A Bit of History

Beauty has been part of Savannah’s vision from the very beginning. Georgia’s First City was established in 1733 by General James Edward Oglethorpe and was shaped from the wilderness with the blessing of its native inhabitants. Savannah soon prospered, becoming America’s first example of urban planning with its grid pattern of shady squares designed to inspire conviviality and community.

During the Civil War, when the Union Army burned other Southern cities to the ground during General William Tecumseh Sherman’s infamous “March to the Sea,” Savannah’s antebellum homes and churches were spared. Instead, Sherman was so taken with the city’s halcyon charm that he sent a telegram to then – President Abraham Lincoln, declaring it a “Christmas gift.”