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History Comes Alive in Historic Savannah

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As you walk the streets of Savannah’s Landmark Historic District, the sense of history that permeates these storied streets in this designated district are all around you. Many of the historic markers recount an obscure tale or two or perhaps you prefer to hear the best tour guides on the Eastern Seaboard recount some fascinating drama over the past 276 years. But the really serious student may prefer to get straight to the source at our compelling Hodgson Hall Building located on the corner of Whitaker and Gaston Streets cattycorner to Forsyth Park. Within these hallowed halls (pardon the pun), resides the living archives of the Georgia Historical Society.

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Pertinent information covering General Oglethorpe's faithful landing in 1733, many battles stretching out over several wars, the Cherokee Removal over the infamous Trail of Tears from Antebellum Georgia during 1836 from their ancestral land, and the correspondence of well known Savannahian, Girl Scout Founder Juliette Gordon Low during her formative years in coastal Savannah are just a few of the many documents and artifacts that are available to the public at large. We take our Georgia History seriously and invite other like minded history buffs to come and sit a spell in air conditioned comfort what it is that sets Georgia apart from the other 13 colonies. You might want to plan your upcoming Savannah Getaway around some of our upcoming events.

Savannah Vacation News

Special One Night Get Acquainted With Daufuskie Island Offer

Visit mysterious and beautiful Daufuskie Island, an hour by boat from the nearest traffic light, a world away from anything you ever thought was real. The second Saturday in July (the 11th), take in a one time only offer of two days and one night at a Beach Front Cottage Vacation Rental at Melrose Resort on Daufuskie Island. All for just $360 for the night, all inclusive of the nightly rental rate, bed tax, and cleaning fee! And while you are here, take in the book signing of Beaufort County’s favorite born and bred native son author Roger Pinckney for the debut of his latest work, his Reefer Moon book. And why is it you would want to come to Daufuskie Island, you might well ask?

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Roger says “there are lots of developed islands here along the South Carolina and Georgia coast. Hilton Head and Tybee immediately come to mind. There are preserved islands, too, like Ossabaw and Cumberland. But Daufuskie offers a unique mix. You may explore rich historic sites on a guided tour, fish, beachcomb, paddle a kayak through trackless and pristine salt marshes, peruse the work of local artisans at their studios such as Silver Dew Pottery or Iron Fish Art Gallery take a carriage ride or ride a horse along the beach. You can play golf on a Jack Nicklaus designed IsIand Golf Course or relax in a beach side swimming pool with your favorite beverage at the end of your day."

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The Beach Cottages at Melrose are in the middle of all this. Clean, comfortable, and affordable, these cottages sleep 4-16 and are walking distance to the beach, pool, the Beach Club Restaurant and a kid's play area. Rental golf carts are available Come hang out with us on Daufuskie at our Book Signing throw down. Explore the island while you are here. You'll be glad you did. We are proud of our island home and are eager to share it with you.

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Savannah Vacation News Late Breaking Single Night Ocean Front Island Vacation Rental Package

From The Civil War to the Silver Screen, Tour Savannah’s Luxurious Lady

The Mercer Williams House has seen it all over the years. Originally built in the 1860's, it stands at the west end of Monterey Square. The Mercer Williams House is arguably one of Savannah's grandest homes and certainly the most photographed historic home in the district due to the famous names that have been attached to this home since it was built in the 1800's. It has eight cast-iron balconies, cast-iron window pediments and a fence at the sidewalk, all of which add to the design. The house was named after Confederate General Hugh Mercer – General Mercer as a descendant of the Revolutionary War General and George Washington’s close friend by the same name, Hugh Mercer.
The Civil War Hugh Mercer was the original owner as well as the great grandfather of the renowned lyricist and composer Johnny Mercer who had a major impact on Twentieth century music with a wealth of well known tunes such as Moon River, Days of Wine and Rose, Hooray for Hollywood, and That Old Black Magic, just to name a handful from the repertoire of this prolific writer.

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In recent years The Mercer Williams House was owned by another Savannahian who gained his own notoriety that has indelibly imprinted Monterey Square and all of Savannah. Jim Williams was a 20th century restoration expert of many low country homes. He was written about in the best selling book and movie, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. Williams who purchased the Mercer House in a state of disrepair completed a thorough period correct restoration. He was an antique dealer/collector who operated an antique store found at the rear of the Mercer Williams House. This Carriage House around back now serves as the entrance for the Mercer Williams House Tour.

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“Yamacraw’s” Marshside Mama’s & Daufuskie Crab Co. for Day Tripping

Newboat3 If you are coming to our Landmark Historic District in the next month or so, you really should take an extra half a day to check out one of Savannah’s better kept secrets, mythical “Yamacraw Island” just across the mouth of the Savannah River. Drawing a blank are you? Well actually, you might better recognize this Island under the Daufuskie Island handle that gained notoriety in the 1970’s from Pat Conroy’s “The River is Wide” book that led to a movie which in turn squarely placed our sea island gem within the national consciousness. Even though most visitors know the island as comprised of Resort Beach Front Homes interspersed amongst three separate Golf Courses, the real island story might very well be the Gullah Historic District that Conroy wrote first wrote of. It certainly is for my money.

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Only accessible by boat, this unique sea island haven is home to an eclectic mix of Kinky Friedman like collection of Low Country miscreants that march to their own drummer. Like one of our Savannah Getaways Consortium of Absentee Property Owners once told me, “Hilton Head Island is as far as you can go on the South Carolina Coast, and many of those that don’t fit in on Hilton Head end up out on Daufuskie.” I have seen nothing to dissuade me from this Hilton Head attorney’s analogy on any of my trips out to the island’s Freeport Marina Landing. With that in mind, here is a calendar of events planned over the next several weekends. Looking for road less traveled in the way of a one of a kind day trip? Here you go!

June 27, All day, 30th annual Daufuskie Day,

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July 4, 9PM, 4th of July Party with Fireworks! Public Beach access next to Sandy Lane.

July 11, Time TBD, Author Roger Pinckney is having a Daufuskie Throwdown at Freeport Marina.

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Fantastic 4th of July Fireworks Display over Savannah River + Fort Pulaski

Plan your July 4th family getaway in Savannah’s Landmark Historic District. The downtown celebration officially starts at 5 p.m. on River Street’s Rousakis Plaza with a fireworks display planned for 9:20 p.m. Bring a blanket, some snacks, and a radio. According to the Vacations Made Easy Website, “Why a radio, you ask? The fireworks are amazingly choreographed to a music simulcast on Cumulus FM radio stations KIX96.5, Z102.1, and Magic 103.9.“

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You might want to see what’s kicking at the Beach out on Tybee Island earlier in the day. And on the way back to downtown Savannah, stop at Fort Pulaski just across Bridge from Tybee Island. Celebrate the nation’s 233rd Birthday at the Civil War era fort with a special patriotic living history event. This annual event traditionally includes a baseball game using 1860’s rules and equipment as Abner Doubleday and his Civil War era ball players would have appeared. So the game of baseball is not your cup of tea? Then take in the cannon firings and soldier demonstrations that are sure to be a hit with the younger crowd. Historic Savannah has it all in the summer season.

Call Savannah Getaways today and make your best deal for your historic district accommodation.