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Green Meldrim House Tour

Notice: This house is operated by St. Johns Church and can be closed at...

Notice: This house is operated by St. Johns Church and can be closed at any time for any reason for church related functions.

House Tour Day & Hours:

  • Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The last tour begins at 3:30 p.m.
  • Saturday. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The last tour beings at 12:30 p.m.
  • Closed Mondays, Wednesdays and Sundays.
General William Tecumseh Sherman used the house as headquarters when the Federal army occupied Savannah during the Civil War, upon the invitation of Mr. Green. It was at this time (December, 1864) that General Sherman sent his famous telegram to President Lincoln offering him the City of Savannah as a Christmas gift. In 1976, the house was designated a National Historic Landmark by the United States Department of the Interior. Mr. Green was not possessed of great wealth when he arrived in Savannah. He became a cotton merchant and ship owner. By 1850, he had amassed a fortune sufficient to build the most elaborate house in Savannah at a cost of $93,000. According to Green family records, $40,000 of the cost of the building materials including flagstones, laths, planks and bricks, were brought from England as ballast on Mr. Green’s ships. Recent restorations have revealed that the bricks were actually made at a foundry in Macon, GA. The Green-Meldrim House is one of the finest examples of Gothic Revival architecture to be found in the South. The house was constructed in the early 1850’s as the residence of Mr. Charles Green, an Englishman who came to Savannah in 1833. The architect for the house was Mr. John S. Norris of New York. Mr. Norris was in Savannah from 1846–1861 and during that time he designed not only the Green-Meldrim House but also the Custom House and numerous other fine residences. There are many unusual architectural features throughout the house. The front entrance has three sets of doors. The heavy outer double doors fold in and form a small closet on either side of the entrance. Of the other two sets, one has glass panels to give light and the third set is louvered for ventilation. Features: The woodwork on the main floor is American black walnut, beautifully carved, and the elaborate crown mouldings or cornices are stucco-duro. The doorknobs, hinges, keyhole escutcheons and covers are silver plated. The hanging consoles in the hall have supporting brackets or carved wood, while the ornate aprons are of papier-mache There are marble mantles in each room in the house, the two in the double drawing rooms being of Carrara marble. Other original adornments in these rooms are the matching chandeliers and the large mirrors in gold-leaf frames which were brought from Austria. The graceful curved stairway with skylight above is a feature found in other houses designed by Mr. Norris. Also of special significance are the oriel windows on the east side of the house. The Garden: The covered porch, on three sides of the house, is surrounded by ornate ironwork. The planting in the garden is not authentic to the period of the house, but after the removal of layers of soil it is believed that the pattern of the original flower beds was discovered and has been restored. The former kitchens, servants’ quarters and stable have been converted into the Rectory of St. John’s Church. History of Ownership: The house has been owned by only two families and St. John’s Church. After the death of Mr. Green in 1881, it became the property of his son, Edward Moon Green. On July 14, 1892, the house was purchased by Judge Peter W. Meldrim. On December 30, 1943, the Meldrim family sold this historic treasure to St. John’s, thus ensuring its preservation.

Savannah Stroll History Walking Tour

Hear the story of Savannah’s rich cultural heritage from it’s founding to present day....

Hear the story of Savannah’s rich cultural heritage from it’s founding to present day. Tour Highlights:
  • Learn the fascinating history of Savannah
  • See the history and culture
  • Hear about the best shopping and dining
  • Get an overview of this beautiful city
  • Tours at 10 am and 1 pm daily.
  • Tours depart from Reynolds Square.
The Savannah Stroll is the best way to get acquainted with this fair city, and a wonderful introduction that will have you strolling the streets like a native. If you’re only in Savannah for one day, or need a tour that gets you oriented to the major streets and squares of our fair city, then The Savannah Stroll is for you. A great 90 minute introduction to the fascinating history of Savannah. This tour is the best way to see the history and culture of Savannah, from ancient times to the present. You’ll walk the streets with an experienced, licensed guide who’ll answer your questions and go at the only suitable pace for this city…WALKING. The Savannah Stroll…where else can you learn about history, get recommendations for shopping and dining, and spend the day outside in the fresh air. Topics covered on this tour merely scratch the surface of city’s rich history, and are designed to give you an overview of the city, her history, and the people that have made Savannah a destination for travellers since its founding day.

Savannah History Museum

Savannah History Museum is located in the former historic Central of Georgia Railroad’s passenger station....

Savannah History Museum is located in the former historic Central of Georgia Railroad’s passenger station. The museum walks guests through the city's history from 1733, spanning the American Revolution and Civil War, all the way to modern day Savannah. Many exhibits highlight Savannah's musical, cultural and artistic contributions including the famous bench from the movie Forrest Gump. Located just across the street is Battlefield Memorial Park, which presents visitors with a free memorial to those who fought in the 1779 Battle of Savannah, second bloodiest battle of the American Revolution. This park marks the exact location where approximately 800 troops died or were wounded. [video_lightbox_youtube video_id="MLdr5OKK9io" width="640" height="480" auto_thumb="1"]

Davenport House Museum

The Isaiah Davenport House is one of the best examples of Federal-Style architecture in...

