|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.