SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - The City of Savannah unveiled interpretive panels telling the story of the Cluskey Embankment Stores, or the Cluskey Vaults, on Wednesday.
The panels, located near the Drayton Street Ramp, give an overview of the vaults' history, architect and the archaeology project.
The Cluskey Embankment Stores were completed in 1842, as a part of a city retaining wall project to prevent erosion. The structures have been used for a variety of purposes in the past, primarily as storage vaults.
"We think after the Union soldiers occupied Savannah during the Civil War, that they took refuge in the vaults because we found evidence of a hearth and marble and things like that. So there's a lot of different uses over time," said Library and Archives Director Luciana Spracher.
The Cluskey Embankment Stores are one of the oldest historical structures owned by the city. They predate City Hall, police headquarters and the Thomas Gamble Building.