Tennessee River Museum - Here, exhibits chronicle prehistoric times, life of the Mississippi Mound Builders, the tragic story of the “Trail of Tears,” the Civil War on the River, the Golden Age of Steamboats and the Tennessee River today.This museum was founded in 1992, located in an old post office building in downtown Savanna that was constructed in 1939. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Inside, exhibits and collections are dedicated to preserving the history of the Tennessee River Valley so that future generations have an accurate depiction of their heritage and history. The museum features seven permanent exhibits such as “Paleontology,” filled with more than 200 fossils, “Archeology,” comprised of antique pottery and tools, “Pioneers,” exploring the Chickasaw Treaties, “Trail of Tears,” portraying the historical Native American travels to Oregon, “War on the River,” explaining the battles of Union invasions, “The Golden Age of Steamboats,” highlighting the historic Tennessee Riverboat trade, and “Musseling,” featuring the story of the historic pearl button industry.
Savannah Historic District – Get a unique view of more than 40 homes and several styles of architecture to experience on a two-mile strip in downtown Savannah. This two-mile stroll passes 42 historical homes accurately portraying the architectural styles from across Savannah’s history. Many of the homes are privately owned so are not open to tour, but are just as beautiful on the outside as they are on the interior. Featured homes include Cherry Mansion, U.S. Grant’s Headquarters, the Churchwell-MicGinley-Taylor House, a former women’s college from the 19th century, and Irwinwood which was named after the owner who was credited for acquiring the land for Shiloh National Military Park in the 1890’s.
The Cherry Mansion – Explore the private residence used as General U.S. Grand headquarters during the Battle of Shiloh. See artifacts, photos, and learn the history of this period of time in Grant’s life. This beautiful mansion was the headquarters for U.S. Grant during the Battle of Shiloh. Hear the stories of Grant during his time within the property and hear about some of the Battle of Shiloh history. Admire the unique fireplaces, desks where Grant would sit to construct plans of battle, hand-made stone fences surrounding the property, and views of the Tennessee River off of the back porch.
Riverside Park – Spend a relaxing day outdoors with a beautiful view of the Tennessee River as you stroll down the paths or lounge on the seats facing the river. Enjoy a day in the Tennessee sunshine in this 44-acre park overlooking the Tennessee River. Relax in front of the water at any of the pavilions or benches, take a brisk walk on the paved walking trails wrapping around the banks of the river. The park also the public with tennis courts, baseball fields, disc golf, a playground, and restrooms.
Williams-Shutt House (White Pillars) -Constructed in 1874 and remolded about 1910, this colonial revival has a two story frame with an Ionic portico, wrap around porches, Palladian pediment windows, headlights, and sidelights. The exterior has remained unaltered since about 1910. While still retaining the earlier floor plan, White Pillars was altered early in the 20th century when an outsized portico and matching wrap around porch were added. The home was remolded and transformed into a colonial revival mansion during this time. It is now home to Savannah Mayor Bob and wife Janie Shutt, and hosts annual out door venues including a songwriter’s gala during the Tennessee River Run festival hosted by hometown country artist Darryl Worley.
Savannah Hop-on Hop-off Tour
Savannah is the largest town on the Tennessee, discovered in the 1820’s and incorporated in 1833. The most common association with this historical town comes with its ties to the Battle of Shiloh – a major Civil War Battle also known as the Battle of Pittsburg Landing, fought on April 6th 1862. Spend the day exploring the stories and history associated with the city of Savannah and its deep Civil War ties then explore the city’s many trails and paths winding down the lush banks of the Tennessee River and admire the beautiful sights!
PREMIUM EXPERIENCE EXCURSION
Shiloh National Military Park
Join us as we continue on to one of the most informative and interesting Civil War National Parks. Shiloh National Military Park contains a wide array of historic sites. In addition to the battlefield of Shiloh itself, the park contains a separate unit at Corinth, Mississippi, that preserves and interprets the Siege and Battle of Corinth. Located within the boundaries of Shiloh Park, there is also a United States National Cemetery, which contains around 4,000 soldiers and their family members. A National Historic Landmark in its own right, the Shiloh Indian Mounds are also located within the park boundaries.
APPROXIMATE DURATION 3 hours
CAPACITY 100 Guests
8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
SIGHTS YOU WILL SEE
Historical sites throughout the Military Park, Scenic Savannah, Tennessee
THINGS YOU WILL EXPERIENCE
Shiloh National Military Park, Battle of Corinth Site, United States National Cemetery, Shiloh Indian Mounds
Non Civil War Themed Voyages