Major Port City in the South
Trip Start Dec 05, 2012
109Trip End Dec 31, 2015
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The city's waterfront is a good day tour, checking out the old buildings that have now be remodeled into coffee shops, nut shops and jewelry stores. With boats on the river and a trolley going down the old cobble street road you do feel like you are "somewhat" back in time.
We went on a tour of the Owens-Thomas House which is considered by architectural historians to be one of the finest examples of English Regency architecture in America
For eight years, Mrs. Mary Maxwell ran an elegant lodging house in the structure. Revolutionary War hero Marquis de Lafayette was a guest of the city in 1825 and stayed at the home. On March 19, he is believed to have addressed a throng of enthusiastic Savannahians from the unusual cast-iron veranda on the south facade.
In 1830, planter, congressman, lawyer, and mayor of the city, George Welshman Owens, purchased the property for $10,000 . It remained in the Owens family until 1951 when Miss Margaret Thomas, George Owens’ granddaughter, bequeathed it to the Telfair Museum of Art.
A National Historic Landmark, the stately former residence is now a historic house museum. It boasts a decorative arts collection comprised primarily of Owens family furnishings, along with American and European objects dating from 1750-1830. The site also includes a beautiful English-inspired parterre garden and an original carriage house-which contains one of the earliest intact urban slave quarters in the South.