2013 Georgia History Festival In Savannah

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Hey, Busy Bees!  It’s time for the 2013 Georgia History Festival in Savannah and y’all should come join the fun this weekend!

2013 Georgia History Festival in Savannah

First, Colonial Faire and Muster will be abuzz all weekend.  Saturday (Family Day) and Sunday, February 9-10, 2013, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., come out to the Wormsloe State Historic Site, 7601 Skidaway Road, Savannah. Continue Reading »

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Everybody Walk The Dinosaur!

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Everybody walk the dinosaur! Boom boom acka lacka lacka boom…Boom boom acka lacka boom boom…

Discover the dinosaurs and stay with Busy Bee Vacations

Y’all know how I love everything historic, so get ready and let’s go way back!  Discover the Dinosaurs, a hands on exhibit including over 60 animatronic and museum quality dinosaur replicas is now at the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center August 3, 4 and 5. The exhibit showcases museum quality pieces along with several moving animatronic dinosaurs, all in a fun and educational environment. Continue Reading »

Savannah and the Georgia Historical Society

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Don’t know much about history?  The Georgia Historical Society in Savannah can fix that!

Headquartered in Savannah, the Georgia Historical Society is the ultimate source for Georgia history.  It houses the oldest and most distinguished collection of materials related to Georgia’s role in American history and it’s also the oldest continuously operated historical society in the South!

One of the most fun and interesting discoveries I’ve made is in the GHS Image Catalog Services.  I can go online and search for an address or an intersection or a street and see photographs of what Savannah looked like in the past and then compare the scenes to how Savannah looks today.  It’s further proof of the importance of preserving our history and our architecture styles and our culture.  It’s so rewarding to see that even though Savannah has grown and moved forward, there’s always been some sense of preservation that has helped save so many important buildings and details that describe Savannah’s style.

Using the image catalog is really easy.  Just enter one or more keywords, hit “Search” and then watch the images line up.  Now, it’s not a digital catalog of all the images and documents available at GHS, but it is a work in progress that contains select digitized images of photographs, prints, artifacts, portraits and manuscripts.  You should try it and enter your Georgia address or search for familiar neighborhoods and examples of what life was like in different eras. Continue Reading »

Savannah: Aged Just Like A Fine Wine

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May is the time for the Savannah Preservation Festival and you’re invited to help celebrate the history and preservation of our Hostess City.

Friday, May 18th 6-9PM: Preservation Wine Tour

  This year’s Preservation Wine Tour will be held in private homes situated near Madison Square. These properties have previously received preservation awards from HSF. This event will launch from the Green-Meldrim House. Enjoy boutique wine and food pairings at each of the award-winning properties on tour.

I hope to see you there!

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Land Ho!: Tall Ships Bring High Adventure

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Places to stay in historic Savannah/busybeevacations.comThey’re almost here!  I can’t wait!  There’s something magical about a great adventure on the high seas and the romance of seeing tall ships sailing into Savannah!

It’s always a wonderful time to be in Savannah and the 2012 Savannah Tall Ships Challenge has our historic downtown abuzz with excitement.  You just need to come join us and I just happen to know of a fantastic downtown cottage that’s perfect for you!

The Eugenia Kerr Carriage House offers guests a rare experience to relax in a true historic carriage house and use the main house’s well-manicured courtyard, as well as the balcony overlooking the courtyard.  Our main house fronts Madison Square which features the Historic Pulaski Monument.

Inside the Carriage House you will find a light and bright single room which accommodates separate living and sleeping areas. The canopy bed, with its pillow top Queen mattress, is both romantic and comfortable.  All of our bedding and linens are 100% cotton and we do have extra pillows and blankets for our two twin beds (the day bed has a trundle pull-out underneath). The day bed also serves as extra seating.

Upon walking upstairs from the ground level foyer, you will notice a single French door leading Continue Reading »

It’s Hip To Be Square: Welcome, Mr. President

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Savannah has so much interesting history and I love to learn more about it every day.  I sometimes just pick out a square to visit and something new is revealed to me every time.  Today, it’s Washington Square.

Built in 1790, one of the newer squares was added and originally named for the trustees of Oglethorpe’s colony.  The thinking was that this square would be a test plot for a variety of cash crops for the new colony.  These crops included mulberry (for silkworms), hemp and indigo, but most of these experiments were unsuccessful.  In 1791, George Washington, the first President of the United States, visited Savannah and the Trustees Square was renamed in his honor.  The new Washington Square is one of only two  squares named to honor a then-living person.

For a time, it was tradition to celebrate New Year’s Eve with a massive bonfire in Washington Square, but logically, the practice of lighting fires in a busy downtown area was discontinued by the 1950’s.  Washington Square is one of  the four that now comprise the northeastern quadrant of the Historic District. The new wards added in the 1790’s are slightly narrower east-to-west than the original six, due to space restrictions.

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The Hampton Lilibridge House is also said to have paranormal activity.

The streets around Washington Square are great places to see some of the most interesting examples of architecture in Savannah.  On East Bryan Street are two-story row houses built in 1892 in what is known as the Carpenter-Italianate style.  Around the corner on Price Street are homes  which feature a double gallery – a design feature which was not common to Savannah.  At 507 East St., Julian Street is a post-colonial house.  It was built for Hamton Lillibridge and is Georgian in style.  There have been many reports of paranormal activity here throughout its history.

Visiting our squares is one of my favorite ways to enjoy Savannah and you can, too!  Just give me a call and I’ll help you choose just the right historic home for your visit.  And, the Savannah Tall Ships will soon be here, so you can stay downtown for the best views of the ships!

Oh, Happy Day!

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My little “happy” for my Busy Bee friends is a glimpse of spring courtesy of the 2012 Tour of Homes that just happend last Thursday through Sunday in various private homes & gardens in the Landmark, Victorian, & Ardsley Park Historic Districts.

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For those of you who did not make it, the 2013 Tour will be March 21-24th 2013! Make sure to check back with Busy Bee for ticket giveaways!