Savannah's Little Crooked Houses: If These Walls Could Talk

Overview

In a warm, accessible style, Savannah writer Susan B. Johnson gives voice to the walls of the little antebellum cottages that dot the city's historic district and examines the lives of the families that called them home. Who built these tiny dwellings? Who lived in their twelve hundred (or fewer) square feet of space? And what sort of world did they see when they gazed out their windows?

This charming, meticulously researched book answers all these questions-and more. Who can ...

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Overview

In a warm, accessible style, Savannah writer Susan B. Johnson gives voice to the walls of the little antebellum cottages that dot the city's historic district and examines the lives of the families that called them home. Who built these tiny dwellings? Who lived in their twelve hundred (or fewer) square feet of space? And what sort of world did they see when they gazed out their windows?

This charming, meticulously researched book answers all these questions-and more. Who can resist the story of Dr. Samuel Furman, who was married to sisters, first Lucy and then Henrietta Williams? Or the sad tale of Edward and Jane Harden, who both died of bilious fever in 1804-he on her birthday, she on his-leaving their children in the care of slaves? Or the mystery of lively and conniving Eliza Howell, whose three husbands all died under the same circumstances? If these walls could talk, the rooms would resonate with the passionate spirit of our ancestors.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596292260
  • Publisher: History Press, The
  • Publication date: 2/28/2007
  • Pages: 121
  • Sales rank: 1,066,784
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgements     13
Introduction     15
503 East Saint Julian Street, Washington Ward     21
426 East Saint Julian Street, Warren Ward     35
417 East Congress Street, Warren Ward     45
416 East State Street, Greene Ward     53
536 East State Street, Greene Ward     65
140 Price Street, Greene Ward     71
517 East York Street, Greene Ward     81
519 East York Street, Greene Ward     97
206 and 208 West Gordon Lane, Chatham Ward     105
Notes     115
Bibliography     117
About the Author     123
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2007

    an excellent read

    A wonderful and well-researched addition to the lore and history of Savannah, and especially meaningful to me -- I lived in one of these little crooked houses! Imagine my delight to read about its previous inhabitants.

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