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Legendary Southern Manners and Patriotic Love of Country in the “Fighting Colony” — Savannah, Georgia

SAVANNAH Georgia (February 22, 2014) – Legendary for its southern manners, sea of foliage*, loveable row houses, society parties, and garden squares, the fighting colony* of Savannah, Georgia exudes a patriotic love of country brilliantly year around.

“The ancient mansions are lovable.”
–W. D. Howells, Harper’s, “Savannah Twice Visited” (1919)


Select city mansions are now private, historic bed and breakfasts, like Green Palm Inn, a star in Savannah’s tourism lodging.  Here stranger guests may ‘sleep in’, enjoying the welcoming, restored historic cottage — cozy and popular amid Savannah historic inns, B&Bs, bed and breakfasts or private inns.

Green Palm Inn is located on Greene Square, named to honor American Revolutionary hero, General Nathanael Greene (1742-1786). He served as General George Washington’s second in command. General Greene died in Savannah, Georgia.

Howells writes too of the city’s people who ‘offer politeness, which soothes and reassures’. In 2014, that Savannah politeness remains.

Howells ennobles Savannah as ‘the fighting colony’, praising the city’s resilience. Remember, the colony began as a British militia settlement – an armed protective zone between the Spanish in Florida and the prized British colony in Charleston, South Carolina.

Savannah remains a military-rich city, home to U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, and U.S. Coast Guard forces. U.S. Marine and U.S. Navy bases are in nearby Beaufort, South Carolina. U.S. Army are in nearby Hinesville, Georgia.


Of Savannah manners, Howells speaks of men showing “extreme courtesy as always lifting his hat when he spoke to us.” Now, that’s the welcome yet rare sighting in 2014! But movie watchers see it in “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” when the butler, walking the ghost of the Georgia Bulldog, still tipped his hat in the park.

From Charleston, South Carolina, Cindy “Grosso has a theory on why people would rank Savannah and Charleston among the nation’s most courteous cities: The sweltering summer heat makes people nicer. ‘When it’s hot, you move a little slower,’ she said. ‘And when you move a little slower, you have time to hold the door and time to say ‘Good morning.’” – Source: USA Today, Savannah scores title of ‘Most Mannerly City’ from Charleston (2009)


On Parade days, in proper Savannah spirit of patriotism, city and suburban residents unroll the USA flag on doorposts and yard posts. Celebratory fireworks light up the Savannah harbor’s riverfront in the dark of every FIRST Friday night each month (around 9 p.m.).

Insider’s Tip: Though the streets no longer are “ankle deep in sand”**, as Savannah was for U.S. President George Washington’s visit in 1791, bring comfortable walking shoes. Savannah’s flat terrain begs to be walked, but when cobblestones, granite curbs, grassy knolls, and brick sidewalks are part of the landscape mix, you’ll be delighted when you bring and wear comfortable walking shoes!

Hmmm, unplanned, this is beginning to sound Biblical, “A time for …” — Ecclesiastes Chapter 3 (below).

Let us know when you’re ready to make time, slow your pace and celebrate in Savannah, Georgia. We hope you’ll choose Green Palm Inn B&B in Savannah’s historic district a loveable mansion (and innkeeper), a sea of foliage, mannerly people, and a love of country … just for starters!

Ecclesiastes Chapter 3 —
“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.”

– * Savannah Twice Visited, February 1919, W. D. Howells, Harper’s. Howells wrote of Savannah, the “fighting colony”, the “sea of foliage”, and lovable mansions.
– ** Glimpses of Savannah, 1780-1825, [Mrs.] Paschal N. Strong, Sr., The Georgia Historical Quarterly, Vol. 33, No. 1 (March, 1949), pp. 26-35

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