History of Savannah, GA: Part One – Built on Integrity

October 24th, 2012 by Dresser Palmer House

James Oglethorpe - History of Savannah“No slaves, no Roman Catholics, no strong drink, and no lawyers,” is the fabled credo upon which James Edward Oglethorpe purportedly founded the legendary city of Savannah, Georgia. While no physical documentation of this farcical declaration exists, the essence of the statement rings true to the convictions of Oglethorpe himself.

But before expounding upon the rich history of Savannah, Georgia, “The Hostess City of the South”, it is important for us to understand the ethics which have been so deeply embedded into this historic city. It was the conscientious approach to founding a proper city on moral philosophy which has led to the success of Savannah.

Who was James Oglethorpe?

James Oglethorpe was a well-known, unusual sort of humanitarian in London throughout the early 1700’s. It was the death of his good friend, having been imprisoned for indebtedness, which coerced Oglethorpe down the unlikely path that first conceived the idea of Georgia. Upon his friend’s death, Oglethorpe set to investigating London prisons and found the most appalling of inhumane conditions. He was infuriated to find most prisoners had been placed there due to economic misfortune.

So then, with charity in mind, Oglethorpe, along with John Lord Viscount Percival and others, believed England’s “worthy poor” could be transformed from rotting prisoners into productive citizens of a new colony, where they could thrive, free of class divisions, slavery, and large landholdings. Thus, Georgia was born, and Oglethorpe, in addition to twenty other trustees, was named to govern the new land.

Venturing to the New World

The original intention was to pull indebted prisoners and their families from London jails to colonize the new settlement. Unfortunately, no prisoners were included in the first selection of settlers. Finally, in 1732, despite heavy restrictions against himself, which would have deprived Oglethorpe of a comfortable life in Georgia, he, alongside 114 men, women, and children, set sail on the Atlantic in search of a new beginning.

In early 1733, the Anne arrived at port in South Carolina. From there, James Oglethorpe and a handful of Carolina Rangers scouted out the new region to the North, designated as Georgia, eying particularly the Yamacraw Bluff, which overlooked the Savannah River. As was the challenge with most early settlements of the New World, the bluff was part of the nearby native nation of the Yamacraw.

Yamacraw Bluff - History of Savannah GAUnlike earlier proprietors and settlers, however, Oglethorpe approached Chief Tomochichi of the Yamacraw, with the help of Mary Musgrove who acted as translator, with offerings of diplomacy and friendship. Tomochichi was well aware that his country, home solely to indigenous nations, was rapidly changing with the arrival of the English. He invited Oglethorpe and the colonists to establish the Yamacraw bluff intending the new colony to increase trade and offer a diplomatic advantage with the English.

On February 12, 1733, the pine forest atop Yamacraw bluff was cleared, and so began work on Oglethorpe’s distinctive pattern of streets, ten-house “tythings”, and public squares which make up Savannah. The vestige of the original settlement is still prominent in the historic downtown of Savannah today. To catch more history on Savannah, try the Oglethorpe trolley tour or chat with the staff at the Dresser Palmer House. More on Savannah’s history coming next week! Stay tuned for the full story.


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TravelHost Gift Giving Guide….Guess Who Made the Cover???

October 5th, 2012 by Dresser Palmer House

TravelHost Gift Giving Guide with Savannah Inns & Pajama Shop Hop

The Ladies of Savannah Inns getting reday for Savannah Pajama Shop Hop on TravelHost Gift Giving Guide

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Dresser Palmer House & Savannah Pride Festival 2012

September 3rd, 2012 by Dresser Palmer House

The 2012 Savannah Pride Festival will be held September 8th in Forsyth Park, one block from the Dresser Palmer House.  The Festival is Saturday, September 8 from 12 –  10 p.m. and will boast dozens of vendors, thousands of people, as well as some  of the biggest names in entertainment Savannah  Pride has ever seen. From the Headliner, JoJo, to The  Cusses, to The Sexual Side Effects, Savannah Pride has reached a new level  of entertainment this year.  There will also be more Vendors than ever before , live entertaiment all day and food & drink!  The family area will be back as well this year, featuring a place for kids to enjoy Savannah Pride too.  This is a perfect venue for Savannah Pride to promote raised awareness and acceptance for the LGBT community and all communities.


Come to this years’ Savannah Pride Festival to embrace and learn from the LGBT community and to enjoy the festivities!  The Dresser Palmer House, one block from Forsyth Park,  is a proud supporter Savannah Pride and a LGBT friendly Inn.

Call now to book your room for the festival.  If you mention “Pride” we will give you a 20% discount.



