Florence Martus, who was known by Savannahians and sailors of the sea as The Waving Girl, owned a small cottage on the edge of the river near the entrance to the harbor. In time, she started welcoming each ship with the wave of handkerchief (sometimes a lantern at night) and sailors began returning her greeting by waving back or with a blast of the ship’s horn. Her tradition continued in Savannah for over 44 years and it’s estimated that she welcomed more than 50,000 ships during her lifetime.
The bronze statue with her collie dog can be found on the east end of River Street in Morrell Park. This is the first memorial to a Georgia woman in any city park. While you’re there visiting Florence, make sure to stop by to see the Olympic Torch, which was placed in Morrell Park as a remembrance of the 1996 Olympic yachting events that were held in Savannah.
There’s so much to see in this Southern city, we hope that you’ll celebrate all of the special history of Savannah with us on race weekend!
Reference: Visit Savannah. Squares & Parks. http://www.visitsavannah.com/essential-savannah/squares-parks.aspx