Davenport House Museum
Davenport House Museum
4.5
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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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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  • Carol Ann J
    Germantown, New York2,726 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautifully Restored Federal-style House
    Davenport House Museum is an example of a beautifully restored Federal-style house in the historic district of Savannah. Thanks to the efforts of a special group of women this home built in 1820 was saved to be enjoyed by future generations. One begins a tour in the visitor's area where there is a timeline on display showing the history of the restoration of the home once used as a tenement home. The home actually has its original floors, woodwork and staircase. Davenport House proudly sits on Columbia Square.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 3, 2023
  • Dawna
    Sacramento, California46 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautifully preserved
    We appreciated the story behind the donation of this house to be a museum. It's a nice collection; a bit small, but fine for the space. Not worth the separate entrance fee if this is the only thing you do, but combined with the other sights affiliated with it, it is great.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written October 21, 2023
  • johnrbolster
    Longview, Texas174 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Tour!
    This was one the most informative and interesting historical home tours I have ever taken. It may be that the docent that guided the tour, George, being a retired architect really got Into the subject matter and it showed. It also is a great place to start if you are interested in touring historic Savannah homes as this is the house that started it all and you get a lot of background on the Historic Preservation movement in Savannah.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 13, 2024
  • Stephen K
    Corpus Christi, Texas2,745 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the best historic home tours in Savannah
    We were very fortunate to be on the tour where George was the guide. George was an architect and therefore had the foundation to explain the significant architectural features of this beautiful 1820’s structure. If you are lucky enough to be staying at the beautiful Kehoe B & B, it is nextdoor. Keep in mind the Davenport is closed on Sunday and Monday, so plan accordingly. Don’t miss it!
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 1, 2024
  • mlc317
    Browns Mills, New Jersey238 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Step inside to appreciate the grandeur
    From the outside, the house seems quite simple, but inside will wow you with pieces of furniture and art within the structure. The distinct details in each room should take you some time to see them all. The tour weaves a tale of what daily life was like and as well as the history.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written May 8, 2024
  • Marcus D
    621 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The enslaved people of the Davenport House have found their voice.
    It had been several years since we were last here visiting the Davenport House Musuem. They have significantly expanded their knowledge and research and reporting on the enslaved people who live here. Those stories are well told and should not be missed. Sarah Davenport was a widow for nearly 42 raising 7 children> it was a struggle. This home was first to be saved by the preservation society-it had been slated for demolition.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written June 10, 2024
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Sullivan F
Savannah, GA65 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
I took my family there when they visited me in Savannah, because I'd never been either... It was not bad, and if you're really into antique houses, then this may be the tour for you! My mom loved the antique wallpaper, floors, and furniture, but my husband and dad were not about it. It was overall just very basic. We got a history lesson on the house, which was interesting, but not necessarily worth the $9 per person fee.
Written November 15, 2020
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taangel179
York, PA293 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Family
After getting our tickets on groupon, which saved us a ton we called to see when we could do our tour as the website recommends. They told us anytime. Upon arriving at the house with someone who has a breathing condition we were told that they would have to have a mask on. The person working the desk was very aggressive about the mask being completely covering the face at all times.

The tour guide start us off with a brief movie. Then we went on the tour of the house. Most of the decor was replicated of what would have been from the time period. We got to tour the whole 1st, 2nd and 3rd floor. There was nothing hands on for younger children. Even the railing going up the stairs is not allowed to be touched unless you use a Kleenex. We were never told what makes the home a "federal house", the tour guide gave us wrong information, she was unable to answer questions about pieces that were in the house (ie hat boxes). She had a speech and stuck to it. Even obvious things that you could see, she said were not so. There was clearing wallpaper in the attic from many years ago and she said there was no wallpaper/fabric.
