactly as they were in 1919.

 

Day 4 & 5 We headed up to Charleston South Carolina.  More to come……

 

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