Davenport House Museum
Savannah, Georgia, USA
- Vivid encounter: Relive the 1820s in this splendidly interpreted American Federal-style house filled with carefully researched details such as period wallpaper and furnishings.
- Stunning staircase: This home's builder took steps to impress. Marvel at this cantilever showstopper, with metal rods to secure it from top to bottom without revealing its secrets.
- Gorgeous grounds: Plan to wander the beautiful courtyard garden, a bicentennial project later refined by renowned English landscape designer Penelope Hobhouse.
- Award-winning museum: See what helped the museum win both the Preserve America Presidential Award and the Georgia Governor's Award in the Humanities.
About this Savannah, Georgia tour
All of Savannah's historic homes are dressed to impress, but this could be the finest belle at the city's architectural ball. When ambitious artisan Isaiah Davenport built this Federal-style house in the fashionable Columbia Square neighborhood, he succeeded in showing off his building skills and creating a showplace for his growing family to live. With a wife and ten children plus a staff of slaves, Davenport had to think big.
He finished his grand project in 1820 but enjoyed his home for just seven years. After his untimely death in 1827, his resourceful young widow, Sarah, converted the residence into a boarding house and lived there until she sold it in 1840. Hopefully she got to put her feet up after bringing up that large brood and taking care of those boarding house guests.
As for the house, time wasn't kind. By the 1930s, the Davenport's home was a rundown rooming house. The once-fashionable neighborhood was shabby and seedy. By 1955, the very heart of Savannah was dying, and there were plans to demolish the grand house to make room for a parking lot. Just in time, a feisty group of women joined forces to found the Historic Savannah Foundation. Starting with this home, they turned the city around, one building at a time.
Seeing the home restored today from its original plasterwork and spectacular staircase to the 1820s-style furnishings and fabulous garden you'll be glad these visionary women stood their ground. They knew it just wasn't right to pave this paradise and put up a parking lot.
Who ya gonna call, y'all?
Despite the Davenport House's strict no-pets policy, a ghostly furtive feline is purported to wander the rooms. Sightings by staff as well as visitors, especially young children, date back to the home's use as a boarding house. Children have been known to call to the invisible-to-others cat and stroke its fur. Likewise, a young girl in period dress has been spotted playing with a ball on the home's top floor. How attuned are you to the spectral universe?
Please make your way to 324 East State Street, Savannah, GA 31401
Tour of museum lasts for about 30 minutes. Museum is closed on New Year's Day, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, July 4, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Wheelchair access is available to the basement level of Davenport House Museum (museum shop, restroom, water fountain, courtyard and garden). On request, a DVD on a guided tour of the museum can be shown. There are steps.
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Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated mild. To participate fully, you may be required to walk over primarily even surfaces at a leisurely pace. You may encounter a limited number of steps, cobblestones, or uneven surfaces, and you may have to stand for extended periods of time.
Suitable for all ages. Children 5 years of age and younger participate free of charge.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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