The Isaiah Davenport House is one of the best examples of Federal-Style architecture in Savannah. The simple but elegant exterior was constructed of English brick and brownstone and features an ornamental iron railing and handsome double entry stairway. The interior of the home has been authentically restored and features beautiful woodwork, original plaster-work and a hanging staircase. Filled with furnishings of the period, visitors are able to get a glimpse of what life was like in Savannah in the 1820s. The Isaiah Davenport House is one of the best examples of Federal-Style architecture in Savannah. The simple but elegant exterior was constructed of English brick and brownstone and features an ornamental iron railing and handsome double entry stairway. The interior of the home has been authentically restored and features beautiful woodwork, original plaster-work and a hanging staircase. Filled with furnishings of the period, visitors are able to get a glimpse of what life was like in Savannah in the 1820s. A native of Rhode Island, Isaiah Davenport, arrived in Savannah before 1807 after completing his apprentice as a builder. He soon became known as one of Savannah’s most famous and prosperous builders and built a number of brick houses in the late Georgian and Federal styles, all with high basements made necessary by the dusty unpaved streets of Savannah. Davenport’s heirs sold the Davenport house to planter William E. Baynard in 1840, and remained in the hands of that family until 1955. Unfortunately, the house was a run-down tenement building by the 1930’s and destined for destruction in 1955 to make way for a parking lot. The historic home was saved by seven Savannah society ladies who raised $22,500 to purchase the home. This effort was the first act of the Historic Savannah Foundation, which would be responsible for saving and preserving many of Savannah’s historic sites.

Hop On Hop Off Trolley | Old Savannah Tours

 Take a ride on Savannah's most iconic tours, the Hop On/Hop Off Trolley Tour....

 Take a ride on Savannah's most iconic tours, the Hop On/Hop Off Trolley Tour. Get acquainted with the layout of the city and learn about famous landmarks on this narrated tour. Hop on and off at your leisure all day at 16 stops. And always be on the lookout for Old Savannah Tour’s signature Savannah characters to charm you with their colorful personalities along the way.

What to Expect on This Tour:

  • Can use for 1-day all day. If you would like additional days on the hop on/off Trolley you can purchase it directly from Old Savannah Tours.
  • Hop on/off at 16 sites throughout the historic district.
  • Learn about the city's most famous landmarks on this narrated tour.
  • Famous Savannah characters hop on the bus at different stops and tell you story.
  • If your hotel is located in the historic district Old Savannah Tours may be able to pick you up! Call them (click to call button below).
Map for Hop on Hop Off Trolley: Savannah Hop on Hop Off Trolley Map

Telfair Academy

The Telfair Academy is just short walk away from the Jepson Center, but that...

The Telfair Academy is just short walk away from the Jepson Center, but that short distance covers nearly 200 years of history. The stately two-story mansion, designed by William Jay in the Neoclassical Regency style and built in 1819, is just three historic squares away from Jay’s other masterpiece, the Owens-Thomas House. The Telfair Academy contains three nineteenth-century period rooms and houses nineteenth- and twentieth-century American and European art from the museum’s permanent collection including paintings, works on paper, sculpture, and decorative arts.

Harper Fowlkes House Tour

House is open Monday, Wednesday and Saturdays from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. This...

House is open Monday, Wednesday and Saturdays from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

This Greek Revival mansion located in Savannah’s historic district was built in 1842, and graciously opens their doors for tours. The house is beautifully furnished with antiques, yet continues to retain the feel of a warm and inviting home. The Harper-Fowlkes House has served as the headquarters for the Society of the Cincinnati in the State of Georgia since Alida Harper-Fowlkes bequeathed the house to the Society in 1985. The exterior and interior architectural features of the home have intrigued students and travelers from all over the world. One of the featured treasures of the house is the elliptical opening viewed from the lower and upper levels of the entry and stairwell. What to Expect: 
  • Docent led tour of Greek Revival historic home.
  • See fine furnishings and architectural features of the home.

City Carriage Tour

During this one-hour carriage tour you'll: Experience 25-30 blocks of Savannah’s historic downtown district...

During this one-hour carriage tour you'll:
  • Experience 25-30 blocks of Savannah’s historic downtown district
  • See houses, gardens, mansions, churches, and parks
  • Learn about buildings, history, architecture, flora, and the people that make up the “Hostess City”
  • Learn everything that Savannah has to offer on a Plantation Carriage Company tour
Plantation Carriage Company is the premier carriage tour company in Savannah and has developed the greatest carriage experience in the city! A Plantation Carriage Company tour offers a blend of knowledge, wit, humor, and history and is exciting and ever-changing, a seamless fusion of 19th century conveyance in a 21st century city. From the ground crew that assists with carriage loading, to the guide that leads your tour, our personnel is the most experienced in the industry. Located in the heart of the City Market area on the South East corner of Ellis Square. Tours depart from Ellis Square.

Old Fort Jackson

Old Fort Jackson is a must-see National Historic Landmark offering daily cannon firings and...

