Historic District - North in Savannah in Chatham County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Telfair Family Mansion
(1818 - William Jay, Architect)
This building is one of the City's outstanding examples of Regency architecture. The main floor and basement kitchens are maintained as a historic house museum. The rotunda and west wing are later additions. It was left by Savannah's outstanding philanthropist, Mary Telfair, (1789-1875), relative of William Gibbons, friend of Peter Cooper, last surviving child of Edward Telfair (Revolutionary patriot and early Governor of Georgia) to house the Telfair Academy of Arts & Sciences which was founded under her will. Notable among her other public bequests are the Telfair Hospital, the interiors of the Independent Presbyterian Church, and (with her sister) Hodgson Hall.
In the Colonial and Revolutionary periods, "Government house", the residence of the Royal Governors of Georgia, stood on this site. Here on the night of January 18, 1776, in one of the dramatic episodes of the American Revolution, Major Joseph Habersham, commanding a small force of patriots walked alone into the chamber where Governor Wright was conferring with his Council and announced, "Sir James, you are my prisoner." Habersham later became Postmaster-General of the
Erected 1954 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 025-28.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial Era • Notable Buildings • Patriots & Patriotism • War, US Revolutionary. In addition, it is included in the Georgia Historical Society series list. A significant historical date for this entry is January 18, 1732.
Location. 32° 4.735′ N, 81° 5.697′ W. Marker is in Savannah, Georgia, in Chatham County. It is in the Historic District - North. Marker is at the intersection of Barnard Street and President Street, on the right when traveling south on Barnard Street. Located East side opposite of St. James Square. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Savannah GA 31401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Telfair Academy (a few steps from this marker); Telfair Academy of Arts & Sciences (a few steps from this marker); Trinity Methodist Church (within shouting distance of this marker); George Washington (within shouting distance of this marker); Tondee's Tavern (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); John Wesley (about 500 feet away); The First Act of Alcohol Prohibition in America (about 600 feet away); Flame of Freedom / Relighting the Flame (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Savannah.
Regarding Telfair Family Mansion.
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1. William Jay ca. 1792-1837. New Georgia Encyclopedia website entry (Submitted on February 19, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
2. Mary Telfair (1791-1875). New Georgia Encyclopedia website entry (Submitted on February 19, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
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