Green Palm Inn

548 East President Street, Savannah, Georgia 31401
Innkeeper(s): Diane McCray

Trending In Savannah: March Brings Irish Stories, Wit, Song and Food Inspired from Ireland for St. Patrick’s Feast and Parade 14 Feb 2017, 2:36 pm

Irish St Patrick's Savannah GA | Photo courtesy Sandy Traub

Kiss Me I’m Irish hat for St. Patrick’s Day in Savannah Georgia USA | #stpatricksday #stpats #savstpats #irish

SAVANNAH, Georgia — On trend in Savannah during March each year is the festive and dominant color — GREEN! Irish Heritage Month is celebrated in America during March to coincide with Saint Patrick’s Day, the Irish national holiday and St. Patrick’s Feast.

Enjoy Irish song and music! Take in the Celtic Woman Tour in concert, March 14, 2017, at Savannah Civic Center. #CelticWoman

Green donuts at Savannah bakery - Baker's Pride

Green donuts at Baker’s Pride Bakery in Savannah Georgia USA only on March 17 each year. #savstpats

In Savannah’s southern city of evergreen forests, and green landscapes, is it possible to become even more green during the month of March?

Yes! Green is on trend in Savannah attire, as well as for food — green grits, green donuts, and green raisen sticks!

No other day is more green than the popular Savannah St. Patrick’s Day! The popular hashtag is #savstpats on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. It appears that nearly everyone becomes Irish for a day, at least during the St. Patrick’s Day Parade that happens in 2017 on March 17.  It’s a Savannah tradition you don’t want to miss! (** Check out it’s beginning dates, noted below. **)

Tip! It’s some say St. Paddy’s Day, some St. Patty’s Day. #StPaddy is correct. #StPatricksDay #StPats #sav #IrishforaDay #shamrock #kissmeImIrish #Irish #blessed #luckoftheirish #savannah #savethedate #travel

Featured ice cream flavors during March at the always on trend, and phenomenally popular Leopold’s Ice Cream (212 E. Broughton St.) are Guinness (1-17th) and Thin Mints and Cream. 

The farm-to-table and day-boat seafood are popular in our favorite Savannah eateries.  Travelers will discover more Irish food is featured on restaurant and cafe menus, plus some Savannah bed and breakfasts — Colcannon, Banger Sausage, Irish Coffee, Corned Beef Sandwiches, Biscuits (cookies), Irish Stew, Beef Stew, Mashed Potatoes, Irish Soda Bread, Potato Soup, and Potatoes Cooked in their jackets served with plenty of Irish butter!  Here’s a link we adore to Ballymaloe recipes in Ireland, if you are cooking for an Irish party fare at your place.

The city fountains run green, complimenting the color-rich garden landscapes. Irish wit and Irish laughter douse the conversations at jovial to solemn events. Irish is the music of choice, especially at Kevin Barry’s Irish Pub (17 West River Street).

AN IRISH STORY: MAJOR JOHN FOLEY, AN IRISH IMMIGRANT TO AMERICA.

Foley began life in the USA (1836) as an Irish workman, helping to build the Central of Georgia Railroad. At the time of his death (1881), he was the 7th president of the prominent Hiberian Society, comprised of Irishmen in Savannah who hosted U.S. Presidents for St. Patrick’s Feasts, usually on March 17. 

Like so many Irish immigrants, John Foley arrived in Savannah by way of London, seeking work in America. In Ireland, families were dying from the potato famine. Living among African workers in the poorer district in east Savannah, Foley like so many Irishmen and women rose from the ranks of humble workers to become prominent community leaders. The Savannah biography of prominent Irishman, Major John Foley by Glenn Carey Godbee, published by Armstrong State College is one example.* (See below)

From Irishman Major John Foley’s biography, we share a new Savannah itinerary of Irish places of interest in Savannah.

Emmet Park near Savannah River | Photo courtesy Sandy Traub to Green Palm Inn

Irish Celtic Cross is located in Emmet Park downtown Savannah GA on Bay Street near the Savannah River. Photo: Courtesy to Green Palm Inn from Sandy Traub 2017

Bay Street. Visit Emmet Park on east Bay Street. John Foley owned a liquor beverage shop on Bay Street. | Once known as the Strand and later as “Irish Green” because of its proximity to the Irish residents of Savannah’s Old Fort neighborhood, this park was renamed in 1902 for the Irish patriot Robert Emmet (1778-1803) to commemorate the centennial of his death. The Celtic Cross monument is in Emmet Park. Emmet Park remains an important center of ceremonial congregation for Savannahians of Irish descent, and a popular spot to watch the St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 17!

Christ Church (28 Bull Street), overlooking Johnson Square. Major John Foley was Episcopalian. | Christ Church was the first house of worship in the colony of Georgia and was founded in 1733 with the establishment of the colony. “Before the American Revolution (1775-83) members of the Anglican Church, or Church of England, composed the largest and most influential religious group in Georgia, having been instrumental in the founding of the colony. In 1789 American Anglicans, including those in Georgia, formally reconstituted themselves as the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America.” Source: Georgia Encyclopedia

Greene Ward / Greene Square where Green Palm Inn (548 East President St.) is located. In his will, Major Foley bequeathed two houses and lots in Greene Ward to his nurse, Henrietta Cooper.  | “Greene Ward was laid out in 1799, as part of the second expansion of the city. To fit in the area allocated for it in the City Common, the width of the ward was reduced, resulting in a narrow Oglethorpe plan formula, complete with a central square, trust lots and tything lots.”

Irish food for St Patrick's Day in Savannah Georgia USA | Photo Green Palm Inn

St Patrick’s Day Irish food at Green Palm Inn bed and breakfast in Savannah GA USA

“Greene Ward and Square, named in May 1799, honor General Nathanael Greene (1742-1786) of Rhode Island. Washington’s Chief of Staff in the Revolution, he was in Georgia at the close of the War. ” Source: Virtual Historic Savannah Project, SCAD

Laurel Grove Cemetery (802 West Anderson St.).  Major John Foley was buried in 1881, lot 1882. | Although planned as early as 1818, Laurel Grove first opened for burials in 1853. Famous people who are buried in Laurel Grove include James Moore Wayne, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States; James Lord Pierpont, writer and composer of the song Jingle Bells; Juliette Gordon Low, founder of the Girl Scouts of the USA; Florence Martus, nicknamed “the Waving Girl”, the unofficial greeter of all ships that entered and left the Port of Savannah; and 600 Confederate soldiers who died in the Battle of Gettsyburg.

Bonaventure Cemetery (330 Bonaventure Rd.) “The only road that was ever known to carry a man beyond the cemetery. (The streetcar passed Bonaventure Cemetery in route to Thunderbolt.) — Source: Major John Foley biography, Armstrong State College.

A Savannah picnic in Laurel Grove Cemetery

A unique Savannah tip from Green Palm Inn: “Picnic in Laurel Grove Cemetery,” says innkeeper Diane McCray Crews.

