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The ever-growing Hardin County seat of Savannah overflows with rich history, commerce, and exciting events to explore and discover year-round. First established by James Rudd in 1821, Savannah was initially known as Rudd’s Ferry for James’s ferry service. Due to increasing trade on the Tennessee River, Rudd’s Ferry was renamed Savannah and became the county seat in 1830, the same year James Rudd built the historic Cherry Mansion on the banks of the river. The Cherry Mansion was used as the headquarters of General U.S. Grant during the Civil War and stands to this day as part of Savannah’s Historic District, a self-guided tour of 42 unique buildings in the downtown area.
Explore the unique history and heritage of the Tennessee River Valley at the Tennessee River Museum on Main Street. From paleontology to the Civil War, the museum provides a peek into the life of the people and animals that called this region home. Certified with the Tennessee Main Street Program, Savannah’s Main Street underwent revitalization starting in 2007 to preserve and promote quality of life, historic value, and economic development in the downtown area. Host your private event or enjoy live theater performances at the downtown Historic Savannah Theater, a theater that first opened its doors in 1931 and celebrated a grand reopening after renovations were completed in 2013. Annual events are held in the downtown area each year, including the National Catfish Derby, Savannah Bluegrass Festival, and Christmas on Main as well as the seasonal River City Farmers’ Market.
Savannah is home to a wide selection of restaurants, offering up a diverse choice of dining options, as well as shopping centers packed with stores and boutiques to satisfy every need. Spend a day at one of Savannah’s three parks including the riverfront Wayne Jerrolds Park, the Savannah City Park, and the Tennessee Street Park, packed with two playgrounds, a walking trail, splash pads, beautiful gardens, and more! If you’re looking for something fun and exciting for the whole family, stop by in September for the exciting Hardin County Fair, offering thrilling rides, games, and nightly events at the Hardin County Fairgrounds. Cultural and educational sites like the Savannah Veterans Park, Tennessee River Museum, Jackson State Community College satellite campus, and the Savannah Public Library provide opportunities for learning and reflection year-round.