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Davenport House Museum

324 East State Street, Savannah, GA 31401 (Downtown)
912 236 8097
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Ranked #41 of 121 attractions in Savannah
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Type: Historic Sites, Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: Federal-style home of master builder Isaiah Davenport restored to its early 19th century beauty. Owned and operated by Historic Savannah Foundation.
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Miami, Florida
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

Had such a wonderful experience on our tour. We were lucky enough to be the only two on the tour and our guide Arianna was lovely. She was very well informed and truly knew every little detail about the home. Any question we had was answered with enthusiasm. If you're in Savannah I highly recommend this tour. Its a lovely... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

I am a “closet” history buff/nerd, love architecture and old buildings too. The Davenport House Museum was a great find! We were only going to be in Savannah for one afternoon (boo hoo) but, decided to walk a “loop” of the historic district. On our way in to Georgia, we had stopped at a rest stop/visitor center and found a... More

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Bergen, Norway
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

This house is very important architecture to Savannah. The house was built in 1820 by Isiah Davenport. Most of the interior isn't original as the family moved away from the house after Davenport's death and thereby brought all their belongings. The furniture there today is what they think to be simulare to the original furniture based on some old lists... More

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DHDirector, Manager at Davenport House Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting the Davenport House. Happy you loved the stairs in our beautiful museum house. We argue (and believe) the interior IS furnished as it would have been originally. The house is as it was and the furnishings are based on Isaiah Davenport’s 1827 estate inventory. That’s makes it as accurate as can be. Happy Travel! Jamie Credle... More

Jacksonville, Florida
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11 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

A very unique house and loved the garden out back. We were the only couple on our tour, so we got some special treatment. The bookstore has really nice things to give as mementos and gifts.

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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

We went to the Davenport House first, and then toured 2 other homes which had excellent tours. I would rate this poorly, the guides were high school students who were in training and we definitely did not get the experience desired.

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DHDirector, Manager at Davenport House Museum, responded to this review

Three days during the year (the first Friday in August and the two days following Thanksgiving) the Davenport House provides an opportunity for young people to get their first experience in front of the public as tour guides. Many of our museum’s negative reviews on TripAdvisor have been from patrons taking tours with our Junior Interpreters on these dates. Over... More

Kissimmee, Florida
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Don't waste your money on this tour unless you are determined to see every open home in Savannah. It was $9, but very little of the interior of the home is original. NO furniture, NO rugs, NO decor. Our tour guide admitted to us that the furniture in the bedrooms and the study were pieces of the time period, but... More

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DHDirector, Manager at Davenport House Museum, responded to this review

Thank you very much for visiting the Davenport House. All Savannah house museums use the same process the Davenport House did in determining the way they should appear – scholarship/available information, decision making and resources. The Davenport House is presented period accurately and received a Preserve America Presidential Award for it. The DH determined the period 1820-27 was what it... More

Trenton, M
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63 reviews 63 reviews
24 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

This is where the preservation of Savannah begins, a must see on any tour or visit to the city. A true master builder, everyone going through the house can appreciate the ability of Isaiah Davenport. The cost for a guided tour is about $9 per adult and about half that for children. Well worth the hour long tour of the... More

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Fayetteville, North Carolina
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247 attraction reviews
403 helpful votes 403 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

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... More

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Bluffton, South Carolina
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68 attraction reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Davenport was a builder and he built this home. Architecture in the "company/client" rooms were amazing. They are still working on restoring the "basement kitchen/slave" area and soon will restore the attic when this house was used as a tenament.. Pictures are not allowed inside the building unfortunately.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

One of many great places to tour while in Savannah. The home showed how the upper middle class lived. I was bummed that they restored everything except the slaves quarters. Isn't it also important to understand how enslaved Africans lived in the city of Savannah? That piece of history is often skipped. Our tour guide did a good job, but... More

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DHDirector, Manager at Davenport House Museum, responded to this review

We are delighted that you had a positive experience at the Davenport House Museum. We wholeheartedly agree that gaining a better understanding of the lives of enslaved people in Savannah is important. The museum is still a work in progress. We’ve come a long way since our opening in 1963 (with only one floor restored) to our present two full... More

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