Savannah Streets


Owens-Thomas House

One benefit of moving to a new city is the possibility of discovering new places and people on any given day.  I’ve been discovering more places than people, but I want to show you what I discovered on our way to visit to the Owens-Thomas House.  We got a late start and felt hungry so as we passed this little spot, we decided to stop and grab a sandwich.



I don’t know if it would qualify for that T.V. show, Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, but Clary’s had a happy clientage and my grilled cheese on rye was perfect.  I spotted this beautiful home IMG_1593on the walk back to the car, and had to drag dear husband away to discover what else this pretty street in Savannah had to offer.  Many of the homes date to the Civil War era and you wonder who lived in these homes, and how they weathered the crisis and the desperate years leading up to Sherman’s march on Savannah.IMG_1598 Fortunately there have been attempts to restore and protect the historic district over the many years and we are all the better for it.  There are some very green thumbs living on this charming street off Abercorn.IMG_1612  Like many cities, there are doorways, alleys and gates that offer glimpses to the city gardens. IMG_1601 I will be curious to see what  happens in this side yard!  IMG_1610Though I live on the coastal side of Savannah where most of the building has been done in the last 40 years, I think that there should be references in your home to the history of the area.  That is why I was wondering “what were they thinking?” when we bought our home and spotted this light pole right in the front yard.   It is black iron, but….P7210003We just had some fencing put up in the back yard so that we could sit outside with the dogs safely inside and the alligators hopefully far away in a lagoon on the other side!   IMG_1647  Of course, the iron workIMG_1603 in historic Savannah is beautiful but it would not do on most new homes.  Yet, I like the reference to the ironIMG_1600 and it fits here much better than the white picket fence from our Connecticut home could have.  The light post may have a black wrought iron look, but there is so much else wrong with it – do you agree?  And hopefully the fence for our back yard is right.


About Jayne in Georgia

Wife, mother, and owner of pets much loved. Gardener of three decades, amateur photographer, ardent about art, antiques and books.
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21 Responses to Savannah Streets

  1. I love the Savannah side yards. And your cavaliers are so cute, we have a tri color and he is such a lovey.


  2. Karen B. says:

    Savannah and Charleston both are on my bucket list. I’ve heard that the architecture and history-rich regions are wonderful. I had to chuckle at your comment about the new fence and hoping that it keeps the alligators out. And I worry about coyotes. Your dogs are very cute.


  3. Christine says:

    Jayne, as always I so enjoy your posts but this just made me miss you and the girls so much! xc


  4. Constance says:

    First, your dogs are totally adorable! What cuties!
    Second, looking at historical homes and envisioning the histories of them is fun.
    Third, when a city has enough rain and gardeners who care, its a treat to see their gardens when you are out and about on a walk! Savannah has some beauties!


  5. We visited Savannah several years ago – such a beautiful city. Love the wrought iron. Maybe you need a garden around that light post. 🙂


  6. Linda Mutch says:

    love love love your perspective and admire both your sens of adventure and More over your husband’s devotion to you! You are indeed a lucky lady!


  7. Pauline says:

    Yes, I hope the fence keeps the alligators out and your gorgeous dogs safely in! It’s always exciting exploring a new area with its gardens, you have some beauties there!


  8. bittster says:

    Yes! I hope the fence does the trick 🙂
    It’s nice to see all the old details retained and preserved. It would be nearly impossible to replace them today, and sometimes the attempts just come off as cheap looking.


  9. Anita Rivera says:

    Oh Jayne, I know the feeling of moving away TWICE during my married life, and we moved from California to Boston, Mass. then from there to here in Minneapolis. Discovery of places, people, dialect and customs is one of the most valuable lessons one can carry with them! The architecture here, the gardens, it is FABULOUS! In many ways, this reminds me of Boston with the brick and wrought iron gates, as well as the Carolinas…enjoy all the magical new moments you can! And thank you dear one, for coming to visit me and leaving such a kind word. THANK YOU! Enjoy your week! Anita


  10. Dzintra says:

    Hi there and thank you for calling in! How beautiful are these homes…I see they are from the Civil War era. I know that there were some Civil War reproduction fabrics brought out. Wonder if your Sister got not some of them! Love he colours in them! Enjoy your new home and garden!


  11. Mary Jo says:

    Jayne, you’re reminding me why I’ve always wanted to visit Savannah! How romantic the gardens and home are with the brick + black wrought iron. Can’t wait to see more of your new home, and hear how your new life in the south is going! p.s. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog twice, not sure why comments weren’t working but so nice to read yours!
    xo Mary Jo


  12. nicole says:

    Goodness are your photos stunning! The history in those homes and the details are exquisite! And I agree…the iron is just perfect! Love what you have done in your own space as well! Wishing you an outstanding weekend! Nicole


  13. Martina says:

    Wow, everything looks very pretty there – would love to wander these streets too! And the lovely dogs! Hope you have a great weekend – enjoy it all!


  14. Great post. Makes me think I should visit Savannah a second time.


  15. Sunil Patel says:

    Hi Jayne, I would fee; terribly nosy poking through gates and gaps in fences to see the gardens beyond, instead, I like to walk very slowly past the entrance drive, if it looks interesting then I may decide to accidentally drop something and make a fuss of picking it up all the while trying to inconspicuously get a good look.!


  16. The light post is definitely out of place but it might have made sense to someone when it was installed – or not. They could have just been nutjobs. 😉 I love Savannah and am always attracted to wrought iron. I like the little tucked away alley gardens. They feel so private.


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