Thursday, June 27, 2013

Savannah, Ga Upcoming Summer Events

There are some fantastic events coming up in the Savannah, Georgia area this summer!
You will find great festivals and events even take place during August!! Here in Savannah we don't let that summertime heat keep us from having some fun!! 

Check out the events below:

Make your plans, pack your bags, pick your event, 
and come stay with us at the Forsyth Park Inn! 
CALL 912.233.6800 to make room reservations.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Upcoming Jazz

JULY 21st 

The Mansion at Forsyth (straight across the park) *less than a 5 minute walk from us*

Kelly/Scott Jazz Quartet 

$10 Admission

Don't miss out on good music and a good time! 

Savannah Jazz Festival 2013

The Annual Savannah Jazz Festival brings an influx of visitors to our city. If you want to attend this year's Jazz Festival you will certainly need to book your room far in advance while there is still open availability. Here at Forsyth Park Inn, we are already booking up! The dates for the 2013 Savannah Jazz Festival are going to be Sunday September 22nd - Saturday the 28th. We only have 5 rooms left on Friday and Saturday night, and we are over 1/3rd booked for the week! Hurry and reserve your room while you can.

Forsyth Park is one of the many venues for the festival. Every year the crowd seems to grow. Our lovely Victorian Inn is located about mid-park on the west side. It's the perfect place to stay if you intend to enjoy the jazz! We are walking distance from all the Jazz venues and close enough to the park that you'd be able to check out the action from the veranda before heading over. It would be nice to take a blanket out to the grass and enjoy the festival all day without worrying about going to far to get home.  Call for reservations anytime between 8am and 8pm 912.233.6800

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Into History? Check out all of Savannah's Historical Monuments

African American Monument
Find this marble & bronze monument to the African American contributions to Savannah in Rousakis Waterfront Plaza, on scenic Riverstreet. A timeless quote from Maya Angelou is featured on the base of this monument. This quote stirred up quite a bit of controversy in Savannah at the time the monument was erected. It offended many. You can read for yourself when you visit the monument. 

Anchor Monument
Over the centuries, Savannah and Chatham County's men have answered the call to serve in war. The Anchor Monument at the intersection of Abercorn & Riverstreet celebrates the lives of all those who served as seaman in defense of our colony and later our country.

Armillary Sphere
The sundial was once thought to be able to track that days and hours by marking the shadow of the sun as it progressed throughout the day. The Armillary Sphere is located in Troupe Square on Habersham Street. The Sphere is a must see, breathtaking and beautiful. 

Bacon Light Range
Emmet Park sits atop the Savannah River and is where the Beacon Light Range was built in 1858. These lights guided ships safely in the late 1800's and early 1900's as they traveled up the dark waters at night on approach to Savannah.

Big Duke Bell
The Big Duke Alarm Bell is a memorial to firefighters everywhere. This bell originally was a warning to Savannah residents of a fire in the 1800's.

Button Gwinett Monument
Button Gwinnett was one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence from Georgia. His burial site and monument are located in Savannah's Colonial Park Cemetery.

Chatham Artillery
A monument that takes design inspiration from the 101st Airborne Memorial in Arlington National Cemetery was erected in 1986 by the Chatham Artillery. It features a bronze eagle and is in Emmett Park near Bay & Price Streets.

City Exchange Bell
The oldest bell in the state of Georgia hung in the City Exchange Building in downtown Savannah a far back as 1802. This bell still exists today and hangs in a smaller replica of the old bell tower just in front of the City Exchange.

Colonel William Bull Sundial
Col. William Bull made great contributions to the founding of Savannah and to the city's layout. He was a trusted officer under Gen. James Edward Oglethorpe. In 1933, a Sundial monument dedicated to Bull was set in Johnson Square (the city's first square).

Columbia Square Fountain
The beautiful four foot cast iron fountain that sits in the center of Columbia Square was donated by Eudora Derenne in 1971. It's a scenic spot many tourists love to visit for a photo with family and friends. 

