In beautiful Savannah Georgia on the bluff of the Savannah River sits renovated cotton warehouses and office buildings. Established as a British settlement in 1733, Savannah was an important shipping port for cotton, rice, and sugar. The warehouses were several stories high, and today are used for shopping, restaurants, tourist information centers, hotels.
Factor as defined in the Merriam Webster dictionary: one who acts or transacts business for another
As cotton dominated the trade business in the 19th-century offices of cotton brokers were opened on the upper level of the bluff, named Factors Walk.
The streets of cobblestone are a notable part of the history of the city. Once used as ballast for the sailing ships coming into the harbor from all parts of the world. The rocks were used for both the streets and as a building material. Walking for some may be challenging, and comfortable shoes are a must. If you choose to walk down the streets and the historic steps to different levels both are equally challenging. Your balancing skills are sure to get tested.
The lower level on the riverfront offers a casual walk with along the water. River dining cruises are popular. Hotel accommodations, golf, the convention center, and other events are across the river at Hutcheson Island. A river taxi shuttle is available.
The metered parking area on the upper-level of Factors Walk circles around Emmet Park. Full of large oak trees draped in moss, even on the hottest summer days the shade may offer some relief. 90-100 degree temperatures in July and August is average for Savannah.
As stated on the Georgia Historical Marker:
Once known as the Strand and later as Irish Green because of its proximity to the Irish residents of Savannah’s Old Fort neighborhood, this park was renamed in 1902 for the Irish patriot Robert Emmet (1778-1803) to commemorate the centennial of his death. Emmet, who led an unsuccessful Dublin uprising for Irish independence and was executed for treason, was a hero to Savannah’s Irish community. Emmet is best known for the speech in which he asked that his epitaph not be written until “my country takes her place among the nations of the earth.” Emmet Park remains an important center of the ceremonial congregation for Savannahians of Irish descent.
Jot down River Street, Factors Walk, and Emmet Park as places to see in Savannah