Old Fort Jackson is a must-see National Historic Landmark offering daily cannon firings and exciting interactive programs for adults, kids and families! Only minutes away from historic downtown Savannah, you can experience unique views of Savannah's riverfront and walk on the grounds of one of the oldest brick fortifications on the East Coast. History This fortification is located on the Savannah River, just 3 miles east of the city. It was constructed in 1808 as part of President Thomas Jefferson's Second System coastal defense initiative and named after Revolutionary War patriot James Jackson. This brick fort was constructed over an old earthen battery from the Revolutionary War which had been called "Mud Fort." Soldiers were stationed at Fort James Jackson to guard Savannah during the War of 1812. Following the War of 1812, two periods of construction continued expansion of the fort from the 1840s-1850s, prior to the outbreak of the American Civil War. Local Confederate militia units occupied the fort at the start of the Civil War in 1861. In 1862, it became the headquarters for Savannah's river defenses after the fall of Fort Pulaski. In 1864 the Confederate troops quickly evacuated Fort Jackson just prior to the arrival of federal troops under the leadership of General William Tecumesh Sherman after his infamous "March to the Sea," leaving Fort Jackson under control of federal troops. The last American soldiers to be stationed at Fort Jackson were members of the 55th Massachusetts, an African- American unit of the Federal Army. The War Department abandoned the fort in 1905 and the state of Georgia reopened it in 1965 as a maritime museum. After the state decided to close the museum in 1975, the newly formed nonprofit Coastal Heritage Society approached the State in 1976 asking permission to re-open and operate the site, which was granted. The historic site was now referred to as Old Fort Jackson. In 1978, Fort Jackson and CHS came under the leadership of Scott W. Smith. Operation continued to grow with modest success as did development of educational programming for regular guests and student field trips. Currently, Old Fort Jackson has a successful model of independent operation and a solid reputation of delivering high-quality, engaging educational programming for booked groups. This program offering has been expanded to regular operation for daily museum guests and includes cannon, musket firings and other interactive & hands-on activities.

Georgia State Railroad

This attraction will be closed from July 29th thru August 23rd.  Georgia State Railroad...

This attraction will be closed from July 29th thru August 23rd. 

Georgia State Railroad Museum is a historic site featuring the most complete antebellum railroad of its kind in the world and is located at the old Central of Georgia Railway Savannah Shops and Terminal Facilities in downtown Savannah. The museum gives visitors the opportunity to engage in interactive experiences, such as participating on the handcar, touring the historic railcars and taking a guided site tour by train which showcases our museum’s fully operational turntable. Check our website for a complete schedule of the days our train is operating. Space is limited on the site tour by train and is first come, first served. [video_lightbox_youtube video_id="hK2WYTqrH94" width="640" height="480" auto_thumb="1"]

Civil War Walking Tour

Tour Highlights: See the houses of the South’s most prominent generals Learn Savannah’s role...

Tour Highlights:
  • See the houses of the South’s most prominent generals
  • Learn Savannah’s role in the War
  • Hear about military strategies
It’s a march through Civil War era Savannah. Hear the strategies of the blue and the gray. See civil war era Savannah, and the houses and buildings involved in the great war between the states. “…I beg to present to you as a Christmas Gift, the City of Savannah with 150 heavy guns and plenty of ammunition and also about 25,000 bails of cotton…” So reads Union General William T. Sherman’s telegram to President Lincoln on Dec. 22, 1864 after the occupation of Savannah, ending his army’s infamous “march to the sea.” For Savannah, the Civil War began in January of 1860 with the seizing of Ft. Pulaski by Georgian troops, preceding the bombardment of Ft. Sumter in Charleston by some three months before the “official” start of the war. It is the story of the Civil War, pitting brother against brother, which has intrigued Americans since its inception. You’ll hear about military strategies of both sides and learn how Savannahians endured the hardships of the war. A tour for the amateur and buff alike, the Civil War Walk is an intriguing tour through the historic district. Come tour the Civil War Walk. Make a reservation and experience what Savannah was like during the war.

Historic Homes Walking Tour

Savannah has charmed visitors for centuries with her history, architecture and famous hospitality. With...

Savannah has charmed visitors for centuries with her history, architecture and famous hospitality. With this tour, you will:
  • Explore the rich architectural heritage that spans two centuries
  • Take a tour of the Juliette Gordon Low Home
  • More than a discussion on architecture, this enchanting walk through the heart of the Historic District focuses on Savannah’s majestic mansions and their residents.
  • Learn about Savannah’s ongoing historic preservation movement and hear of the contributions of residents dedicated to protect and conserve our rich history.
  • This tour features a visit to one of Savannah’s most beautiful historic homes.
  • Tours departs from Reynolds Square (Congress and Abercorn Streets).
One of the places you’ll see on this tour is the Owens-Thomas House, widely regarded as the premiere example of regency architecture in the United States, and learn about the achievements of architect William Jay. You’ll also see the Green Meldrim House, where Gen. William T. Sherman was a “guest” during the Civil War. Other house highlights includes discussions on the development of domestic dwellings in Savannah, from colonial times to the present, featuring fine examples of architecture that span two centuries.

Bonaventure Cemetery Tours

One of the oldest sayings in Savannah is, “No visit to Savannah is complete...

