Town square in Savannah
Savannah hosted the NAIA college football national championship game from 1996-2007. Savannah is home to several places of historical significance, including the Cherry Family Mansion.
History:The city's original name was Rudd's Ferry, named for James Rudd, an early settler who established a ferry at the site in the early 1820s. Rudd's Ferry was later purchased by a wealthy landowner, David Robinson. The town was renamed "Savannah" after Savannah, Georgia, the hometown of Rudd's wife, Elizabeth.
Battle of Shiloh:
Hardin County was the site of the 1862 Battle of Shiloh (also known as the "Battle of Pittsburg Landing") during the Civil War. This battleground site is just south of the town of Savannah. Union General Ulysses S. Grant commandeered the Cherry Mansion just off the town square for use as a headquarters during the battle.
- John Barnhill, American football player, coach, and collegiate athletics administrator
- Stubby Clapp, Minor League baseball player
- Geron Davis, musician and composer
- Hank DeBerry, Major League baseball catcher in the early 20th century
- Bolden Reush Harrison, Naval officer and Medal of Honor recipient
- Jim Hardin, Major League pitcher from 1967-1973, World Series Champion in 1970.
- Chad Harville, Major League Baseball pitcher.
- Myles Horton, educator and civil rights activist.
- Elizabeth Patterson, actress on I Love Lucy
- Queen, grandmother of author Alex Haley
- Darryl Worley, country music performer.