Historic Houses Walking Tour, Savannah

Historic Houses Walking Tour, Savannah
You can follow this self-guided walking tour to explore the attractions listed below. How it works: download the iOS app "Savannah Map and Walks" on iTunes App Store or the Android app "Savannah Map and Walks" on Google Play. The app turns your mobile device into a personal tour guide and its built-in GPS navigation functions guide you from one tour stop to next. The app works offline so no data plan is needed when traveling abroad.

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Many of the most famous historic houses in Georgia are here in Savannah. They provide great examples of breathtaking architecture that spans two centuries. Take this tour and view all the secrets and beauty of the Neo-Gothic, English Regency, and Victorian mansions that help make Savannah such an interesting and vibrant city today!

Historic Houses Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Historic Houses Walking Tour
Guide Location: USA » Savannah (See other walking tours in Savannah)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.5 km
Author: hollyg
Mercer-Williams House

1) Mercer-Williams House (must see)

The Mercer-Williams House was built for Civil War General Hugh. W. Mercer. Ironically, nobody from the Mercer family would ever live there. The finishing of the building was delayed because of the Civil War, leaving it incomplete until 1869. General Mercer chose to sell the home to a man named John Wilder, who finally saw it completed.

Despite the Mercer-Williams House's historical connections, it's probably more famous as the house in Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. In...   view more
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Flannery O'Connor Childhood Home

2) Flannery O'Connor Childhood Home (must see)

Fans of Southern literature are no doubt familiar with the work of Flannery O'Connor. Before her early death from systemic lupus at age 39, O'Connor wrote two novels (Wise Blood and The Violent Bear it Away) and thirty two short stories, primarily written in a Southern Gothic style, and usually involving grotesque characters and questions of morals. Many of her works also covered sensitive contemporary issues, like the Holocaust and racial integration.

O'Connor's childhood...   view more
Andrew Low House

3) Andrew Low House (must see)

The Andrew Low House is one of three buildings famous for its association with the founder of the Girl Scouts, Juliette Gordon Low. The others are the Wayne-Gordon House, the birthplace of Juliette Gordon Low, and the carriage house for the Andrew Low House, which served as the first Girl Scout headquarters.

The Andrew Low House itself was build circa 1846 for Andrew Low, a Scottish immigrant to Savannah. Low began working for his uncle's cotton operation, and eventually rose to become...   view more
Green-Meldrim House

4) Green-Meldrim House (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 Green-Meldrin House is notable for being a beautifully restored old house, and for playing a key part in Civil War history. Originally, the home was the most expensive 19th century house in Savannah. Many of its original interior survives, including the marble mantles, black walnut woodwork on the first floor, crown moldings, chandeliers,...   view more
Sorrel-Weed House

5) Sorrel-Weed House

The Sorrel-Weed House is one of Savannah's historical treasures. It was one of the first two homes in all of Georgia to be created a state landmark.

The building itself is a combination of Greek revival and Regency architecture, designed by architect Charles Clusky in 1835. It was designed for Francis Sorrel, shipping merchant and father of one of the youngest Confederate Army Generals, General Gilbert Moxley Sorrel. The house is full of antiques from the 1800s, and much of its original...   view more
Juliette Gordon Low's Birthplace

6) Juliette Gordon Low's Birthplace (must see)

Juliette Gordon Low is best known as the woman who first organized the Girl Scouts in 1912, after meeting war hero Robert Baden-Powell. Always an energetic, happy woman, Low was known for jumping headfirst into new hobbies and interests. After her historic meeting with Baden-Powell, where she learned about the Girl Guides in England, Low returned inspired to bring the girl's scouting movement to Savannah, Georgia, and America beyond.

The building itself is a blend of Regency and...   view more
Owens-Thomas House

7) Owens-Thomas House (must see)

The Owens-Thomas house is, like the Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Jepson Center for the Arts, a museum building perated by the Telfair Museum of Art.

The building itself was designed by William Jay, and English architect who was among the first professionally-trained architects working in the U.S. The residence was finished in 1819 for Richard Richardson and his family, who earned their money as cotton merchants and bankers. Unfortunately, their prosperity was short-lived-...   view more
Davenport House

8) Davenport House (must see)

The Isaiah Davenport House was built in 1820 by master builder Isaiah Davenport. This Federal style building was just as much a showcase of Davenport's talents as it was a family home, particularly in a time period where many of Savannah's homes were build by amateur architects, not professionals like Davenport.

The Davenport House remained a private family residence until seven years after its construction, when Isaiah Davenport died of yellow fever. After his death, his wife...   view more
Olde Pink House Restaurant

9) Olde Pink House Restaurant

If you want to have a lunch or dinner in Savannah, you can't find a better place to dine at than the Olde Pink House Restaurant. It's considered a local treasure. With antiques, ancestral paintings and fireplaces, guests can enjoy the formidable Southern cuisine in...   view more


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