Green-Meldrim House, Savannah

Green-Meldrim House, Savannah (must see)

Savannah's Green-Meldrim House is one of many historic houses in the city. Built circa 1853 for cotton merchant Charles Green, the Gothic revival style mansion is notable for being beautifully restored and for playing a key part in Civil War history. Originally, it was the most expensive 19th-century house in Savannah. Much of its original interior survives, including the marble mantles, black walnut woodwork on the first floor, crown moldings, chandeliers, and gilded-frame mirrors imported from Austria. Unfortunately, none of the original furniture from the early days of the Green-Meldrim House has survived to this day.

The house was used as a headquarters for Union troops after being captured by General Sherman in 1864. In December of that year, Sherman sat down in the Green-Meldrim House to write his telegram to President Abraham Lincoln, where he expressed his desire to present the city of Savannah to him as a Christmas present. After the War, in 1892, Judge Peter Meldrim purchased the house. Decades later, in 1943, his heirs sold it to a neighboring church. Today, the house is maintained as a historical museum and is used as a setting for wedding receptions and other events.

Why You Should Visit:
What makes this delightful mansion, with its large and ornate rooms, so worth visiting is the charm and expertise of the 'docents' - the guides whose knowledge is encyclopedic.
The history of General Sherman's stay and his relationship with the owner of the house alone are worth the trip through the house. The tri-fold front doors are another standout.

Tip:
In addition to the Green-Meldrim House, you may visit St. John's Church (open each weekday, 11am-1pm) with guided tours available.

Opening Hours:
Tue, Thu, Fri: 10am–4pm, Sat: 10am–1pm (last tour begins 30 mins before closing time)

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Green-Meldrim House on Map

Sight Name: Green-Meldrim House
Sight Location: Savannah, USA
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
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