Saturday, July 20, 2013

In Civil War Savannah, Zeigler House Inn’s Wise Mr. Zeigler Played A Pivotal Role

Zeigler House Inn in Savannah, Georgia survived
the American Civil War (1861-1865). Residing on historic
Jones Street, the family mansion was built in 1856.
SAVANNAH Georgia (July 15, 2013) – Many of Savannah’s prominent leading men took part in the decision to surrender Savannah during the American Civil War.

The builder and first owner of Zeigler House Inn -- lumber merchant and prominent citizen Solomon Zeigler attended and voted to save the city.

Some say the cotton sitting on the docks at the Port of Savannah saved the city. Others credit the wise City Fathers, business leaders, and the stalwart women of the city. Each played important roles.

Travel to Savannah, the southern city that was the Christmas gift to U.S. President Abraham Lincoln (1864).


To modern-day travelers: If anyone told you that you could experience world-famous Savannah’s friendly hospitality, AND stay in one of gently beautiful spots, magnificently placed among world-famous architecture, would you elect to visit?

Yes, you can! And, yes, you may! 

Historic Jones Street (looking east from
Zeigler House Inn)
Here Zeigler House Inn stands lazily in a row – a favorite, historic Savannah bed and breakfast on magnificent Jones Street. The historic inn is situated on one of America’s most beautiful avenues – anchored on the corner of Jones Street – named to honor one of Savannah’s founding and most prominent citizens, Noble Jones of Wormsloe Plantation.

Minus the wisdom of City fathers and prudent business leaders during the Civil War, life and leisure in Savannah could have and would have been much different in our port city of art and commerce.


Savannah’s beautiful mansions and port stood in peril. News of General William Sherman’s swath of destruction during the Union Army’s “March to the Sea” preceded their arrival to the outskirts of Savannah in December 1864.

Built in 1856, the stately Zeigler mansion featured symbols of the Old South -- Federal style architecture (when built), stately interiors, quiet porches on the second and third floors, and garden courtyards. On dirt streets, horses and horse carriages moved about. The home’s main entrance was on the second floor (parlor level) to minimize dust.

Facing the quiet of Jones Street, the guests at
Zeigler House Inn mansion enjoy the historic southern
bed and breakfast's residential neighborhood
from the indoors out ... and outdoors in.
Fine wood pine and walnut staircases were milled by the lumber merchant. Owner Solomon Zeigler’s family was among the old, industrious families of Ebenezer, an upriver settlement north of Savannah. The descendants of the persecuted Salzburgers of Bavaria arrived from Europe in 1734, at the invitation of trustees of the Georgia colony in America.

The Salzburgers were the industrious builders, farmers, and pottery makers. Our Mr. Zeigler was somewhat of an outcast because he had moved away from the Austrian/German community into Savannah. Taking part in Savannah’s lively society was a big leap from Ebenezer’s religious order. Mr. Zeigler’s steady hand and role of wisdom among Savannah’s leading businessmen and civic leaders, however, makes him a memorable hero in historic Savannah's Civil War stories.

On the arrival of General Sherman in December 1864, Solomon Zeigler's relatively new home in downtown Savannah epitomized what is fine and beautiful. Still – over two centuries later -- the stately home's gracious southern charm, romantic splendor, and historic chivalry honor the mansion's noble heritage.

Looking to the fate of north Georgia, one shivers even to consider that total destruction could have been the same fate for Savannah and this lovely mansion. Rather than crumbling in a fiery puddle, as was the sad Civil War epitaphs of Atlanta and the Savannah River plantation homes, today Zeigler House mansion stands lively and vibrant, deliciously elegant!

Formal Dining Room (foreground) and
Parlor, featuring the floor to ceiling windows,
which bring wonderful airiness into this
romantic Savannah inn.

It is not only surviving but thriving. Features of our original Zeigler House remain lovely, including the beautiful heart of pine wood floors of the era, elegant ceiling medallions, 11 slate and wood fireplaces, and a dramatic heart of pine staircase embellished with a mahogany and walnut handrail.

Come for a visit to Savannah, and for a delightful stay at Zeigler House Inn. We will arrange for your personal tour to see more of other prominent homes that survived the Civil War, and hear more of the character-rich Civil War stories that encircle Savannah and off the beaten path.

Talk to us! Contact Zeigler House Inn by email --, toll free -- 1/866-233-5307, or via Twitter @ZeiglerHouseInn. Jackie Heinz, Innkeeper Zeigler House Inn, a romantic bed and breakfast inn Savannah, Georgia USA.
Did you know? The ladies of Savannah would not stand for their southern men to remain in the mass graves on the battlefield in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Six hundred Confederate soldiers and officers who died in the Battle of Gettysburg are interred in Laurel Grove North Cemetery in downtown Savannah. The ladies raised funds to recover the bodies and ship their southern men home to Savannah by way of rail or ships.
The first Confederate brigade commander killed in the Civil War was from Savannah. -- Colonel Francis Stebbins Bartow (September 6, 1816 – July 21, 1861) was an attorney, Confederate States of America political leader, and military officer during the early months of the American Civil War. He was an inaugural representative to the Confederate Provisional Congress, where he led efforts to prepare for the coming war. Bartow was killed at the First Battle of Manassas (Battle of Bull Run), becoming the first brigade commander in the Confederate States Army to die in combat. A statue to honor Col. Bartow is in Forsyth Park, mid-park near the Confederate Memorial.

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