“Bonaventure to me is one of the most impressive assemblages of animal and plant creatures I ever met. I was fresh from the Western prairies, the garden-like openings of Wisconsin, the beech and maple and oak woods of Indiana and Kentucky, the dark mysterious Savannah cypress forests; but never since I was allowed to walk the woods have I found so impressive a company of trees as the tillandsia-draped oaks of Bonaventure.”

“I gazed awe-stricken as one new-arrived from another world. Bonaventure is called a graveyard, a town of the dead, but the few graves are powerless in such a depth of life. The rippling of living waters, the song of birds, the joyous confidence of flowers, the calm, undisturbable grandeur of the oaks, mark this place of graves as one of the Lord’s most favored abodes of life and light.” – “Camping in the Tombs,” from A Thousand Mile Walk, John Muir (1867)

Town of Thunderbolt (2821 River Drive2821 River Drive, Thunderbolt).  In the narrative of Major John Foley, the Coastline Railroad streetcar traveled from Savannah to Thunderbolt, a small town village on the Wilmington River and Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. | Main street Thunderbolt is a short walk that parallels the Wilmington River, showcasing yachts, boats, and commercial fish endeavors. One of Diane and Gary’s favorite casual-as-they-can-be supper spots — seafood served on newspaper — is Despositos (187 Macceo Dr.), located just across the Thunderbolt Bridge.

Thunderbolt was a settlement which evolved into a shipping point for local plantation needs which also serviced the river traffic. In 1856, the Town of Thunderbolt was incorporated as Warsaw and then began its history as a processing port for the fishing community. In 1890, Georgia State College was founded for the education of African Americans. This college continues to be a historically black institution and is known today as Savannah State University.

In 1921, Warsaw’s name was restored to Thunderbolt and the seafood processing continued to play a large part in this community’s development. In 1939, yacht racing became popular and saw the construction of a yacht basin.” – Source: ThunderboltGA.org

Sgt Jasper soldier monument | Photo: Library of Congress

Jasper monument in Madison Square downtown Savannah GA – Irish Jasper Greens military unit is named to honor Sgt. Jasper, a Revolutionary War hero.

Jasper Monument in Madison Square (intersection of Bull and East Macon Streets), for whom the Irish Jasper Greens military unit are named.  Major John Foley was enlisted in the Jasper Greens.

Columbia Square.  Major John Foley’s grocery store was located on the northwest, facing Columbia Square. | The William Kehoe House and another Kehoe mansion were built by the successful Irishman and iron magnate on Columbia Square.  At the age of 9, William Kehoe’s family had left the famine and depression of Ireland. They arrived in Savannah, known to be a town where the Irish were not discriminated. Columbia Square was laid out in 1799 and is named for Columbia, the poetic personification of the United States. It is located on Habersham, between State and York Streets. Immediately west of Columbia Square was located Bethesda Gate, one of the six entrances into the town.

Facing it on the north is the “Davenport House,” one of the handsomest examples of Georgian architecture in the South. This finely proportioned dwelling, completed in 1820 was designed and built by its owner, Isaiah Davenport (1784-1827), one of Savannah´s outstanding builder-architects. In 1956 the “Davenport House” was restored by Historic Savannah Foundation as the first preservation project of that organization. In the center of the square is a fountain that formerly stood at Wormsloe, the estate of Noble Jones, one of Georgia’s first settlers.

Marshall House. Major Foley would choose leisure at Marshall House. | A restaurant in the Marshall House row, 45 Bistro (123 East Broughton St.) is a supper-only upscale eatery, serving new American entrees & wood-fired pizzas in an old-world setting dating from 1852. A convenient spot to dine when attending events, like Savannah Music Festival (March 23 -April 8, 2017), Savannah Film Festival (October 28 -November 4, 2017), or movies / shows at the historic Lucas Theatre and SCAD’s Trustee Theatre.

* MAJOR JOHN FOLEY (1813 – 1881).  The Foley family motto is “Ut Prosim”, translated “That I may be of use”.

We learn of his familiar path to Savannah from southwest Ireland near the Atlantic Ocean — Ballinclave (also Ballintlieve townland), Kerry County, Ireland. In 1881, Major Foley’s brother, Patrick Foley lived in Tipperary, a name familiar from the World War I song, “It’s a long long way to Tipperary“.

Former U.S. Ronald Reagan traces his family back to Ballyporeen in the south of the Tipperary County.

Savannah Celtic Cross | Photo courtesy Mike Jung

Irish Celtic Cross, located in Emmet Park downtown Savannah on east Bay Street. Photo: Mike Jung. Used with permission.

John Foley arrived in Savannah (1836), and worked with other laborers to construct the Central of Georgia Railroad. From 1840 he was a successful grocery store merchant on Columbia Square. He became a member of the prestigious Hibernian Society (1844), joined the Jasper Greens military unit (1845), was a Freemason (from 1851), served for a time enlisted in the Confederate cause of the Civil War, then later served as a “home guard” volunteer and medical aid (listed on Savannah Roll of Honor). During retirement periods, Foley would leisure at The Marshall House. In 1873 Foley became president of the Coastline Railroad, a local streetcar route that traveled from downtown Savannah to the town of Thunderbolt on the Wilmington River.

Earlier in the year, before his death in September 1881, he was voted the seventh president of the Hibernian Society. Major Foley’s funeral was conducted by Rev. Thomas Boone of Christ Church (Johnson Square). Foley is buried in Laurel Grove Cemetery, Lot 1882. The beneficiary of his estate, valued at $50,000, went to his brother Patrick Foley in Tiperary, Ireland.

Another Irishman, James Doolan, purchased Major Foley’s home, located at 417 East York Street.  Interestingly, Green Palm Inn purchases its custom mattresses from James R. Dooner Mattress Store, surely a descendant of another Irishmany, Lt. James Dooner of the Irish James Greens (organized February 22, 1843).

** ST. PATRICK’S DAY CELEBRATION IN SAVANNAH (beginnings):

  • 1812: Hibernian Society of Savannah formed by 13 Irish Protestants to help needy Irish immigrants.
  • March 17, 1813: First private observance of St. Patrick’s Day in Savannah by the Hibernians.
  • March 17, 1818: Parade by the “Fencibles” (defense force), an unidentified group.
  • March 17, 1824: First public procession by the Hibernian Society.
  • 1830: First time no parade was held. The Hibernians did meet and have their annual meeting.

ABOUT GREEN PALM INN
Featured on Wheel of Fortune, Innkeeper/co-owner Diane McCray Crews touts Green Palm Inn (circa 1897) as “The Softer Side of Savannah”. Originally sea captain cottages, the four-room Gingerbread Classic B&B shares cottage-inn comforts in the quiet of Greene Square’s residential neighborhood in the National Landmark Historic District. Fodor’s guide calls Green Palm Inn a “pleasing little discovery” and “a little gem of an inn”. BedandBreakfast.com named the cottage B&B a top pick for a holiday trip – “Top 10 B&Bs for the Holidays, 2011″. For more information: GreenPalmInn.com; Email GreenPalmInn@aol.com, telephone toll free in USA 888/606-9510, local and international 912/447-8901, 548 East President Street, Savannah, GA USA 31401. Twitter @GreenPalmInn, Facebook, and Pinterest.

