Savannah Spirits Distilling Company is slated to open in early 2018 and will encompass a fully-functioning distillery with accompanying high-end liquor produced in-house. Additionally, the building in which the Distillery will be located will also house a separate chophouse featuring fine steaks and seafood, occupying a historical three-story building, with a full downstairs bar, event venue spaces, and a variety of dining rooms restored from antiquity.
Our Building is really four separate structures completed between 1860 and 1870, as best we can determine, located on the corner of Whitaker Street and W. State Street in the heart of Savannah’s Historic District. Three of the buildings front on Whitaker Street and the fourth is a stand-alone structure with a beautiful wooden cathedral ceiling that was used for coffee roasting around 1870 and subsequently housed an oyster roasting business.
The buildings on Whitaker which were once identified as 30, 30 ¼, 30 ½, and 32 Whitaker, and later 110, 112, 114, 116, 118, and 120 Whitaker, and 20 W. State Street, housed numerous businesses over the decades including a shoe and boot business (just after the American Civil War), a “high end” carriage building business, sewing machine business, cigar store, jeweler, art framing store, and restaurant.
20 W. State (which included the second and third stories of the structures) was mostly residential but at different times included a dentist office and loan business. We are restoring the building to its original beauty as reflected in the historical photographs on this page. Our building is located in the Wright’s Square business district.
Savannah is the oldest city in the State of Georgia being established on February 12, 1733, when General James Oglethorpe and settlers from the ship Anne landed at Yamacraw Bluff on the Savannah River, where they were greeted by Chief Tomochichi of the Yamacraw Indian Tribe, and Indian traders John and Mary Musgrove. Chief Tomochichi is credited with helping establish a peaceful relationship with the early settlers which helped secure the establishment of the city.
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