SAVANNAH — Historic Savannah Foundation, which is committed to preserving Savannah’s heritage, is having its fifth annual Savannah Preservation Festival Thursday-Saturday. The events mark the 50th anniversary of Savannah’s designation as a National Historic Landmark District.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation designates May as “Preservation Month.” HSF’s educational festival programs include and awards luncheon, a free opening lecture and reception, a wine tasting and home tour and a free block party on Broughton Street.
“During the 2016 Savannah Preservation Festival, we will celebrate several milestones: the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation
Act and Savannah’s designation as a National Historic Landmark District, and the Centennial of the National Park Service,” said Daniel Carey, president and CEO of Historic Savannah Foundation.
The award lunch, Re-Ribbon Cutting for the 50th anniversary of Savannah’s National Landmark District Designation and lecture are all Thursday.
Events Friday include the tour of some of Savannah’s finest homes from 6-9 p.m. Check-in begins at 5:30 p.m. in Washington Square and costs $75 per person.
The tour will include sampling wines paired with gourmet appetizers during this self-guided walking tour in the heart of Warren and Washington Wards in the Landmark Historic District.
Saturday’s evenings focus on the Block Party: Broughton Street. It runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the 100 Block of West Broughton Street. It is free and open to the public.
What better place to see preservation in progress than on vibrant Broughton Street? Savannah’s traditional commercial core, Broughton is home to dozens of retail stores and residential lofts, scores of historic buildings, and hundreds of jobs. This festive and family-friendly event will include live music, craft exshibits and food and drink.
Festival event tickets available at myHSF.org.