Telfair Family Mansion

Telfair Family Mansion (HM35O)

Location: Savannah, GA 31401 Chatham County
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Country: United States of America
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N 32° 4.735', W 81° 5.697'

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(1818 - William Jay, Architect)

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.
HM NumberHM35O
Series This marker is part of the Georgia: Georgia Historical Society/Commission series
Marker Number025-28
Year Placed1954
Placed ByGeorgia Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 at 10:36pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 491039 N 3549187
Decimal Degrees32.07891667, -81.09495000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 4.735', W 81° 5.697'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 4' 44.10" N, 81° 5' 41.82" W
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Area Code(s)478, 912
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 201-299 W State St, Savannah GA 31401, US
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