One of the oldest sayings in Savannah is, “No visit to Savannah is complete without a visit to Bonaventure Cemetery,” and with 800,000 people a year exploring 150+ acres of natural splendor mixed with statues, ironwork, and some of Savannah’s most famous reposed lying in state, you’ll soon understand why this should be at the very top of your Savannah-To-Do-Bucket-List! And, if you’re a present fan or one to be of “Midnight In The Garden of Good & Evil,” this Savannah walking tour is a must-do. A number of the characters are buried here, and the cemetery itself is a setting for some of the book’s important scenes. Originally a 1750’s plantation that became Savannah’s great park during both Industrial Revolutions, Bonaventure became not only Savannah’s chief escapist place, but true to Savannah form, their setting for cocktail hour at sunset! Because of all this it was, and still remains, a great point of pride that we became the first company to offer daily cemetery tours in Bonaventure; to share her secrets and her serenity with visitors from all over the world! History and Points of Interest on Tour:
  • Tour duration: 2 hours
  • Bonaventure Plantation: The history
  • Freemasonry: Secret societies revealed
  • Little Gracie: Savannah’s guardian angel
  • Johnny Mercer: 1,568 songs, 4 Oscars & Moon River
  • Conrad Aiken: Poetry & martinis at sunset
  • John Walz: Savannah’s greatest sculptor
  • Harry Hervey: Screenwriter & novelist
  • Corinne Lawton: Romantic rebel
  • Symbolism, funerary rites, & much more!
  • Tour provided by Sixth Sense Tours
 

Savannah Experience Trolley Tour

Savannah is a quintessential Southern lady: striking beauty on the surface with soulful roots...

Savannah is a quintessential Southern lady: striking beauty on the surface with soulful roots that run mysteriously deep. You know that sayin’ ‘in due time?’ Well, we encourage you – do take your time – and acquaint yourself with this cordial and complicated city by taking our Savannah Experience tour. If you really want to get to know her, these things can’t be rushed. That’s why we designed this in-depth tour aboard our enclosed, air-conditioned mini bus to show you all the popular sites and haunts of the Historic District. But, then we go even further to explore the Victorian District, Thomas Square neighborhood restoration, the Beach Institute and oak-lined Victory Drive. Whether you’re a history buff or you’ve just gone gaga over Savannah (like most folks do) The Savannah Experience Tour is your chance to take your appreciation and understanding of this city to an entirely new level. What to Expect:
  • Featured tour.
  • Tour takes place on a Trolley by Old Savannah Tours. Get a full overview of Savannah and learn the ins and outs of this great city.
  • Narrated with costumed characters tell the full story of the city.

Pinpoint Heritage Museum

Notice: They are open Thursday - Saturday only from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m....

Notice: They are open Thursday - Saturday only from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pin Point Heritage Museum is located in the former A.S. Varn & Son Oyster and Crab Factory. The community was founded in 1896 by freed slaves after the Civil War. The former factory has been transformed into an educational center for visitors to authentically learn about the Gullah/Geechee culture directly from residents who grew up in the small, close-knit community. Guests can discover these unique lifeways, from daily life to religion, language and food.

Webb Military Museum

Located in Historic Downtown Savannah, Webb Military Museum features military artifacts from the American...

Located in Historic Downtown Savannah, Webb Military Museum features military artifacts from the American Civil War to Desert Storm. Original uniforms, headgear, and equipment are displayed in a walk-through setting. The museum honors our servicemen from all wars and branches. Many of the displays contain named groupings of servicemen highlighting their stories of service. A visit to Webb Military Museum will certainly bring back one’s love of history and the realization of how much we owe to our men and women in uniform.

Historic Overview Trolley Tour

Savannah is a quintessential Southern lady: striking beauty on the surface with soulful roots...

Savannah is a quintessential Southern lady: striking beauty on the surface with soulful roots that run mysteriously deep. You know that sayin’ ‘in due time?’ Well, we encourage you – do take your time – and acquaint yourself with this cordial and complicated city by taking our Savannah Experience tour. If you really want to get to know her, these things can’t be rushed. That’s why we designed this in-depth tour aboard our enclosed, air-conditioned mini bus to show you all the popular sites and haunts of the Historic District. But, then we go even further to explore the Victorian District, Thomas Square neighborhood restoration, the Beach Institute and oak-lined Victory Drive. Whether you’re a history buff or you’ve just gone gaga over Savannah (like most folks do) The Savannah Experience Tour is your chance to take your appreciation and understanding of this city to an entirely new level. What to Expect:
  • Featured tour.
  • Tour takes place on a Trolley by Old Savannah Tours. Get a full overview of Savannah and learn the ins and outs of this great city.
  • Narrated with costumed characters tell the full story of the city.

Andrew Low House Museum

The lovely brick Andrew Low House combines Grecian details with elements of the Italian...

The lovely brick Andrew Low House combines Grecian details with elements of the Italian Villa style and boasts one of Savannah's most stunning ironwork balconies. A shuttered piazza overlooks a beautiful brick-walled garden in the rear of the home. The front garden remains much as it did when first planted, with two hourglass-shaped flowerbeds. Handsome inside as well as the out, the Andrew Low House features spacious rooms decorated with beautiful plaster cornices and carved woodwork.

