Mrs. Wilkes, Historic Savannah & Colonial Cemetery

Posted by on September 25, 2013

Monday, September 23rd.

Mrs Wilkes Dining Room is on the first floor while Mrs Wilkes Boarding House is the upper floors

Mrs Wilkes Dining Room is on the first floor while Mrs Wilkes Boarding House is the upper floors

The variety of dishes was amazing!

The variety of dishes was amazing!

We skipped breakfast in anticipation of a lunch feast.  Our friends Nancy & Jim B recommended we go to Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room for lunch.  After a little research we found that they are only open from 11 – 2 Monday through Friday and charge $18 for an all you can eat home cooked southern meal.  A little more research told us to be in line by 10:30, have cash on hand, be prepared to eat with strangers and come with an empty tummy.

We arrived shortly before 10:30 and Michael dropped me off so I could get in line (there were about 30 ahead of me) while he went and parked the truck.  We visited with a few of the people in line with us and enjoyed the beauty of the neighborhood surrounding the restaurant while we waited.

When we gained entrance we were escorted to a table for 10 (we were short one) and took our seats.  The table was laden with 24 dishes!  Unbelievable!  Fried chicken, beef stew and bbq pork were the main dishes.  Sides included macaroni & cheese, rutabagas, warm potato salad, greens, creamed corn, stuffing, cole slaw, cucumbers, green beans, corn bread, black-eyed peas, butter beans, squash casserole, sweet potatoes, rice, gravy, jambalaya, okra, baked beans….it seemed almost endless.  Michael put a little of everything on his plate while I tried most everything but skipped things I knew I wouldn’t care for.  Everything was wonderful…didn’t taste anything I didn’t like…although some things I liked better than others.  And to top it all off….some good ol’ southern banana pudding for dessert!

A great group of companions!

A great group of companions!

Our dinner companions were all very friendly – 2 couples traveling together from North Carolina, a woman from Texas  in Savannah for her interns wedding and a mother/daughter originally from Missouri.  They were all as pleased with their dining experience as much as we were.  We will certainly go back the next time we’re in Savannah.

After our huge lunch we headed to Forsyth Park to cap some Munzees (and walk off some of our lunch).  There was a large cluster of Munzees there and we added a few to that cluster.  We had a nice stroll in and around the park as it is quite large, green and lush.  There are several statues, a beautiful fountain, tennis & basketball courts and a nice welcome center.  We were there for about an hour before we headed to our next destination.

Forsyth Park's fountain.

Forsyth Park’s fountain.

We stopped at the Visitor’s Center to pick up some literature.  We parked across the street in the Railroad Museum parking lot (have to do that on another visit) and noticed several small man-made hills just off the parking area.  We walked over and found some displays explaining that a revolutionary war battle was fought there.  Interesting stuff.

While we were at the Visitor’s Center we discussed what the rest of our day entailed.  We decided on parking near the Colonial Cemetery and then walking through the area to cap a trail of Munzees.  That walk took us near the riverfront, past several historic buildings, through several of Savannah’s 22 squares and then back to the cemetery.

The movie Forest Gump was filmed here so we saw a couple of sites

Savannah's riverfront

Savannah’s riverfront

from the movie – the diner where Jenny worked, the First Presbyterian Church that was seen in the opening scenes and Chippewa Square where Forest’s park bench was located.  The original bench now sits in the museum that is located in the Visitor’s Center.

We took some time to tour the Colonial Cemetery before heading home.  Not nearly as beautiful as Bonaventure Cemetery but it is loaded with history!  The cemetery was in use from 1750 until its last burial in 1853.  It’s in remarkable shape for having had its last burial 160 years ago!  Being a historic place there are quite a few markers around pointing out notable inhabitants.  There was also a sign explaining that a large number of burials in 1820 were due to the Great Yellow Fever epidemic.

Michael doing is best Forest Gump impression in Chippewa Square.

Michael doing is best Forest Gump impression in Chippewa Square.

Once again we were not alone in our cemetery visit.  There were numerous people with the same curiosity for history that we have.  We spoke with a couple of other people and learned that one of the people buried here was a Declaration of Independence signer and that the county that they live in in Georgia (Gwinnett) was named after him.

We made it home about 6:30.  We popped a frozen pizza in the oven and sat down to enjoy the rest of the evening by watching the movie, World War Z with Brad Pitt.  It had pretty good ratings on IMDB (7.1) and we both enjoyed it.

 

 

The historic markers scattered around the cemetery had lots of interesting information.

The historic markers scattered around the cemetery had lots of interesting information.

By the way, in total we capped 34 Munzees & deployed about 20 between the 2 of us.  It was a good Munzee day.  What’s a good Munzee day?  1.  Exercise we wouldn’t normally get.  2.  Being brought to places we might not otherwise have seen.  3.  Gaining points!

At the rear of the cemetery we found this brick wall this tombstones attached to it.  They were from the early 1800s.  We figured these were some that had fallen over and were placed here to preserve them.

At the rear of the cemetery we found this brick wall this tombstones attached to it. They were from the early 1800s. We figured these were some that had fallen over and were placed here to preserve them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3 Responses to Mrs. Wilkes, Historic Savannah & Colonial Cemetery

  1. jbeletti

    Happy to read that Mrs. Wilke’s didn’t disappoint. Love Michael’s Forest Gump impression too 🙂

    • Kelly

      We know you know your food…so if you recommend something we’re more than likely gonna follow that recommendation!

  2. Skip Krug

    Not alone in the cemetery?
    I had a girl say today that I was haunted. I asked her if she knew the difference between ghosts and angels.:-)

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