Introduction to Pooler, Georgia
Pooler, Georgia, in Chatham county, is 8 miles W of Savannah, Georgia (center to center) and 125 miles N of Jacksonville, Florida. The city, which is included in the Savannah metropolitan area, had 6,239 residents as of the 2000 census.
In 1838, a railroad station was built in the area now known as Pooler. It was named in honor of an employee of the Central of Georgia Railroad, Robert William Pooler. General William Tecumseh Sherman and his troops camped in Pooler as they prepared for the Savannah seige in 1864. Ben Rothwell, a visionary, purchased several hundred acres in the area and gave lots away to settlers. The first Baptist Church was built by another visionary, Dan Newton. The city was incorporated in 1907. In its early years, dairies played an important role in the economy. Gradually, a post office, a bus station, a theater, gas stations, and a drug and dime store were built. The Shearouse Sawmill and Lumber Company was established in 1927. Today, the city is the commercial center of Chatham County.
Pooler and Nearby Attractions
- Mighty Eighth Air Force Heritage Museum
- Fort Pulaski National Monument
- Wormsloe State Historic Site
- Savannah National Wildlife Refuge
- Skidaway Island State Park
Things To Do In Pooler
The city of Pooler is home to the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum, which houses artifacts, exhibits, and archival materials reflecting the history of World War II's Eighth Air Force. The city is also close to historical sites, including the Green-Meldrim House, Savannah Victorian Historical District, Nicholsonville Baptist Church, Fort James Jackson, and Savannah and Ogeechee Canal. The Savannah National Wildlife Refuge, which covers 28,168 acres, features nature trails, picnic areas, and also offers wildlife viewing opportunities. The Skidaway Island State Park provides amenities for hiking, swimming, camping, and picnicking.
Air transportation is available from the Savannah/ Hilton Head International Airport.
Pooler Higher Education
Colleges near Pooler include Savannah State University, Georgia Southern University, Armstrong Atlantic State University, and South Carolina State University.