Factor's Walk stands between BayStreet and River Street on the Savannah River and is now home to all kinds of businesses from investment bankers to really tacky souvenir stores. It originates from the days when "cotton was king" and Savannah was one of the busiest ports in the US. The buildings are 5 or 6 storeys high, the upper part above the walkways served as offices to the cotton factors and the lower part served as warehouses. I think that the central elevation with the pediment was the original Cotton Exchange where the cotton factors set cotton prices worldwide. The decisions taken in this distant place affected the lives of many of my ancestors who worked in the cotton mills of Manchester in England.
The Georgia Queen is one of the paddle boats that does cruises along the Savannah River though we didn't get round to doing this. The Savannah River forms a good portion of the border between the states of Georgia and South Carolina.
" We were stolen, sold and bought together from the African continent. We got on the slave ships together. We lay back to belly in the holds of the slave ships in each others excrement and urine together, sometimes died together, and our lifeless bodies thrown overboard together. Today, we are standing up together, with faith and even some joy."
The following morning we were back on River Street to meet up with the lovely Janet of MacQue Blogspot and her husband Mac. We'd arranged to meet in Huey's for beignets and coffee and spent a very enjoyable couple of hours chatting with them. It was lovely to actually meet up with one of my transatlantic blogging friends. The afternoon was spent exploring more of Savannah's streets and squares. I wish I'd had the foresight to make a note of where this lovely house was but sadly I didn't! Judging from the photo before it it may be on or near York Street though.
This is Madison Square where a rare statue honouring an enlisted soldier stands. Sergeant William Jasper was a Revolutionary hero from South Carolina who rallied the American soldiers after rescuing the American battle flag after it had been shot down during the Battle of Sullivan's Island in Charleston and they went on to defeat the British.
Here's Johnny Mercer's own version recorded in 1944. None of the Mercer family ever lived here, it fell into a state of disrepair and in 1969 was bought and restored by the Savannah preservationist Jim Williams. It became famous as a result of the book and film 'Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil'. Not a story for the faint of heart!