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Uncovering Famous Savannah Tales

SAVANNAH, Georgia — As a top-rated Savannah bed and breakfast, we love the Georgia Coast tales less told. We especially like the ones that connect to the sea and waterfront, sea captains, famous and infamous Savannah heroes, green places and palms in the Savannah landscape.

Much of the international fascination of ‘destination Savannah’ encircles the architecture, history, and reputation for Southern charm and hospitality. Often acknowledged as America’s most beautiful city, this historic coastal city has repeatedly been named among the top ten in “America’s Favorite Cities” lists by Travel and Leisure magazine. In 2012, Travel and Leisure magazine rated Savannah highest in “Quality of Life and Visitor Experience,” and ranked first for “Public Parks and Outdoor Access,” visiting in the Fall, and as a romantic escape. Savannah was also named as America’s second-best city for “Cool Buildings and Architecture,” behind only Chicago.

Here are a few famous Savannah tales we have uncovered.  Check our inn’s blog where in true southern storytelling fashion, share more of our ongoing search for character-rich lore and fascinating Savannah places.

Meanwhile, these character-rich tales will get you starts with fresh ideas.

– “The shag is a dance, a stylish, holding hands sort of dance, as old-time  Southern as pouring salted peanuts into a sweating bottle of “co-cola.” It evolved during the 1940s, at oceanfront pavilions from Virginia Beach to  Savannah, Georgia….” — Source: “The Jitterbug Met R&B“. [This spirit of the 1940s still lives on Tybee Island, Georgia, with dancing on the oceanfront pavilion now taking place on the Tybee Island pier.]

Savannahian Catherine Masters married David O’Keefe, an old sea captain who washed up in Savannah in 1854 — “David O’Keefe: The King of Hard Currency“, Smithsonian.com | O’Keefe’s story made it to the silver screen half a century later in the  forgettable Burt Lancaster vehicle His Majesty O’Keefe (1954). We wonder if Catherine still haunts the old Savannah Courthouse.

100 Days  That Shook the World: The all-but-forgotten story of the unlikely hero who  ensured victory in the American Revolution [Nathanael Greene], Smithsonian.com | Follow @SmithsonianMag on Twitter