Beach Institute Historic Neighborhood Walking Tour

Posted on September 12, 2016 by

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On Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016, discover the historic origins of the Beach Institute Neighborhood and its architecture from 10-11:30 a.m. with the Beach Institute Historic Neighborhood Walking Tour. The tour will start in front of St. John the Baptist Church, 522 Hartridge St., and end in front of the Beach Institute on East Harris Street.

The tour will cover information about the African Americans who owned and/or occupied houses here, including Simon Mirault, Robert Low, Mosianna Milledge and Lucy Williams. Guests will have the opportunity to learn about significant community institutions and businesses, such as the Beach Institute and American Missionary Society, the King-Tisdell Cottage Foundation, The Boys Club and the Savannah & Albany Railroad. Learn how W. W. Law helped preserve this unique neighborhood.

This is a walking tour; tour guests will park and meet the tour guide on the sidewalk at the gathering point to begin the tour. The tour will not end at the starting point and tour guests will need to walk back to their cars.

The tour will be led by Beth Reiter, a native Savannahian, who has been active in Historic Preservation since 1968 as an author, lecturer, instructor, researcher, consultant and planner. Reiter retired from her position as Director of Historic Preservation Planning at the Chatham-Savannah Metropolitan Planning Commission in 2010. She now runs Savannah Architours, walking tours featuring Savannah’s plan, architecture and landscape. Reiter received the Leopold Adler Historic Preservation Award from the King Tisdell Cottage Foundation in 1999.

This program is free and open to the public, but space is limited; reservations must be made in advance by contacting Luciana Spracher, Director of the Library & Archives, at [email protected] or (912) 651-6411. For more information, go to