Chatham County, Georgia

Welcome to Chatham County!

Chatham County, Georgia is the most populous Georgia county outside the Atlanta area. Being the earliest county settled of any portion of Georgia, it has the Savannah river on the east and Ogeechee on the South.

Chatham County's Best Dining & Attractions

Where the Locals go to eat and Shop!

Cotton & Rye is truly one of the best that Savannah has to offer. Everything from the ambiance to the service is impeccable. I’d recommend splitting the James Beard award-winning wings for an appetizer and then the braised pork for the main entree.

Starland Yard: Built out of shipping containers, Starland Yard offers a variety of rotating food trucks, featured trucks include Yoshi’s kitchen, Pie Society, Chazito’s, Bayou Cafe, and more. The yard is also home to the “Yard Bar” for beer, wine, cocktails, and frozen drinks. 

In the mood for some delicious soul food? Check out Sweet Potatoes Kitchen. I’d recommend the pecan-crusted chicken and don’t forget about their award-winning “world’s best” banana pudding, YUM!

 

Attractions:

Ellis Square is one of the city’s most exciting places:  located at the entrance to City Market, the square features a water fountain for kids to run through, shaded tables, a life-size chess set, and CAT bikes available for rent.

Forsyth Park Farmers Market: Each Saturday the Forsyth Farmers’ Market opens from 9 a.m.–1 p.m., rain or shine, at the South End of Forsyth Park in Downtown Savannah. Vendors offer a variety of local goods including seasonal produce, eggs, honey, pastured meat, bread, cheese, mushrooms, fresh herbs, vegetable sauces, preserves, coffee beans, and potted plants. 

Savannah’s History and Ghost Tours: Any city as old as Savannah is bound to have some haunted areas, but some say Savannah has more than its share of paranormal activity. The Savannah tours guide you through the streets and feature some of the city’s oldest and most notorious buildings as you hear about the ghosts that may still lurk in the area.

History and Location

Chatham County is known for its art, culture, and, most importantly, history. The county was occupied by the British in 1778, during the American Revolution. After the war, the county grew in population along with Savannah, which became one of the South’s most important ports. Savannah is sprawling with beautiful houses and plantations with history practically begging to be explored. Here’s a list of a few of those near the city: 

  • The Gingerbread house, also lesser known as The Asendorf House, is 108 years old, was built in 1899, and is considered one of the most outstanding examples of “Steamboat Gothic gingerbread carpentry” in the US.
  • The Juliette Gordon Low House is the birthplace of the founder of the USA Girl Scouts. She began the organization in 1912, and now it has over 50 million past and present members.
  • Bonaventure, where the Tattnall family had their home, is now a famous cemetery.
  • The Hermitage Plantation, the seat of the McCallisters, with its stunning avenue of live-oaks.

The history of Chatham is so interwoven with the early history of Georgia, and especially that of Savannah. Modern Chatham County is an important industrial and transportation center. The Savannah-Hilton Head Airport serves both coastal Georgia and South Carolina. The summer months attract visitors to Tybee Island, known for its wide, sandy beaches. The city of Savannah has become a popular location for Hollywood filmmaking; many movies and television shows have been shot there, including Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. 

 

Distance to Tybee Island, and Richmond Hill:

25 Minutes to Tybee Island

15 Minutes to Pooler

35 Minutes to Richmond Hill

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