A Man Named Forrest and a Box of Chocolates

 "A man named Forrest took a seat in Chippewa Square, and The Hostess City put on her best heels, brewed some sweet tea, and said 'welcome to Savannah, ya'll' once again." T.C. Michaels | Genteel & Bard Fine Savannah History Tour | www.genteelandbard.com

If you were standing on the corner of Bull and Hull Streets in the early 90’s, you would've seen a quiet city, quite forgotten among Live Oaks and Spanish Moss.

Locals would quietly leave their offices at the closing bell and retreat to their homes outside of Savannah’s historic district. Downtown Savannah lacked restaurants and hotels, and was weighed down by abandoned and empty buildings.

Although beautiful by nature, the Hostess City didn’t have much of anyone to host. 

Then there came the story of a man with a box of chocolates - waiting for a bus, and dreaming of his beloved Jenny. The film beamed onto theater screens. It hit $677.9 million dollars at the box office in 1994, and won the Academy's best picture and actor honors. 

And best of all, Forrest Gump gifted Savannah with a miracle. 

“If you film it, they will come.”

Restaurants and hotels rose to meet the sudden influx of tourism. Locals remained downtown after-hours, and moved into flats and remodeled mansions. Visitors flooded our cobblestone streets. Savannah was reborn - she put on her best heels, brewed some sweet tea, and said “welcome y’all” once again.