Saturday, March 14, 2015

The 80th Annual Savannah Tour of Homes

The Gingerbread House aka Asendorf House c. 1899


The 80th Annual Savannah Tour of Homes and Gardens is practically upon us. Beginning March 26, the Tour will open more doors to some of Savannah's loveliest residences for four wonderful days. Come and enjoy Savannah's Historic Landmarks.

Though The Gingerbread House (pictured above) is not included in the tour, you'll enjoy a wonderfully rich experience visiting historic homes and gardens around some of Savannah's most notable squares.

The Savannah Tour of Homes and Gardens will begin Thursday at 5:30pm with a Welcome Reception in Chippewa Square followed by a Worship Service at The Independent Presbyterian Church at 207 Bull Street. Worship ends at 7:00pm.

Each day presents a new tour and special events. On Thursday, a self-guided walking tour explores the Southeast Historic Landmark District including Calhoun and Whitefield Squares. You'll be surrounded by 200 years of history, intricate wrought-iron, wide sidewalks and well-groomed tree lawns. Ornate mansions, row houses and simple duplexes nestle together, their architectural styles including Romanesque, Victorian and Italianate.

Friday's walking tour meanders through the Northeast Historic Landmark District including Washington, Warren and Columbia Squares. Here you'll find some of Savannah's earliest homes dating from the 18th century. Spared by fires that devastated other parts of Savannah, smaller homes constructed of wood and Savannah Gray brick present a cozy, charming atmosphere.

On Saturday, you'll explore the Southwest Historic Landmark District surrounding Madison, Monterey and Chatham Squares. This area dates from the 19th century Cotton era. Wide, oak-canopied streets, row houses and magnificent Forsyth Park make the day very special. Small shops filled with unique designs provide for a lot of shopping.

Sunday's tour includes the Ardsley Park - Chatham Crescent District. Developed around 1910, the district is one of the first automobile subdivisions in America. Broad, shaded avenues, circular and crescent-shaped parks, a grand mall and eclectic architectural styles characterize the district.

All four days are packed with special events including seminars on gardening, historic preservation, antiques and design. Lunch will be served in some of Savannah's most famous restaurants, or catered by our best chefs.

Take time for Sunday worship in one of Savannah's grand downtown churches. I recommend The Independent Presbyterian Church or Christ Church Anglican, founded in 1733 with the establishment of the Georgia colony, now meeting in its new home at 2020 Bull Street, on the corner of Bull and 37th.

Christ Church Anglican also presents Compline - Saying Good Night to God (Gregorian Chant by Candle Light) from 9:00pm to 9:30pm. Compline in the Anglican Church is in the Christian monastic tradition, the last service of the day, invoking God's peace and protection for the night. Compline at Christ Church Anglican is held on Sunday nights.

For event details and ticket information, visit The Savannah Tour of Homes and Gardens web site.

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