From the cobblestone alleyways to the quaint squares that dot the city, Savannah is known for its rich history. But it’s the historic houses that really draw the eye! These gorgeous structures are where people went about their daily life in the 19th century, and now, they’re open to the public.
This stunning example of Regency architecture was owned by the Owens family for 121 years. Built in 1819, the house and adjacent slave quarters are the only intact quarters open to the public in Savannah. Visitors can walk through a National Historic Landmark, take in the earliest system of indoor plumbing, and view America’s largest swath of slave-applied haint blue paint (said to ward off evil).
Although this house was constructed in the 1850s, its particularly unique trait is that General William Sherman used the Green-Meldrim House as his headquarters during the Civil War, and it is from this location that he gifted President Lincoln Savannah as a Christmas present!
This family mansion became the first art museum in America to be founded by a woman, circa 1886. It’s now the oldest public art museum in the South.
Tour the home of Alida Harper Fowlkes, the woman who helped spearhead the historic preservation movement in Savannah and saved numerous beautiful homes from destruction.
Although this house is now the Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum, it was once the home of one of the owners of the Savannah, the first steamship to sail across the Atlantic Ocean. Now visitors can learn about the history of the sea while they tour a structure originally built in 1819.