Written August 6, 2020
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Thank you very much for visiting the Davenport House Museum. You are doing what we hope others will do. When you feel safe, you venture out with your family to see the sites and experience history together. Recently we have put into place policies to ensure the safety of Museum guests and staff during the coronavirus pandemic. Your review spotlights many of them. MASKS: The one that has caused the most discussion is the mandatory wearing a of face covering. [This is a city-wide mandate as well.] We know that wearing a mask is our first line of defense in not transmitting the virus. Though signage throughout the Museum indicates the mask wearing requirement, a calming tone and sympathy are required from our personnel as we figure out how to safely show the Museum to the public. Evidently this was lacking in your experience. I apologize. This will be addressed. Thank you to you and your family for wearing your masks as required. TISSUE ON THE HANDRAIL. In our exhibit area is a 200-year-old mahogany handrail which leads to “the bedroom level.” We cannot sanitize it with harsh cleanser as it will lose its luster, beauty, and value (monetarily and aesthetically). We had several choices: We could give visitors a plastic glove. They are in short supply. Give visitors a tissue to grip the rail. Cover the rail with material. Or close off the stairs and not have visitors see that it above the “parlor level.” We chose the tissue. TOUR GUIDE: In this time of pandemic, a number of our veteran docents have not returned out of concern for their personal safety. We have been fortunate this summer that a class of young people, Junior Interpreters, trained and passed their tour guide training program. They will staff the house on many days until school starts. Regrettably, they are not tremendously experienced yet. We are grateful to have them and hope that our visitors see the value in having enthusiastic young people as tour guides. This being true, it is not an excuse for your guide not trying to find the answers to your questions. We will address this as soon as possible. TOUCHABLES: Museums around the world have taken hand-on exhibits out of their galleries for the duration of the pandemic. Any sort of touchable that we would like to have out is closeted. We regret it as much as you missed having them for your children. VISITING THE ATTIC: In trying to provide something value-added to our experience during this time of pandemic, the museum has opened the attic area for visitors when it is possible. I am happy you had the opportunity to see the impressive and evocative space. Many visitors have not had that opportunity. VALUE: You visited our museum at a discounted rate – half price. For it you received a viewing of a film about the historic preservation movement as well as a tour of two floors of rooms restored to their 1820s appearance and the attic which remains in an unrestored state with a young tour guide. I regret that you find no value in this. While museums all over the globe struggle to keep their doors open, I am sad you did not find it worthy of the minimal admission charged. Please know that if you had raised any objections in person, your admission fee would have been returned to you, no questions asked. Please continue to teach your children the value of historic sites and visit them whenever it is safe to do so. We will use your post in the continued training of our staff. Hopefully when the pandemic is over you will return to the Davenport House to experience it sans mask and with hands-on activities. We will welcome you then. Jamie Credle Director Davenport House Museum
Written August 12, 2020
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MissionGalFoodFan
28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
The Davenport House is by far the most unique home I visited in Savannah's Historic District. While it's exterior is in the Federalist style, the interior has a mix of both Georgian and Revival architectural design. Our docent, Marcy, is amazing and delivered a well-paced 45 minute tour with interesting historical details and a good overview of the family's history. Isaiah Davenport was a builder with no architectural training -- a savvy man who could spot opportunity. In there end, what I enjoyed most is that there is something of interest for every person. Checkout Groupon for discount offers. The home has
a gift shop worth perusing.
Written February 18, 2020
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panpanda
Atlanta, GA877 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Sian was our tour guide and did a great job telling us about the residents of the house, both black and white. Interesting history of 7 women in the 1960's who ensured historical Savannah was preserved and not turned into profitable parking lots. She did a good job answering our many questions, too.
Written February 22, 2020
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David G
Bluffton, SC536 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
Excellent visit and tour led by a volunteer through the history of Savannah, house and grounds. The building was the home of a local builder/contractor with each room showing the available options to pay for!

Restoration continues throughout the building and grounds. Well worth the visit.
Written December 19, 2022
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yael c
Weston, FL218 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020 • Family
The House has almost nothing of the original house. I was disappointed because they sell it real good and in the end, sorry but it isn’t. The garden is totally modified. They didn’t leave anything original there. The few things that are original I don’t think it merits a visit. Now I will say this. The lady in the store is really nice, the ticket is not expensive, the wallpaper that they made new for the house is impressive and you will agree with me if you go visit, the stairs are a great feature and original from the house.
One of the reasons I didn’t enjoy the tour was because the girl that gave the tour ate the words, was rushing through everything and I could barely understand her, she kept fixing her mask because it was too big. She was rushing so much with her words that half the things were a totally unintelligible. Even when she answered questions she would rush. At the beginning she told us the wrong date by 100 years. I don’t enjoy giving bad reviews but I feel like in this case the review could have been great if we had a different guide.
Written December 24, 2020
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Traveller
New York City, NY3,219 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
I visited the Davenport House Museum during my visit to Savannah in June 2021. I had a guided tour which lasted about 40 minutes. The Davenport House is less opulent than the Andrew Low House and the Mercer Williams House but it is very interesting. The house dates back to 1820 so it is a house from the Antebellum period. I liked the study, staircase and several bedrooms. There is a nice gift shop. Since I visited the Davenport House Museum, the Andrew Low House Museum and the Mercer Williams House Museum, I would be hard pressed to say which one is the best one to visit if you have limited time.
Written June 28, 2021
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SuzyQu15
Brooklyn, NY1,538 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
We enjoyed learning the history of this house museum, and the story of the original occupant, Isiah Davenport and family. The guided tour was very informative and lasted about 45 minutes. There are beautiful gardens adjacent but unfortunately it was a very rainy day so we didn’t explore them. Definitely worth seeing.
Written September 29, 2021
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Krystie1994
Ann Arbor, MI21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
Tea at the Davenport was educational and entertaining. It was also my daughter's favorite "tour" in Savannah. The staff made afternoon tea interesting and playful with costumed interpreters from 1856 joining us. Highly recommend.
Written March 29, 2021
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Crystal X
Prattville, Alabama, United States128 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
We were on a little rushed schedule but wanted to work this tour in. The lady who worked in the gift shop was really nice. She assured us we would have time to get to our next stop, and we did. Our tour guide knew everything about this property and was able to answer questions that arose about the house, family, and the history of the area. For $9 each we felt it was a good and informative tour. Take time to stroll around the gift shop because it has lots of historical books about the history of Savannah and local cookbooks.
Written April 27, 2021
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