As Savannah gets ready for one of the biggest celebrations of the year, summer has landed with heat that reminds you that you are in the South. Enjoy Savannah’s 4th of July Celebration and heat escapes.
The 4th of July Celebration on River Street is a display of patriotism to rival any city in the US. The party starts at 4pm with the fireworks beginning at 9pm. Chairs and blankets are welcome so go down early to grab a good spot along with waterfront for the show.
The shade of the oaks that blanket the Historic District of Savannah give provide welcomed shade in the summer months. When you’re ready to for some air conditioning, Savannah’s museums are a great way to beat the heat exploring art, history, and Southern culture.
The Savannah History Museum is a great place to start. Located in Tricentennial Park in the Savannah Visitors Center, the SHM allows you to walk through the city’s history from 1733 spanning the American Revolution and Civil War to today.
To submerge yourself in Savannah’s historic culture, visit one of the many house museums.
Owens Thomas House is considered by architectural historians to be one of the finest example of English Regency architecture in America. Built 1816-1819.
The Davenport House strives to provide visitors with a true and vivid encounter with a unique Savanah story. Built 1820.
Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace is filled with rich stories and experiences reflecting the arc of the life of Julliette Gordon Low and the remarkable worldwide Girl Scout movement she founded that changed the world. Built 1821.
Green-Meldrim House was home to General Sherman and used as headquarters when the Federal army occupied Savannah during the Civil War upon the invitation of Mr. Green. Built early 1850’s.
Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home is a museum house dedicated to the work and life of the acclaimed novelist and shot story writer now widely considered one of the most important writers of the 20th century.
Mercer Williams House was made famous as the home of Jim Williams in the best-selling book and highly acclaimed movie, “Midnight In The Garden Of Good and Evil”. The house is full of Mr. Williams private collection of 18th and 19th century furniture, art, and furnishings. Built 1860
For art lovers…..
Telfair Academy Museum is a former mansion on Telfair Square with period rooms and houses nineteenth and twentieth century American and European art. The collection is considered one of the most highly regarded in the Southeast US.
Jepson Center is across Telfair Square and is operated by the Telfair Museum. Devoted to the art of today, the contemporary Jepson Center links Telfair’s future with its past.
Savannah College Museum of Modern Art is a premier contemporary art museum established to enrich the education of SCAD students introducing new exhibitions every academic quarter.
Ships of the Sea Museum is located in the William Scarborough mansion. The mansion boasts a rich history as and architectural gem, the center of social life in old Savannah, Savannah’s first public school, and a boy’s orphanage. Restored by the Historic Savannah Foundation, the museum features a wonderful collection of shop models, paintings, maritime antiques, and expansive gardens.
National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force chronicles the history of the 8th Air Force during World War II and after.
Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum chronicles the civil rights struggle of Georgia’s oldest African-American community from Slavery to the present.
Azalea Inn and Gardens, a Savannah GA bed and breakfast inn, invites you to reserve a room today to begin enjoying the best experiences in our city, which Travel + Leisure Magazine acclaimed as a “World’s Best City.”
Are you curious about Mary Flannery O’Connor – the writer from Savannah?
We were, too! At Azalea Inn & Gardens, a bed and breakfast in Savannah, Georgia, we like a good book and we LOVE a great one. Our parlor is chock full of books about Savannah’s history and the magazines that recount our city’s current moods and exploits. Let me tell you, a great book by Flannery O’Connor is NOT hard to find because she just might be one of the best short-story writers out there.
This story about Flannery O’Connor – the writer from Savannah, is dedicated to those vacation planners out there that love nothing more than a good story, and a great book!
A Little Bit about Flannery O’Connor – The Writer From Savannah
Born on March 25 in 1925 to Catholic parents that descended from a long lineage of strong pillars in that religious community, Flannery grew up as an only child. Though a moderate life that ended at the young age of 39 was lived modestly, Flannery’s work continues to influence and her true talents shone on the page rather than her social calendar. Flannery was a shy girl, and we’re almost glad for that because of the work she left behind that has made her into a literary legend.
