St. Patrick's Day walking tour available for those interested in Savannah's Irish history

Revolutionary War sergeant William Jasper is one of several Irish leaders in Savannah that will be discussed on the Massie Heritage Center's walking tour. (Photo: Ian Dembling)

Those getting to Savannah early before the festivities begin can enjoy a special Irish-themed walking tour Tuesday at 5 p.m.

The Massie Heritage Center is hosting a special tour that will start at their center on East Gordon Street and continue through parts of the city that pay tribute to famous Irish immigrants who had a big part in shaping Savannah's history.

Curator Steven Smith says, after the Great Savannah Fire of 1820, the city was on the rebuild and needed assistance. Their rise was around the same time the famine plagued Ireland.

"So, there was a huge wave of immigrants that came here--Irish people, a lot of them Catholic, very large families," Smith said.

The tour will focus on some of those immigrants, as well as Irish people who made a difference in Savannah, like Sgt. William Jasper who fought for the Americans in the Revolutionary War, and Flannery O'Connor, who wrote southern gothic novels in the 1950s.

The tour will start at 5 p.m. Tuesday and last for about two hours.

It will be 15 dollars per person.

A link to register for the tour can be found here.

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