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Davenport House Museum

324 East State Street, Savannah, GA 31401 (Downtown)
912 236 8097
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Ranked #39 of 119 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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Fayetteville, North Carolina
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530 reviews 530 reviews
245 attraction reviews
390 helpful votes 390 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

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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67 attraction reviews
99 helpful votes 99 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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11 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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

Dayton, Ohio
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22 reviews 22 reviews
20 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Very nice home that shows how a very successful craftsman/business owner lived. Can compare the size of his home and furnishings to how the very, very wealthy (Owens-Thomas) lived their everyday lives. (ex. Davenport had about 9 house slaves and Owens may not have had very many more house slaves but they had over 600 slaves working the various plantations... More

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Stuart, FL
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

We had the opportunity to tour the house when no one else was there, so our guide was able to give us the one on one attention that you can not always get. She was very well versed and we learned a lot. One nice thing it that even though the house has some substantial stairs, they have had the... More

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Sacramento, California
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139 reviews 139 reviews
65 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We enjoyed touring this home with an experienced tour guide who was well-versed in Savannah history. Some of the most interesting information we learned about the area was presented to us during this tour. As with all of these home tours, the guide makes all the difference, and the one we had during our visit was quite good.

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Akron, Ohio
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27 reviews 27 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

This was the final house on our tour. It was just as enjoyable. Our tour guide was young, professional and full of energy and shared a lot of knowledge.

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Baton Rouge,Louisiana
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123 reviews 123 reviews
55 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

This house was scheduled for demolition but became first home saved by Historic Savannah Foundation in 1955. Davenport was an artisan and builder and his house is a fine example of early Savannah life and the builders art! This Federal style home was as stated the first of hundreds saved by the Historic Foundation. This is a highly recommended house... More

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Miamisburg, Ohio
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25 reviews 25 reviews
12 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

This was the first house we visited in Savannah. The house was great to tour. I especially liked that we got to tour all floors of the home. The tour guide was sweet enough but was fairly new and her nervousness definitely came through.

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Bee Spring, Kentucky
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

My husband and I recently toured the Isaiah Davenport house during our first visit to Savannah. While the Isaiah Davenport house is not what you might think of when you picture the most opulent and ornate antebellum homes in the south, it is still a beautiful home that differs from other house tours in that it depicts a "middle class"... More

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