While making your way pass the beautiful greens of Ellis Square and the bustling shops and restaurants of City Market, you may notice a place with a person out of time beckoning you closer.
Take a chance and follow them through the doors of the American Prohibition Museum. Once you do, you’ll step from the busy streets of modern City Market to the busy streets of prohibition era Savannah.
It may take you a moment to realize the boy offering you a flyer for that night’s temperance movement meeting is a wax figure! But don’t let that stop you from picking up a sign and joining the ladies protesting the man carrying liquor in his truck.
Snap a few selfies and photos to let your friends at home know how you stand! Or maybe you’d rather take a few shots with Capone and his boys upstairs…
We’re getting ahead of ourselves. Your tour starts in 1919 when the 18th amendment finally passed IMMEDIATELY PROHIBITING the sale, transportation, and consumption of alcohol. An amendment that not everyone abided, especially those in “the wickedest city in the world”, Savannah, Georgia!
From there you might be inspired (but please don’t try) to grab a hatchet and take out a few speakeasies with Carrie Nation, after you learn about her hatred for liquor. Or you could just take a selfie with her full-size lifelike figure.
You may have to remind yourself that it’s not the booze making the pictures on the wall move and talk to you. It’s just the ghost of the past here to let you know how it was.
You’ll learn how the best moonshine was/is made and how some breweries creatively stayed in business during prohibition. And get close and personal with how some of the era’s shadier characters made the 18th work for them.
Follow the history right to 1933’s Great Repeal. In the Happy Days Celebration Saloon, you can raise a glass to the end of prohibition, view photographs of national repeal festivities and rejoice in the fact that drinking is finally legal again.
The American Prohibition Museum is open 10am to 5pm daily. (Final entry at 4:15pm)
While planning your trip to the 1920’s don’t forget to get plan your stay!
You didn’t hear it from us, but if it’s after 6, you’re dressed nice, and find yourself at 220 Congress Street Up . You may find yourself in a 20’s era speakeasy. Get ready to enjoy the specialty drinks of era while rubbing elbows with Savannah’s underground…