Mercer Williams House Museum
429 Bull Street, Savannah, GA, USA
www.mercerhouse.com - (912) 238-0208
Mercer Williams House Museum Savannah Reviews
Midday at the Mercer House Apr 03, 2012
The Mercer House or Mercer-Williasm House, was designed by architect John S. Norris for General Hugh W. Mercer (great-grandfather of Johnny Mercer). Construction of the house began in 1860, was interrupted by the Civil War and was later completed, circa 1868, by the new owner, John Wilder. The Mercer family never lived in the house. Facing Monterey Square, the house and its grounds occupy a full block, including a carriage house and garden. An Italianate style front faces the square, but the rear elevation is in a much plainer style.
The house passed though several owners was used as the Shriners' Alee Temple in the 1950s and 1960s. It was purchased by antiques dealer Jim Williams in 1969 and restored. It is most famous today as the site of much of the story of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.
The house is owned by Jim Williams' sister, Dorothy Kingery who has opened it for public tours. (She lives in the house and made an appearance to our house tour group. I imagine she needed the income to maintain the house after Williams' death.)
House tours visit the first and second floors. Public area of the house are kept as they were when Jim Williams lived there with his eclectic antiques and paintings on display. Visitors see his office where the shooting of Danny Hansford took place, the parlor where the Christmas Parties were held, and the second floor ballroom with the organ he played to annoy his neighbor. But there is more to the Mercer-Wiliams House than the recent history. The central spiral staircase with its stained glass skylight is a highlight of the interior.
Admission and house tour is $12.50. Interior photography and photography of the garden is not permitted.
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