Historic Markers Across Georgia

John Ryan's Excelsior Bottle Works

Marker ID: GHM None
Location: Located at Bay and Montgomery Sts., Savannah, GA
County: Chatham
Coordinates: N 32° 04.933    W 081° 05.738
  32.082216    -81.09563
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM4HG8
John Ryan's Excelsior Bottle Works Marker  


On this site in 1852 stood the Excelsior Bottle Works operated by John Ryan for the manufacture of soda water and other carbonated beverages. Ryan´s soda, in colorful bottles embossed with his name and location, was known throughout Georgia. His operations expanded to Augusta, Columbus and Atlanta. Today Ryan´s bottles are prized by collectors nationwide. John Ryan with his contemporaries, Thomas Maher and Jams Ray, is commemorated for his pioneer contribution to the soda water industry in Georgia and the United States. Ryan retired form business in 1879 and passed away in Savannah on March 23, 1885.

Marker Erected at Direction of House Resolution Adopted March 5, 1976.