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.
Escape the hustle and bustle of your day and enjoy a relaxed meal at Jepson Center for the Arts.
Ditch the dairy and meat and head to Jepson Center for the Arts for a vegan meal.
No need to gussy up for a trip to Jepson Center for the Arts, where patrons dress for comfort and fun.
Love the food so much you want to serve it at your next soiree? No problem — Jepson Center for the Arts offers catering.
Patrons will love the number of street and lot parking options close to Jepson Center for the Arts.
A visit to Jepson Center for the Arts will set you back less than $30 per person, so you can make it a regular part of your schedule.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all available at Jepson Center for the Arts — swing by for your favorite meal.
Stop waiting and head directly to Jepson Center for the Arts' one-of-a-kind cafe for lunch!
Historian, curator, and classic-car buff Tanya Bailey-Smith opened the Great Savannah Races Museum as an homage to the cultural significance of the Great Savannah Races of 1908, 1910, and 1911. Her facility doubles as a micromuseum and gift shop with media and fine-art items on display and a collection from the Automobile Club of America, whose members chose Savannah to host the first American Grand Prix.
Looking for a new museum experience? Check out Savannah Ogeechee Canal Museum and Nature Center in Savannah and explore the many wonders of art.
Parking is plentiful, so visitors can feel free to bring their vehicles.
We love the house of art at Heyward House Historic Center's museum in Bluffton.
Brush up on your parallel parking skills — the museum's Boundary St location offers nearby street parking.
If you're looking to spice up your weekends, give Heyward House Historic Center a call today.