Savannah Style...

Recently we took an Girls' trip to Savannah, Georgia dubbed FSO Weekend...Savannah. :) Filled with beautiful squares, history and sight-seeing, we spent three days experiencing the Savannah-style beauty and learning much about its very interesting history. To add to the allure, Savannah has also been dubbed America's most haunted city. With five cemeteries literally buried under the city, this fact does not surprise me.:)

A few historical facts we learned along the way:

  • Savannah was one of the few towns along his "March" that General Sherman did not burn.  The mayor of Savannah met Sherman at the gates of the cities and begged him to spare their city.  Sherman was so impressed by the beauty of the town he couldn't bring himself to burn it and ended up using one of the estates as his headquarters for several months.  He then gave the keys to the city of Savannah to President Lincoln as a Christmas gift. Then later moved on to Columbia and burned it to the ground.
General Sherman's headquarters Savannah
General Sherman's headquarters in Savannah
Now: The Green-Meldrin House Museum
  • The Mercer House is famous for the alleged murder of the young assistant of Jim Williams, owner and antique dealer, as told in the movie The Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.  This estate was also the site of the famous Christmas parties hosted by socialite Jim Williams. Everybody who was anybody received an invitation unless you somehow got on Jim's bad side sometime during the previous year.  Then your name card went in to the 'out' stack.  Better luck next year:)

Mercer House in Savannah
Mercer House

  • The Owens-Thomas House is considered one of the finest examples of English Regency architecture in America. This beautiful estate also boasts the first indoor plumbing system in the city...20 years even before the White House.  A young architect designed the home while only in his early twenties.  Pretty impressive!  "Completed in 1819, and occupying a full block, the home features a columned entrance portico, handsome cast iron balcony, winding double stairway, and arched second story windows. The interior boasts a magnificent stairway of mahogany, cast iron and brass and elegant furnishings. The foundation of the home and garden walls are built of tabby, a regional material made of sand, shells and lime."**

Historic Savannah
Owens-Thomas House

Savannah squares

wrought ironwork on Savannah house

Savannah brick house covered in ivy

iron gate in Savannah

steps of historic Savannah house
Hamilton Turner Inn
Drawn by its elegant architecture, ornate ironwork, fountains and green squares, Savannah has become one of the country's most popular vacation spots.  It was certainly one of ours and we look forward to a return trip very soon!

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