The Historic District of Savannah, encompassing an area of 2.5 square miles, is the largest registered urban National Historic Landmark district in the United States. The boundaries of the Savannah Historic District are:
- The Savannah River
- East Broad Street
- Gwinnett Street
- Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard
The Savannah Visitor Center is located at 301 Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard in the restored Central of Georgia Railroad Station. Hours are:
- Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.
- Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.
- Telephone: 912-944-0455
Savannah's distinctive city plan was designed in 1733 by General James E. Oglethorpe, the founder of the colony of Georgia. Oglethorpe's design plan was based on a grid system of 24 square areas known as wards. Each ward featured an open park-like space at the center that was surrounded by equal sized lots for private homes and four larger lots for public buildings.
Today, 21 of the original 24 squares still exist, boasting some of the finest examples of architecture in America. Over 1,600 restored structures are rated as historically and architecturally significant in a variety of styles including Federal, Georgian, Gothic Revival, Greek Revival, Italianate, Regency, Victorian, Colonial and more.
Tours of many historic homes are available and most Savannah visitors try to visit at least a few. Some of the most popular historic home museums and tours include:
- Owens-Thomas House - 124 Abercorn Street
- Andrew Low House - 329 Abercorn Street
- The Mercer Williams House Museum - 429 Bull Street
- Juliette Gordon Low's Birthplace- 142 Bull Street
- Isaiah Davenport House Museum - 324 East State Street
- King-Tisdell Cottage - 502 East Harris Street
- Green-Meldrim House, now the parish house of St. John's Episcopal Church at 1 West Macon Street