Confederate Monument
One lone soldier has stood atop the Confederate Monument at the center of Forsyth Park since 1879 to represent the many thousands who died in the American Civil War.

Confederate Busts
Bronze Busts of famous Confederate War Generals Francis Stebbins Bartow and LaFayette McLaws sit at the north and south side of the Confederate Monument in Forsyth Park. These busts originally were located in Chippewa Square but were moved more than 100 years ago to their present location.

Cotton Exchange Fountain
Cotton was once King of the South and the Cotton Exchange was a thriving, bustling site of commerce. In 1889, the Cotton Exchange Fountain designed with as a winged lion was placed on Bay Street.

Georgia Spanish American War Veterans Memorial
A number of Georgia men participated in the Spanish American War. A monument commemorating their distinctive contribution was built in 1931 and sits at the south side of Forsyth Park at the intersection of Bull Street and Park Avenue.

Gordon Monument
At the center of Wright Square is a monument to William Washington Gordon and the first railroad in Georgia.

Greene Monument
Johnson Square was the original square in Savannah. It's also the site of a monument to the 2nd in command to General George Washington during the Revolutionary War. Nathaniel Greene fought numerous battles in the southern colonies and has been dubbed "The Savior of the South."

Irish Monument
Irish immigrants played an important role and made many contributions to the history of Savannah. This heritage was formalized in 1983 when a Celtic cross was set in Emmett Park.

Jasper Monument
In 1888 this monument was established to celebrate Sergeant William Jasper, who heroically gave his life in 1779 defending America against the British. At fifteen feet tall, it's one of the larger Revolutionary War Monuments in Savannah. It's located at the center of Madison Square.

John Wesley Monument
The founder of the Methodist denomination was John Wesley, who visited Savannah in 1736. He lived on the periphery of Reynolds Square, the site of the monument dedicated in 1969 to his honor.

Marine Corps Monument
At its dedication in 1947, the Marines Monument was to commemorate the USMC soldiers killed in World War II. Since that time, names have been added to honor Marines from Savannah who died in the Korea and Vietnam conflicts.

Morovian Marker
Morovians were part of Savannah from 1735-1740 and they ventured to the colony to form a mission with the native Indian population. They fled the colony after War with Spain broke out but their contributions are timeless. A marker was dedicated in Oglethorpe Square in 1933.

Nathanial Greene Monument
Nathanial Greene's remains are interred under the statue located in Johnson Square (1829). A quote by Nathanial Greene "I am determined to defend my rights and maintain my freedom or sell my life in the attempt." Nathanial Greene was a true southern hero.

Oglethorpe Monument The man most responsible for Savannah is General James Edward Oglethorpe and in 1910 a monument was unveiled in Chippewa Square showing our founder in a heroic pose in full military dress.

Olympics Torch
The Olympic Flame burned in Savannah for two weeks in the summer of 1996. While Atlanta was the host city for the Summer Olympics that year, Savannah was the host site for the Yachting Completion. At the time, it was the first instance of the flame burning in two venues at once. The Olympic Torch Monument sits in Morrell Park on River Street and was dedicated just after the Olympics ended.

Police Officers Monument
The Savannah Police Department Headquarters sits on the corner of Oglethorpe and Habersham Streets. In the median of Oglethorpe Ave. sits a monument to fallen police officers who gave their lives in the line of duty.

Pulaski Monument
Count Casimir Pulaski was a lover and defender of liberty. The Lithuanian born military leader gave his life in 1779 during the Siege of Savannah. A 55 ft. tall Italian marble monument featuring Pulaski is located at the center of Madison Square. A intricate restoration project of the monument was completed in 2001.

Salzburger Monument
The Salzburgers were one of the early immigrant group to arrive in the Colony of Georgia. Less than a year after the founding of Savannah, the Salzburgers arrived although they eventually settled prenatally in Ebenezer, GA. From their group and descendants would arise the first Governor of Georgia after the United States won its independence. The Salzburger Monument was a gift from Austria in 1996 and its located along Bay Street.

