Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum

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Savannah boasts a number of interesting museums but perhaps the most unique is the Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum, which stands out for its specialized focus on Savannah's maritime history, its beautiful models and art and its large and exquisite formal and informal gardens. The museum is housed in the William Scarbrough House, built in 1819 for one of the principal owners of the SS SAVANNAH, the first steamship to cross the Atlantic Ocean. Scarbrough's architect, WIlliam Jay from Bath, England, created one of the earliest examples of domestic Greek Revival architecture in the South. In this historic setting you'll find an amazing collection of ship models, paintings and artifacts celebrating shipping. The gardens at the Ships of the Sea include a formal garden derived from a typical 19th century parlor garden, planted with many native plants common at that time, and the larger North Garden which includes a citrus grove, and the Sisters Garden -planted with material the Scarbrough family cultivated in the mid 1800's. These gardens comprised the largest private garden within the Historic District.

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