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“Four fabulous rooms!”

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.
Reviewed January 25, 2014

I thought 4 rooms for $12.50 was a good deal--the tour was informative, and although the guide was a little full of himself and seemed to talk down to us, the house itself is gorgeous and interesting and I was happy to see it. The artwork is incredible and the furniture quite beautiful. Well worth a visit.

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Reviewed January 20, 2014 via mobile

It was interesting to see where midnight in the garden of good and evil played out. As others have said the tour was pretty short and confined to the first floor. Understandable since the family still lives there. The tour guide seemed knowledgeable but was not real personable. He tried to connect with our group but it didn't really work.

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Reviewed January 10, 2014

This beautiful house in Savannah is not only a historic gem with a lovely story, but also the home of Jim Williams (restoration savior of the city of Savannah) and the actual location they shot the movie Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. This is a great tour for history buffs or Kevin Spacey buffs (me! me!). The house is not big, and you can only tour the 1st floor, but you get a nice overview of the history of the house and a nice lecture on the incredible significance of Jim Williams and his impact on the city.

Best part - the house has not been changed since Jim's death … or the movie shoot!! So your, like walking right through the set. Super fun!!

Thank bodhi_sam
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Reviewed January 6, 2014

The tour begins in the Carriage House, now a cute gift shop with souvenirs and some fun items. You enter the house through the back entrance past the garden. The house itself is beautiful and the things that Jim Williams collected are unique. His sister still lives in the house so we weren't able to see the top floor but the beautiful stained glass window is yours to see just by looking up the staircase. A must do for the "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" fans.

Thank JustLale
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Reviewed January 2, 2014

I finally got around to reading Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil in 2013, and my motivation was my impending trip to Savannah. The book was fantastic, and inspired me to visit the Mercer-Williams house while I was in town. Though it isn't the best tour I've ever been on, it's certainly worth the $12 and 30 or so minutes of your time.

To purchase your ticket, head around to the carriage house (in back of the main house - around the block) and enter the gift shop. Here, you'll also find plenty of little knick-knacks and some general souvenirs. Though the people who run the shop were lovely, the items I purchased aren't exactly of the best quality. A dish town shrank significantly the first time it was washed, and the fleur de lis bottle opener (yup, I'm that tacky) is already rusty. Oh well.

The tours run every hour or so, so you may find yourself with some time to relax. You may walk around town, browse the shop, or head upstairs to have a seat out of the heat. When the tour starts, you'll be called downstairs and ushered into the main house's back yard. Here, you'll see some beautiful plants, the fountain, etc. I do agree with other reviewers in that a bit more could be done to make this section of the tour really stand out. But, oh well - you're here to see the house, not the yard!

In you go. The main hall of the house is stunning, and you will be provided with history on everything from the beautiful black and white tile to the place settings in the dining room. The guides definitely do not cater to those who are here because of the book "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil," and in fact present a pretty one-sided story about the events that unfolded. We were told that Williams shot Danny "in self defense, and he was aquitted." If you've read the book, you know that this description definitely glosses over quite a bit of backstory - but oh well.

It is true that you are not permitted to take photographs, which is a disappointment. The tour also does not take you upstairs or downstairs, so you will not see the kitchen or the ballroom. However, what remains on the main floor is beautiful, and the house itself and absolutely gorgeous. I would recommend this tour, but be sure you go in with all the knowledge that has been provided in these reviews.

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