Utopia existed in Oglethorpe's mind -
no slavery, no liquor, no Catholics;
a southern Eden of mulberry trees,
potash, and grapes atop Yamacraw Bluff.
Never blossomed, this vision of his.
Shanghaied; another innocent victim
drunk and spirited away upon pirate ship
via tavern's secret tunnels.
Pull up a chair and celebrate what might have been.
Toast a botanical experiment lost in the swagger
of Britain's newly minted port hosting salty sailors,
soldiers, and feminine charms.
Yet, the Herb House remains,
innocently nestled beside past debauchery
and piratical scandals; a reminder of gentler visions
where profit wasn't king.
by Margaret Bednar, March 17, 2015
Savannah, GA, the thirteenth American colony. General Oglethorpe and 120 passengers landed on a bluff high along the Savannah River and were greeted by the Yamacraw Indian chief, Tomochichi. The General's plans really were of a utopian quality - the only reason he banned Catholics was he was afraid of "Spanish sympathies" with nearby St. Augustine, FL. (Early Savannah history) (Oglethorpe the utopian)
I was away for seven days celebrating 25 years of marriage - we stayed in St. Augustine, FL and Savannah, GA. I have eaten in both rooms of the Herb House and it also has an upstairs which is not open to the public. It has a tiny footprint, but quite a history. The Tavern Inn next door, now called the "Pirate House," has a cellar with secret tunnels that lead to the Savannah River. Both places are reportedly haunted.
This is linked with "Imaginary Garden with Real Toads - Weekend Mini Challenge Poeticizing Out" and "The Tuesday Platform".