Savannah College of Art and Design Sidewalk Arts Festival

May 6th, 2014 by Dresser Palmer House

The Sidewalk Arts Festival was incredible this past weekend! Hundreds of artists came to decorate our beautiful Forsyth Park and only steps away from our front door. What could be better?! #SavannahCollegeofArtandDesign #arts #ForsythPark #outdoors #HistoricDistrict #events

SidewalkArtFestival05_JM12The Sidewalk Arts Festival was incredible this past weekend! Hundreds of artists came to decorate our beautiful Forsyth Park and only steps away from our front door. What could be better?! #SavannahCollegeofArtandDesign #arts #ForsythPark #outdoors #HistoricDistrict #events

Amazing Architectural Tour in Savannah

February 4th, 2014 by Dresser Palmer House

Savannah. is. GORGEOUS. We all know that. There are many factors that help her especially her amazing and varied architectural styles. Jonathan Stalcup, owner and sole tour guide of Architectural Savannah gives the MOST amazing architectural tour in Savannah.

Yesterday, the temperature was in the upper 70’s and it was absolutely beautiful to be able to get out about in the city (sorry northerners!) I had the chance, being friends with Jonathan, to sample his new route in the more central sections of the Historic District.2014-02-04 10.39.17

You think you know about the various styles and details in the buildings and homes ( mainly from watching HGTV and DIY networks) and Jonathan schools you at every turn. It’s great to have a professional guide that studied architecture at Savannah’s own SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design) to lead you around and make you look UP. Gothic arches, marble quoins, Italianate porches, Greek revival pediments, Romanesque entryways, trefoil windows… I could go on and on.

Not only does he know his structural and design oriented details, he is a master at the historical knowledge of why and how these details were introduced, he knows the details about the lives of the famed architects that designed and the people that lived in these masterpieces. If you have a question, ANY question, about any building or style or architect, ask Jonathan and he either knows it or can easily find out from valid sources.

Stay with us at The Dresser Palmer House and I can most definitely get you in with Jonathan Stalcup for an amazing fact and design based tour of Savannah’s famed Historic District.

Vespa Scooters! Now is your chance!

February 1st, 2014 by Dresser Palmer House

It’s about to warm up! Have you ever passed the cool scooter shop ‪#‎Motorini‬ downtown on Drayton and thought about how fun it would be to zip around on one of those ‪#‎vespa‬ ‪#‎scooters‬?! Now is your chance! They have some really beautiful machines there that you need to take advantage of…photo (2)

With less than 300 in the United States, ‪#‎Savannah‬’s own #Motorini has one of the rare #Vespa 946’s on it showroom floor. Are you ready to come to Savannah and take it home? The Dresser Palmer House / An Historic Inn will give the lucky new owner a complimentary room night to explore the city with Italys most technologically advanced motor scooter to date.

Fun OUT of Historic District in Savannah.

January 28th, 2014 by Dresser Palmer House

Once in awhile, we DO get out of the #historicdistrict of #Savannah for a fun dinner. This time, a rainy Saturday brought me and a group of friends to #Habershamvillage, a small trendy neighborhood in #midtownsavannah. We decided on a great family casual place, The 5 Spot. The service was hilarious and attentive, the food was very hearty and filling for not much out of pocket. We shared a few appetizers, their collard and bacon DIP, yes, it was a delicious hot bubbly cheesy DIP with toasted pita points, and some chicken fingers. Then, as if that wasn’t enough gluttony, (forgot to mention my bloody mary), I also split an amazing burger with pepperjack cheese and bacon. Yes, I had bacon in two dishes… #don’tjudge.

Part Four: The Modern Age – History of Savannah, GA

November 30th, 2012 by Dresser Palmer House

The Fall of the Cotton Kings

Savannah marched its way into the Twentieth Century with its head held high. In addition to cotton, Savannah became the leading producer of naval stores, which included pine lumber, railroad ties, rosin, and turpentine. Exports from the Savannah seaport were said to be greater than all other Atlantic seaports’ combined. But, as the 1920’s roared in, so did the boll weevils which had been ravaging their way up through the Cotton Belt.

Georgia’s cotton industry was devastated, losing well over half of their 5.2 million acres in just ten years. As always, though, Savannah persevered, rising again to become a leader in both the paper-pulp and food-processing industries. The 1930’s welcomed the rise of large-scale operations like the Union Bag and Paper Company (now International Paper Company) and the Savannah Sugar Refinery (now Dixie Crystals), still in operation today.

The Military Style

As World War II pressed down on the nation, so did Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal programs, which targeted the Southern states. Military training facilities were springing up at a consistent rate. Savannah answered the call of duty in its own fashion, by building thirty-six Liberty Ships in the Savannah River. These ships helped to transport troops and goods to both the European and Pacific theaters of war.

