Savannah is steeped in rich American history. Our inn is located on a street with the namesake of our colonial founder, General James Oglethorpe. After Oglethorpe named the last colony “Georgia”, Savannah became its first city. Savannahians are pioneers of Georgia’s culture and are passionate about preserving her history. One way our area is able to do this is with meticulous upkeep of historic homes in Savannah. Three of our favorite historic house museums that are open to the public are the Davenport House Museum, Andrew Low House, and Green-Meldrim House. Make room in your itinerary to visit these historic homes during your Savannah, GA, getaway. Want to learn more about Savannah history? Our complimentary Insider’s Guide has more ideas on how to get to know our area.
Top 3 Historic Homes in Savannah You Need to Visit
Davenport House Museum
Isaiah Davenport completed this historic home in 1820 and marked the very beginning of the historic preservation movement in Savannah. The Davenport House has been a museum for more than 50 years. This museum’s mission is to preserve the home’s Federal-style architecture and artifacts while educating the visitors.
Much of the educational enrichment focuses on the Historic Savannah Foundation. This organization originally banded together to save the Davenport House from demolition. Since then, the foundation has succeeded in rescuing many historic sites from demise.
Andrew Low House
Tour the Andrew Low House on your next Savannah getaway. Andrew Low had a traditional rags-to-riches story. He eventually became the wealthiest man in Savannah in 1829 and soon after decided to build what is now a historic house museum.
The Andrew Low House is a credit to Low’s vision and New York architect John Norris’s design. The home boasts timeless elegance with cast iron balconies, smooth brick, Italianate features. Take a virtual tour of the Low House from the comfort of your home! Then, plan your visit to see the real deal on your Savannah getaway.
The Green-Meldrim House is another fascinating historic home in Savannah. This historic home carries the weight of architectural and historical significance. The Green-Meldrim House sports Gothic Revival architecture and has even been named the best representation of its type. General Sherman of the Federal army also used the house as his headquarters during the Civil War’s time in Savannah. Now, the home is used on Sundays as a parish for St. John’s Church and is open to the public for tours Tuesday through Saturday during allotted times.
Come Home to Ballastone Inn
Retreat to your home-away-from-home after a full day of visiting these historic homes in Savannah. Reflect on all of your newfound knowledge and understanding of Savannah and its history over a glass of wine at our convivial bar. We know that these home tours will leave you wanting more of Savannah history. Consider adding our Savannah Walking History Tours package to your reservation! These tours are led by Savannah’s very own Steve Ellis and explore the area’s most notable historic sites.
Overlook Oglethorpe Avenue from your balcony when you stay in our Scarborough Fair – Premium Room. This corner room in our inn features a king-size bed with an English canopy, full-size sofa, fireplace, access to our luxurious amenities, and only the finest guest experience.