A historical marker in a parking lot caught Nola Blackwood’s eye and encouraged her to explore Savannah, Georgia’s earliest days. The facts she uncovered about Savannah’s botanical history changed how she thought about the city’s founding. She challenges us to reconsider what we think we know about the past.

Nola Blackwood is a scholar, educator and museum professional with two decades of experience looking closely at art and architecture around the world. She works with several historic houses and gardens in the city, serving as a consultant, interpreter and advocate for nuanced historical narratives. She also runs an art appraisal and design firm.