I recently had the absolute pleasure of visiting beautiful Savannah, GA with my family. Over our long weekend, we ate delicious Southern food, took a trolley tour to see all of the charm of the city and got spooked on a nighttime ghost walk. During our trolley tour, our guide pointed out one breathtaking building after another. What I found fascinating was the story of how one group of determined women were to thank for the preservation of this historic city.
Established in 1733, Savannah is the oldest city in Georgia and has been devastated by war and disaster more than once but built back up each time. With such a rich history and buildings being threatened to be bulldozed for parking lots, one band of activists in the 1950’s decided to take a stand when the historic Davenport House was facing demolition. Seven courageous women came together and raised enough money to purchase the house, which now operates as a museum. This was the beginning of the Historic Savannah Foundation that today controls a revolving fund to purchase any threatened historic building, restore it and sell it to private homeowners for a profit. To date more than 350 buildings have been saved by the foundation.
This story reminded me, not only of the power of women in history, but also of the importance of preserving our history. Bergen County is home to many historic buildings and homes (some of which I have been lucky enough to represent). It is because of organizations like Ridgewood’s Historic Preservation Commission and the Glen Rock Historical & Preservation Society that we are able to enjoy our charming downtowns.
If you’re looking to move to a home with some history and character in Bergen County, I would be happy to help you. Contact me today to start your search!