Semiquincentenary Fountain
Savannah was founded in 1733 and on the 250th Celebration in 1983, the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America donated a three-tiered, verde antique, cast iron fountain to the city. It was placed in the center of Layfayette Square.

St. Andrews Monument
In the median of Oglethorpe Avenue at Bull Street sits a small monument to celebrates the Scottish forbears of the St. Andrews Society chapter in Savannah. It is one of the many Savannah monuments to celebrate various immigrant ethnic groups that made Savannah so vibrant.

Washington Guns
Two Cannons that General George Washington captured from the British in the Battle of Yorktown are on display on Bay Street. America's Revolutionary War Hero and first President, George Washington presented these as a gift to the Chatham Artillery militia company of Savannah in 1791.

Waving Girl Monument
For nearly fifty years, a woman would come to the banks of the Savannah River to waive at the sailors arriving on ships in Savannah. That woman was Florence Margaret Martus and she's immortalized in a bronze statue along the Savannah River (on River Street).

Savannah Bed and Breakfast Guest Reviews

Take a look into our treasured guest book. We can’t thank our wonderful guests enough for choosing to stay with Forsyth Park Inn, a fine inn in Savannah, GA.
A handwritten note says so much, especially in this day and age when everything moves fast and gets typed out onto the internet (don’t forget, we’ve got wifi for our guests too!). Check out this handwritten review from one of the sweetest couples to stay at the inn: 
Newly Weds, Melissa and Andrew, chose to have their intimate and gorgeous Savannah-style Wedding hosted right here at Forysth Park Inn.
If you're interested in having your destination wedding here at Forsyth Park Inn know that we have amazing opportunities and wedding packages built to fit your needs. 
Contact our wedding coordinator, Andrea, for more information and advice about Savannah-style weddings! We hope you'll choose our private courtyard to tie the knot!!

Visit Savannah and Enjoy Vacation in Style

Fresh Flowers adorn the Forsyth Park Inn in and out. "There's something special about a room when you walk in and smell and see fresh flowers are placed out just for you, just for your enjoyment. It makes the inn experience all that much better and very special."

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Livingsocial Savannah, GA Deals

The BEST Daily Deals in Savannah, GA right now on Livingsocial

Hauntings Tour or Savannah Saunter Tour for 

  • $18
Set off on a daily Hauntings Tour or Savannah Saunter tour with this deal:
$18 ($40 value) for two tickets to a tour of your choice
$10 ($20 value) for one ticket to a tour of your choice
• Walking excursions depart from Wright Square
The Experiences
On the nightly Hauntings Tour, you'll see what are thought to be some of the city's most paranormal spots. The Savannah Saunter tour explores local history, gardens, and architecture. All the stories you'll hear on both these tours are based on historical and eyewitness accounts.
See Savannah Walking Tours's Website | Facebook

the fine print

  • Limit 1 per customer, additional as gifts
  • Tours depart from Wright Square at the corner of Bull and York Street
  • Haunting Tours departs daily at 9 p.m.
  • Savannah Saunter Tour departs daily at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
  • Entire value must be used in a single visit
912-441-9277 call for more information

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Historic Memorials to see while you Visit Savannah

Vietnam Veteran's Memorial
You will find Savannah’s tribute to the soldiers who fought in the Vietnam War in Emmet Park. A stroll along Bay Street will take you past this memorial and many others. It was dedicated in 1991.

German Memorial Fountain
At the center of Orleans square is a five foot cast iron fountain that celebrates the earliest German immigrants to the colony of Georgia. The memorial was dedicated in Savannah in 1989.

Hussars Memorial
During the Siege of Savannah, the city was defended by the Georgia Hussars. In the battle a British canon was captured and now sits in Emmet Park as a memorial to the mounted rangers that General Oglethorpe had established decades earlier to defend Savannah.

