Flying in during the pandemic, our ducks cannot swim very well, but they offer loads of kisses, giggles, and welcome greetings to our guests and family.
Happy National Tartan Day (April 6). We celebrate the Strachan family. Captain Francis Garden Strachan ran away from the family farm in Banffshire, Scotland to sail clipper ships between Europe and the Orient in the 1870s. Then in 1885 he founded the Strachan Shipping Co in Savannah at the Cotton Exchange Building. From Brunswick his son FDM Strachan became Glynn County’s first millionaire by shipping timber, cotton, naval products throughout the world. Around 1910 FDMS built his summer cottage Beach Lawn on the southern end of St. Simons Island. The Strachan Carriage House (the historic four bay garage with servants quarters above and a 52 ft veranda) honors their memory and allows guests to enjoy stories and hospitality about Scots who made coastal GA home.
Love owning a historic house and artwork with history – 91 years ago from Washington DC Star, March 22, 1928
“Yacht Libeled in Dry Coast”
Jacksonville, Fla, March 22
The $80,000 yacht Roamer, property F.D.M. Strachan, Savannah and Brunswick, Ga shipping man, today was subject of a Federal libel action intended to forfeit it to the Government for alleged violation of internal revenue laws. Strachan was arrested last Saturday when Coast Guardsmen discovered 41 quarts of whiskey on the yacht. He was later dismissed. He was charged jointly with the yacht Captain Alfred Throder Nielsen and four colored sailors with violation of prohibition laws.
Roamer was a steam yacht built by N.G. Herreshoff in 1902. FDMS purchased the yacht in Sept. 1922. This painting of Roamer was done by Joe Selby, an African American sailor turned artist in Florida. More stories of “The Old Pirate” await you on the veranda of The Strachan Carriage House. BYOB.
This antique nautical sign spoke to us when we spied it at the Antiques Show in the village over Memorial Day. I think it was because we had spent nearly a week of nearly perfect weather doing nothing much but eating, drinking, reading racy beach books, laughing with old friends, and lounging in the pool. Not even close to anything like our “normal” operation of carpools, work, and emails. Now we understand what the new “normal” will be…