Copyright © 2017 Green Palm Inn

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Friendly Stay In Savannah From Tourism Insider! Smiles, Cookies, Book Festival, And More Things to Do 28 Jan 2017, 8:03 am

SAVANNAH, Georgia — Savannah tourism star, Green Palm Inn introduces you to a friendly stay in Savannah, plus shares added stories — 1920’s “National Smile Week”, Girl Scout Cookie® sales, and little things you might miss to do in Savannah in February – March 2017, like “Savannah Smiles” Girl Scout cookies!

Did you know? “National Smile Week”* was a great idea in the 1920s, half a century before commercial artist Harvey Ball contributed his smiley face ☺, the symbol of “World Smile Day“, which is celebrated in October, annually.

Daisies for Daisies and sweets | Photo (c) Sandy Traub

Savannah Smiles® Girl Scout Cookies® and “Daisies for Daisy”™ — honoring Girl Scout founder, Juliette Gordon Low — photographed at Green Palm Inn, a Savannah, Georgia USA tourism star for cozy, historic Savannah bed and breakfast lodging.

Savannah Girl Scouts (circa 1923) celebrated “Smile Day“, too. At the link (page 38), you’ll see a photo of Savannah scouts in front of Savannah City Hall, holding cookie sale posters. That same year baseball great George Herman “Babe” Ruth (1895-1948) is photographed by AP, helping the Girl Scouts with that same poster, promoting the organization’s new “Million Cookie Drive”.

February and March 2017, get your own Savannah Smiles®!

In 2017, Girl Scouts Celebrate 100 Years of Selling Girl Scout Cookies®. Yes, the famous cookies are on sale now!

Innkeeper Diane Crews is a Girl Scout alumna, so you’ll find plenty of help from her locating the delectable cookies near this historic Savannah inn! Meanwhile, here’s a link to find the cookies. 

One hundred years ago, in 1917 Girl Scouts in Oklahoma began home baking sugar cookies and selling them “as a way to finance troop activities”. The original recipe is at the above link.

Girl Scout Savannah Smiles Cookies and Daisies for Daisy| Photo courtesy Sandy Traub

Green Palm Inn bed and breakfast features Savannah Smiles Girl Scout cookies during Savannah Cookie Sale.

Green Palm Inn bed and breakfast features “Savannah Smiles” Girl Scout cookies during Savannah Cookie Sale. Photographed at the famous Leopold’s Ice Cream in downtown Savannah. Photo courtesy: Sandy Traub

In 2009 Girl Scouts presented a new cookie, baked into the shape of a smile — “Savannah Smiles®“, called “Lemonade” in some distribution areas. We’ve read also that there was another cookie, which was originally named for founder Juliette Gordon Low’s hometown — “Savannahs”. Today they are called “Peanut Butter Sandwich” or Do-si-dos®).

Add more of your own smiles in friendly Savannah, with the entertainment — a winner, too! 

Winner [This could describe Savannah, GA!]
“Why is she so popular?”
“Well, she’s a old-fashioned girl in new fashioned clothes.”
— The Judge, Volume 82, c. 1923

  • January 27 – February 4, 2017:  The Piano Men at Savannah Theatre, Chippewa Square.
  • February 3 – 5, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM: Colonial Faire and Muster at Wormsloe State Park
  • February  10 – 12: I Love You. You’re Perfect. Now Change musical, Savannah Theatre
  • February 16-19: Savannah Book Festival
  • February 21 -24, 2017: SCAD presents deFINE ART 2017, fine art exhibitions, lectures, performances + public events.
  • February 25: Joe Bonamassa, Savannah Civic Ctr.
  • February 29: Davenport Soiree at Elizabeth on 37th
  • March 3, Friday: STYX, 8 p.m.
  • March 4: European Enigma by Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra, Lucas Theatre
  • March 9: The Harlem Globetrotters 2017 World Tours, 7 p.m.
  • March 9-11: Stopover Festival (music)
  • March 10, Friday: Chaka Khan, 8 p.m.
  • March 14, Tuesday: Celtic Women, 7 p.m.
  • March 17: St. Patrick’s Day Parade
  • March 20, Monday: The Ten Tenors, 7 p.m.
  • March 22, Wednesday: Price Is Right Live, 7:30 p.m.
  • March 23 – 26: Savannah Tour of Homes and Gardens
  • March 23 – April 8: Savannah Music Festival

Savannah tourism star Diane’s late winter special deal for lodging and generous amenities at the historic inn is exclusively for Sunday through Thursday stay only through February 9, 2017.  Book 2 nights and get the 3rd night free — all dates between Sunday through Thursday. #smileweek #weekday #travel

Located in the downtown Savannah historic district on Greene Square, the popular and cozy inn’s rates are $179 to $209, per night, plus tax.

ABOUT GREEN PALM INN
Featured on Wheel of Fortune, Innkeeper/co-owner Diane McCray Crews touts Green Palm Inn (circa 1897) as “The Softer Side of Savannah”. Originally sea captain cottages, the four-room Gingerbread Classic B&B shares cottage-inn comforts in the quiet of Greene Square’s residential neighborhood in the National Landmark Historic District. Fodor’s guide calls Green Palm Inn a “pleasing little discovery” and “a little gem of an inn”. BedandBreakfast.com named the cottage B&B a top pick for a holiday trip – “Top 10 B&Bs for the Holidays, 2011″. For more information: GreenPalmInn.com; Email GreenPalmInn@aol.com, telephone toll free in USA 888/606-9510, local and international 912/447-8901, 548 East President Street, Savannah, GA USA 31401. Twitter @GreenPalmInn, Facebook, and Pinterest. #softersideofsavannah #softerside #friendly #smile

Copyright © 2017 Green Palm Inn | “Daisies for Daisy”™ is creative property of Sandy Traub, Savannah GA USA.

*Note: In the 1920’s The Judge magazine encouraged women’s clubs and chambers of commerce to promote “National Smile Week“*.  Humor in entertainment, drama and literature were encouraged.

Fitzgerald, Georgia’s Chamber of Commerce responded in 1923, saying they would take part in National Smile Week. “… If the world ever did need the smiling countenances of men, it is now when people need so much to be cheered up.”

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First Port of Call: Savannah. First Point of Call: Green Palm Inn’s Cozy Lodging 17 Jan 2017, 9:03 am

Savannah Tall Ships

Tall ship masts were as a forest in the Port of Savannah as early as the 1800s. Source: “Savannah in the Old South” by Walter Jr. Fraser Jr.

SAVANNAH, Georgia — The Port of Savannah’s competitiveness  strives to be known as the “first port”* — the first port of call for inbound ships, arriving in the United States of America with loads of goods from world ports.  That’s the reality during the 18th and 19th century days of sailing ships and in today’s commercial, international shipping.

That eagerness by Savannah, Georgia, to be “first port” holds true for USA tourism as well!

One unique vantage point comes from one Savannah traveler, OxleysAdventures. He shares a narrative of a Savannah visit, arriving by freighter, awaiting the pilot and tug, which pushes the freighter to it’s final destination.  Plus, he shares Savannah points of interest during his port call experience.  You may enjoy reading those insights.

