Monday, January 25, 2010

Behind A Garden Wall: The 75th Annual Savannah Tour Of Homes And Gardens

As a native Savannahian, I'm writing this because I love my hometown and I want to share it with you.

Since 1935, The Savannah Tour Of Homes and Gardens has presented visitors very special opportunities to appreciate some of Savannah's finest private residences.  Treasures rarely seen by others than family and friends are displayed to the public for a few days in March.  Guests from around the world enjoy some of the finest hospitality in the Deep South.

Savannah, GA was founded in 1733 by General James Oglethorpe and designed around a well-ordered grid plan featuring homes, businesses and churches built around public squares at regular intervals along broad avenues and peaceful streets.  The design allowed neighborhoods, known as wards, to develop for the benefit of all.  Originally, the squares provided for important public gatherings.  Today, they afford scenic places for relaxation and reflection enjoyed by guests and residents alike.

Savannah is home to the largest urban landmark historic district in this country.  Within the 2.5 square mile area, you'll find a well-preserved graceful city with some of the most beautiful homes and gardens anywhere.  Thanks to over fifty years of careful preservation, most of the squares and architectural treasures still exist.

This year, the 75th Annual Tour is scheduled from March 25 - 28.  Though the peak of the azalea bloom is usually difficult to predict, you can be sure that the squares, parks and gardens will be breathtaking.  Each day, a different historic District of the city is featured.  On Thursday, the Northeast District is featured.  Some of the earliest homes are there, dating back to 1789.  On Friday, tours are arranged for homes in the Southeast District, featuring sites adorned with wrought iron and other beautiful architectural details.  Tours of other wonderful districts are scheduled for the remaining days.  In addition, educational seminars and workshops, featured restaurants and events are thoughtfully arranged.

The Savannah Tour of Homes is co-sponsored by the Women of Christ Church and The Historic Savannah Foundation.  Christ Church, the Mother Church of Georgia, was founded in 1733 by General Oglethorpe.  Worship services have been held at Christ Church on the same site overlooking Johnson Square for over 275 years.  In 1976, The Historic Savannah Foundation joined with the church to promote the unique architecture of the city.

"The Tour" is reason enough to visit Savannah, but the Savannah Music Festival, scheduled for March 18 through April 3, 2010, presents even more delights.  You can fill your days and nights with the sights, sounds and tastes of Savannah during those two and a half weeks for the most memorable days of your year.

Savannah offers very comfortable accommodations.  Savannah Tour of Homes suggests several fine hotels and B&Bs that are located in or near the Historic District.

I can not begin to give you an adequate description of all that awaits you.  To learn more, please follow the links highlighted.  These are very special opportunities that fill quickly, so you should reserve early.  I hope you will join us.

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