Take a virtual tour of Coastal Heritage Society museums, historic sites back open to public


SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) — The Coastal Heritage Society is reopening all of its historic sites and museums to the public with new operating hours and COVID-19 safety precautions.

The sites will be practicing social distancing, implementing enhanced sanitizing procedures and will require both staff members and guests to wear masks.

WSAV News 3’s Ben Senger is visiting each location Wednesday to learn more about Coastal Heritage Society’s reopening plan and give virtual tours of the historic sites.

Watch the tours on this page throughout the day and live tonight on News 3 at 5, 5:30 and 6.

Pin Point Heritage Museum

Pin Point Heritage Museum is located in the old A.S. Varn and Son Oyster and Crab Factory. Guests can experience Gullah/Geechee culture firsthand and can explore the refurbished museum complex with exciting exhibits and views of the marsh.

Pin Point Heritage Museum will be open Thursday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Old Fort Jackson

Old Fort Jackson is a National Historic Landmark offering daily cannon firings and interactive programs for adults, kids and families.

Only minutes away from historic downtown Savannah, you can experience unique views of Savannah’s riverfront and walk on the grounds of one of the oldest brick fortifications on the East Coast.

On the fourth of July, Old Fort Jackson will host many Revolutionary War-themed activities for our “A Family Fourth” event. Staff will also share a range of family-friendly activities throughout the entire weekend, from July 3 through July 5.

Old Fort Jackson’s 4th of July program will focus on Savannah’s Revolutionary War history, featuring cannon firing programs, musket firing demonstrations, and readings of historic documents.

All “A Family Fourth” activities are included in the price of Old Fort Jackson museum admission and are free for Coastal Heritage Society members.

Old Fort Jackson will be open Wednesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Savannah Children’s Museum

Savannah Children’s Museum is currently entirely outdoors and located in the old Central of Georgia Railway Carpentry Shop lower level and upper courtyard.

The museum features over a dozen exhibits designed to expand the imaginations of children including an exploration maze, a reading nook and a sensory garden.

Savannah Children’s Museum will be open Wednesday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Harper Fowlkes House

This Greek Revival mansion located in Savannah’s historic district was built in 1842.

The site has served as the headquarters for the Society of the Cincinnati in the State of Georgia since Alida Harper-Fowlkes bequeathed the house to the Society in 1985.

Harper Fowlkes House will be open Monday, Wednesday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a special opening on Thursday, March 4 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Georgia State Railroad Museum

The Georgia State Railroad Museum will be open Wednesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Located in Tricentennial Park, Georgia State Railroad Museum is a National Historic Landmark located at the old Central of Georgia Railway Savannah Shops and Terminal Facilities.

With a fully operational turntable, you have the chance to explore historic railcars, experience the handcar and go on guided tours.

Coastal Heritage Society will be hosting their Eggstravaganza at this site on Saturday, March 27 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Visit in your most colorful springtime attire, bring your baskets and gather springtime treats from staff ready to greet you throughout the site.

Georgia State Railroad Museum is a large, open-air historic site with plenty of space for safe social distancing. Staff and volunteers handing out treats will be positioned throughout the outdoor museum.

Blacksmith demonstrations by Coastal Heritage Society will occur throughout the day as well as a special egg woodturning demonstration by Lowcountry Turners.

Eggstravaganza is $5 per person for all participants, ages eighteen months and older. Pre-registration is required. You can sign up HERE. Registration will close at midnight the day before the event. Admission is free to Coastal Heritage Society members.

Savannah History Museum

Savannah History Museum will be open Wednesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Savannah History Museum allows you to walk through the city’s history from 1733, spanning the American Revolution and Civil War to the present day.

Located in the historic Central of Georgia Railway Train Shed, you can also see exhibits highlighting Savannah’s musical, cultural and artistic contributions from the famous bench from Forrest Gump to the life of Girl Scout founder, Juliette Gordon Low.

On October 9, 1779, more than 8,000 troops of three armies fought during the American Revolution Battle of Savannah.

Battlefield Memorial Park, located just across the street from Savannah History Museum, presents visitors with a memorial to those who fought in the second bloodiest battle of the American Revolution, and marks where approximately 800 troops died or were wounded.

The site also functions as a public park in the western part of Savannah’s historic district and is available as a self-guided experience.

Tickets to each site are available HERE and Coastal Heritage Society Members receive free admission.

The Coastal Heritage Society will also host Family Day on Saturday, March 13, at all six of its museums. Guests can enjoy interactive exhibits and engaging tours at each site through family-friendly, immersive activities that illustrate the narratives of Savannah’s past.

The Coastal Heritage Society is also accepting donations to help support their mission to educate the public through the preservation and presentation of the historic resources of coastal Georgia.

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