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“Not worth the time or money”

Mercer Williams House Museum
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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.
Wichita, Kansas
Level 4 Contributor
40 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Not worth the time or money”
Reviewed November 3, 2013

We are big fans of the movie Midnight in the Garden of good and evil. So we thought while we were in Savanna we would take the tour of the Mercer House. We thought it would be a great experience. We were totally wrong!! They give you tickets at the gift shop when you go there to buy them. Then when the tour starts they take them. Photos are also not allowed on the tour at any time. So with no ticket and no photos you will not have any prof that you were really there. The tour starts in the garden by the back door. The patio area is covered up with allege and isn't pretty what so ever. The tour guide will tell you that the brink that were used to make the patio area are bricks that cost a lost and that are no longer made. So if that is so true, why don't they clean the area up and make it look better. You will go up the stairs to the back doors where you will enter the long hall entry way. You will see old paintings that are being destroyed by the sun light they let in. You will see dust all over the place. It also smells like my grandmas attic. They charge 12.50 per person and so you would think they could hire a crew to come in and clean the house. As one review said below, John Williams would be unhappy at what they have done to his house. They said his sister runs the place and sometimes stays there. Who knows if that is true or not. They will tell you that Danny was killed in the study but that is far as they will go with the story. They also don't tell you that John Williams died in the house also. Its like that is top secret lol. This is not a tour a would recommend to anyone that is a fan of the movie or book. I am hoping this review will help others. I wish I had read more reviews before we went. I try to be honest as much as possible when I write a review. I have nothing to gain or lose by lying. I hope this will help you. Thank you.

Visited October 2013
6 Thank Charlies1600
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New Orleans, Louisiana
Level 5 Contributor
38 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“For us, the house is about Jim Williams”
Reviewed November 3, 2013

We chose to tour the Mercer-Williams house NOT because of the serious incident that took place in the house. To risk indelicacy, we were curious to see how a gay man from rural Georgia who came to Savannah as a 21 year old in 1952, became a collector of priceless antiques and artifacts, a renovator of more than 60 often historic Savannah properties, and a major contributor to Savannah's Historic District's resurgence, had renovated and furnished his own crowning achievement. The house does not disappoint. It is elegant.

Our tour guide was most personable and knowledgeable about Mr. Williams' early history, the history of the house and the furnishings in it. The tour is short, a little more than a half hour and our guide necessarily barely touched on the treasure trove within it. While he asked if we had questions I felt that he felt the pressure of time and the next tour. I took a star off for that.

As much as any house tour in Savannah a tour of the Mercer-Williams house will be greatly enriched by a little personal research into Mr. Williams' biography and a little prior knowledge of the furnishings and artifacts to be seen.

When we have done our homework, my wife and I will return for another tour.

Visited November 2013
3 Thank David F
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Mims, Florida
Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Pretty house with a strange past”
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 : )

Visited August 2013
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Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
297 reviews
103 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
“A delight to see!!”
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.

Visited October 2013
2 Thank KMW-FL
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Knoxville, Tennessee
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Better than expected”
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.

Visited September 2013
3 Thank jes5244
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