Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Savannah, Georgia USA: Near Myths and Complete Misses by J. D. Byous

Historian and photographer James Byous untangles Savannah history from Savannah folklore in Savannah Georgia USA: Near Myths and Complete Misses (JByousCompany.com). In this enlightening feature, this history scholar debunks some erroneous Savannah tourism stories, and advances his storytelling with historical images and photography.

The innkeeper/owners of each of the Romantic Inns know leisure time is precious, so each is eager to share accurate and authentic #local stories and experiences to enrich your Savannah travel and recreation. We invite you to book your lodging stay with Romantic Inns in Savannah -- the history-rich, privately owned lodging inns located within the story-rich National Landmark Historic District.

Figure 1 The Armstrong House fence, above,
compared to the fence around
Buckingham Palace below.
SAVANNAH Georgia --  Okay… Okay… So I’m not perfect.  Not even my mother entertained that thought and my wife would back her up on the conclusion. But, there are a few… shall we say… factual contortions here in Savannah.  One could call some assertions a near miss… or maybe a near myth… but they are infractions of the truth.  You hear them on trolley tours, you hear them on walking tours, you read them in history books and magazines and brochures.

History is as history does but sometimes history does as others remember.  And, it may not be all that glaring.  This one is part of the official city test one must pass to gain a tour license.  The test book reads, “GENERAL JAMES EDWARD OGLETHORPE officially founded Savannah in 1733.”……. Technically it’s not true.  Perhaps it’s, shall we say, “nit-picky,” but in 1733 Oglethorpe was actually, Colonel James Edward Oglethorpe (Figure 2).  He wasn’t promoted to brigadier general in 1743, ten years after founding the colony.  So it’s a minor point.  I call it a near myth and a bit petty, but hey, truth is… well, the truth.

However, there are also several complete misses floating around the streets and squares of this unique, beautiful and extremely historic town.  I will admit to having stated them as fact in years past and should have checked them out.  As the newspaper editor says to Jimmy Stewart in the movie, Liberty Valence, “When legend becomes fact, print the legend.”  But in history facts are… in fact… facts!  Rewriting the narrative for its correction is not revisionist history, it is the rectification of history.  Remember, this will be on a pop quiz later this week.

Myth number one --  The fence around the Armstrong House is a replica of the fence around London’s Buckingham Palace…  You will hear it daily as groups stroll and roll past the grand building on the Bull Street corner across from Forsyth Park.  In reality - and to give credit - both fences are made of metal with lance-shaped metal bars. (See Figure 1)


Monday, June 29, 2015

2015 Entertainment Trends for #Summer in #Savannah A La Carte! Savannah Insiders from Romantic Inns of Savannah Share Early Summer Trip Tips.

SAVANNAH GA -- Instead of hot, Romantic Inns believe that summer vacations in Savannah, Georgia, will take on a new trend-setting mantra for summer vacations 2015 -- #HotSpot. Whether relaxing or exploring, whether the first trip of the fifth trip, Savannah vacation travel this summer embraces leisure that is NOT at all boring for those who visit America's most beautiful city! 
Savannah is a southern getaway spot named on USA Today's "Top Tourist Destinations in the South"
If we use only this one article's highlights -- "distinct culture of music, cuisine, and easy-going people", plus the art -- you'll discover it's a spot where you'll satisfy craving for a semi-tropical summer getaway!

Southern accents and patriotic flags add to Savannah's scenic natural landscapes, dressed in ancient trees and year around colorful flower gardens. Light-weight cotton apparel, comfortable walking shoes, bottled water, a bathing suit, sunscreen, a camera, and a smartphone. Those are the highlights for your what-to-pack list.

Let's mix up the pairings! See if these happenings (and more on our Savannah EVENT Calendar) might whet your appetite for a southern summer vacation trip to Savannah.