Partners in Preservation and Old Town Trolley Package
Savannah, Georgia, USA
- Ride with a guide: No need to worry about transportation; routes cover all the must-see sights as guides entertain you with stories of the people behind the places.
- Hop on, hop off: Trolleys come by every 20 minutes, making it easy to visit the Victorian District, Forsyth Park, River and Broughton streets, the Telfair Museums, famous City Market, and more.
- Courtesy of Partners in Preservation: This tour includes admission to three beautifully restored homes: Juliette Gordon Low's birthplace, the Davenport House, and the Andrew Low House.
About this Savannah, Georgia tour
It's not just Southern hospitality, moss-draped trees, and the general slower pace that explains Savannahs charm; it's the architecture and history, too. Three of Savannah's most historic homes, filled with antique furniture, lush gardens, and tall tales are on today's tour.
You'll get your start at one of the finest examples of Federal-style architecture in all of Savannah. The Davenport House was built in 1820 with all the splendor of a New England mansion. Master builder Isaiah Davenport had settled in Savannah from his native Rhode Island, and set to work building his family home. But within a century, one of the finest houses on the block turned into one of its eyesores, when the once-stately mansion became a seedy boarding house. Thanks to Partners in Preservation, it's been restored to its former glory.
You'll also see the childhood home of one of America's first feminists, Juliette Gordon Low. The Lows were one of Savannah's wealthiest and most well-to-do families, and it really shows in detailed areas like the carved wooden staircase that spirals up this opulent home. In the spirit of Juliette's belief in the potential of every girl, there's an interactive exhibit called Girls Writing the World; A Library Reimagined: a collection of books by, for and about women.
Juliette Gordon married into another successful family, and the home of her father-in-law, Andrew Low, is another stop on the tour. This Grecian-inspired villa is home to one of Savannah's oldest planned gardens: a lovely spot for a stroll on a sunny day, perfumed with the scent of Southern favorites like camellias and verbena. As best as can be determined, the garden appears much as it did more than a century ago.
The Davenport cat
In the most haunted city in America, even felines can become phantoms. The ghost of the Davenport cat was first spotted at the Davenport House by a boarder. Many visitors have reported seeing a large cat skulking around the premises, some saying they've felt it purring as it rubbed against their legs and at least one lapsing into an allergy-induced sneezing fit.
Please make you way to one of these locations: Old Town Trolley Tours; 234 Martin Luther King Blvd. Savannah, GA 31401.Welcome Center; 214 W. Boundary St. Savannah, 31401.Davenport House Museum; 324 E. State St. Savannah, 31401
As with many historic buildings, not all the venues are fully wheelchair accessible. 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. Ships of the Sea Museum; The basement level is accessible with a portable ramp. Andrew Low House; Wheelchair accessible.
Closures:Old Town Trolley; Closed St. Patrick's Day. Andrew Low House; The house is closed major holidays and the first two weeks in January. Davenport House; Thanksgiving eve, Christmas Eve, New Year's Eve. Closed on New Year's Day, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, July 4, Thanksgiving and Christmas. .
Some of the sites visited have full or limited wheelchair accessibility. Please read our Helpful Hints for more information or call the GoBe Crew.
Bus Tour, Cultural
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Suitable for travelers 13 years of age and older.
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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