New York architect, John Norris, designed and built this lovely home in 1848-1849 for Andrew Low, a wealthy cotton factor, who came to Savannah from Scotland when he was only 16 years old. He started working in his uncle’s cotton firm and later became a partner and later director of the Savannah operation. In 1843 he married Sarah Cecil Hunter. Unfortunately, Andrew’s wife and 4-year old son died before the house was complete. Five years later, Andrew married Mary Cowper Stiles, daughter of William Henry Stiles, United States Minister to Austria. During the Civil War, Andrew Low was imprisoned at Fort Warren in Boston harbor on suspicion of collaboration with the Confederacy.

The Andrew Low House was host to several important visitors over the years. One such visitor was English author, William Makepeace Thackery, who visited in 1853 and 1856 while on lecture tours.

Know that I write from the most comfortable quarters I have ever had in the United States. In a tranquil old city, wide stretched, tree-planted, with a few cows and carriages rolling through the sandy road, a red river with a tranquil little fleet of merchant men taking cargo, and tranquil ware-houses barricaded with packs of cotton; a famous good dinner, breakfast, etc. and leisure all morning to think and do and sleep and read as I like. The only place I stay in the United States where I can get these comforts -- all free gratis -- is in the house of my friend Andrew Low of the great house of A. Low and Co, Cotton Dealers, brokers.
William Makepeace Thackery

In 1870, Robert E. Lee, former commander of the Army of Northern Virginia paid a visit to Savannah with his daughter, Agnes. The general left the train to face one of the largest crowds that ever assembled to welcome him. Cheer followed cheer. As soon as the crowd would permit, Lee was driven to the home of General Lawton, at the corner of York and Lincoln Streets. Later in the evening he was taken to the Andrew Low House, where he was to sleep.

The Lowes invited some of Lee’s old comrades to dinner on April 2. General Joseph E. Johnson, General Andrew Lawton and General J. F. Gilmer came to pay their respects. It was the first time Lee had seen Johnson since the war. Before leaving Savannah, Lee paid a visit to Joseph Johnston, who was then living at 105 E. Oglethorpe Avenue. At some point during his stay, Lee and Johnston were photographed together at Ryan’s, a local photography studio in downtown Savannah. The familiar picture shows them, "grizzled, old and feeble,” seated on opposite sides of a small table.

That spot of spots! That place of places!! That city of cities!!!
Robert E. Lee to Savanahian Jack MacKay

Andrew Low’s son, William Mackay Low, married Juliette Gordon in 1886. Juliette, commonly known as Daisy, moved in the family home on Lafayette Square. It was here that the widowed Juliette founded the Girl Scouts of America. Daisy had become friends with General Robert Baden-Powell, former of the Boys Scouts of England. Baden-Powell and his sister, who had formed a society of “Girl Guides” in England, inspired Daisy to found a similar organization in the United States. She formed two such groups of girls in Savannah in 1912. Members of the Girl Guides, later known as the Girl Scouts, held their meetings in Daisy’s carriage house. Juliette Gordon Low died in 1927 and bequeathed the carriage house to the Savannah Girl Scouts. The National Society of the Colonial Dames in Georgia purchased the Andrew Low House in 1928. After painstaking restoration, the Colonial Dames used the home as their headquarters, and officially opened the home to the public in 1952.

A Walk Through Midnight

Truth is truly stranger than fiction. Who would have thought that a story about...

Truth is truly stranger than fiction. Who would have thought that a story about characters in a sleepy little southern town would have created such a stir?
  • Tour Highlights: Unique walking tour based on the best selling novel, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, A Savannah Story.
  • See the sights made famous by this novel which became an International Phenomenon.
  • Rated by Walking Magazine as “One of the 10 Best Walking Cities in America.”
  • Tour begins at Oglethorpe Square.
Shocking soirees. Scandalous affairs. Don’t let the Southern charm fool you. Even the rumors whispered beneath dripping Spanish moss are enough to make a man blush – and it’s all true! Just another day in this eccentric city…. The Savannah Walks is proud to present A Walk through Midnight, a saunter through the pages of John Berendt’s runaway bestseller, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.

Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters

Built as a beautiful Regency style mansion in 1819, the Owens-Thomas House, along with...

