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Savannah River Sea Serpent | Augusta GA

In the late 1700s, the New World was wild, and famed naturalist William Bartram wrote all about that wildness in his book “Bartram’s Travels.” He tells of alligator-like creatures that some called a sea serpent in the Savannah River just downstream from Augusta GA. In this episode of Stories, Secrets and Sagas, we recount what Bartram – and many others – claimed to have witnessed and let you draw your own conclusion. What exactly was this creature in the Savannah River?

Fun Facts About the Savannah River Sea Serpent

  • 1 The creature in the Savannah River made appearances in The Augusta Chronicle in1820 and in 1888, referencing eyewitness accounts.
  • 2 The book “Bartram’s Travels” was published in 1791.
  • 3 It is possible to travel in Bartram’s footsteps along 37 miles of Bartram’s Trail.
  • 4 The sea serpent was reportedly captured on September 9, 1820, as reported by The Augusta Chronicle.
  • 5 The official title of “Bartram’s Travels” is “Travels through North and South Carolina, Georgia, East and West Florida, the Cherokee Country, the Extensive Territories of the Muscogulges or Creek Confederacy, and the Country of the Chactaws. Containing an Account of the Soil and Natural Productions of Those Regions; Together with Observations on the Manners of the Indians.”

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