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.

Please see Savannah Vacation Homes to check availability and make a reservation.

 

 

Savannah’s Old Fort Jackson

Many guests of our Savannah Vacation Rentals take time to explore a bit of Savannah’s history while in town, whether here for business, a wedding, or simply pleasure. Old Fort Jackson is a great place to start.

Savannah’s Old Fort Jackson is the oldest brick fortification in Georgia, and one of the few forts built before the War of 1812 still standing in this country. It helped defend Savannah during the War of 1812, and again during the Civil War, when it served as headquarters for the Savannah River Defenses.

Old Fort Jackson was constructed on the site of an earthen battery that American forces built in the middle of the 18th century to protect Savannah from British invaders. The original earthen fortress was abandoned in 1778, when disease took hold of all stationned there. The Fort Jackson we see today was built under orders from President Thomas Jefferson, who understood that cities along the country’s eastern seaboard were not properly protected from European threats.

Confederate troops took control of Fort Jackson in 1861 and used it to defend against Union attacks for nearly 4 years. On December 20, 1864, Fort Jackson fell during General Sherman’s “March to the Sea”. Unable to defend the fort against 65,000 Union soldiers, the Confederate garrison set the barracks on fire and rigged the front gates to explode before fleeing.

Today, Old Fort Jackson is managed by the Coastal Heritage Society, and is open for visitation seven days a week. Old Fort Jackson is approximately 4 miles from our Savannah Vacation Rentals – close enough to travel by bike.

Additional information about the fort is available at Old Fort Jackson.