SAVANNAH — If you’re the type of traveler who prefers to delve deeply into the ambiance of a place, you’ll love a stay at The Kehoe House, a cornerstone of Savannah History.
Built in 1892 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Inn is a great place for history buffs. But you won’t find anything boring, dull or outdated here. The Kehoe House was voted best B&B in Savannah Morning New’s 2015 Reader’s Choice Awards, and is consistently ranked at the top of TripAdvisor’s list of best Savannah hotels.
Here’s a look at William Kehoe and the origins of The Kehoe House.
- An Irish Immigrant: In 1842, at the age of ten, William Kehoe emigrated to America from County Wexford, Ireland, with his mother, father, four brothers and three sisters. The family settled in the Old Fort District of Savannah with other Irish immigrants. As a young man, William apprenticed in an iron foundry and worked his way up to become a foreman.
- A Successful Businessman: Eventually, Kehoe bought the foundry, then located east of Broughton Street. After World War I, he built a new foundry on the riverfront and quickly became one of Savannah’s most successful and prominent businessmen.
- The Kehoe Family: In 1868, Kehoe married Anne Flood and the the two quickly started a family, which would grow to include 10 children. Their first address, on Columbia Square, was 130 Habersham Street.
- The House: As his business and family grew, Kehoe bought the lot diagonal to the original home for $950. He then built a larger, more grand home that is The Kehoe House today. The mansion was designed by DeWitt Bruyn, and was built at the cost of $25,000. The home was completed in May of 1892.
- Sold in 1930: Mr. Kehoe’s heirs sold the house in 1930. In the thirty years following the sale, the property was used as a boarding house, funeral parlor, and held for a time held by football star, Joe Namath. In 1990, Mr. Namath sold the property, and after a two year renovation, the property opened as a Historic Bed and Breakfast Inn; The William Kehoe House. The property was sold again in 2003. It was purchased by its current owner, HLC Hotels, in May of 2007.
Visit The Kehoe House’s Website to Book Your Stay and Experience Savannah’s History.