Moon River District Savannah

Newly Formed Moon River District Expands Savannah’s Tourism

Press Release 

Moon River District Savannah

The Moon River District Savannah Steering Committee (L-R) Dr. Paul Pressly, Director, Ossabaw Island Education Alliance; Jason Allison, Wormsloe Historic Site Manager; Holly Holdsworth, Skidaway Island State Park Director; Tania Smith Jones, Pin Point Heritage Museum Director; Bonnie Gentes, Isle of Hope Historic Association; Anne Lindsay Frick, UGA Aquarium Director for Marine Education; Dr. David Tribble, President of Bethesda Academy; Ted Moore, Ossabaw Island

Savannah, GA – The Moon River District is a new alliance formed to bring identity to an area just south of downtown Savannah.  The historic footprint of Savannah extends far beyond the city limits to Georgia’s Low Country, where the earliest days as an English colony began in the salt marshes, rivers and tidal creeks.

Twenty minutes from Bay Street at the southern edge of Savannah, the newly formed district begins in a loose orbit around the Moon River, which includes Wormsloe Historic Site, Bethesda Academy and Farm, Pin Point Heritage Museum, Skidaway Island State Park, Isle of Hope, the Marine Education Center and Aquarium at Skidaway Island, and the Ossabaw Island Heritage Preserve. The Isle of Hope Historical Association and the Ossabaw Island Foundation represent two of the sites on the governing body.

“The history of early Georgia and Savannah extends far beyond the downtown experience,” said Paul Pressly, director of the Ossabaw Island Education Alliance and organizer of the alliance, “The Moon River District offers miles of hiking trails, tabby ruins, an aquarium, and, most importantly, a tribute to the Gullah-Geechee experience. There is a fascinating historic thread that connects each of these sites and we want to share that with others.”

The Moon River partners aim to expand Savannah’s sense of identity from a downtown architectural experience to a broader view that embraces the culture and ecology of its Low Country. The new District offers thousands of acres to explore, providing a unique cultural experience for Savannah locals to rediscover the history around them, and as a destination for new and returning visitors.  Each site has its own history, yet each one has a thread of interwoven history, connected organically by the people who lived there over the centuries, as well as the land.

The Moon River District will generate programs to highlight the connections between the sites, while creating opportunities for educational experiences for the public.  The mission is to promote and increase educational visitation to each of the member sites.


Press Inquiries:  Contact Dr. Paul Pressly at 912-233-5104

Photo at Wormsloe Historic Site, the Avenue of Oaks

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