Let’s look a little more into why a brief investigation into the life and work of Flannery O’Connor is a good choice when you’re planning to visit Savannah.
Visit Savannah to See the House Where Flannery O’Connor Lived
You can see where Flannery lived, and walk where she walked as a child and early teenager until the year of 1938. You can even see the garden where she taught her chicken to walk backwards as chronicled in the 1932 British Pathé newsreel company film Do You Reverse? Let me tell you, that the one-minute, eight second clip is WORTH watching!
At 207 E. Charlton Street on the Southeast corner of Lafayette Square (one of the twenty-two unique and beautiful Savannah squares) the Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home stands. It is an odd house, a thin and tall no-nonsense structure that stands 3 stories high. Tours cost only $6.
Visit Savannah to Experience Flannery’s South…
Flannery’s book Wise Blood was made into a film by director John Huston. The 1979 film follows a Southern boy in his quest for social climbing by means of starting up a church. Can you imagine? It would be so fun to watch that movie then announce your vacation to Savannah!
There is a spirit to the South that you can’t quite put your finger on until you’ve lived among us for awhile. There’s no real name for the way that you relax into the drawwwll that shows up in the way we talk, the easy dresses and floppy hats that the ladies wear and the way the Spanish Moss drips from the live oak trees. You’ve got to see it to believe it but when you believe it you’ll maybe start to think that it’s too good to be true. YOU MUST COME VISIT!
An article that appeared in the December issue of Atlanta Magazine in 1966 quotes Flannery as she talks about how she was gaining notoriety as a Southern writer:
“Southern writers are stuck with the South, and it’s a good thing to be stuck with”
Come visit Savannah, and think about staying at Azalea Inn & Gardens on your next trip to the South.
And, hey – if you need a vacation in February (or, something special for Valentine’s Day, think about scheduling that trip for February 13-16, 2014 – when the Savannah Book Festival will wow you, and, your favorite bibliophile.
I was so pleased to see the Savannah Book Festival selected by Southern Living magazine as one among many reason to visit Savannah. Actually, the book fest is one of the magazine’s top five reasons “why we love Savannah.” No surprise to us.
We were the delighted hosts for Roy Blount Jr and his artist wife, Joan Griswold, at this year’s past festival, and our inn guests got quite the surprise to see this prolific writer seated at the breakfast table over the weekend. In fact his presence inspired one couple to extend their stay to attend this world class event. Roy is known as a humorist, reporter, actor, author (of 12 books), and interestingly, a musician with the Rock Bottom Remainders – a band of writers who believe they are also musicians. Dave Barry is quoted as saying the band can play “as well as Metallica writes novels.”
Did you know that Savannah was home to these literary greats: Flannery O’Connor, Conrad Aiken and James Alan McPherson? Flannery O’Connor lived at 207 East Charlton Street her entire life, short as it was, and you can tour the home daily from 1-4 pm, excepting Thursday. Conrad Aiken was born in Savannah and died in Savannah, but raised by a family member in Massachusetts following the tragic deaths of his parents, one by murder and the other by suicide, which undoubtedly influenced his life’s work. Finally, James Alan McPherson, born in Savannah, the first African-American Pulitzer Prize winner for fiction.
Southern Living listed seven great reasons to visit Savannah and frankly, we can list a hundred. Maybe we should, one a day until we reach our number one reason to visit. Or, you can visit our Historic Savannah Georgia inn and read our list from the comfort of your bedroom or a tree-top balcony as the sounds of the fish pond water feature and the chirps of birds leave you lost for just a bit in the charms of the old South.
Call today to secure your place in an historic Savannah inn around the literary table of next year’s Savannah Book Festival. The 2012 festival is scheduled for February 15-19, 2012, but why wait? Visit Savannah any time your heart desires, you are sure to be enchanted.