Green Palm Inn is an ideal first point of call during your Savannah visit.  From this popular Savannah bed and breakfast your things to do, places to go or eat, including festival and events, are your call!  Innkeeper Diane McCray Crews is a Savannah tourism star, and fabulous source for Savannah insider information to enjoy the best of Savannah.

An aromatic, gourmand’s breakfast will be a tantalizing wake up call during each day of your stay at this popular Savannah bed and breakfast. Afternoon desserts, and evening wine with homemade hors d’oeuvres set the pace for a social supper in one of Savannah’s chic cafes or farm to table restaurants.

Friendly Savannah GA. Photo Dave Tuttle. Used with Permission.

Friendly Savannah GA – Savannah river walk plaza, along the Savannah River

Savannah Insider’s Tip (Folks named Nichols own and run the popular Crystal Beer Parlor, a must-dine eatery!) —
“Abram Nichols was the first port warden of Savannah, was a member of the first board of fire commissioners, and was the commander of a mosquito fleet, fitted out in Savannah, and sent to Tybee island during the War of 1812 to protect Savannah from an invasion by the British fleet.  He was the father of two sons and one daughter, George Nicoll Nichols, being the eldest son and the younger Edward Tattnall Nichols, who died in 1888, having achieved the rank of rear admiral of the United States Navy.” — Source: “A History of Savannah and South Georgia” by William Harden

When you’re ready to call it a day, your private bath and cozy lodging accommodations await!

Diane McCray Crews, a Savannah tourism star and innkeeper at Green Palm Inn will have more Savannah insider tips and recommendations for overnight guests, based on your interests. Come! Enjoy Savannah your way! Just ask Diane when you book your historic Savannah inn lodging at Green Palm Inn.

ABOUT GREEN PALM INN
Featured on Wheel of Fortune, Innkeeper/co-owner Diane McCray Crews touts Green Palm Inn (circa 1897) as “The Softer Side of Savannah”. Originally sea captain cottages, the four-room Gingerbread Classic B&B shares cottage-inn comforts in the quiet of Greene Square’s residential neighborhood in the National Landmark Historic District. Fodor’s guide calls Green Palm Inn a “pleasing little discovery” and “a little gem of an inn”. BedandBreakfast.com named the cottage B&B a top pick for a holiday trip – “Top 10 B&Bs for the Holidays, 2011″. For more information: GreenPalmInn.com; Email GreenPalmInn@aol.com, telephone toll free in USA 888/606-9510, local and international 912/447-8901, 548 East President Street, Savannah, GA USA 31401. Twitter @GreenPalmInn, Facebook, and Pinterest.

Copyright © 2017 Green Palm Inn

* Source: The National Trust Guide to Savannah by Roulhac Toledano”

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17 Best Savannah Weekday Tips For Winter Getaway 2017 From Green Palm Inn 3 Jan 2017, 5:04 am

SAVANNAH, Georgia — Affordable travel is quite the buzz! Savannah tourism star and Green Palm Inn’s innkeeper says, “Get away for affordable Savannah weekday travel. A midweek travel getaway or a Sunday through Thursday vacation in Savannah finds the city less crowded.”

Savannah camellia is winter vacation highlight | Photo (c) Sandy Traub

Evergreen and colorful Savannah winter getaway features camellias in Savannah gardens and public landscapes.

The popular Savannah bed and breakfast innkeeper points to 17 Best Savannah Weekday Tips for economical weekdays travel in Savannah, Georgia. She includes a winter lodging deal at the popular cozy historic inn.

  1. You’ll love our cozy Savannah inn’s lodging deal! Exclusively for Sunday through Thursday stay at Green Palm Inn between January 15, 2017 – February 9, 2017. Book 2 nights and get the 3rd night free — all dates between Sunday through Thursday.
  2. Be in Savannah for Georgia History Festival’s Super Museum Sunday, February 5, 2017. Admission to a wide range of museums and historic sites is free — 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  3. A hidden gem is Betty Bombers All American Eatery features fresh ingredients and our favorite burger! With the feel of a World War II canteen style cafe, Betty Bombers is located in the original Mighty Eighty Air Force building, now the American Legion located just north of Forsyth Park on Bull Street.
  4. To discover cheap airfare to Savannah, set up an alert on AirFareWatchdog.com. There are seven airlines flying into Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport.  with 22 direct flights.  Want to keep Savannah on your desktop mind? Download 2017 Savannah airport desktop calendars (free).
  5. Excellent and thrifty Groupon deal to El Gre Fine Fusion (special sale ends January 2, 2017) extends offers for weekday deal for 1 or weekday deal for two.  If you miss the deal, we recommend an affordable and amazingly delightful early 11:30a or late 2p lunch at The Vault, owned by the same folks.
  6. City parking meters are free after 5:00 p.m. weekdays, Monday – Thursday, plus city authorized holidays (listed at this link). This includes on the riverfront. Also, a DOT Express Shuttle is free, serving 12 stops in the historic district. The closest stop to Green Palm Inn is St. Julian and East Broad. (see schedule)
  7. Thursday, February 2, plus February 3 and 4, 2017, The Piano Men at the historic Savannah Theatre.
  8. Groove into the local preservation enthusiast’s scene! Sunday, February 19, 2017, take part in something new — The Davenport Soirée! Join with Savannah locals and international travelers for an afternoon of music, fine spirits, amusements, and delicious food at the beautiful Elizabeth on 37th (one of Savannah’s best fine dining restaurants)!
  9. Cheese Board and Champagne Cocktails at Lulu’s Chocolate Bar. Winner of Best Overall Cheese Board 2015! Gourmet cheeses served with crackers, fresh fruit, glazed nuts, and fruit. Plus weekday discounts! Monday/Thursday Special: $5 Champagne Cocktails; reduced price specials during Happy Hour all night Wednesdays; Happy Hour Monday thru Saturday 5 to 8pm. $2 off martinis, $3 wells, free cookie bites!
  10. Flying Fish Bar and Grill. A budget-friendly $6.95 lunch special every weekday at this popular Wilmington Island casual spot. The owner formerly was kitchen manager for the famous Williams Seafood Restaurant on Highway 80 in route to Tybee Island, GA.
  11. Take advantage of multiple museum admission passes! Pay admission to one Telfair Museum, and you’ve earned free admission to all three, valid for entrance within one week. Purchase a “Pioneers in Preservation Triple Pass” to visit three of Savannah historic house museums: Andrew Low House, the Davenport House Museum and the Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum.
  12. Don’t wait until February to celebrate Black Heritage. Get off the beaten path to visit the Gullah/Geechee heritage along Johnny Mercer’s real “Moon River” with a visit to Pin Point Heritage Museum (open Thursday – Saturday). Plus, purchase fine art at Samantha Claar’s Gullah Gallery in City Market. Here’s a link for 10% off art purchase at Samantha Claar’s gallery.
  13. Take advantage of Old Town Trolley Tour’s “Hometown Pass“, available to all residents of Bryan, Effingham, Liberty & Chatham counties in Georgia and Jasper County and Beaufort County in South Carolina.  Some of the tours and attractions for FREE when accompanied by a full fare adult paid guest.  Check link for full details.
  14. Walk Tybee Island beach or kayak the waterways of Tybee Island and Little Tybee Island and Savannah, Georgia.  Ask about 3 hour winter tour (11a-2p) with Sea Kayak Georgia.
  15. Check your travel dates on the Savannah Music Festival calendar — March 23 – April 8, 2017. Several discount bundles are available for purchase.
  16. Exclusive to Green Palm Inn guests, Diane shares her private key to one of Savannah’s most private clubs — a Savannah Speakeasy, Mata Hari. 
  17. Things to do coupon discounts — haunted and walking tours, private boat trips, museum entrance and more! 25 MORE free things to do are listed at SouthernSavers.com here

Diane McCray Crews, a Savannah tourism star and innkeeper at Green Palm Inn will have more Savannah insider tips and recommendations for overnight guests, based on your interests. Just ask when your book your historic Savannah inn lodging at Green Palm Inn.

