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“Take the tour, but don't say "murder" in the Mercer House!”

Mercer Williams House Museum
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$25.00*
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Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil Walking...
Ranked #47 of 225 things to do in Savannah
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: This home and museum is now open for tours - but don't ask them about the "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" book or movie.
Reviewed October 10, 2013

If you've read or seen Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (and even if you haven't), you will want to visit Mercer House in the design district of Savannah, Georgia. Buy your timed tour ticket in the Carriage House behind the mansion (where there is one small bathroom available)--and get there early. We arrived at 10:30am and managed to secure 4 tickets for the 1:30pm tour. The 45 minute tour takes you from the carriage house, through Jim William's backyard and sunken garden, and then into the main hallway of the home. An internationally recognized antique dealer and restorer, Williams personally restored and decorated this 10,000 square foot house with an eclectic variety of treasures--and the tour will take you through the entire first floor, knowledgeably describing the antiques and restoration. While mention is made of the movie and William's "need to defend himself" in his home office, there is no mention of a death or murder trial--and you would be wise to leave it that way! The emphasis of the tour is on the house, not the notoriety of its famous (or infamous) previous resident.

1  Thank EvyLee
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Reviewed October 1, 2013

If you loved the book "Midnight in the..." this is a must see. As a matter of fact, so is the entire neighborhood. It brought the story back to life for me.

2  Thank BigMMad
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Reviewed September 24, 2013

Out of all the house tours in Savannah, Mercer House showcased the least. For starters, you only see the ground level floor, nothing above and nothing below which is disappointing as upstairs has the famous ballroom. They cite "fire laws" as the reasoning for not letting tours up there even though other houses in the area don't seem to mind.
Secondly, of all his antiques and art pieces that J Williams collected nothing was bigger than his Fabergé collection. Williams was a big fan of Fabergé and NONE of his collection is on display in the home.
If you are a fan of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil the book, do not get your hopes up. The murder is barely mentioned however do they do talk about the movie in the house.
History is not what this tour is about, it is about the previous owner J William's antique collection and that itself is not aesthetically pleasing, the man had very eccentric tastes even admitted by the guide (think taxidermied birds).

Overall we were part of a large group, you see three rooms and the hallway, and if they didn't fluff the "tour" out with hollywood film talk it would have been over in 15 minutes. Photos are not allowed.

4  Thank R H
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Reviewed September 23, 2013

I decided to wait for house to open Sunday before returning to South Florida . I'm very glad I delayed this house is amazing. The antiques are incredible. I could have listened to the tour guide all day. his stories were informative , interesting and funny.

Thank MRJ0558
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Reviewed September 13, 2013 via mobile

The history given was splendid, the price was fair. The garden and house your gave great insight to a remarkable man, Jim Williams, but it would have been nice to be able to see the upstairs (darn those safety regulations).

Thank RandyH79
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