The Davenport House is a historic home located in the historic section of Savannah. It is credited as starting the preservation movement in Savannah. The house was built by Isaiah Davenport, a carpenter, back in around 1820. There is plenty of parking located along the streets, as well as it being in walking distance of a lot of the lodging in the area, so it is a convenient place to visit. In order to walk through the house you will need to take part in a tour. Tickets are purchased in the museum store.
The museum’s general admission charge is $9, with active duty military and senior citizens receiving a 10% discount. There is also a pass that you can purchase for several historic homes in the area. If you plan on visiting several historic homes, the pass would be worth it as you will spend a lot of money if tickets are purchased separately. Tours are provided by a guide throughout the day and reservations are not necessary. I don’t know how often they occur, but the size is kept to a manageable level allowing you to move freely in the house without being too crowded. Photography, like in all of the historic homes, is not permitted inside.
The house itself was built in the Federalist style by an individual who had no architectural background. However the home’s design would become a model for many homes in Savannah and referenced as being in the “Davenport” style. You get a chance to walk through most of the house and view the various antiques, structural designs and other interesting features. There are items that belonged to Davenport as well as others that were found during that era. While the Davenport name might not be that well known, the Davenport House is definitely one that stands out in historic Savannah. The house has a storied history, both during prosperous and not so prosperous times which you will learn during the tour. It served as a boarding house for a time where it was essentially gutted, so seeing in its current condition required extensive renovation.
If you are looking for a place to visit in Savannah, I would recommend the Davenport House as being one of the first homes that you visit. It will help you in understanding how and why the historic homes were preserved.
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