Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Kentucky-born Savannah GA Innkeeper Readies For Kentucky Derby Day 2015

SAVANNAH Georgia -- Zeigler House Inn's bed and breakfast owner, Jackie Heinz readily shares her Kentucky heritage and what it is like to be a Kentucky gal on Kentucky Derby Day. The running of the roses at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, happens Saturday, May 2, 2015.  Gates open at 8:00 a.m. and the first of 12 races is at 11:00 a.m. We'll be tweeting from @ZeiglerHouseInn on Derby Day, hashtag #KentuckyDerby #SavannahGA.


Kentucky Heritage from Savannah GA bed and breakfast inn's Kentucky owner
Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs.
Courtesy KentuckyTourism.com
I was asked to write a few lines describing what it was like growing up in Kentucky and my thoughts on the Derby.

If you’ve spent any time in Kentucky you know it is a beautiful state with green rolling hills, gorgeous lakes, spectacular mountains to the east and amazing meadows and fields covered in that famous Kentucky bluegrass.

You will also pick up on something else there, it's that there are two things Kentuckians are passionate about, Basketball and Horse Racing. You can’t live in this state and not fall in love with both and if you’re born there it is in your DNA. There’s just no getting around it.

This time of year, basketball is behind us for the season and it's time to focus on horse racing and The Derby. “The Derby”, what can I say? Its just the most spectacular event ever! People dressed in their finest, ladies in their hats all with mint juleps in hand and the most majestic of animals, the thoroughbred race horse, all on display. 

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Zeigler House Inn Encourages Savannah, Georgia Heritage Road Trip: Salzburgers Meet Up In Ebenezer, Labor Day 2015

Jerusalem Church ("Salzburger Church") in
Ebenezer, the oldest church building in Georgia
and the oldest public building in Georgia.
Construction began in 1767; completed in 1769.
Bricks are handmade from Savannah River clay. Fingerprints
can be observed in several places of the exterior walls.
SAVANNAH Georgia -- Heritage travelers, get away to the Savannah countryside for Labor Day 2015.

On Labor Day, September 7, 2015, the Georgia Salzburger Society will host hundreds (maybe thousands) attending the annual Heritage Day in Ebenezer, Georgia, celebrating the 281st anniversary of their ancestors landing in Georgia.

Ebenezer is near Rincon, Georgia, a 30 minute drive northwest from downtown Savannah on Georgia Highway 21. Descendants and the public are invited.

Our Historic Savannah Inn's Connection to Salzburger Heritage

Twenty-eight miles upriver from the high bluff along the Savannah River where the colony of Georgia was founded in Savannah (circa 1733), 150 exiled German Protestants -- peasant farmers from Salzburg in Europe -- chose to make their home on another high river bluff in the Georgia frontier.  
Year around, Zeigler House Inn (ca. 1856) invites heritage travelers and Salzburger descendants to book their lodging here, the beautifully restored home of a Salzburger pioneer in America, Solomon Zeigler.
Zeigler House Inn's original owner, an ambitious Solomon Zeigler, reportedly in his mid-thirties at the time, moved from his family's deeply religious Salzburger community of Ebenezer to Savannah. Over time Solomon built a thriving lumber business with offices on Smet's Wharf, near the old Ogeechee Canal along the Savannah River. A prominent citizen and lumber merchant, Mr. Zeigler gained in wealth and business affluence.

Innkeeper Jackie Heinz reports that "The old gentleman returns to Zeigler House Inn periodically. Mr. Zeigler was among the city's leading decision makers who counseled together, choosing to surrender Savannah (circa December 1864) to Union General William T. Sherman during the Civil War. Savannah's architecture is here today, spared from the ravages of General Sherman's famous March to the Sea because Savannah was not burned to the ground, as was the fate of Atlanta."