Wednesday, April 30, 2014

“INN” Search in Savannah Tour Guide Manual Gives Charming Savannah Visit Insights, Like Award-wINNing, INNovative, PINNacle, and DINNer!

Savannah, Georgia (April 30, 2014) – We were curious: How many places would “INN” appear in the City of Savannah Tour Guide Manual?  INN appearing is a portion of the words is what surprised us!  Now we're curious and continue the search.

Horse carriages in Savannah are a popular way
to explore the National Landmark Historic District --
a 2.5 mile area, slightly expanded from
Georgia founder James Oglethorpe's
innovative city plan. Photo © Jerry Harris
Those INN words paint a delicious broad stroke to introduce you to beautiful, historic Savannah --  WINNING ARCHITECTURE, INNOVATIVE CITY PLAN, a presidential DINNER, Button GWINNETT, SOCIETY OF CINCINNATI, and BEGINNING in many different places. Historic INNs offer character-rich back stories and modern-day lodging, too.

Let's begin with ZEIGLER HOUSE INN, before we get to our fascinating findings.

ZEIGLER HOUSE INN is a privately-owned, family-owned inn on magnificent Jones Street. “Jones Street is often cited as the premier residential street in the Historic District”, the Tour Guide Manual states.  

Our Savannah INN's character-rich story is of Salzburg lumber merchant, Solomon Zeigler who came from the religious Ebenezer community to do business in the city. Using mahogany, oak, and pine lumber, he built this stately brick family townhome in 1856, now ZEIGLER HOUSE INN. In this Sesquicentennial of the Civil War, we'll add also that Mr. Zeigler was among the business and civic leaders who decided also to surrender Savannah to Union General William Sherman, rather than have Savannah destroyed, as was the fate of Atlanta during the Civil War (1861-1865).

IT'S FASCINATING HOW "INN" LEADS THE WAY TO DISCOVER SAVANNAH.

Tall ship docked on the Savannah River.
In foreground are Colonial-era warehouses.
In background is Savannah's first sky scraper
and City Hall (dome). Photo © Jerry Harris
INNOVATIVE CITY PLAN FOR SAVANNAH.  One of Oglethorpe’s most enduring contributions was the development and implementation of an innovative CITY PLAN for Savannah (ca. 1733), which included a grid iron street system and green space.

AWARD WINNING ARCHITECTURE.  As one walks from square to square, passing each building, discovering a different nuance of detailing, from the eaves to the railings and stairs, the visual-architectural experience can be as overwhelming to the eye as a symphony is to the ear." --Eric Meyerhoff, Savannah architect who is renowned for the Gunn & Meyerhoff renovation to create Rousakis Plaza on Savannah River Street.


A FIGURE ENTITLED “RESURRECTION” IS AT THE PINNACLE of the Confederate Monument in Forsyth Park.

Confederate Monument in Forsyth Park.
Photo © Jerry Harris
BEGINNING OF THE HISTORIC PRESERVATION. The Davenport House also represents the beginning of the historic preservation renaissance in Savannah. Threatened with demolition in 1955, seven prominent Savannah women began raising the $22,500 needed to purchase the house.  It opened as a museum in 1963 and underwent a second restoration in 2003 to return the house to its original 1820s state.

DINNER IN THE FILATURE HOUSE:  In 1791 the new United States President, General George Washington visited Savannah and enjoyed dinner with hundreds of Savannah citizens in the Filature House. It was located on the northeast Trust Lot of Reynolds Square. The building burned in 1850.

BEGINNING AT THE CITY EXCHANGE (NOW CITY HALL). Bull Street was thought of as a boulevard, and the [Forsyth Park] fountain created the ultimate focus of a long vista beginning at the City Exchange (today the location of City Hall).

PROPERTY NOW OWNED BY THE SOCIETY OF CINCINNATI.  On the southeast Trust Lot [of Orleans Square] stands the CHAMPION-MCALPIN HOUSE [now known as HARPER-FOWLKES HOUSE]. The house was designed by architect Charles Cluskey in 1844. The property is now owned by the Society of Cincinnati which is a fraternal group composed of Revolutionary War officers and their families. Present members are male descendants of the officers. The group was named for a Roman farmer, Cincinnatus, who left his plow to lead Rome into battle. – from City of Savannah Tour Guide.  Now a museum and meeting place for the Georgia Society of Cincinnati members, the mansion was a movie location in Robert Redford’s Civil War-era film, The Conspirators. It hosts weddings and receptions in the private garden.

BUTTON GWINNETT:  Gwinnett Street is named for BUTTON GWINNETT, a Savannah shopkeeper and one of three Georgia signers of the Declaration of Independence.

Savannah's green spaces and diverse urban forest.
Did you know Savannah was referred to long ago
as "Forrest City" and that
Forsyth Park is an Arboretum?
GWINNETT STREET ON THE SOUTH. The Historic District is bounded by Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard on the west, River Street on the north, East Broad Street on the east and Gwinnett Street on the south. -- City of Savannah Tour Guide.

LIBERTY STREET TO GWINNETT STREET.  The BEACH INSTITUTE NEIGHBORHOOD runs from Price Street east to East Broad Street and from Liberty Street to Gwinnett Street. It was originally a mixed community of laborers employed in the railroad yards and mills across East Broad Street.

ABOUT ZEIGLER HOUSE INN

A genteel model of Savannah’s world-famous historic restoration, the stately Zeigler House Inn (circa 1856) is a Salzberger lumber merchant’s mansion transformed to seven lodging suites and rooms. The caterer-turned-innkeeper, Jackie Heinz, serves in-room breakfasts, home baked pastries worthy of a French pâtisserie storefront, plus en vogue bed and breakfast comforts and southern hospitality. For more information, contact Zeigler House Inn — email innkeeper@zeiglerhouseinn.com or telephone toll free 866/233-5307 in the USA, or 912/233-5307 local or international; 121 West Jones Street, Savannah, Georgia USA 31401. Twitter @ZeiglerHouseInn, Facebook and Pinterest.


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