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POSTED: October 1, 2017 2:00 p.m.
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The 1870 Solana-Willoughby House on Isle of Hope is one of the many homes and sites that will be open for tours during the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation's Fall Ramble, Oct. 6-8.

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ATLANTA, Sept. 26 - Nearly 50 homes and sites will be open for tours during the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation's Fall Ramble in Savannah, Oct. 6-8. The event will offer visitors and residents a rare opportunity to explore private historic homes and buildings that are not usually open to the public. 

On Friday, 'Ramblers' will traverse Savannah's earliest automobile suburbs filled with grand Colonial Revival and Craftsman homes before visiting the palmetto-lined pedestrian mall at the center of Chatham Crescent and the hidden midcentury gems of Kensington Park and Magnolia Park. Guests will discover fascinating homes including a 1911 Spanish Colonial style home and a 1959 midcentury modern ranch featuring nearly all of its original details. 

On Saturday, the Ramble continues as tour-goers explore Savannah's world renowned Historic Landmark District, the largest in the nation. Guests will tour an array of private homes, recently completed preservation projects and up-and-coming rehabilitations in progress. Highlights include grand historic townhomes overlooking Madison Square, an 1842 Federal style townhome that is touted as one of the finest in Savannah, and an 1859 Italianate home that is one of the oldest on Gaston Street. 

On Sunday, 'Ramblers' will get the Lowcountry experience as they tour sites in the Moon River District. Located just 20 minutes from downtown, this Savannah neighborhood is home to salt marshes, a Gullah Geechee oystering community and the picturesque Wormsloe Historic Site, where tour-goers will explore several buildings on the private Wormsloe family property, including the 1906 library. 'Ramblers' will discover Savannah's waterfront plantation houses on Isle of Hope, highlighted by an 1870 Folk Victorian home on Bluff Drive overlooking the Skidaway River. Then guests can head over to Pin Point and see the historic Gullah Geechee community in a historic oyster factory turned museum. 

A wide variety of registration options is available. For tickets and information, visit GeorgiaTrust.org. Proceeds benefit The Georgia Trust.

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