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Robbie here. I’ve always found that no other city in Georgia is home to as many illustrious figures quite like Savannah. Whether the story took place here or was filmed here, Savannah’s icons have adorned popular culture for decades. Just the other day, I saw The Rock in Telfair Square. He was sitting there in the dirt. Crazy guy. Wait a second…

Here’s a list of some of the most popular famous figures (besides myself) who have contributed to the fame of Savannah!

Jim Williams

a garden in front of Mercer House

Williams is the crown jewel of Savannah murder mystery. Without his life experience, we don’t have the best-selling book Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil or more importantly THE MOVIE Midnight in the Garden of G & E.

One of Savannah’s most unique tours is a Walk Through Midnight and the Garden of Good & Evil for all the Jim Williams fans out there.

Forrest Gump

Forrest Gump

We know, we know. Forrest is from Alabama. What you might not know is the bus stop scenes in the film were captured in Savannah’s very own Chippewa Square. So to us, Forrest feels like a native. My favorite line from the movie? Easy: life is like a box of chocolates you never know what you’re going to get. (That is, until the chocolate companies started putting flavor guides in the packaging. Hey, chocolate companies! Can’t you play along?)

Every guided tour in Savannah will mention our friend Forrest Gump, but my recommendation would be to join the Segway Movie Tour for a fun and interesting ride through the theatrical history of Savannah.

Waving Girl

a statue of a tree

You might not know that Waving Girl’s real name was Florence Martus, disproving my theory that she is Bird Girl’s long lost relative. Legend has it that the reason why Florence greeted ships from 1887 to 1931 was because she had fallen in love as a young girl with a sailor and wanted to be sure he would find her when he returned. When, after 44 years, he did not, she died of a broken heart…

a man wearing a hat

Johnny Mercer

In the heart of downtown Savannah, you may accidentally try to sell an iPhone to our next icon upon seeing him read a newspaper before realizing he’s a statue. Mercer is the famous lyricist and composer of classics like “Moon River.” He is truly what The Redeemer in Brazil is to Savannah, except Mercer overlooks the drunken shenanigans happening on Market Street.

Mr. Mercer shaped the Savannah that we know today, and you would be pretty hard-pressed not to hear his tales on any local guided tour of Savannah. A few recommendations that have for that extra Mercer information would be on the Savannah Strolls Walking Tour along with a custom tour experience with Savannah VIP Dtours.

Juliette Gordon Low wearing a black hat

Juliette Gordon Low

Every cookie lover–and therefore every person–should pour one glass of milk out for the inventor of the Girl Scouts. Low’s legacy is a staple of The Hostess City of The South. We hope you tagalong with a vanilla wafer Tagalong, do-si-do with a peanut butter Do-si-do, and devour a whole sleeve of Thin Mints in the middle of the night.

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Written by: Robert Crizz
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