Saturday, June 18, 2011

Savannah, Pt. 3

Lafayette Square
There are about 15 beautiful public squares throughout the city.

This is the Andrew Low house.  Andrew Low emigrated from Scotland and became involved in the cotton business.  His success led to him becoming the wealthiest man in Savannah.  He had his home built across from Lafayette Square.  Henry Makepeace Thackeray was a guest in the home twice while on lecture tours in the States, and Gen. Robert E. Lee was a family friend who stayed there often.  In 1886, William Mackay Low inherited his father’s estates in England and America, and six months later married Juliette Gordon, known as Daisy.  Juliette Gordon Low was the founder of the Girl Scouts.  The home remained in the family until Juliette Low passed away in one of the bedrooms from breast cancer in 1927.  A year later it was acquired by a historical organization that has maintained it since.

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