Opera in Savannah

May 24th, 2012 by Dresser Palmer House

Sometimes in Savannah our theatre options are limited.  So it’s always great to see some fantastic options when it comes to music.  I am so looking forward to V.O.I.C.Experience coming to Savannah on Thursday, June 7th at the Christ Church Savannah, GA;Opera in Savannah 28 Bull St at Johnson Square.  This will be a benefit concert featuring the rising stars of Opera from around the nation with special guests from the Savannah Philharmonic Chorus and area High Schools.  V.O.I.C.Experience was formed by Metropolitan Opera/Grammy Award Winner Opera Star, baritone Sherrill Milnes when he decided to create a means for singers to advance in their careers he did so by giving them the highest level of educators and more importantly, the opportunity to perform for people who might not ever see a Broadway show or Opera… with the help of his wife, soprano, Maria Zouves, V.O.I.C.Experience – “VE” – was founded in 2001. They work in several intensive programs throughout the year and guide singers in directions that lead to their success, including a program oat our own GA Southern University.  One of my favorite parts of this upcoming performance is that on Sunday, June 3 area High School students get to have their own performance and receive feedback from the same vocalists that will be performing on Thursday, June 7th.  This I am sure will help instill some new passion with our own upcoming coming stars from Savannah.

Call NOW to Book your Room at the Dresser Palmer House, June 3 at 2pm & June 7 at 7:30pm, for what promises to be two very enjoyable performances.

Dresser Palmer House Celebrates Martin Luther King Day and Black History Month with a Special Guest, Isaac Newton Farris

January 16th, 2012 by Dresser Palmer House

Isaac Farris at the Dresser Palmer HouseWith the holiday today, Martin Luther King Day, and Black History Month getting ready to kick-off along with Savannah’s Black Heritage Festival beginning; I had to sit back and think about how honored I was to have the SCLC President Isaac Newton Farris, Jr stay at the Dresser Palmer House this weekend.  Not only is he SCLC President, but also Dr Martin Luther King Jr’s nephew.  Mr. Farris was born in Atlanta, Georgia and attended his uncle’s alma mater, Morehouse College where he majored in Political Science. Mr. Farris’ background has given him a unique prospective and real life experience on some of the most pressing issues of our times. Growing up in one of America’s most socially and politically active families has provided him with a front row seat, witnessing how policy is formulated and implemented.


Even though the SCLC kept his schedule pretty full, he did find some time to enjoy the company of the other guests at the Inn during Wine & Hors D’oeuvres Hour. It was my pleasure to give him some history of the house and show him some of that Southern Hospitality that we are known for here in Savannah.  My favorite part was sharing some of the rich Black Heritage/History in Savannah with some of the guests, especially the tie Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. has with Second African Baptist Church.  Did you know that Dr. King preached the first draft of his “I Have a Dream” speech at this church?

During the entire month of January and February Dresser Palmer House is partnering with three other Savannah Inns in a tribute to Black History month.  Call Now to Reserve your Black Heritage Package.

The Dresser Palmer House is a premiere Bed and Breakfast in the Historic District of Savannah, GA.

Discovering Savannah’s Black History, Culture and Heritage

January 8th, 2012 by Dresser Palmer House

Black Heritage TourAfter 16 years in Savannah I thought I had a good grasp on the history of our fair city.  Then I took the Day Clean Journeys’ African American History Tour and learned that I only have a pinkie grasp of Savannah’s Black History.  Four inns of Savannah have decided to collaboratively create a package that will highlight some of the best but lesser known historical sites of our city’s black history, culture and heritage.

While I was on the African American History Tour, I was amazed to learn how many “firsts” occurred in Savannah.  Let’s start with First African Baptist Church, built in 1861, this church was the first African-American Baptist Church in North America and served as part of the Underground Railroad.  Not to be outdone by First Bryan Baptist Church,  the oldest continuous African-American Baptist Church in the United States.  Then we have, West Broad Street School, 89 years the Scarbrough House spent as the first city-supported school for black students in Savannah.  And finally, the McKane Hospital and Nursing School was the site of the first hospital in Savannah to train African-American doctors and nurses.

There is much to learn, so many places to explore, and so little time but we believe we have packaged the best of the best, Savannah’s Black History and the Civil Rights Movement. Join the thousands of visitors from around the world who have embraced the story of Savannah’s black history, culture and heritage.  The Dresser Palmer House, an Historic Inn is proud to offer this Black Heritage Tour package.


1. Three days and two nights in one of our selected queen rooms with check-in on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday in January or February 2012.

2. Day Clean Journeys African American History Tour for Two, including admission to select venues

3. Secret Map of Soul Food Destinations and specific must see Black History/Heritage Sites

4. Cost? Priceless (or $398 plus tax and gratuity)

You may also follow our Black Heritage Series at SavannahInns.com Blog and learn more about the culture, history and heritage of Savannah’s blacks.