Originally built as a private home in the 1890’s, the mansion was acquired early on by a celebrated sea captain from Nova Scotia, Captain Aaron Flint “Rudder” Churchill. Gaining fame from an extraordinary voyage that took place in 1866, he was first mate of his uncle’s ship Research, sailing from Quebec to Scotland. A few days out from their destination, a violent storm struck the vessel, shredding the sails and unshipping the rudder. Young Churchill battled and secured the rudder, a feat he would repeat again and again during the coming weeks.
Eight years after the Research limped into Scotland’s Greenock harbor, Captain Churchill found the love of his life, Lois Churchill. Marrying in 1874, they moved to Savannah. In the next few years he founded the Churchill Steamship Line and acquired a winter home which we now know as The Forsyth Park Inn. If you look closely throughout our property, you’ll notice the captains influence. Rope motifs around the main entrance door and the twisted rope balusters of our grand staircase.
On June 10, 1920, Captain Churchill died in his Savannah home, survived by his nieces Mary and Lottie. His wife Lois followed him in 1929. Their home was subsequently sold and has lived quite a life over the last 90 years. Originally, it operated as a boarding house, then was converted into a multi-unit apartment house. In the 80’s, the house was purchased by a group of investors who renovated the house into The Forsyth Park Inn.
Check in is at 3pm, but we'll store your bags if you arrive early and call you when you arrive!
Check out is at 11am.
We can't accommodate children younger than 6 in our building, but accommodations can be made in the The Cottage. Please call before hand.
All of our rooms are non-smoking, it is allowed in our courtyard and outside our building.
We are in a residential area, one of the first streets in the city with free public parking. It's available on street in front of the Inn. We have 2 street sweeping days, Tuesday, where you can not park on the Inn's side of the street, and Wednesday, where you can not park on the opposite side of the street.
All of our rooms have private bathrooms.
Free internet wifi is available throughout the building.
We have a 13% tax on all reservations and an additional $5 per night per room tax on top of that.
Please visit our section on ADA Accessibility for more information.
We offer a full gourmet breakfast each morning. Refreshing beverages and hors d'oeuvres are served early evening in the parlor. Our guests are encouraged to relax on our rockers while enjoying the magnificent park view from the verandah or in our private courtyard garden listening to the sound of the flowing fountain. Late evening offerings at the inn consist of delectable sweets available all night in the parlor, accompanied by a selection of herbal tea and decaffeinated coffee.