Davenport House Museum

Historic District - North

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  • Guided tour
  • 500 collection items
  • Glimpse of domestic history
  • Focus on 1820–1827

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History is like Frankenstein's monster. All it takes to make it come alive is the right education, a large body of artifacts exhumed from the earth, and an electrical storm. Learn from the past with today's Groupon: for $8, you get two tickets to the Davenport House Museum on East State Street (up to a $16 value). Children younger than 6 are free and other discounts may apply, so be sure to check the admission rates. As the inaugural landmark preserved by the Historic Savannah Foundation in 1955, the Davenport House Museum boasts an architectural structure dating back to 1820 and interior furnishings modeled after the fashion of its master builder, Isaiah Davenport, and his family. Embark upon a 30- to 40-minute guided tour through the Davenport House’s domestic history and peruse a collection of some 500 items highlighting the house’s most populated years from 1820 to 1827. Knowledgeable house savants can fill in any history gaps throughout your visit as you take in the house’s carefully wrought furniture, beautifully renovated architecture, and conspicuous lack of floor-sized vinyl keyboards.


TripAdvisors give Davenport House Museum an average of 3.5 owl eyes:

  • One of the best examples of early-19th century Federal-style architecture - in other words, a beautiful home - the staircase is an incredible example of craftsmanship - worth a visit. – artelover
  • We enjoyed our visit to the Davenport House Museum. The history of the family and the house was very interesting, especially how they have restored it. – travelingnicx

Davenport House Museum

In 1820, an upwardly mobile carpenter named Isaiah Davenport designed a 6,800-square-foot Federal-style home to live in with his wife, children, and slaves. After his death, Davenport’s wife turned the stately brick house into a boarding house, though it later devolved into a run-down tenement—until the Historic Savannah Foundation saved the landmark when it was threatened with demolition in 1955. The organization’s award-winning preservation, their very first effort, jumpstarted an organized preservation movement that spread across the entire port city.

Today, the Davenport House Museum’s rooms are filled with antique furniture from the 1820s, acquired after careful research relying on estate inventories and detailed artist renderings of long-ago games of musical chairs. These period-accurate tables and chairs join ceramics, textiles, and books to form the museum’s collection of about 500 historical items. Behind the home, where a carriage house, garden, and privy once stood, a garden designed by renowned landscape artist Penelope Hobhouse flourishes. After walking among its flowers, visitors can drop by the museum shop to pick up jams and jellies, books about Savannah, and reproductions of early 19th-century items.

Customer Reviews

521 Ratings

The Davenport House certainly has great historical significance. But it also holds architectural and cultural relevance for modern guests. The tour is very engaging, and rather charming in a more intimate way. My wife and I came during a wedding anniversary, and we very much appreciated the house museum. Highly recommended!
Fuad A. · October 14, 2016
Amazing history. Great tour
Michael & Heidi W. · September 16, 2016
Dottie was a great guide and it was well worth visiting! If you enjoy history and old historic homes, this tour is for you.
George T. · September 15, 2016
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    Historic District - North

    324 E State St.

    Savannah, Georgia 31401

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