Savannah Founder, James Oglethorpe - An Original Southern Gentleman

"For Oglethorpe, perhaps, founding Savannah was closure for the death of his dear friend Robert Castall, a tragic casualty from small pox in debtors prison. Perhaps it was a way to flee working in slave trade, an act he deeply hated. James was a man of honor." T.C. Michaels | Genteel & Bard Fine Savannah Walking History Tour | www.genteelandbard.com

General James Oglethorpe was 37 years old when he first laid eyes on what was then referred to as “Open Grassy Plain, King George II” in the Winter of 1733.

Not even knowing exactly where he was going to put this utopia-like debtors and poor person's colony, Oglethorpe embarked on a mission to aid those under stress.

Thirty-five families made up of 120 souls boarded the Ship Anne in hopes of fleeing death-infested prisons and poor neighborhoods in England for a new life and new opportunity.

Fifty acres and a home was the agreement among skillful debtors and poor while expanding the economy  and goals of The New World for England.

For Oglethorpe, perhaps, founding Savannah was closure for the death of his dear friend Robert Castall, a tragic casualty from small pox in debtors prison.

Perhaps it was a way to flee working in slave trade, an act he deeply hated.

James was a man of honor and care. 

One unopposed truth, this planned utopian city would seal James Oglethorpe’s name forever in the hearts of those he helped and those he welcomed.

Welcome to “Open Grassy Plain, King George II”. Otherwise known as Savannah, Georgia.

T.C. & Brenna Michaels

Genteel & Bard Fine Savannah Tours, 203 East York Street, Savannah, GA, 31401

We're T.C. and Brenna Michaels, professional storytellers, and owners of Genteel & Bard. 

We still can't believe we get to tell stories for a living. We love God, our sweet little southern gentleman, and our beautiful city of Savannah.

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