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Bed & Breakfast Tips to British Holidays in Savannah (Part II)

Owens-Thomas House (c) Vannesa Kauffmann

Owens-Thomas House, finest English Regency architecture in America | Photo (c) Vannessa Kauffman. Used with permission.

SAVANNAH Georgia (May 31, 2012) — The Georgia colony, first settled by Great Britain in 1733, offers a beautiful showplace in Savannah, Georgia USA today.   Using Pinterest social media scrap-booking, Green Palm Inn‘s media team loops the historic city’s British Colonial back-stories and socializing places for those who will be visiting Savannah during British holidays of the Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee (June 2-5, 2012).

“It’s a grand time to remind residents and tourists of Savannah’s English roots and beautiful influences,” states Diane McCray of Green Palm Inn, a top-rated bed and breakfast that features British Colonial decor.  “Why would we not celebrate with the British?  Travelers from the United Kingdom come for holiday breaks here and love Savannah.”

Georgia began at first as an agrarian community and military buffer between Charleston (British) and Florida (Spanish).   The innkeeper points to English Regency architecture, Georgia’s oldest plantation where settlers safeguarded the colony from the south (Wormsloe), places where the Battle of Savannah took place (Battlefield Park), a fort built to defend Savannah before the War of 1812 (Fort Jackson), the most famous Cavalier King Charles Spaniel (Oliver B. at Oliver Bentleys), and the University of Georgia’s English Bulldog mascot, UGA (whose owners live in Savannah).

Savannah’s celebrated city plan, drafted and set in motion by Georgia founder James Oglethorpe, includes world renown city squares [social gathering spots and garden parks], spaced every two blocks in the Landmark Historic District. The Girl Scouts organization has its early connection to England, when Juliette “Daisy” Low visited Sir Robert Baden-Powell, founder of the Boy Scouts and Girl Guides.

English Regency architecture prevails in some of Savannah’s most stately mansions — Telfair Museum of Art, Owens-Thomas House, and the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace.   “The Black Prince at Crecy”, an world-famous art masterpiece (11 ft x 17 ft) by Julian Russell Story is in Telfair’s permanent collection.  It depicts Edward, the eldest son of King Edward III of England.

Take tea, an English tradition, at the Savannah Tea Room and Gryphon cafe.   Union Jacks fly at the English pubs — Six Pence and Churchill’s.

A Smile From The Past by John Kennington (jwkennington) on 500px.com
A Smile From The Past by John Kennington

A Red Coat uniform from the American Revolutionary War era is on display at the Savannah History Museum.  Significant in the Battle of Savannah, the Battlefield Park is nearby. Reenactors of the British light infantryman are at Wormsloe State Historic Site, Georgia’s oldest plantation settle by Noble Jones, a friend of Benjamin Franklin.

Trustees Garden was where the experimentation of plants for harvest, drugs, and exportation began.  There’s a historical marker, but no gardens there today. Yet, the “forest city” is lush with greenery and blossoms, plus a revival spirit of farm-to-table restaurants in the Landmark Savannah Historic District.  Farm-fresh crops are for sale from Bethesda Academy, originally Bethesda Orphan House and Academy, begun with financial support from Lady Huntingdon of England.

Savannah overcame the unhappy stigma from the colonial-era Sugar Tax.  The British Sugar Tax  contributed to friction between English settlers in Savannah, Georgia, and British Loyalists.  Today southern sweets are sweetened with sugar cane sugar and molasses syrup to make the tasty temptations in cafes, ice cream shops, and restaurants.

Yet, it was Great Britain’s Sugar Tax that was one of the final insults of “taxation without representation” that drew colonists closer to outrage from Liberty Boys, and ultimate liberty from England through the American Revolutionary War.   Dine in the Georgian architecture of The Olde Pink House Restaurant & Tavern, once the home of one of the famous Georgia Liberty Boys and Revolutionary hero, James Habersham, Jr.  His ghost frequents the Planters Tavern on the lower level.

As you see, the “British in Savannah” list becomes too long as we connect the dotted connections between Savannah and the UK, crisscrossing the city and countryside.  Diane McCray, innkeeper at little Green Palm Inn bed and breakfast will point the way to things that intrigue you.

Meanwhile, “Let’s give a toast,” Diane encourages, “‘God Save the Queen!’  Surely, you could hear our rowdy cheer if you close your eyes and listen.  Our toast will stand out –  an All-American sound, with a distinctively slow,  southern drawl in multiplied syllables!”

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Resource:  The 13 British Colonies map. Source: Eduplace.com

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