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Telfair Family Mansion

(1818 - William Jay, Architect)

 
 
Telfair Family Mansion Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, August 30, 2009
1. Telfair Family Mansion Marker
Inscription. 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 United States.
 
Erected 1954 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 025-28.)
 
Marker series. This
Telfair Family Mansion Marker seen beneath tree at left image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2008
2. Telfair Family Mansion Marker seen beneath tree at left
marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
Location. 32° 4.735′ N, 81° 5.697′ W. Marker is in Savannah, Georgia, in Chatham County. Marker is at the intersection of Barnard Street and President Street, on the right when traveling south on Barnard Street. Touch for map. Located East side opposite of St. James Square. Marker is in this post office area: Savannah GA 31401, United States of America.
 
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); Wesley Chapel Trinity / John Wesley's American Parish (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); 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. In the Colonial and Revolutionary periods "Government house", the residence of the Royal Governors of Georgia, stood on this site.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to
Telfair Family Mansion Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 5, 2013
3. Telfair Family Mansion Marker
this marker. additional understanding see..
 
Also see . . .
1. William Jay. (Submitted on February 19, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
2. Mary Telfair (1791-1875). (Submitted on February 19, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
 
Categories. Colonial EraNotable BuildingsPatriots & PatriotismWar, US Revolutionary
 
Telfair Mansion image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, February 2008
4. Telfair Mansion
Mary Telfair image. Click for full size.
By Telfair Museum of Art, Savannah
5. Mary Telfair
Telfair Family Mansion image. Click for full size.
Historic American Buildings Survey Lawrence Bradley, April 1936
6. Telfair Family Mansion
Historic American Engineering Record ,HABS GA,26-SAV,21-1
Telfair Family Mansion Front long room image. Click for full size.
Historic American Buildings Survey L. D. Andrew, December 1936
7. Telfair Family Mansion Front long room
Historic American Engineering Record ,HABS GA,26-SAV,21-3
 
 
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