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Beating the Post-VDay Blues in Savannah

February 16, 2011 by

The day of love has come and gone and you find yourself in a funk.  SNAP OUT OF IT!  Don’t you know Savannah is one of the most beautiful cities in the United States?!  The greatest thing about our gorgeous city is you don’t need money to enjoy it.  There are over 20 squares filled with greenery, fountains, monuments, and more.

The weather is perfect.  Grab your honey’s hand and just take a stroll: it won’t cost a thing and the memories you make will be priceless as well!

Dreaming of Savannah – Rendezvous with an Historic Romantic Southern City

May 7, 2010 by Teresa Jacobson

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Savannah is a city of squares, a city whose rhythms change softly from block to diminutive block. Uncommonly pleasant to visit, it seems to have been planned for those who care to take their time and stroll quietly through the 19th century.  

James Oglethorpe’s Squares
The squares were laid out by Gov. James Oglethorpe in January 1733. The source of his inspiration is debated, although many have noted that Oglethorpe had once lived in London and have surmised that his plan for Savannah was influenced by what he had seen there. But it is generally acknowledged that military considerations dictated the small scale of the town – it had to be compact enough to be easily defended. He laid the plans for a city of shaded squares that did not exclude but led at short intervals one to the other, a long vista of oases. Oglethorpe was a man who fought against the Turks and captured Belgrade – a commanding force, but a practical idealist and philanthropist. He was appalled by the misery of debtors in prison, concerned for Europeans who were the victims of religious persecution, and when he set sail for Savannah he brought with him 115 colonists. There were two groups of Jews from central Europe, hardworking Moravians and persecuted Portuguese, and on later trips he brought in highland Scots, Greeks, and some Irish Catholics, as well as his chaplain, John Wesley. The King’s support, insured by the Royal Patent, also had a military motive – to protect the British Colonists further north and beyond from the encroachment of the Spaniards in Florida. Early settlers were city-bred and of no use with an ax or at clearing forests, however there were no blacks in Savannah in the early days – Gov. Oglethorpe hated slavery.  Though indeed the town held out against slavery for a long time, this shortage of labor plagued the general and in the end, the colony caved in on slavery and thousands of blacks came.

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Savannah History: A Tour of the City Isaiah Knew

May 1, 2010 by Teresa Jacobson

Originally uploaded by Dizzy Girl

Early Bird Walking Tour: The City Isaiah Knew: Discovering 1820’s Savannah

Jamie Credle, Director of the Isaiah Davenport House Museum, has created an intriguing walk through eight Savannah squares weaving a tale of a city that rose from the ashes of a devastating 1820 fire. She spent over three months researching the fire that destroyed over 460 buildings hoping to identify buildings that survived the disaster and may still be standing today. What she found is the basis for a 100-minute tour departing the Davenport House every Saturday morning in May commencing at 7:30 a.m. and ending with coffee in the house’s garden. The walk will meander past some 44 structures that date back to Isaiah Davenport’s time and will include several Davenport-built structures.

Savannah history states that Isaiah Davenport was a builder by trade and used the Federal-style home he built on Columbia Square to advertise his trade. Isaiah died in the Yellow Fever epidemic of 1827, shortly before the birth of his tenth child, Dudley. In 1849, Davenport’s widow, Sarah, sold the house to the Baynard family of Hilton Head Island, who retained possession until 1950. The house itself was cut up into 8 to 10 single rooms to house low-income families, one family per room, in the 1920’s and was eventually purchased in 1955 by the owners of the Goette Funeral Home to be turned into a parking lot.

Outraged at the demolition of the 1870 Italianate City Market and now the slated demolition of the 1821 Federal-style Davenport House, seven Savannah women organized the Historic Savannah Foundation and hours before its scheduled demise purchased the Davenport House for $22,500. At the time, no local zoning laws existed to protect historic structures, thus the foundation developed a comprehensive strategy to promote preservation through private-sector involvement. The Davenport House, the organization’s first headquarters, now holds a house museum and gift shop.

The Davenport House gained inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972 and in 2005 then-President George W. Bush presented the Historic Savannah Foundation and the Davenport House with the prestigious “Preserve American Presidental Award for Private Restoration.”

To make a reservation call 912-236-8097 or go to www.davenporthousemuseum.org

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