Monday, November 30, 2015

Savannah Through the Decades: Winter in Savannah GA, Holidays Rich in Warm Southern Hospitality and Culture

SAVANNAH Georgia -- During weekend getaways, winter vacations and holiday breaks, discover some of the best travel ideas for time travel from Romantic Inns of Savannah, GA USA.

Savannah's cultural treasures and romantic ideas include historic inn lodging, southern food, and history woven into the lively tapestry of Georgia's oldest city.

Christmas in Savannah! Enjoy historic inn lodging
at one of the Romantic Inns of Savannah.
Photo courtesy Catherine Ward House Inn in Savannah
By the late 1800s, Savannah, with its warm winters, had become a romantic travel destination. Now renown as the "Hostess City of the South", Savannah is a "no snow" winter destination, for which Romantic Inns is happy to provide lodging and hospitality. 


Visit Oglethorpe's Bench on the Savannah bluff where colonists arrived in 1733. Arriving in the winter of 1733 after five months of travel, Georgia’s first colonists arrived with British parliamentarian, then Colonel James Oglethorpe on a ship called Anne. Georgia's first settlers had sailed from England on September 11, 1732, and arrived in Savannah on February 12, 1733.
February 13, 1730, is the first written mention of Georgia in Earl of Egmont's journal. Georgia purchased Egmont's Journal of the Transaction of the Trustees for $16,000 in 1946. It is known as Georgia's birth certificate.
In January 1788, First African Baptist Church was formally established in Savannah. As slaves during the 1770, congregants began to meet together in Christian worship on a Savannah River plantation, with permission from their planters. 

Romantic Carriage tour in Savannah historic district's Greene Square
Carriage rides and carriage tours are
quintessential and romantic
Savannah things to do for winter getaway
or any time of year!
The Civil War proved to be one of the most trying periods in Savannah’s history. On January 19, 1861, Georgia seceded from the Union. A celebration was held in Johnson Square, Savannah's first and largest public square. Between December 1864 and February 1865, Union General William T. Sherman made his headquarters at the Green mansion (now Green-Meldrim House) on Madison Square. On January 12, 1865, as the Civil War drew to a close, Union general William T. Sherman issued his Special Field Order No. 15, [known commonly as "Forty Acres and a Mule"] which called for the distribution of confiscated and abandoned southern lands to former slaves. The order was later revoked by U.S. president Andrew Johnson.

On January 28, 1791, philanthropist Mary Telfair was born. Her legacy to promote art and Georgia history remain in her bequests of Telfair Museum of Arts and Sciences and Georgia Historical Society building on Whitaker Street at Gaston Street. The Georgia Historical Society coordinates Georgia Day observances in Savannah each year around the state's founding date, February 12th.

In January 1906, Savannah's new City Hall was opened. Located on Bay Street at the Bull Street intersection, City Hall Tours are hosted by city staff on select dates.

On January 29, 1912, Mills B. Lane Jr., business leader was born. Through his posterity, including Savannah scholar and patron Mills Lane IV "Using his family's money and legacy of public service, Lane helped restore squares, buildings and pride in the Historic District, writes Savannah Morning News, October 26, 2001. Savannah tourists and locals have the Lane family to thank for the beautification of Bull Street, including the Bishop's Hook street lamps.

Fort Pulaski National Monument is a 'must do' for
Christmas Lantern Tours around Christmas in December.
Photo of Photo of Harvard Glee Club at Fort Pulaski,
courtesy of Sandy Traub
In January 1942, the Eighth Air Force, known as the "Mighty Eighth," was formed in Savannah during World War II. Travelers can visit the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, located near Savannah along I-95 in Pooler, Georgia.

In January 1986, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a national holiday celebrating the legacy of civil rights leader and Atlanta native Martin Luther King Jr., was first observed. In earlier years, Mr. King had delivered a draft of his "I Have a Dream" speech at Second African Baptist Church, located on Greene Square in the National Landmark Historic District. The third Monday in January is now celebrated as Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a parade in downtown Savannah.

In January of 1994, an international audience discovered Savannah in the pages of author John Berendt's best-selling book, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. Since that time "The Book", as the novel is often called by locals, is credited with luring vast numbers of tourists to Savannah. "The Book" was later made into a film directed by Clint Eastwood. Documented in The Book and movie, a Christmas party at Jim William's famed Mercer House on Monterey Square is one of the true behind the scene tidbits that tourists and even Savannah locals would otherwise miss. Mercer House (now known as Mercer Williams House Museum) is open for tours.

Each Romantic Inns' innkeeper will have more stories, their best places to eat in Savannah, what to do, and where to go during your winter holiday lodgings with them. See you soon! ... this winter or winter 2016 in Savannah. Contact all the inns with one click here!

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