Jewish Cemetery Marker
After Savannah was established in 1733, General Oglethorpe allotted land to the Jewish immigrants who moved to the colony. A cemetery marker is located in the median of Oglethorpe Avenue showing the exact spot of this original plot.

Oglethorpe Memorial Bench
This commemorative bench was set in 1906 on Yamacraw Bluff to celebrate the exact spot General Oglethorpe landed at Savannah in 1733. It was dedicated by the Georgia Society of Colonial Dames of America.

Tomochichi Memorial Marker
General Oglethorpe found a loyal friend in the native Cherokee Indian Chief Tomochichi upon his arrival in 1733. The two remained friends until Tomochichi's death in 1739. The memorial plaque reads "In memory of Tom-o-chi-chi. The mica of the Yamacraws, The Companion of Oglethorpe, and the Friend and Ally of the Colony of Georgia"

Victory Drive War Memorial
In celebration of America's victory in World War I, a granite stone memorial with inscription was set in Daffin Park and a number of Palmetto Trees were planted in the center of the Victory Drive Boulevard to honor all who died in "The Great War."

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Summer Special Rates

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Two Nights Lodging - $300

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During July and August 2013 only
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Terms and conditions:  Not available with group or existing reservations.  Offer excludes holidays, weddings and special events.  Non-refundable payment of first nights' room and tax required as a deposit when making reservation.  For any cancellations occurring inside 14 days of arrival date, the balance due on the reservation will be charged unless we are able to re-rent the room.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

The Squares of Savannah

Savannah's founder, James Edward Oglethorpe, decided to design Savannah around a series of "town squares" where the citizens could come together for social occasions and everyday interaction.

The Four Original Squares

Johnson Square
The first square in Savannah was established by the city's founder, James Edward Oglethorpe in 1733.

Ellis Square
Recently restored after fifty years as a parking garage, this square has a fun water feature for kids!

Telfair Square
Most squares in Savannah are named for individuals.  This Savannah square is named for the Telfair family for their many contributions to the city and state of Georgia.

Wright Square
Before the Revolutionary War, the last Royal Governor of Georgia for England was James Wright. This square bears his name since 1763, although it was originally named Percival Square. It is the burial site of Tomochichi.

18th Century Squares

Columbia Square
Once the far southeastern border of the young City of Savannah, Columbia Square is now a beautiful square bustling with tourists year round. The center features the "Wormsloe Fountain" and on the edges of this square is Davenport House, who's planned demolition in the 1950's sparked the birth of Savannah's Historic Preservation efforts.

Greene Square
General Nathaniel Greene was a Revolutionary War hero in command of all forces in the southern colonies. As one of George Washington's key players, he was instrumental in the the United States achieving independence from Britian.

Franklin Square
This Savannah square was established the same year Benjamin Franklin died (1790). This square is the most northwestern of all and it adjacent to City Market. A monument honoring Hatian immigrants was dedicated in 2007.

Liberty Square
In 1799 this square was created to honor the American victory in the Revolutionary Way. It is one of Savannah's lost squares that no longer exists.

Oglethorpe Square
Named for Georgia's founder, Oglethorpe Square is one of the few squares without a monument at the center. It's an open square with lots of grass for tourists to enjoy a picnic or locals to walk their dogs.

Reynolds Square
Captain John Reynolds served as the Governor of Colonial Georgia. One of the last two original squares was renamed for him. The original name of this square was "Lower New Square." Today a monument to John Wesley is at the center of this Savannah square.

Warren Square
Many of Savannah's squares are named for famous generals. Warren Square is named after General Joseph Warren who died at the Battle of Bunker Hill.

Washington Square
President Washington visited Savannah during his first term.  In 1791, Washington came to our city and presented two cannons captured from the British.  The "Washington Guns" are on display on Bay Street, about one half mile from Washington Square.

19th Century Squares
The last square laid our was in 1851, 118 years after James Edward Oglethorpe founded the colony and laid out the four original squares.

Chatham Square
Both this square and the county in which Savannah is located are named for the Earl of Chatham, William Pitt. Chatham Square is on Barnard Street and it was one of Savannah's last squares to be established.

