Fort Stewart Community
Chatham County is located on the southeast coast of Georgia. There are eight municipalities within the county: Savannah (county seat), Bloomingdale, Garden City, Pooler, Port Wentworth, Thunderbolt, Tybee Island and Vernonburg.
Pooler, a community minutes west of Savannah, is thriving with diverse growth. An excellent school system and active recreation system fuel residential growth. A central location that is near the Georgia Ports and Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport and is accessible by Interstate 95, Interstate 16 and U.S. Highway 80 make Pooler attractive to retail and industrial growth.
Georgia’s first city, a historic city with a revered past, has a vibrant present and an exciting future. Savannah has an atmosphere and charm fostered by residents who have cherished and preserved its past. Their love of history is embodied in the beautifully restored homes, churches and public buildings that grace the city’s unique, tree-filled squares, and that affection has given rise to a tourism industry that’s boomed dramatically since the mid-’90s.
Savannah is host to a variety of local attractions, with museums, theaters, architectural landmarks and historical sites. Take a horse-drawn carriage ride and learn about Savannah’s past, catch a show at the Historic Savannah Theatre, or visit the famous Forsyth Park fountain, which was built in 1858.
Energized by the upsurge in tourism and other positive economic factors, Savannah has entered the 21st century in the enviable position of being able to use their past to enhance their present and future. The historic district is in the midst of a commercial revitalization that is spreading to the midtown Victorian district and spilling over into the eastside islands, the fast-growing Southside and the industrialized areas west of Savannah.
Savannah is not only a top tourist destination but also an ideal city for business or family. Its diverse economy forms a strong business and employment base ranging from manufacturing to distribution, from tourism to military, from health care to port operations and retail sectors.
Sand, sea and salty breezes have a charm all their own, but when combined with a dash of history, fresh local cuisine and an array of outdoor adventures, there’s a guaranteed draw to Tybee Island. Tybee Island is located 20 minutes from historic Savannah, Georgia’s first city. This barrier island boasts 7 miles of beaches backed by sea oat-covered sand dunes that are perfect for sunbathing, people-watching and frolicking in the sand and surf of the Atlantic Ocean. Tybee Island meant “salt” to Native Americans who once inhabited the island, but today brings to mind a splendid setting to be enjoyed by the whole family. The island’s south-end pier and pavilion provide the perfect venue for strolling above the waves for a picturesque view or reeling in the day’s catch from the sea. During the spring and summer visitors can even enjoy live music and special events on the pier.
Tybee’s location in the southern coast made Tybee an important fortification during many of America’s wars. Tybee’s Fort Screven was the site of Spanish-American War-era fortification, and just west of the island on U.S. Highway 80 is Fort Pulaski, a colossal brick edifice that played a vital role in the Civil War. The Tybee Lighthouse is Georgia’s oldest and tallest lighthouse, towering over the coastline at 154 feet. All facilities are open for tours.
Tybee Island offers an assortment of activities for nature-bound explorers; visitors can choose from boat cruises, fishing trips, kayaking, bike riding and bird-watching through the surrounding Low Country. Tybee Island Marine Science Center offers beach walks and a touch tank to help us better understand the creatures of the sea. On warm days, dolphins can be seen playing from the shore or by guided tour, much to the delight of children of all ages.