SAVANNAH Georgia (December 2, 2013) -- We forget how different life was before the American Civil War (1861-1865). Because Savannah was not burned by Union forces, as was Atlanta, world-famous architecture and the city's genteel way of life remain for tourists and locals to see and enjoy.
As we pause to look back to the happenings of 1856, the year that our stately home -- now Zeigler House Inn -- was built, we have a better appreciation of Savannah today.
Zeigler House Inn and historic-rich, convivial Savannah!
The Zeigler House Inn was built in 1856, the stately home of lumber merchant Solomon Zeigler. Mr. Zeigler was a Salzburger descendant whose family had settled in Georgia's colonial Ebenezer, Georgia -- a small community just north of Savannah along the Savannah River. In 1858 another Salzburger family descendant, William Ryan, built his home in Savannah at 220 East Oglethorpe Avenue. -- Source: "Civil War Savannah: Savannah, immortal city" by Barry Sheehy, Cindy Wallace.
Our own Solomon Zeigler was prominent in Savannah business circles. He sat on the committee that made the difficult decision to surrender Savannah to the Yankee army. Abraham Lincoln's letter to General William T. Sherman on Monday, December 26, 1864 acknowledged Sherman's Christmas gift -- the capture of Savannah. The relatively peaceful fall of Savannah spared the city's beautiful architecture.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
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Saturday, July 20, 2013
|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.
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).
COMMEMORATE THE CIVIL WAR SESQUICENTENNIAL (2011-2015)
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?