Built as a beautiful Regency style mansion in 1819, the Owens-Thomas House, along with its adjacent gardens, carriage house, and slave quarters, allows visitors to explore the complicated relationships between the most and least powerful people in the city of Savannah in the early 19th century. History of the Richardson-Owens-Thomas House In November 1816, work began on the new home of banker, shipping merchant, and slave trader Richard Richardson and his wife, Frances. The home was designed by English architect (and relative to Richardson by marriage) William Jay, but was constructed by builder John Retan and the team of free and enslaved men in his charge. The site also included a two-sided privy and a building located on the east end of the lot, which was divided into a carriage house and slave quarters. The Richardsons moved into the home with their six children and nine enslaved men, women, and children in January 1819. Unfortunately for the Richardsons, the next three years saw steady decreases in their prosperity, including the financial Panic of 1819, a yellow fever epidemic, a fire that destroyed half the city, and the death of Frances and two of the children. By 1822, Richardson decided to sell the house and move to Louisiana, where he had family and business interests. He had been shipping enslaved people, mostly children, from Savannah to New Orleans for years. By 1824, the Bank of the United States owned the house, which they leased to Mary Maxwell as a boarding house. The Marquis de Lafayette was a guest of Mrs. Maxwell when he visited Savannah in March 1825 as part of his whirlwind tour of the United States for the 50th anniversary of the American Revolution. In 1830, George Welshman Owens, then mayor of Savannah, purchased the property at auction for $10,000. Owens, who was also a lawyer, planter, and politician, moved in with his wife, Sarah, and their six children in 1833. Over the years, Owens kept nine to 15 enslaved people on the property and held almost 400 men, women, and children in bondage on his plantations. The last Owens descendant to live in the home was George Owens’ granddaughter, Margaret Gray Thomas. When Thomas passed away in 1951 with no direct heirs, she willed the house to the Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences to be run as a house museum in honor of her grandfather, George Owens, and her father, Dr. James Gray Thomas. The site opened to the public in 1954. Carriage House Orientation Gallery The south half of this building originally housed horses and carriages on the first floor with a hay loft on the floor above. Beginning in November 2018, the first level of this building will house our Orientation Gallery. Exhibits in this space help put the story of the site into the larger context of local, regional, and national history. The site of the original hay loft now houses The Loft, a workspace for Telfair’s historical interpreters to study primary documents, examine archaeological artifacts, and research our sites’ history. Slave Quarters The north half of the building contains the original slave quarters for the site. This two-story structure was composed of three rooms on each level. Nine to 15 enslaved people, about half of whom were children, lived and worked on the site at any given time between 1819 and the end of the Civil War. Once the war ended, the space became servants’ quarters, housing many of the same people. Now these these wonderfully preserved spaces offer new interactive exhibits to help visitors understand the day-to-day lives of the enslaved people who lived and worked in the space, as well as the most unique architectural feature of the house, the indoor plumbing.

Narrated Harbor Sightseeing Cruise

During our new 1 ½ hour cruise you can experience the river that was...

During our new 1 ½ hour cruise you can experience the river that was – and remains – the lifeblood of Savannah! Hear our Captain’s intriguing tales and historic facts about our modern port and the ships that visit from all over the world. Then make your way down river to Old Fort Jackson, home of one of the largest and oldest original artillery pieces in the country! Take advantage of the great photo opportunities of Savannah’s historic riverfront and skyline. Snacks and beverages are available on board at our Riverboat Snack Shop. What to Expect:
  • Boarding at 12:30 p.m., Sailing at 1:00 p.m., Returning at 2:30 p.m. Every Saturday & Sunday in December & January Every Wednesday through Sunday in February Daily from March through November PLUS December 26-31
  • Boarding at 3:00 p.m., Sailing at 3:30 p.m., Returning at 5:00 p.m. Saturday only in February, March & November Daily from April through October
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Ghost Walking Tour

Savannah, with so much history, is bound to have a few skeletons in her...

Savannah, with so much history, is bound to have a few skeletons in her closet, and maybe just a bit more! Tour Highlights Include:
  • Learn about local legends, house hauntings, and even the occasional house exorcism.
  • This evening tour takes you though the old colonial part of the historic district and talks to you about local legends, house hauntings and even the occasional house exorcism here in Savannah.
  • Take a twilight stroll along Savannah’s shadowy squares and beneath the moss covered trees as tales are told of the old Gullah traditions and superstitions, some of which are still practiced today!!
Why is Savannah such a superstitious place? Why is it considered one of the most haunted cities in America?

Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum

The Museum is arranged for self-guided tours. Please expect to spend at least one hour on...

The Museum is arranged for self-guided tours. Please expect to spend at least one hour on site to explore the galleries and gardens. For groups of 10 or more Ships of the Sea can provide a guided tour of the Museum with a reservation in advance. The Museum also offers many educational opportunities for visitors of all ages. All student programs include educational tours. The Museum offers classes on the art of scrimshaw, sailor's valentines, and women pirates. The Scarbrough House is the elegant setting for the Museum's collection of ship models, paintings, and maritime antiques. It was built in 1819 for one of the principal owners of the Savannah, the first steamship to cross the Atlantic Ocean. Scarbrough's architect, William Jay from Bath, England, created one of the earliest examples of domestic Greek Revival architecture in the South. Used as a public school from the 1870s - 1960s, the mansion was then abandoned for a brief period but later restored by Historic Savannah Foundation in the 1970s. After another period of vacancy, Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum restored the house again in 1996-97, building a new roof based on a documented William Jay design, adding a new rear portico and enlarging the garden. What to Expect: 
  • Self-guided tour.
  • gift shop.
  • May be closed for private events with short notice provided.

Pounce Cat Cafe

Children under the age of 12 are not allowed. If your group has 8...

Children under the age of 12 are not allowed. If your group has 8 or more people please call ahead. 

