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“Pretty house with a strange past”

Mercer Williams House Museum
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Ranked #26 of 220 things to do in Savannah
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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 November 1, 2013 via mobile

The house is quite interesting but the staff doesn't humor you when it comes to the history of the house. I wouldn't ask.... ghost tours do tend to over sell the story but that's what you pay for. Overall it was nice to see but I wouldn't pay to see it again. Once was enough : )

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Reviewed October 28, 2013

After having heard about the "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" for several years, this house was definitely going to be on our 'things to see' list on this trip to Savannah. We enjoy touring older homes and especially ones with lots of history and in this case, intrigue. The tour consists of the back garden and downstairs area only due to the family of Mr. Williams still living on the premises. We didn't have a long wait time to start our tour as they give them every 30 minutes. The gift shop (which used to be the carriage house and Williams' antique shop) has lots of memorabilia of the house as well as the 'book/movie' items. Our tour guide was delightful. His delivery of the history and his voice gave an air of mystery to the whole house and was very interesting. It's worth the price for this tour, especially if you're a fan of old homes, the movie/book, or just looking for a lovely place to see on your trip.

2  Thank KMW-FL
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Reviewed October 23, 2013

After reading so many negative reviews of the Mercer House, we took it off our list of 'things to do' in Savannah. But, because we loved the movie and the book, "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil', and enjoy touring older homes, we decided we'd give it a try. We made the right decision. First off, we had no wait for tickets. We walked in around 10:30 and got them for the next tour; which turned out to be about a half hour later.While we waited, we checked out the gift shop, and ended up buying the book on the homes restored by Mr. Williams, in Savannah and the surrounding area.The clerk in the bookstore generously offered to keep it behind the counter so we didnt have to drag it along on the tour. Our guide was interesting and very personable. The tour includes the back garden and the first floor of the house. As is the case in many of these older homes, the upstairs was off limits. The family of Mr. Williams stills lives in the house, so its completely understandable why they wouldn't want strangers trouping thru the private rooms. Despite what other reviewers stated, the murder is addressed. They dont go into great detail, but if you have a question, they're more than willing to give you a straight answer. The home is exquisite, and is each room is filled with interesting art work of all mediums. We found it all enjoyable, not very expensive, and well worth the time. A definite not miss, especially if you are a fan of the book and movie.

3  Thank jes5244
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Reviewed October 15, 2013

When we arrived, we were told that a tour had just started and the next one was in half an hour. When the lady selling tickets found out we didn't want to wait, she opened the door from the carriage house to the garden and added us on to the one that had just started.

Being cynical, maybe she just wanted to be sure she got our $26.75, but I prefer to think she was just being helpful.

Each of the rooms is crammed with items, and the guide we had was good at telling the story of most of them, including inviting us to find the rather odd objects that were slightly off beat or out of place. Of course, you can't ignore who owned the house and the story of the murder, but the collection was interesting in its own right and even though the tour was quite short, it was thorough.

It would have been nice to see more than the ground floor, but it didn't detract from what we did see.

1  Thank MJLHoliday
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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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