Anchored Yesterdays
The Log Book of Savannah’s Voyage across a Georgia Century, in Ten Watches

Elfrida De Renne Barrow and Laura Palmer Bell
Afterword by William Harris Bragg

A chronicle of the first one hundred years of coastal Georgia history


"As complete in the statement of every essential fact in Georgia's evolution . . . as that of any historian who has devoted volumes to the undertaking."
Atlanta Constitution

"This rare little chronicle first appeared in 1923—the privately published expression of two Savannah ladies already notable for their stimulating literary and artistic contributions. . . . Their style continues to inform and entertain, as compact and shipshape as can be."
—Elise Pinckney, South Carolina Historical Magazine

When the first edition of Anchored Yesterdays was published in 1923, Savannah had yet to become one of the South's most picturesque and popular tourist sites. This new edition replicates the substance and charm of the privately printed original. Assembled here, as timeless as the town they describe, are many memorable places, people, and events from Savannah's first hundred years. Beginning with the story of Savannah's founding as the first city in "The Colony of Georgia in America," the authors lead us through ten "Watches," detailing accounts that reflect Savannah's importance as a seaport. Elfrida De Renne Barrow and Laura Palmer Bell also describe numerous landmark events in the history of Savannah and the Georgia coast, from the Battle of Bloody Marsh to the first nationally celebrated Thanksgiving Day. Offering year-by-year accounts that range from details of political assemblies and the development of Savannah's newspapers to news of smallpox epidemics and the cotton trade, Anchored Yesterdays is a unique record of Savannah's early history and culture.

Page count: 160 pp.
Trim size: 6.125 x 8

Read more about Savannah at the New Georgia Encyclopedia.


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Elfrida De Renne Barrow (1894-1970) was an active member of the Georgia Historical Society and the Georgia Society of Colonial Dames. She was the author of articles published in the Georgia Historical Quarterly, coauthor of Georgia: A Pageant of Years, and an early contributor to Poetry magazine. Mrs. Barrow and her collaborator, Laura Palmer Bell (d. 1968), were founding members of the Poetry Society of Georgia and lifelong supporters of Georgia history and the arts.