Savannah’s historic homes traveled by car
Cars in the archives – On the move
Often times when we think of preserving old homes, we think of uncovering and rehabilitating floors, stripping paint coats from mantels, or removing vinyl siding to find the original wood underneath. , but more drastic measures are sometimes necessary. Sometimes buildings are physically moved to ensure their protection. In honor of National Preservation Month, enjoy these City Archives photos showing historic Savannah homes in motion, with a little help from the automobile as part of our ongoing Autos in the Archives series.
the Double House Timothy Bonticou is one of the many structures in Savannah that made the move in the name of preservation in January 1972. Originally located at 419-421 E. Broughton Lane, tits structure was built around 1815 and is a prime example of early 19th century workers’ housing that has been found along the lanes of Savannah. The building was moved from its position facing the lane at the front of the lot (418-420 E. State St.), where the main formal house once stood. In March 1979, with the help of a big red truck, this unidentified green house was also on the move, this time in the Victorian neighborhood of Savannah.
Dark Orders – Fruit Punch
Fruit punch is a favorite sweet drink for many, so why would its sale and production be heavily controlled by an ordinance from the City of Savannah? As part of the City Archives’ series of obscure ordinances, we examine this local law from 1922 banning the sale, handling and production of fruit punch that does not contain dairy products without first obtaining a permit from the health official. from the city.
A subsequent ordinance required that anyone with a fruit punch license also submit to inspections of their establishment. The ordinance makes it a point of honor to prohibit any activity related to punch in private accommodation. It sounds strange to those of us used to the Hi-C and Hawaiian Punch strains, but the 1920s were right in the middle of Prohibition and a lot of creative laws were passed in an attempt to limit the sale and distribution of alcohol. illegal.
Home-made wine was a popular way to get around temperance rules, and what is wine if not a vague take on fruit punch? Smugglers would often cut their incredibly strong and foul tasting alcoholic products with fruit juices to make them tastier as well. With all of that in mind, this ordinance makes sense as a means of overseeing the production of a beverage that, if unregulated, could easily become a vehicle for the sale of illegal alcohol.