BACKSTORY: Built in 1873 for Samuel Pugh Hamilton and his family, The Hamilton mansion was the first residence in Savannah with electricity. The mansion was saved from destruction in the late 1960s by the Historic Savannah Association, a non-profit organization founded in 1955 to protect endangered buildings in Savannah’s historic district. Over the next 30 years the Hamilton-Turner House—under several owners and management—was an apartment building. The house was embroiled in scandal under the management of Joe Odom. His raucous parties—made famous through the John Berendt book "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil"—troubled neighbors on Lafayette Square. The Hamilton-Turner mansion was converted into a bed and breakfast in 1997 by Charlie and Sue Strickland. The Hamilton-Turner Inn restoration and preservation passed to Rob and Jane Sales in February of 2003, followed by Gay and Jim Dunlop who sold the Inn in 2013. The current owners have taken great care to keep the Inn up to date while maintaining its historic look and feel. Definitely my favorite place to stay while in Savannah!
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