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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