50th Anniversary Golden Nugget: How it all Began!

Courtesy of the 50th Anniversary History and Communications subcommittees

The history of The Landings begins with a man who died 34 years before the first lot was platted. Dr. Charles Herty was a Georgia born scientist, professor and businessman, whose career was marked by daunting accomplishments. He was instrumental in establishing the National Institutes of Health and he was responsible for bringing Varsity football to the Univesity of Georgia. Herty Fiield in Athens is named after him, as were the Science building at Savannah State University, and the WWII Liberty Ship SS Charles H. Herty. More relevant to The Landings, in 1932 Dr. Herty invented a process for making pulp from southern pine trees.

Three years later, Union Bag, as it was then known, broke ground on its Savannah Mill. Union Bag already was a leader in paper bag production, but its reliance on pulp imported from Sweden, or made from expensive northern Spruce trees put it at a cost disadvantage to its competitors. Building a new mill in Savannah and switching to pulp made from southern pine trees eliminated that disadvantage.

In Short: No Dr. Herty + No Union Camp Mill + No Skidaway = No Landings!

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