"For me, Savannah's resistance to change was its saving grace. The city looked inward, sealed off from the noises and distractions of the world at large. It grew inward, too, and in such a way that its people flourished like hothouse plants tended by an indulgent gardener. The ordinary became extraordinary. Eccentrics thrived. Every nuance and quirk of personality achieved greater brilliance in that lush enclosure than would have been possible anywhere else in the world."
- John Berendt
Savannah is exceptionally fortunate to have preserved our buildings starting in 1955 and been declared a National Historic Landmark District in 1966. Walk with us through Savannah as we discuss the fascinating history that took place in these very same buildings and squares.
Learn about influential residents and visitors, architectural trends, and how events from our founding through modern day intertwine to form a city that is both frozen in time and very much alive.
- Gen. James Edward Oglethorpe, the founder of Georgia, a practical idealist who established our colony as a way to better the lives of others, and laid out Savannah, the first planned city in the United States.
- Savannah's role in the Revolutionary War, including the second bloodiest battle, the Siege of Savannah, and the influence of Gen. Nathaniel Greene, Count Casimir Pulaski, and freeborn men of color volunteering from Saint-Domingue (now Haiti).
- Savannah's role in the Civil War, including our surrender and occupation at the end of Sherman's March to the Sea, and the drafting of Field Order 15 which would later be remembered as the failed promise of "forty acres and a mule".
- Some of our architectural gems with surprising engineering, including a 1819 home with flush toilets and a 1953 home with gas-powered early "air-conditioning".
- And so much more!