Near the close of the war, the Georgia Ports Authority had established operations on Savannah’s waterfront, steadily expanding trade with foreign nations. Meanwhile, Hunter Army Airfield was in development alongside the nearby Fort Stewart. These bases would become crucial to the magnitude of U.S. military power available during the Persian Gulf War.

Savannah’s Civil Rights Campaign

By 1950, Savannah’s African-American citizens comprised nearly fifty percent of the entire population, yet there was an unsettling divide between them and their white counterparts. The following decades saw numerous nonviolent protests headed by Mark Gilbert, the “father of the Savannah civil rights campaign” and leader of the local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). His and his followers actions led way to the early-on integration of local law enforcement in Savannah, one of the first agencies to hire African-American officers in the South.

Savannah GA International Shipping Port

Savannah is one of the few cities in the United States in which citizens can proudly view their history right before their very own eyes. Regardless of the turbulent past, Savannah managed to remain relatively untouched. Little growth took place outside the historic and Victorian districts before the 1920’s, with much of present Savannah developed by the mid-1960’s.

Savannah remains, to this day, a bustling port city ranked among the top five busiest container shipping ports in the United States. The paper industry still prevails, while Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation has risen to be a world leader in the manufacturing of corporate aircraft.

Where shipping had previously succeeded, though, tourism now dominates in Savannah industry. When a city is so in-tune with its history as Savannah is, it isn’t hard to see why. The ever-growing efforts to research and preserve this American treasure has earned it a ranking among both the top ten of American and World City lists, truly fitting titles for the Hostess City of the South.

Thank you for staying tuned for our “History of Savannah, GA” blog series! We hope you enjoyed them. Click here is you missed part 1part 2, or part 3 of the History of Savannah, GA.

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Part Three: Wealth and Prosperity – History of Savannah, GA

November 30th, 2012 by Dresser Palmer House

Wealth and the Antebellum Period

Mercer Williams HouseThe nineteenth century arrived with grandeur upon Savannah. Cotton exports left the international shipping port en masse, returning only scads of wealth and prosperity to overzealous plantation owners. Capital could only be limited by the efficacy of transportation throughout Georgia, which gave way to the development of the Central of Georgia Railway, running from its chief investor, Savannah, through the vast cotton fields of the upland, and into Macon.

Nothing could stop Savannah from becoming the eighteenth largest city in America by 1820, just short of a century since its colonization. Savannah suffered two devastating fires in 1796 and 1820, destroying the commercial district, which made up nearly half of the city. Mid-century saw a major hurricane,damaging the shipping port and flooding the local rice and cotton plantations. Yellow fever also ran rampant in Savannah, killing 700 in 1820 and over 1,000 in 1854.

Savannah persevered, however, managing to maintain its rank as Georgia’s largest city with nearly 15,000 citizens. Over 7,500 made up the slave population, at the time, but were not considered part of the general population. The city did have a small free black population, averaging about 700 persons. Interestingly, many of the free blacks invested in Savannah small businesses, agriculture, and land ownership, while a few even owned slaves.

During the years leading up to the Civil War, Savannah was already considered one of America’s most beautiful and peaceful cities. The wealth from the lucrative cotton trade was evident in the city’s homes, businesses, and parks. The lush Forsyth park was added in 1851. Its elaborate fountain, now popular with locals and tourists alike, was added later, in 1858.

The Civil War Era

Before the first shots of the Civil War, Confederates overtook Savannah’s only fortification, Fort Pulaski, then considered impervious, at the mouth of the Savannah River. Like much of American technology, vast improvements had been made in the artillery used to conduct siege warfare which allowed the Union to overtake Fort Pulaski in 1862. Savannah was blockaded from its seaward side, cutting off one of the last remaining ports for the Confederates, and creating unfavorable conditions for the citizens within.

Union General William Sherman held Savannah throughout the extent of the Civil War. Receiving a personal invite from Mr. Charles Green, General Sherman utilized the elaborate Green-Meldrim House on Madison Square (now St. John’s Episcopal Church) as his headquarters. It was here that the general penned his famous letter to President Lincoln: I beg to present you, as a Christmas-gift, the city of Savannah, with one hundred and fifty heavy guns and plenty of ammunition, also about twenty-five thousand bales of cotton.

Population Reconstruction

The war left Savannah structurally unharmed, but population surged as freed slaves began inhabiting the city, often in the squalid conditions imposed upon them. Cultural clashes inevitably ensued between the blacks and whites, particularly where education was concerned. As Savannah rebuilt its commercial prosperity, the blacks progressively gained ground for education. 1890 saw the first school for blacks established, Georgia State Industrial College for Colored Youth (now Savannah State University). By the turn of the century, Savannah was once again the leading seaport on the Atlantic coast, while blacks throughout began pushing for equal rights.

Remember to come back to learn about the modern history in part four of this series! Click here is you missed part 1 or part 2 of the History of Savannah, GA.

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