Discover Savannah Ga
Guests of Hamilton-Turner Inn will feel Southern hospitality no matter what they do in and around the Savannah Historic District. Our Savannah GA, bed and breakfast sits on beautiful Lafayette Square, steeped in history and enveloped by romance and relaxation. We offer guests luxury accommodations, friendly service and convenience to the treasures and rich history of our city. From its unparalleled Southern dining and antique shopping to the historic museums and ornate cathedrals, the city promises a true Georgia experience.
Things To Do In Savannah GA
Hamilton-Turner Inn, dating back to 1873, is a rich part of Savannah’s history. Our bed and breakfast sits in the heart of the Savannah Historic District in downtown. The area is one of the largest National Historic Landmark Districts in the United States and offers a number of attractions that reflect the makeup of the oldest city in Georgia.
Andrew Low House
Andrew Low commissioned New York architect John Norris to design and construct his house in 1848. Norris came to Savannah to design the Custom House on Bay Street and remained in Savannah to build many desirable residences with the latest in technology and luxury. The Italianate exterior features intricate cast iron railings and side balconies contrasting with the smooth stuccoed brick walls. The well proportioned rooms are decorated with elaborate plaster cornices and carved woodwork. The delicate balance of exterior restraint and opulent interior resulted in an elegant villa for the family.
The house remained in the family until the death of Andrew Low’s daughter-in-law, Juliette Gordon Low, Founder of Girl Scouts of the USA. The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in the State of Georgia purchased the house from her heirs in 1928. Following many years of loving maintenance and conservation the house was opened to the public in 1950.
The Green-Meldrim house is a beautiful historical landmark which was the setting of pivotal events during the Civil War. General Sherman was a house guest at invitation of the owner and sent from there the telegram to Lincoln which offered Savannah to him as a Christmas gift. From it’s American black walnut floors to the ornate ironwork, this 19th century treasure also has a beautiful garden with a covered porch on three sides of the house. The house is open for daily tours so that you can experience its marble mantles, curved stairway and rich history.
Isaiah Davenport House
This home was built in the 1820s for Isaiah Davenport’s family. It is located in the lush greenery of Columbia Square. This beautiful home marked the beginning of Savannah’s historic preservation movement. It is one of the oldest brick structures in the community and has been preserved to highlight it’s role in maintaining the rich history of Savannah. The Davenport holds interesting reenactments of Savannah’s past with docents dressed in period costume. Come relive a moment lost in time while marveling in the Davenport’s American Federal-style architecture.
Juliette Gordon Low House
This beautifully preserved Federal-style home is built of brick-covered stucco and is the birthplace of the founder of the Girl Scouts of America. Guided tours are given daily bringing to life Juliette Gordon Low’s childhood. You will get an exciting look into her history as well as an understanding of how the Girl Scouts of America strives to further the development of girls into strong women. Original and period furnishings adorn seven spacious rooms with high ceilings. The tour concludes with an interactive library exhibit that shows the life and achievements of Juliette Gordon Low.
Mercer Williams House
Architect John Norris designed this home for Gen. Hugh W. Mercer in 1871. At 429 Bull St. Tours are available at what is now called the Mercer-Williams House Museum, made famous by the shooting death of Jim Williams’ assistant, Danny Hansford. The story is retold in the 1994 John Berendt novel “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.”
Built in the early 1800s, the Owens-Thomas House is considered a National Historic Landmark, a once stately residence which is now a historic house museum. It’s vast arts collection is comprised mainly of Owens family treasures, along with American and European antiques dating from 1750-1830. It is considered by architectural historians to be one of the finest examples of English Regency architecture in America. A scenic English-inspired parterre garden adorns the premises along with an original carriage house that has preserved one of the earliest urban slave quarters in the South.
Flannery O’Conner House
Located near the natural beauty of Lafayette Square, the Flannery O’Connor House is the childhood home of the famed American writer and essayist, Flannery O’Connor. It is one of the few museum houses in the country that genuinely reflects the Depression-era. Visitors can take a guided tour that portrays the quiet domestic life of Mary Flannery’s childhood. There is also a bookshop and library where you can view rare books.