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“A beautiful 1850's house of historical importance” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Green-Meldrim House

Green-Meldrim House
14 West Macon Street, Savannah, GA 31401 (Downtown)
912 233 3845
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Ranked #14 of 100 Attractions in Savannah
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Located in Madison Square, this was the headquarters of General Sherman after he occupied Savannah in 1864.
Westborough, Massachusetts
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“A beautiful 1850's house of historical importance”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2013 via mobile

This is the house that General Wm. T. Sherman made his headquarters after taking Savannah and before moving on to South Carolina. It was the most expensive house yet built in the US when constructed by a rich English shipper in the 1850's, with large rooms, Austrian window glass and chandeliers, Minton floor tiles, Carrera marble fireplaces, and innovative ventilation and gas lighting systems. It has had only 3 families as owners since it was built and therefore was never converted to apartments or stripped of its embellishments. The original chandeliers, silver door knobs, etc. remain. The house now belongs to the neighboring episcopal church, which has turned the former servants' quarters and kitchen into a Rectory and raises money to further restore and keep in repair the family portion of the house by giving tours. Very knowledgeable docents guide you through each of the rooms on the 1st and 2nd floors, telling the story of the families that have owned the house and of Sherman's visit. You can compare the present look of the rooms to illustrations from Harper's in 1864-65 showing Sherman using the front parlor and the dining room and realize that you are standing exactly where he did all those years ago. But the tour is mostly about the household and its owners and the times they lived through. You will find the visit very rewarding, no matter what you think of Sherman.

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Rock Hill, Sc, Usa
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“Amazing place!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

We did a walking tour and discovered this among a few other houses that we had not visited on our previous trips to the city. So we headed right back after the walking tour and toured the house. It's pretty much original and apparenty Mr. Green was able to hang onto it through the war between the states and upon his death one of his sons took over but had to sell withing about 10 years. But it was sold to a family that had the wherewithal to keep it up for many years until it was sold to the Episcopal church across the street. The church pulled some strings with the city and got the street closed between the sanctuary and the house so they are now connected by a covered walkway.. The house is very much worth seening! Interesting entry doors and "cooling" system designed by the young architect.

Visited January 2013
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Keedysville, Maryland, United States
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“Beautiful”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2012

This is a very nice home, worth seeing. It is still the Episcopal church hall, so it is not a museum. The home is pretty phenomenal, considering when it was built. The guides were great, and I would go back. Recommend seeing this...

Visited October 2012
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Washington, D.C.
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“Really mediocre tour and loooong”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2012

This house is best admired from the outside. The inside is pretty enough, but it doesn't have many pieces original to the families who owned it. The tour is looooong b/c the tour guides include way too many inconsequential details. I am a history major, so I appreciate history and I can appreciate the tour guides' enthusiasm, however, guides really need to be more concise. A tour of a house that size should be roughly 20-25 minutes. If you're losing the interest of a history major you need to cut out a few details!

Visited October 2012
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“Great tour, reasonable cost”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2012 via mobile

Another beautiful historic home in Savannah. Closes at noon on Saturdays so make sure you get there early. The entry way with the triple doors is not seen in any other house in Savannah. This home also found a very interesting way to cool the home in the summer. There is also beautiful crown molding (looks like wedding decoration on a cake) in every room downstairs. Most of the furniture is not original to the house, but pieces have been picked out to compliment the time period.

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