This is a continuation of a travel series to Savannah, Georgia. If you'd like to start at the beginning, go HERE. The rest of the posts in consecutive order are HERE, HERE, and HERE..
When I was planning our trip to Savannah, everyone kept telling me about all the amazing restaurants in the city. I kept a list of these restaurants and I did find some of them and ate at two of them, but most of the time we really struggled with finding a good place to eat. One of the reasons was that a lot of the recommendations were for hoity-toity places we weren't interested in. One of my favorite quotes from the late great Anthony Bourdain was "I feel like an orangutan stuffed into a tuxedo in places like this". He was referring to a fancy, formal, upscale restaurant. My husband and I feel the exact same way. We just can't enjoy ourselves and we really have issues spending that amount of money on food.
Another reason we found finding a place to eat difficult was that we were always in the wrong place at the wrong time! Often there was not a restaurant nearby where we currently were when we were hungry or it was only open for breakfast/lunch and closed for dinner and vise versa. We just had a lot of bad luck!
Well one place mentioned on our trolley tour and that my husband read about in a travel brochure was The Pirates House. He thought it sounded like a lot of fun so we went there.
The Pirates House has a long history in Savannah. It sits on the original site of General Oglethorpe's Trustee's Garden established in 1773. An Herb House was erected in 1734 to house the gardener. It is still there and is actually a part of the restaurant. It is considered the oldest house in Savannah.
We were there after the lunch crowd, late in the afternoon before the dinner crowd, so we almost had the whole place to ourselves. It was really nice for taking photographs!
When you first enter, you are greeted by a hostess in period Pirate costume!
The Old Pirate House was first opened in 1753, long after the garden was gone. It served as an inn for seafarers and eventually became a hot spot for pirates and sailors! A lot of folklore surrounds this place. It is said that men were kidnapped here to be used as workers on ships. They were kidnapped by using a tunnel from the old rum cellar that led to the river. The most famous story involves a Savannah policeman. Legend has it he stopped for a drink and awoke on a ship sailing to China. It took him two years to make his way back to Savannah.
The Pirates House is a great place to stop and eat because you get to tour a famous architectural spot in Savannah and learn more about it's history without paying an admission fee...just the cost of food!
The building has been carefully preserved through the years. In the Captain's Room, the ceilings are hand hewn logs joined with wooden pegs. The Herb House still has the original brick walls and heart pine floors.
The restaurant is a complex mix of buildings all connected to each other. You are free to walk around and read all the history and take pictures. The employees also are very knowledgeable and can answer any questions you have about the Pirates House history.
I really liked the Herb House. I loved that people could eat inside here! It was like they had their own private room.
So much of the original house remains intact. The only difference, is that there are tables and chairs set up for restaurant guests. The second floor however was closed to the public.
Have a Great Day! Amy
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