ABOUT GREEN PALM INN
Featured on Wheel of Fortune, Innkeeper/co-owner Diane McCray Crews touts Green Palm Inn (circa 1897) as “The Softer Side of Savannah”. Originally sea captain cottages, the four-room Gingerbread Classic B&B shares cottage-inn comforts in the quiet of Greene Square’s residential neighborhood in the National Landmark Historic District. Fodor’s guide calls Green Palm Inn a “pleasing little discovery” and “a little gem of an inn”. BedandBreakfast.com named the cottage B&B a top pick for a holiday trip – “Top 10 B&Bs for the Holidays, 2011″. For more information: GreenPalmInn.com; Email GreenPalmInn@aol.com, telephone toll free in USA 888/606-9510, local and international 912/447-8901, 548 East President Street, Savannah, GA USA 31401. Twitter @GreenPalmInn, Facebook, and Pinterest.

Copyright © 2017 Green Palm Inn

 

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Girls, Get Away to Friendly Savannah For A New Year’s Refresh! Fresh Ideas from Green Palm Inn 20 Dec 2016, 10:09 am

SAVANNAH, Georgia — Eager for a few affordable, crazy-fun girl days + girls’ night outs after the New Year? Get away to refresh amid the local charm of cozy Green Palm Inn’s bed and breakfast in the Savannah historic district.

Kick back, savor an afternoon tea party, mosey about the walkable town under tree canopies, and learn a few tricks from a gourmet chef (but only if being in the kitchen is part of your play agenda).

Unique Savannah Places include Marc Jacobs | Photo -c- Green Palm Inn

“Just say yes!” is a cue to get away for unique new year’s travel getaways in Savannah Georgia, according to Green Palm Inn’s Diane Crews.

Savannah is a girl’s place! … that the women share her with men. Lodging, too, is  friendly here at Green Palm Inn. Hang with the foodies, and the most delightful surrogate aunt you’ll find here!

Called “The Sweetheart of the South,” Savannah has so much depth and three-dimensional appeal that “she” has been given a persona and described by “her” locals as a demure Southern belle with a vampish, dirty secret. — TurnerSouth

Ready for a welcoming Savannah New Year’s refresh in welcoming Savannah, Georgia?

In a recent Instagram we spotted an out-of-towner, expressing joy when walking in Forsyth Park, having folks passing by — total strangers! — say, “Good morning”. Tara from North Carolina says, “People are so friendly, laid back, warm and welcoming….”

Savannah’s a gorgeous, richly historic Southern belle — with a decidedly decadent, free-spirited edge. — Expedia.com

Take advantage of the guilty pleasures! Start with beauty, history, food, and culture.

  1. Sit on a park bench in one of Savannah’s world famous squares. Do absolutely nothing but take in the southern greenery and lush floral colors year around.
  2. Stroll as leisurely as you wish, appreciating the historic district’s architecture. Uniquely, Savannah’s pre-1865 architecture was spared from the ravages of the Civil War. Kevin Saks, New York Times, called Savannah “a preservationist’s wonderland, a city of Old World charm”.
  3. Take time for the sheer pleasure of wandering.
  4. Dine at the local cafes and crazy-fun restaurants that are getting buzz on national food reviews.

Savannah was a different sort of revelation, a city that simply blew me away. I expected fabulous architecture and syrupy Southern atmosphere. But not to such a degree. — Joe Yogerst, The San Diego Union-Tribune

Innkeeper Diane McCray Crews is a tourism star and champion, ready with recommendations for the best of what to do and and the best places to go in and near Savannah, based on each guest’s interests.

Ready to start making your getaway plans today?  With four guest rooms (one room will accommodate 3 guests), you can max out your friends’ reunion here!

Happy New Year!

ABOUT GREEN PALM INN
Featured on Wheel of Fortune, Innkeeper/co-owner Diane McCray Crews touts Green Palm Inn (circa 1897) as “The Softer Side of Savannah”. Originally sea captain cottages, the four-room Gingerbread Classic B&B shares cottage-inn comforts in the quiet of Greene Square’s residential neighborhood in the National Landmark Historic District. Fodor’s guide calls Green Palm Inn a “pleasing little discovery” and “a little gem of an inn”. BedandBreakfast.com named the cottage B&B a top pick for a holiday trip – “Top 10 B&Bs for the Holidays, 2011″. For more information: GreenPalmInn.com; Email GreenPalmInn@aol.com, telephone toll free in USA 888/606-9510, local and international 912/447-8901, 548 East President Street, Savannah, GA USA 31401. Twitter @GreenPalmInn, Facebook Green Palm Inn in Savannah GA USA, and Pinterest.

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Buttery-gold, Winter Holiday Vacation Ideas from Savannah, Georgia Tourism Star Green Palm Inn 19 Nov 2016, 2:12 pm

SAVANNAH, Georgia — Heartfelt, new Savannah discoveries include Julie Child® buttery-gold roses, celebratory decor, and comfort-food holidays. More winter vacation ideas, especially for November and December holidays 2016, are shared by Green Palm Inn, a Savannah tourism star.

Christmas in Savannah | Photo Green Palm Inn bed and breakfast Christmas 2013

Christmas in Savannah at Green Palm Inn welcomes hopeless romantics, travel buffs and empty nesters with holiday desserts and wine by the fireplace.

There’s a generous holiday spirit that embraces the gingerbread cottage of Green Palm Inn, painted buttery-gold. In the stockings from our 2014 Christmas photos are buttery-gold calla lilies.

Home style hearts and hearty, golden gingerbread will be among the decor and food highlights at Green Palm Inn during the winter holidays 2016.

“Sharing the holiday with other people, and feeling that you’re giving
of yourself, gets you past all the commercialism.”   – Caroline Kennedy

Savannah winter travel ideas | Photo (c) Sandy Traub. Used with permission.

Buttery-gold Savannah winter vacation ideas from tourism star Green Palm Inn include Julia Child® Florabunda Rose, seen at the Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens’ rose garden through December, 24, 2016 holiday.

Golden entertainment opportunities abound, especially during Savannah holidays.  The Savannah Box Office is a great place to make a quick check for holiday entertainment at the golden-era Lucas Theatre and SCAD’s Trustees’ Theatre. Top events include the Savannah Philharmonic, Holiday Pops Concert.

