Delve into the History of Savannah

American History is a fascinating subject. While it’s easy to complain about our government today, the very fact that it exists is remarkable. It’s worth looking into how it came to be during the American Revolution, and how it stayed together during the Civil War.

Up and down the East Coast, there is a wealth of history and an abundance of historical sites. Intrepid history buffs have been known to spend years tracking down the birthplaces and graves of every signer of the Declaration of Independence. They have visited every state capitol battlefield after battlefield. Such people recognize that history is linked to place.

We welcome history buffs to our historic Savannah Vacation Rentals.

Chippewa Square

General James Oglethorpe presides over Chippewa Square in Savannah.

Savannah was founded in 1733 by General James Oglegthorpe, a man who befriended the Yamacraw people, who then allowed Oglethorpe to build on a bluff overlooking the Savannah River. It was taken by the British fifty years later, and it remained occupied for four years. It survived fires, epidemics, and hurricanes, always rebuilding, always creating something beautiful.

It was Savannah’s loveliness that spared it from ruin at the hands of General William Tecumseh Sherman during the Civil War. Instead of burning the city, as he had Atlanta, he offered it as a gift to President Lincoln.

Guests of our Savannah Vacation Houses will find themselves surrounded by history, from the twenty two historic Squares right down to the rooms in which they sleep.

While in Savannah, history buffs should visit Old Fort Jackson and the Battlefield Park. They should see the Savannah History Museum and the Roundhouse Railroad Museum. They should also simply explore the historic neighborhoods where our three Savannah Vacation Homes are found

Each year, the Savannah History Museum offers a lecture series on Revolutionary War Perspectives. The talks are free and open to the public, and they’re interesting to boot. The first of the series takes place at the Savannah History Museum on Tuesday, September 27, 2011, at 6:30 p.m. John Caramia will present “Deerskins, Trade Guns and Diplomacy in the Georgia Backcountry on the Eve of the Revolution”.

Additional information on upcoming events may be found at the Savannah Coast Heritage Society.

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Savannah’s Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum

Since Savannah Georgia is steeped in history, it’s a wonderful place to learn about history. The Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum features outstanding ship models, maritime antiques, and maritime-inspired paintings. The museum focuses on 18th and 19th century Atlantic Ocean travel between England and America. Many guests of our Savannah GA Vacation Rentals have thoroughly enjoyed this museum.

Maritime Museum garden, Savannah

The Garden at Savannah's Maritime Museum.

Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum is aptly housed in Scarbrough House, built in 1819 for William Scarbrough and designed by Englishman William Jay. The house is notable for two reasons – it is one of the earliest homes built in the Greek Revival Style in the South, and its first owner was one of the principal owners of the Savannah, the first steamship to cross the Atlantic Ocean. It is a fitting home for Savannah’s historic Maritime Museum.

Although the Savannah earns kudos for being the first steamship to cross the Atlantic, it was not a commercial success. Only a few years after his home was completed, Scarbrough was forced to sell the house and furnishings to cover his debts. The house was abandoned for a time, was home to the West Broad Street School for nearly one hundred years, and, after falling into ruin, was restored by the Historic Savannah Foundations. Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum acquired the building in 1995, and finished its restoration.

Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum is only one of Savannah’s many historic attractions. In order to fully discover the city, consider lodging in one of our Savannah Vacation Rentals. All have fully equipped kitchens, comfortable bedrooms, and spacious parlors or sitting areas. Guests feel at home while lodging here. They can make some of their own meals and dine out in one of Savannah’s many excellent restaurants. They have the space to unwind and relax between activities.

All of our Savannah Vacation Rentals are within walking distance from some of Savannah’s most stellar attractions, the Historic District, River Street, and Riverwalk. Luxury couldn’t get any more convenient.