Book your Savannah bed and breakfast lodging and buy tickets early for the 82nd Annual Savannah Tour of Homes & Gardens will take place Thursday, March 23 – Sunday, March 26, 2017.
|Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, viewed|
from Liberty Street through the Savannah's
America's most beautiful city has been called "rus in urbe" -- an illusion of countryside created by a building or garden within a city: 'the beguiling rus in urbe of the park'. Origin. Latin, literally country in the city. "With his fortuitous citizen-soldier plan for the city, [Georgia founder, James] Oglethorpe created rus in urbe 200 years before the landscape designers made it a goal...." Source: "The National Trust Guide to Savannah" by Roulhac Toledano
Positive as this expression is, Savannah "being called 'rural' and the 'little green bowery [farm] city of the south' were not ringing endorsements for future business". Source: "Constructing Savannah's Cityscape, 1837-1854" by Laura Beth Simo.
THE SAVANNAH PLAN BEGAN IN 1733. STAKEHOLDERS HAVE KEPT SAVANNAH VIBRANT!
Undauntedly, the new settlers of the Georgia colony had started early to build a town with "humanizing influences" -- architecture, churches, literature, public squares and market, wealth, and ethnic diversity. [Fraser]
In 1733 Georgia Trustees from England shipped bricks to their newest American colony along the Savannah River. By 1734, the Salzbergers at Ebenezer had started a brickworks. [Toledano]
|Statue of colonial Georgia's founder, James |
Edward Oglethorpe in Chippewa Square.
The bronze statue was sculpted by
Daniel Chester French, also artist of
the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC.
Built in 1842, the Champion-McAlpin-Fowlkes House is another mansion from this era. Today it is owned by the Society of the Cincinnati, and open as a museum and special events venue (230 Barnard Street on Orleans Square). The Fowlkes mansion's "story begins with the original design by Irish Architect, Charles Cluskey. Cluskey had worked on the McAlpin plantation, the Hermitage, about two miles down the Savannah River, in the 1830’s assisting with the building products that were being manufactured by slaves for Savannah’s antebellum homes. These products included the famous Savannah gray brick, a millworks, and a foundry for wrought iron making". Source: HarperFowlkesHouse.com/history
COLONIAL GEORGIA TRUSTEES AND "BOOSTERS"
Led by parliamentarian and soldier James Edward Oglethorpe in the 1730s, the Georgia Trustees and British boosters had talked up the new colony in America as both a "Garden of Eden" and "Gibraltar of America". Source: "America, Empire of Liberty: A New History of the United States" by David Reynolds
Gibraltar is defined as "an impregnable stronghold". Gibraltar's territory covers 2.6 sq miles and shares a .75 mile land border with Spain. Gibraltar has a subtropical Mediterranean climate with mild winters and warm summers. Following the War of Spanish Secession (1704), the territory of Gibraltar was ceded to Britain "in perpetuity" under the Treaty of Utrecht in 1713. During World War II it was an important base for the Royal Navy as it controlled the entrance and exit to the Mediterranean Sea, which is only eight miles wide at this point.
|Wormsloe Historic State Park entrance. Wormsloe|
Plantation is the oldest plantation in Georgia. Descendants
of Noble Jones, who arrived with Georgia's first settlers,
still reside on a portion of the family's colonial lands.
The park is open Tuesday-Saturday.
"But Savannah was carved out of marsh and swamp almost 300 years ago as a port city, and long before modern tourists discovered its Southern charms, this town was a center of sea-borne commerce. Today, Savannah’s promoters are working to shape their city’s varied reputations in other ways, hoping to cast it as the intersection of brains and brawn...." Source: GeorgiaTrend.com, "Savannah: Intellectual Capital: Blending economic brains and brawn" by Ed Lightsey
NICKNAME: "THE FOREST CITY"
An earlier nickname was "the Forest City", in reference to the large population and species of oak trees that flourish in the Savannah area. These trees were especially valuable in shipbuilding during the 19th century. As early as 1891, trees were planted in an organized manner along streets and boulevards, and in parks and squares.
|Columbia Square and Davenport House, |
the mansion where Historic Savannah
Foundation and historic preservation took root
to save 19th century architecture.
ABOUT ZEIGLER HOUSE INN
Featured on "Wheel of Fortune", Zeigler House Inn was fully renovated in 2002. This upscale mansion now a romantic getaway inn on magnificent Jones Street in uptown Savannah's historic district serves stately bed and breakfast lodging with delicious cuisine (compliments of caterer-turned-innkeeper Jackie Heinz, a southern 'steel magnolia' from Kentucky). With French-inspired decor -- a nod to Revolutionary hero, General Marquis de Lafayette -- the 7 private suites and private rooms afford Europe-meets-Savannah style, plus southern comforts for a leisure trip and/or business travel enhanced with local flair. Each of private suites and rooms uniquely features a private kitchen or kitchenette, plus private bath.
Contact: 121 West Jones Street, Savannah, Georgia USA 31401; Phone: 866-233-5307; email firstname.lastname@example.org; zeiglerhouseinn.com
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