My City Savannah Tour owner Sonny Hugley fell in love with Savannah’s during a visit in 1995.
His passion for the history hidden beneath the Hostess City’s beauty, charm and well-travelled streets inspired him to launch a local walking tour company in 2016 that’s dedicated to sharing the city’s rich history with visitors from around the world.
“My fascination with the city lies in the sheer number and concentration of events which have taken place during its history,” Hugley explains. “So many roads around the globe lead right back to Savannah.”
Hugley literally walks guests through Savannah’s history during an enlightening two-hour, narrated walking tour.
“We begin the tour at the very spot where the first ship Anne arrived with 114 new colonists back in 1733,” he says. “From there, we wander along the Strand adjacent to River Street and continue through Savannah’s Old Fort District, Trustees’ Garden and on towards Colonial Cemetery.”
The Travel & Hospitality Award-winning tour features many stops.
Highlights include the Second African Baptist Church, the Herb House and The Pirate’s House. Declaration of Independence signer Button Gwinnett’s memorial in Colonial Cemetery is a historical stop. The Hampton Lillibridge House, of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil fame, is a favorite.
More than a history lesson, My City Savannah Tour aims to make connections to pivotal moments in American history, so guests can truly understand the significance and magnitude of what they see and experience on the tour.
“I feel that connecting our history to previously known events makes the information easier to retain and personal for each individual,” Hugley explains. “For example, you may not know of Savannah’s Revolutionary War hero Nathaniel Greene. But, I tell you he came to Savannah at the request of his best friend George Washington. Suddenly, Nathaniel Greene becomes relevant.”
With its captivating narrative and sequential journey through the oldest sections of Savannah’s National Historic Landmark District, My City Savannah Tour invites guests to walk down the same streets as city founder James Edward Oglethorpe, Civil War General William Tecumseh Sherman and many others.
“When you see Savannah on foot, the experience becomes so much more immersive,” he adds.
“You can see and touch the historic sites as you hear the stories of the people who made them famous.”
Customization is a trademark of a My City Savannah Tour. Every tour is family-friendly and pet-friendly, and includes ample time to answer questions from individual guests. Personalization options for tours range from freshly prepared treats and catered lunches. They also offer themed tours for bachelor, bachelorette or birthday parties with up to 30 guests.
Previous guests compare a My City Savannah Tour to a “walk about the city with an old friend.”
“I don’t view my guests as customers,”
Hugley says. “I view them all as new friends.”
My City Savannah Tour offers two-hour walking tours Monday-Saturday beginning at 10 a.m. Tickets are $25/person. To book a tour, visit mycitysavannahtour.com or call (912) 200-8400.