What you receive: 1 hour at the Cat Cafe along with 1 free beverage per person (coffee, beer or wine)

Pounce Cat Cafe + Wine Bar is a place where you can come to enjoy freshly brewed coffee or tea, sip on wine or craft beer, snack on delicious pastries, and cuddle with adorable (and adoptable!) cats. We've teamed up with our local shelter, Charleston Animal Society, to provide our cats, so if at the end of your visit you've fallen in love with your new feline friend, you can take them home with you! Visits to the cafe are $15 per person and include 1 hour in the cat lounge as well as 1 beverage of your choice to enjoy while you hang out with the kitties. Beverages included with the reservation fee: 1 glass of house wine, 1 craft beer, or bottomless non-alcoholic beverages such as coffee, tea, lemonade, and soda. Fresh, local pastries are also available for purchase at the cafe if you would like a snack. Additional time can be purchased at the cafe if the cat lounge is not fully booked for the next hour. AGE RESTRICTIONS: The minimum age for visiting Pounce Cat Cafe + Wine Bar is 12 years old.A parent or guardian will need to sign a minor waiver for anyone visiting the cafe between the ages of 12 and 17. CHANGES/CANCELLATIONS: You can alter your reservation date/time by clicking on "Modify Reservation" link in your confirmation email up to 24 hours prior to your visit. You can cancel your reservation up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund. MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE: Parties larger than 8 people are required to reserve the space as a private event. Not only can large groups be loud and distressing for our cats, they can also be disturbing for other guests who are visiting the cafe during the same hour.

Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum

Visit one of the world's most powerful museum experiences, the National Museum of the...

Visit one of the world's most powerful museum experiences, the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force. Located only minutes from historic downtown Savannah, where the Eighth Air Force was activated in 1942, the 90,000-square-foot museum is dedicated to preserving the history and stories of the Eighth Air Force, the "greatest air armada of all time." Hear the unforgettable stories of bravery, experience a bomber mission and briefing, and see the ongoing restoration of the World War II B-17 Flying Fortress "City of Savannah" inside the Museum's Combat Gallery. The National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force is an experience not to be missed while visiting Savannah! We are pleased to be able to offer group tours of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force. These tours can be self-guided or guided by our incredible Museum Docents. If you choose for your group to tour self-guided (on your own), you will want to plan on a minimum of two hours. Guided tours are two hours in length. If you have limited time, just let us know and we will tailor a shorter tour for your needs. The National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force is home to a traditional English Pub. You can enjoy lunch there, Monday thru Friday from 11 am to 2 pm, with food prepared by our in-house restaurant, Miss Sophie's Marketplace.

Jepson Center for the Arts

The Jepson Center links the history preserved by the Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters...

The Jepson Center links the history preserved by the Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters and Telfair Academy to the future of art and architecture. The strikingly modern building, opened in 2006, is filled with art, activities, and educational opportunities that will encourage learning for generations to come.

Grave Encounters Trolley Tour

Notice: Visit attraction website for tour departure times. Arrive at the address listed below 15...

Notice: Visit attraction website for tour departure times. Arrive at the address listed below 15 minutes prior to departure time. Call number listed below for more info. Tour Description: Do you ever get spooked? You know, all goose bumps, bug-eyed and scared to death at what’s hiding around the corner? Good! We’ll be sure the ghosts find you first! Oh, come on now, we’re just teasing (sort of) but you can be sure you’ll have a night of frights when you hop on Old Savannah Tour’s Grave Encounters adventure. Now during the day, we bring history to life, but at night, we bring the DEAD to life – this is one of the nation’s most haunted cities after all. And just so you know, these aren’t the doe-eyed friendly ghost types. We’re talking folks who were tortured and murdered and they have hundreds of years of pent-up anger just waiting to come out. Add a terrorizing tour of the famed Telfair Academy to your night and you won’t sleep for weeks! Reservations are strongly recommended to guarantee seating (just be sure to bring a friend… this is one tour you don’t want to take alone). What to Expect:
  • Featured tour.
  • Tour takes place on a Trolley by Old Savannah Tours. Learn about all of the haunts and scarry stories that circulate Savannah's rich and troubled past.
  • Narrated with costumed characters tell the full story of the city.

Haunted Pubs & Taverns Tour

Tours take place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings only Guests are escorted by...

Tours take place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings only

Guests are escorted by a seasoned guide through the Pubs and Taverns of Old Savannah. Your guide will relate stories of how each pub and tavern has earned its place in history. Savannah, with so much history, is bound to have a few skeletons in her closet, and maybe just a bit more! Pubs and Taverns Tour Highlights:
  • Learn about local legend and lore
  • Stroll America’s largest National Landmark Historic District
  • Gain insight into the City’s culture
  • Narrated by knowledgeable and interactive guides
  • The Pubs and Taverns Tour takes you though the old colonial part of the Historic District and talks to you about local legends and lore of Old Savannah.
  • Shocking soirees. Scandalous affairs. Don’t let the Southern charm fool you.

AVAILABLE ATTRACTIONS...click here

Duration Featured Attractions Walk-in Attractions
1-Day Pass Choose 2 As Many As You Want for 1-Day
2-Day Pass Choose 3 As Many As You Want for 2-Days
3-Day Pass Choose 4 As Many As You Want for 3-Days

Featured Attractions

Require reservations which are easily made in the Mobile Pass you’ll receive.

Walk-in Attractions

No reservations are needed. Can be visited anytime during their operating hours, such as a museum.

Can visit an unlimited number of these on your active days.

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SAVING EXAMPLES: Save $86 per Person With a 3-Day Pass...click here

Summary: Save $86 per person which is 59% off of retail rates with a 3-day pass!

(Examples below are suggestions. You can choose whatever you’d like to do from the available tours/attractions.)


