Isaiah Davenport House
324 East State Street, Savannah, GA, USA
www.davenporthousemuseum.org - (912) 236-8097
Isaiah Davenport House Savannah Reviews
Davenport House Museum Apr 02, 2012
Builder and carpenter Isaiah Davenport came to Savannah from Rhode Island in 1807. He built his own house, this one, in 1820 with a traditional Savannah raised basement. The house is considered a fine example of Federal style architecture. Davenport died in 1827 and Mrs. Davenport needed to take in boarders to support the family.
By the 1950s, the house had been subdivided into a multifamily rooming house and was in disrepair and slated for demolition. But it was preserved and the Isaiah Davenport House was the first of Savannah's many antebellum houses to be restored. The house has been operated as a historic house museum by the Historic Savannah Foundation since 1962.
Admission to the house museum, including a tour, is $8.00. The entrance is though the above ground basement and gift shop (Servant's Room). Visitors see the restored Dining Room, Parlor, and Living Room on the first floor and bedrooms on the second floor. The semicircular mahogany stairway to the upper floors is a unique feature of the house. Along the way, object and furnishings tell the story of a successful middle class family in Savannah. (Objects such as a silver flycatcher--there were lots of flies--give an idea of daily life.)
There is a garden in the back of the house where a vegetable garden and privy would have existed in the early 19th century.
Definitely recommended and a good way to begin house touring in Savannah.
Interior photography is not permitted.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Part of the Savannah Sojourn 2012 travel blog
Part of the list Historic Houses
Part of the list Andy's Savannah
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