The best buttery-golden Southern Pecan Fruit Cake in Savannah is at Two Smart Cookies.

The buttery-gold Savannah Bee Honey is an ideal stocking stuffer for any foodie, especially working on healthy diets.  Imperial Sugar produces Savannah Gold® Free-Flowing Honey Crystals (honey with cane sugar).

Damon Lee Fowler reminds us that “a goodly share of slaves brought into Savannah came from the rice-growing countries of Africa’s Gold Coast“.  Anson Mills shares the classic Savannah Red Rice recipe, which calls for Carolina Gold Rice. The Olde Pink House Restaurant serves the classic dish, along with melt in your mouth She Crab Soup.  Here’s a link to Damon Fowler’s recipe for golden Parmesan Wafers (Biscuits).

Bet you didn’t know, there is a Savannah lineage storyline to Blanche Devereaux (née Hollingsworth), one of the four main fictional characters on the 1985–1992 NBC sitcom “The Golden Girls“. Here’s a couple of fun lines from Blanche:”“I’m from the South. Flirting is part of my heritage.” And, “Crying is for plain women. Pretty women go shopping.”

Southern Pecan Fruit Cake | Photo (c) Sandy Traub. Used with permission

Buttery golden pecans top the Southern Fruit Cake from Two Smart Cookies is a top Savannah holiday tip from Green Palm Inn’s tourism pro, Diane McCray Crews.

Anson Mills tells us, “Sesame seed is a food that was brought to the Americas by African Slaves. In Charleston and Savannah, they’re still called “benne (pronounced ‘bennie’) seeds”, just as the African slaves called them when they brought them here.” Sesame seeds, okra, and cow peas are among more of the crops introduced from Africa.

An easy New Year’s Eve gift idea? Benne Wafer Cookies, made with the sesame (the seed of good luck) from Byrd Cooking Company.

We look forward to seeing and hosting you during the 2016 holidays! Check our late winter deal, if your plans are to getaway in the New Year!  Meanwhile, an Irish prayer, for golden happy hours!

A Wish for a Friend
Wishing you a rainbow
For sunlight after showers—
Miles and miles of Irish smiles
For golden happy hours
Shamrocks at your doorway
For luck and laughter too,
And a host of friends that never ends
Each day your whole life through!

ABOUT GREEN PALM INN
Featured on Wheel of Fortune, Innkeeper/co-owner Diane McCray Crews touts Green Palm Inn (circa 1897) as “The Softer Side of Savannah”. Originally sea captain cottages, the four-room Gingerbread Classic B&B shares cottage-inn comforts in the quiet of Greene Square’s residential neighborhood in the National Landmark Historic District. Fodor’s guide calls Green Palm Inn a “pleasing little discovery” and “a little gem of an inn”. BedandBreakfast.com named the cottage B&B a top pick for a holiday trip – “Top 10 B&Bs for the Holidays, 2011″. For more information: GreenPalmInn.com; Email GreenPalmInn@aol.com, telephone toll free in USA 888/606-9510, local and international 912/447-8901, 548 East President Street, Savannah, GA USA 31401. Twitter @GreenPalmInn, Facebook Green Palm Inn in Savannah GA USA, and Pinterest.

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Savannah Bed and Breakfast Holiday: No Chores At Green Palm Inn in Downtown Savannah GA 18 Oct 2016, 4:27 am

SAVANNAH, Georgia — Ready for a kitchen pass (no kitchen duty) during your long-savored Savannah vacation or last minute holiday getaway?

BandB French Toast in Savannah Georgia at Green Palm Inn a top-rated bed and breakfast inn cottage

French Toast at Green Palm Inn, Savannah, Georgia USA

“Dip into Savannah’s best lodging, entertainment, and local cuisine without cooking hassles at Green Palm Inn,” invites Diane McCray Crews, the aunt-like innkeeper at the cozy and popular B&B on Green Square in downtown Savannah.

Remember: A Holiday Trip = A Tasty, Relaxing Vacation in Savannah, Georgia USA! 

Even a last minute couples getaway or spontaneous holiday party planning during your long-savored or quick Savannah vacation can be simple. Diane at Green Palm Inn helps to keep your Savannah trip enjoyable, relaxing, and fun!

A recent tourism blog touts the joy of vacation rentals. Yet, conversely, we think it points instead to the hassle of vacation rental for your Savannah vacation! In June 2016 VisitTybee.com posted “24 Things Not To Forget When Packing for Your Tybee Island Vacation“.  The list starts with “Corkscrew and/or bottle opener”, “Wine glasses”, “plastic cups” and “coffee supplies”.

In contrast a holiday trip or Savannah vacation stay at Green Palm Inn’s bed and breakfast includes the early morning coffee (premium and decaf), a pre-dinner wine hour with homemade hors d’oeuvres, free / secure WiFi, daily gourmand breakfast, afternoon desserts, and more. No shopping! No fretting about meal planning! No hauling groceries or cleanup supplies! No big suitcases or boxes needed to pack also toilet paper and hand towels!

At this favorite Savannah bed and breakfast inn, Diane is a Savannah tourism star who exudes the welcoming hospitality of friendly Savannah! The personable innkeeper knows the best of Savannah: where to go for people watching, romantic picnic spots, sightseeing tours, foodie festivals, history and art museums, the best local cafes and fine dining, and cooking classes (if you simply must get your hands in the kitchen scene while on vacation).

ABOUT GREEN PALM INN
Featured on Wheel of Fortune, Innkeeper/co-owner Diane McCray Crews touts Green Palm Inn (circa 1897) as “The Softer Side of Savannah”. Originally sea captain cottages, the four-room Gingerbread Classic B&B shares cottage-inn comforts in the quiet of Greene Square’s residential neighborhood in the National Landmark Historic District. Fodor’s guide calls Green Palm Inn a “pleasing little discovery” and “a little gem of an inn”. BedandBreakfast.com named the cottage B&B a top pick for a holiday trip – “Top 10 B&Bs for the Holidays, 2011″. For more information: GreenPalmInn.com; Email GreenPalmInn@aol.com, telephone toll free in USA 888/606-9510, local and international 912/447-8901, 548 East President Street, Savannah, GA USA 31401. Twitter @GreenPalmInn, Facebook, and Pinterest.

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Winter Deal at Green Palm Inn During January – February 2017 22 Sep 2016, 7:17 am

SAVANNAH, Georgia —  Take advantage of a getaway special deal at Green Palm Inn for a no-snow late winter vacation in Savannah, Georgia USA. Average temps, according to USNews.com are 38.1F to 62.4F.

Savannah tourism star Diane’s late winter special deal for lodging and generous amenities at the historic inn is exclusively for Sunday through Thursday stay only between January 15, 2017 – February 9, 2017.  Book 2 nights and get the 3rd night free — all dates between Sunday through Thursday.

Located in the downtown Savannah historic district on Greene Square, the popular and cozy inn’s rates are $179 to $209, per night, plus tax.