Chippewa Square
Once the center of nightlife in Savannah, this square showcases the monument to General James Edward Oglethorpe. It was also where the scene of Tom Hanks sitting on a bench with a box of chocolates was filmed in the movie Forrest Gump.

Calhoun Square
Savannah's Calhoun Square was laid out in 1851. It is named for John C. Calhoun. Massie School and Wesley Monumental Methodist Church are on this square.

Crawford Square
More locals enjoy this square than visitors as its the site of a basketball court and playground. There are no monumnets in the square, however there is an old Fire Fighter's Cistern from the 1800s that was used to battle fires.

Elbert Square
Laid out along the western border of the city, Elbert Square was mostly removed to make room for the Savannah Civic Center in the 1900s. Preservationists hope to restore it one day.

Layfayette Square
More than 100 years after the first squares were laid out in Savannah, Layfayette Square was built in 1737.  Today it features a beautifully ornate fountain and sits in the shadow of the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist.  It is the sight of many outdoors weddings.

Madison Square
The fourth President of the United States, James Madison, is honored with this square.  At the center of the square is a very large monument to Sergeant William Jasper, who fought heroically at the Siege of Savannah.

Monterey Square
This Savannah square commemorates a famous battle from the Mexican-American War.

Orleans Square
The Battle of New Orleans was fought in 1815 and under the command of General Andrew Jackson, the American forces defeated the British.  This was one of the final engagements of the War of 1812.  On Barnard Street, between Perry & Hull Street, a new square was established a named to honor this important victory. The square is home to the German Memorial Fountain.

Pulaski Square
Count Casimir Pulaski is honored with this square. He sacrificed his life in 1779 during the Siege of Savannah. The monument to Pulaski is actually located in Monterey Square. Fort Pulaski, the site of a major Civil War Battle, near Tybee Island is also named for Count Pulaski.

Troup Square
Georgia Governor George Troup is honored with this square, originally created in 1851. At the center is a large Armillary Sphere. It is a locals favorite.

Whitefield Square
One of the last of Savannah's squares, Whitefield Square is named for the Rev. George Whitefield, founder of Savannah's Bethesda Orphanage. 

Rest In Peace Ben Tucker

     Savannah’s own Jazz Icon Ben Tucker is sadly no longer with us, as of yesterday 11:45am.  He was known internationally as a jazz bassist and composer. He was instrumental in reviving the jazz community of Savannah. He purchased the radio station WSOK-AM with several other investors and founded The Coastal Jazz Association bringing the treasure of Jazz music to the people of this city.  He contributed a great deal to our community and is sorely missed.

Charles J. Elmore- jazz historian and author of “All that Savannah Jazz… From Brass Bands, Vaudeville, to Rhythm and Blues” also a close personal friend of Ben Tucker and said:

“He was a gentleman and any time Savannah State or anyone would call Ben about any kind of charitable cause he would be the first person in line. Ben Tucker was not only a quintessential jazz man, but he was a great man and a great community man. Truly one of the nicest men you’d ever meet.”

Ben Tucker | jazz bassist

Born a native of Nashville, Tennessee, Ben Tucker relocated to Savannah, Georgia in 1972 and purchased radio station WSOK with Dr. Bill Taylor, jazz pianist.
Ben has recorded and played with such musical greats as Bill Taylor, Peggy Lee, Quincy Jones, Illinois Jacquet, Dexter Gordon, Sonny Stitt, Cy Coleman, Herbie Mann, Bob Alberti, Clark Terry, Phil Woods, the late Oliver Nelson, Mary Lou Williams, Marion McPartland, Buddy Rich, Sara Vaughn, Ella May Morse, Jessiphia Pamise, Benny Goodman, the late great Earl Gardner and Earl Fatha Hines.