Day #1 Savings Example Retail Price
1-Day Pass Includes: 2 featured tours + visit unlimited walk-in attractions for 1-day
Savannah Riverboat Cruises (featured tour #1) $28
Hop On Hop Off Trolley Tour (featured tour #2) $32
Andrew Low House Museumr (walk-in) $10
Owens Thomas House & Slave Quarters (walk-in) $20
Savannah History Museum (walk-in) $9
1-Day Retail Value $99
1-Day Tour Pass Cost: $69

SAVE $30 PER PERSON, 43% OFF OF TICKET PRICES!


Day #2 Savings Example Retail Price
2-Day Pass Includes: 3 featured tours + visit unlimited walk-in attractions for 2-days
History Carriage Tour (featured tour #3) $27
Green Meldrim House (walk-in) $10
Andrew Low House Museum (walk-in) $10
Davenport House Museum (walk-in) $9
Savannah History Museum (walk-in) $9
2-Day Retail Value $164
2-Day Tour Pass Cost: $114

SAVE $50 PER PERSON, 44% OFF OF TICKET PRICES!


Day #3 Savings Example Retail Price
3-Day Pass Includes: 4 featured tours + visit unlimited walk-in attractions for 4-days
Bonaventure Cemetery Tour (featured tour #4) $28
Old Fort Jackson (walk-in) $9
Telfair Academy (walk-in) $20
Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum (walk-in) $9
3-Day Retail Value $230
3-Day Tour Pass Cost: $144 per person

SAVE $86 PER PERSON, 59% OFF OF TICKET PRICES!

There’s no denying the savings and convenience that Tour Pass offers! Plus you can book your tours in advance with our amazing Mobile Pass that includes maps and detailed attraction information.

Simply Choose a 1, 2 or 3-day Pass

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(Savannah Pass operates similarly to the Charleston pass in video with different tour options)

It’s simple

  • Instantly Receive Your Mobile Pass via Text and Email

    Can choose to activate your pass immediately or for a future date and book your reservations in advance.

  • Present Your Pass to Enter Any of These 30 Attractions

BENEFITS

Stress-Free Experience

Figuring out what to do in an unfamiliar city is stressful. We’ve simplified this process by hand-picking only the best tours, attractions and historic sites. Simply present your Mobile Pass and you’re in!

Book Tours in Advance

After purchasing Tour Pass, you can book your featured or reserved tours in advance for when you’re visiting.

Admission Included for 40+ Attractions

Only the best experiences are included. Scroll to top of page to see available attractions. Click here to see all tours

Mobile Pass & Guide Included

Smartphone required with internet connection. (Apple, Android or Windows phone or tablet)

Skip the Ticket Lines

No need to wait in line, just present your Mobile Pass at the ticket window and you’re in!

Saves Money

See savings example above where you can save $86 per person with just a 3-day pass! Click here to view

Non-Consecutive Day Use

Multi-day passes (2, 3, 4 or 5-day passes) can be used on non-consecutive days.

Risk-Free Guarantee

You can purchase a pass up to 12 months before use and activate it when you’re ready. We will refund any pass 100% that hasn’t been used up to 6 months from purchase date. No questions asked.

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THE MOBILE PASS

Savannah mobile pass

Interactive Maps

Never get lost. Maps show where you are located in relation to tours, attractions and landmarks.

You’re in Control

After purchase, choose a pass activation date and then book the tours you want to visit in advance before arriving.

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1 Day Pass

Includes 2 featured tours + visit as many walk-in attractions as you wish for 1-day!

Adult: $74 $69

Child: $44 $39

2 Day Pass

Includes 3 featured tours + visit as many walk-in attractions as you wish for 2-days!

Adult: $129 $114

Child: $72 $62

3 Day Pass

Includes 4 featured tours + visit as many walk-in attractions as you wish for 3-days!

Adult: $165 $144

Child: $95 $82

1 Day Pass

Includes 2 featured tours + visit as many walk-in attractions as you wish for 1-day!

Adult: $74 $69

Child: $44 $39

2 Day Pass

Includes 3 featured tours + visit as many walk-in attractions as you wish for 2-days!

Adult: $129 $114

Child: $72 $62

3 Day Pass

Includes 4 featured tours + visit as many walk-in attractions as you wish for 3-days!

Adult: $165 $144

Child: $95 $82

Verified Reviews

 

Wonderful

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It’s the best way to go. We saw so much more this way than if we would have went to each thing separate. Especially the walk- ins. We wouldn’t….read more

Economical & Easy to Use

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Our visit to Savannah was stress free due to the use of the Savannah Tour Pass. It allowed us to plan our itinerary for the places we wanted to see….read more

A great tool to have

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The Charleston Tour pass greatly enhanced our visit. We were easily able to reserve spots at the featured tours and when we arrived we just ….read more

Pass is a great deal

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We purchased the 3-day pass and saved about $100 per individual. We did a number of things we wouldn’t have normally done and were  ….read more

So worth buying!

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We purchased this pass and we are so glad we did. We got to see and do so many different things in Charleston. We would recommend  ….read more

Well worth it

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Having the 3 day tour pass made our visit easier and more enjoyable. There were plenty of ideas to choose from and it encouraged us to do more….read more