ABOUT GREEN PALM INN
Featured on Wheel of Fortune, Innkeeper/co-owner Diane McCray Crews touts Green Palm Inn (circa 1897) as “The Softer Side of Savannah”. Originally sea captain cottages, the four-room Gingerbread Classic B&B shares cottage-inn comforts in the quiet of Greene Square’s residential neighborhood in the National Landmark Historic District. Fodor’s guide calls Green Palm Inn a “pleasing little discovery” and “a little gem of an inn”. BedandBreakfast.com named the cottage B&B a top pick for a holiday trip – “Top 10 B&Bs for the Holidays, 2011″. For more information: GreenPalmInn.com; Email GreenPalmInn@aol.com, telephone toll free in USA 888/606-9510, local and international 912/447-8901, 548 East President Street, Savannah, GA USA 31401. Twitter @GreenPalmInn, Facebook, and Pinterest.

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Famous Greek Heritage + Greek Fest: Historic Inn Honors Savannah GA USA Mayor John P. Rousakis — Champion, Chef, and Hero 3 Sep 2016, 9:34 am

SAVANNAH Georgia – In large measure Savannah’s fame is lifted on the shoulders of titans, as well as the friendly hometown ambassadors who welcome travelers from across the world daily. Cozily nestled in the Savannah historic district on Greene Square, Green Palm Inn honors #theone in Savannah, a city of heroes.

Our focus points to titans of personality, wealth and finesse who have given passionately of themselves and their resources. There are too many, so we choose a few less mentioned who we believe offer us the model for sharing authentic cultural traditions in Savannah, Georgia USA.

Cozy Green Palm Inn‘s guests — the ones also who adore homestyle cooking and their favorite-aunt-like innkeeper as their host — treasure the hometown back stories, especially the ones that dive deep with heritage.

Get away for a 5-day-trip! Diane Crews at this historic bed and breakfast inn (called a private hotel or mini hotel in the UK and Europe) will help to make your week travel in Savannah a dream vacation! Foodies adore Savannah, whether for dining, desserts, or taking in a cooking class.

Honoring Greek heritage we point to Mayor John P. Rousakis, for whom the riverwalk of Rousakis Riverfront Plaza on River Street is named.

Historic Savannah Mayor Rousakis champion of Savannah food, tourism, and historic preservation.

Savannah Mayor John P. Rousakis. Photo Courtesy National League of Cities

With extraordinary hometown charm and political finesse, engaging cross-sections of Savannah’s multi-cultural population, champion of Savannah, Mayor John P. Rousakis is credited with winning hearts in and for Savannah.

As the late Lewis Grizzard once wrote, “Nobody can woo like Johnny Rou. …Credit Johnny Rousakis for turning Savannah into a near “second Hollywood”. When Jimmy Carter was Governor of Georgia, he appointed Rousakis to the first state movie board.” – Source: Legends: Georgians who Lived Impossible Dreams by Gene Asher.

Mayor John Rousakis is the son of Greek immigrant parents. He attended St. Paul’s Greek Orthodox Church, a congregation that sponsors the Savannah Greek Festival each fall in Savannah — October 6-8, 2016 this year. His father ran Paul’s Soda Shop (called “Paul’s Corner” by some) on the corner of Bull Street and Maupas Street, where Rousakis worked in the family business as a soda jerk, swept the floors, and delivered takeout orders.

Among Mayor Rousakis’s broad and deep legacy is the revitalization of the Savannah Riverfront, Savannah City Market Development, and Savannah’s hosting role in 1996 Olympics Yachting (now called Olympics Sailing). Rousakis served five terms, a total of 16 years a Mayor of Savannah during the period of 1970 – 1991. Source: City of Savannah research library and municipal archives.

The Savannah Riverwalk, known formally as Rousakis Riverfront Plaza, is named in honor of Mayor John P. Rousakis (January 14, 1929 – December 10, 2000).  Eric Meyerhoff was one of the architects of the River Street plaza, and he knew Rousakis well, eating lunch with him and a colleague every other day for years. (Source: Savannah Morning News, John Rousakis Remembered)

“Johnny loved good food, good wine, good friends, strong coffee, good conversation, and even bad golf,” Moon Landrieu said. “He left his footprints all over the city of Savannah, the state of Georgia, and across this nation.” Moon Landrieu is the former mayor of New Orleans and former secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, who said he most remembered Rousakis’ zest for life. Sources: Savannah Morning News, Remembering Johnny

John Rousakis’s story is reminiscent of another Greek Savannah native, Stratton Leopold, whose family ran Leopold’s Ice Cream Shop on the corner of Habersham and Gwinnett. A star among Hollywood’s elite producers, the younger Leopold revived his family’s legacy in Savannah by reopening the popular family business, serving super premium, homemade ice cream from original recipes in a new location – Broughton Street near Abercorn Street. The ice cream shop had originally opened in 1919.

[Rousakis’s] “personal life also was full of fun. He was an accomplished chef who would auction himself off in the Savannah Symphony’s fund-raising drive, preparing a full-course meal at the highest bidder’s home. He loved good food, good drinks and good jokes.”

John Rousakis’s personal life also was full of fun.

He was an accomplished chef who would auction himself off in the Savannah Symphony’s fund-raising drive, preparing a full-course meal at the highest bidder’s home. He loved good food, good drinks and good jokes. The full-of-life mayor participated in the Savannah Chamber of Commerce oyster roast in Atlanta (1987), where we see his “Suddenly Savannah is really cooking” apron.

Filming the segment in Whitfield Square with television celebrity Mike Douglas and movie star Burt Reynolds, Mayor Rousakis prepared “Shrimp and Oyster Pilaf”, featured in Savannah Sampler Cookbook by Margaret Wayt DeBolt.  The Mike Douglas Show segment aired October 29, 1975.

When “Gator” the movie, starring and directed by Burt Reynolds, was released August 25, 1976, audiences were introduced to Savannah’s charismatic mayor who appeared as the Ocean Plaza Motel Manager. Mike Douglas was cast at the Governor.  Filming locations included Savannah, Tybee Island, Lakeland, and Valdosta, Georgia. Source: IMBD.com Mayor Rousakis played in three more movies filmed in Savannah: Pals with George C. Scott; The Lincoln Conspiracy, and Odyssey.  — Source: Legends: Georgians who Lived Impossible Dreams by Gene Asher.

During Mayor Rousakis’s five terms as mayor (1970 -1991), “he sponsored Broughton Street revitalization efforts and oversaw the renovation of the old Central of Georgia railroad station into a visitors center and museum,” reports Savannah Morning News.  “He had all the right chemistry,” his friend William Lee said at his funeral in December 2000, reported by Savannah Morning News. “The charisma. The moxie. The energy.”

“His greatest legacy was trying to bring people together,” said Clifford Hardwick, who served alongside Rousakis on City Council. “John knew how to work with people and build consensus. ‘We’re here for the people,’ he said, ‘Not for the party.”‘

Rousakis is credited with reviving River Street, which was set to become a parking lot when he intervened.

The son of Greek immigrant parents, Rousakis’ life was a classic hometown-boy-makes-good story. His father ran Paul’s Soda Shop on Bull and Maupas streets, where Rousakis worked as a soda jerk. It was “the” place to hang out for high school students, Lee remembered.