In 1988, Ben created a jazz club in Savannah called Hard Hearted Hannah's featuring Joe Jones and Emma Kelley (known as the lady of 6,000 songs). Hard Hearted Hannah's has been featured in such movies as Love Crimes. The composition "Comin' Home Baby" was featured in Get Shorty (starring John Travolta), as well as the movie Getting Even With Dad and has been documented in a segment for Public Television concerning the late Joe Jones.

"I'd like to quote Dr. Billy Taylor on jazz." 'Jazz is like pure mountain air that regenerates the soul of man.'   - Ben Tucker.

Ben Tucker - jazz bassist

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Colonial Park Cemetery

Historic Colonial Park Cemetery

The Colonial Park Cemetery, one of Savannah’s most beautiful restorations, is the final resting place for many of Savannah's earliest citizens. Established about 1750, it was the original burial ground for the Christ Church Parish.
Colonial Park Cemetery
Abercorn and Oglethorpe Streets
The cemetery was enlarged in 1789 to become the cemetery for people of all denominations. Among those buried here are Button Gwinnett, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. 
    666 victims of the 1820 Yellow Fever epidemic are buried in Colonial Park Cemetery. There are also many victims of Savannah's tragic dueling era. Savannah history records the first dueling death in 1740 and the final shot fired in 1877. Many of the duels left a number of men dead from what one source calls acts of "too much honor." Some of the duels were fought in and around Colonial Park Cemetery.

1815 headstone of James Wilde

He fell in a duel on the 16th of January, 1815, by the hand of a man who, a short time ago, would have been friendless but for him. . . . By his untimely death the prop of a Mother's age is broken: The hope and consolation of Sisters is destroyed, the pride of Brothers humbled in the dust and a whole family, happy until then, overwhelmed with affliction.

The cemetery was already closed to burials before the start of the Civil War and no Confederate soldiers are buried there. But the war did leave its mark on the cemetery. Federal troops took over the cemetery grounds during their occupation of Savannah and many of the graves were looted and desecrated. It has been said that Union soldiers changed the dates on many of the headstones.

According to one story, a maid at the old City Hotel on Bay Street was found in tears outside the gate of the cemetery. When her coworkers inquired what was wrong, she told them she had followed a young man from the hotel who walked into the cemetery and disappeared.
The Colonial Park Cemetery is also home to one of Savannah's most famous ghosts, that of "Rene Asche Rondolier (or Renee Rondolia Asch), a disfigured orphan who was said to have called Colonial Park his home in the early 1800s. Accused of murdering two girls whose bodies were found in the cemetery, Rene was dragged to the nearby swamps and lynched and left for dead. More dead bodies turned up in the cemetery in the days that followed. The townspeople were convinced it was Rene's ghost and some still call the cemetery, Rene's playground. 
Colonial Park Cemetery Markers

The following text is from the Colonial Park Cemetery State Historical Marker:

This cemetery, the second in colonial Savannah, was the burying ground for the city from about 1750 until it was closed against burials in 1853.
Among the distinguished dead who rest here are Archibald Bulloch, first President of Georgia; James Habersham, acting royal Governor of the Province, 1771-'73; Joseph Habersham, Postmaster General under three Presidents; Lachlan McIntosh, Major General, Continental Army; Samuel Elbert, Revolutionary soldier and Governor of Georgia; Capt. Denis L. Cottineau de Kerloguen who aided John Paul Jones in the engagement between the "Bon Homme Richard" and the "Serapis"; Hugh McCall, early historian of Georgia; Edward Green Malbone, the noted miniaturist, and Colonel John S. McIntosh, a hero of the War with Mexico.
The remains of Major General Nathanael Greene who died in 1786 reposed in the Graham vault until they were reinterred in 1901 in Johnson Square.
The cemetery became a city park in 1896.

Visitors are welcome
Daily: 8am-5pm

Some say if you take a photo in or around Colonial Park Cemetery at or near dusk, once you develop it, the picture will contain orbs. Supposedly more orbs than any other area in the Historic District. 

It's only a short walk from our Inn and an interesting piece of Savannah's vast history.