Monday morning [May 21st] we placed our take-out dinner orders with the Pie Society so they'd be ready for pick-up by late afternoon. The traditional British bakery makes their savory pies, pasties, quiches, breads and desserts fresh every day, and sell out quickly. The small, quaint shop is located at 19 Jefferson St., [on the corner of Jefferson and W. Bryan] in the 'City Market' [which is located between Ellis and Franklin Squares].
Because it's run by a British family who moved to Savannah, [The Wagstaffs, mom, son and daughter] the interior has an authentic British feel. They opened in July 2013, and have been a huge success.
I ordered a Sausage Roll and two Chicken Pot Pies for Jerry and me, which were very good. How did I leave there without buying a couple of their scones???
Their shop in Pooler, GA [about 10 miles from Savannah] is larger and accommodates Afternoon Tea, but this location is smaller with limited seating so Afternoon Tea isn't an option unless it's a pre-ordered carry-out. It was a fun shop, and I'm glad it was part of our itinerary.
We stayed at the Hampton Inn [201 E. Bay Street in the Historic District], which was a short walking distance from the Pie Society.
Everybody did their own thing that night. Some shopped at the quaint shops on River Street [just across the street from the hotel], some took a sunset riverboat cruise on the Savannah River, and a few of us walked through nearby Reynolds Square to Leopold's Ice Cream Shop on Broughton Street.
Long before we left on our trip, I knew there was a monument to John Wesley in Savannah, but I didn't know where. So I was delightfully surprised to see it as we walked through Reynolds Square. Also near the statue is the site of his parsonage and garden. He and his brother, Charles, are largely credited with founding the movement that became the Methodist denomination which my church affiliation descended from. The historic Wesley Monumental Church built in 1868, which pays tribute to the Wesley brothers, is in a different area of Savannah.
Savannah was founded and planned in 1733 by General James Oglethorpe. In 1735 he invited John Wesley to come to Georgia as the colony's chaplain. Wesley encountered difficulties and returned to England at the end of 1737. It was later said that his time in Georgia was an important apprenticeship for the work that would be his for the next 50 years.
I love how Savannah is filled with history and it's commemorated throughout the city. [Click on pictures to enlarge for reading.]
After the short walk through Reynolds Square, we were on Broughton Street where the world famous Leopold's Ice Cream parlor is located. It was founded in 1919 by three brothers from Greece. The family-run business opened the E. Broughton Street location in 2004.
We walked there two nights in a row, and both times I got pistachio ice cream. It was sooo good!
The interior is very nostalgic and includes the original black marble soda fountain and other fixtures.
Day 8 was a free day. For most of us it began with a Old Town Trolley Hop On, Hop Off tour of Savannah... next post.