Rousakis made the jump to the mayor’s office in City Hall to begin the first of an unprecedented five terms. “He had all the right chemistry,” Lee said. “The charisma. The moxie. The energy.”

During that time, Savannah annexed southside land and increased the city’s population by 30,000. He sponsored Broughton Street revitalization efforts and oversaw the renovation of the old Central of Georgia railroad station into a visitors center and museum.

Eric Meyerhoff was one of the architects of the River Street plaza, and he knew Rousakis well, eating lunch with him and a colleague every other day for years. “I don’t think in today’s world you could have a mayor like Rousakis, who is easy to talk with and everybody’s friend,” Meyerhoff said. “Things are a lot more political today.”

Source: Savannah Now / Savannah Morning News  quoted in this blog post, including Mayor Rousakis funeral report: Savannah’s longest-serving mayor dead at 71. John Rousakis championed the preservation of downtown, development of City Market and River Street.

More “Greek Savannah” —
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ABOUT GREEN PALM INN
Featured on Wheel of Fortune, Innkeeper/co-owner Diane McCray Crews touts Green Palm Inn (circa 1897) as “The Softer Side of Savannah”. Originally sea captain cottages, the four-room Gingerbread Classic B&B shares cottage-inn comforts in the quiet of Greene Square’s residential neighborhood in the National Landmark Historic District. Fodor’s guide calls Green Palm Inn a “pleasing little discovery” and “a little gem of an inn”. BedandBreakfast.com named the cottage B&B a top pick for a holiday trip – “Top 10 B&Bs for the Holidays, 2011″. For more information: GreenPalmInn.com; Email GreenPalmInn@aol.com, telephone toll free in USA 888/606-9510, local and international 912/447-8901, 548 East President Street, Savannah, GA USA 31401. Twitter @GreenPalmInn, Facebook, and Pinterest.

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Visit Historical Places: Take 5-day Trip! Tycoons Enrich Savannah and the Georgia Coast 3 Sep 2016, 7:48 am

SAVANNAH, GEORGIA —  Friendly Savannah’s reputation is one of reciprocity. Little Green Palm Inn lodging in Savannah’s Landmark Historic District has begun a quiet campaign to thank “the one” who befriended and contributed to Savannah beauty and allure — beginning with Andrew Carnegie and Thomas Carnegie, titans of American iron and steel industries.

“Too often we forget the shoulders on which we stand,” explains Diane McCray Crews. When studying U.S. history, we find that many USA tycoons began modestly, too! “For our guests who choose cozy bed and breakfast lodging, these Savannah stories and Georgia coast stories add to charm and meritorious reasons to visit Savannah and Georgia.”

Get away for your 5-day travel, lodging at Green Palm Inn for your Georgia coast day trips.

What is the impact of one or two single people for generations living in and visiting Savannah and the Georgia Coast?

Dungeness, the home of Thomas Carnegie on Cumberland Island GA circa 1958

After extensive renovation Dungeness (photo circa 1958) on Cumberland Island, Georgia USA | Public Domain Photo by Philip E. Gardner, HABS photographer.

Thomas Morrison Carnegie built Dungeness on Cumberland Island. His older brother, iron and steel tycoon Andrew Carnegie left generous footprints in Savannah and along the Georgia coast. The Carnegie parents borrowed money from an American relative to make their move from Scotland to the USA.  In 2016 descendants of Thomas M. Carnegie retain a portion of Cumberland Island — Georgia’s largest and most southernmost barrier island — and host travelers at the stately Greyfield Inn. Reachable by boat only, most of the island is Cumberland Island National Seashore, managed by the U.S. National Park Service and promoted as “Where Nature and History Meet”.

In writing about Charles H. Morris’s restoration of Kehoe Iron Works in Trustees Garden, historian James Byous points to an important Savannah connection to Carnegie Steel. Located near Green Palm Inn, the iron foundry is currently undergoing major restoration.

The Carnegie Library is among Savannah firsts.

“[Carnegie libraries served as] Temples of learning, ambition, aspiration for towns and cities throughout the United States.” — NPR.org, speaking of Andrew Carnegie’s legacy of building public libraries.

Carnegie Library in Savannah GA | Photo (c) Sandy Traub, used with permission

A Savannah first: Carnegie Library, the first free-standing library in Savannah, built for African Americans and funded by Andrew Carnegie during USA segregation.

Located at 537 East Henry Street, the first free-standing library in Savannah, Carnegie Library, was built with funds from Carnegie Corporation to serve African Americans during segregation. As young boys, Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, and the late Pulitzer Prize winning author James Alan McPherson used the Carnegie Library in Savannah.  It is the only example of Prairie Style architecture within the city.

“Erected in 1914, [and dedicated on August 14, 2014] the Carnegie Library was Savannah’s first African American library and was made possible by a donation from Andrew Carnegie [a Scottish-American businessman and philanthropist]. Carnegie was a self-made millionaire and philanthropist who was inspired [as a “working boy”] at a young age by the opportunities that libraries provide their patrons.” — Source: Library of Congress. Read more of the Liveoak Library’s 100th year celebration found at this PDF link.

Savannah GA history photography | Frances Benjamin - Carnegie Corporation of New York | Library of Congress

Carnegie Survey of the Architecture of the South photograph of Henry Ford Plantation by Frances Benjamin Johnston, funded by Carnegie Corporation of New York and archived in the Library of Congress.

In later years, an $87,000 Carnegie Library grant funded a second Savannah library, built at 2002 Bull Street. It is now the main library with offices serving the regional Liveoak Library system. Twenty-four, free-use public libraries were built in Georgia, thanks to Carnegie Corporation grants.

Carnegie Corporation of New York funded the “Carnegie Survey of the Architecture of the South“, photographed by Frances Benjamin Johnston between 1939 and 1944.  Photographs of architecture in the Savannah vicinity are included in that vast collection, housed in the Library of Congress. Johnston is often considered the first American woman to achieve national prominence in diverse areas of photography.

Ask about weekly rates for your 5-day travel in Savannah! Innkeeper Diane McCray Crews has more insider tips for a delightful Savannah visit any time of year! Just ask when your book your historic Savannah inn lodging at Green Palm Inn.

ABOUT GREEN PALM INN
Featured on Wheel of Fortune, Innkeeper/co-owner Diane McCray Crews touts Green Palm Inn (circa 1897) as “The Softer Side of Savannah”. Originally sea captain cottages, the four-room Gingerbread Classic B&B shares cottage-inn comforts in the quiet of Greene Square’s residential neighborhood in the National Landmark Historic District. Fodor’s guide calls Green Palm Inn a “pleasing little discovery” and “a little gem of an inn”. BedandBreakfast.com named the cottage B&B a top pick for a holiday trip – “Top 10 B&Bs for the Holidays, 2011″. For more information: GreenPalmInn.com; Email GreenPalmInn@aol.com, telephone toll free in USA 888/606-9510, local and international 912/447-8901, 548 East President Street, Savannah, GA USA 31401. Twitter @GreenPalmInn, Facebook, and Pinterest.

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