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“Lots of very personal items”

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 May 6, 2014

Very interesting! I had seen the movie so was familiar with the story! Lots of personal pics and antiques hand picked by Williams. Actually had his sister ( who lives in the house) come down the stairway to go outside!

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Reviewed May 2, 2014

I visited because of "the book" as well, and I would have like a bit more discussion about "the book", especially given that Jim Williams did so much to save historic Savannah. Why not have a map in the gift store showing the mansions he saved? Indeed, there is more to Jim Williams' life than the trials. His role as one of the initial few to take an interest in preserving historic Savannah and its beautiful squares is significant. Beyond this, the guide was knowledgable; the tour appropriate in length. It seems silly that pictures cannot even be taken of the garden, but that is the stated policy. Since the house is both a museum and a private home, only the first storey is open to the public.

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Reviewed April 29, 2014

Well, anyone who has read 'the book' or seen the movie (or both) is bound to pay a visit to Mercer House, and I was no exception. The courtyards and house are beautiful, and several items from William's collections are on display (although apparently not all of the furnishings were his). The tour guides and ticket sellers are very friendly and competent. It is a private home, so tourists are restricted to the bottom floor, but we do get to see the den where the 'incident' took place. The tour is well done, but fast ... about 35 minutes and out. The gift shop contained a miscellaneous collection of unrelated items, most of them unconnected in any way to the house or its history. Although the tour is adequate, I agree with other reviewers who note it could be much more ... and face it, most of us are there because of the 'incident', so let's hear about it. Expand and lengthen the tour, reorganize the gift shop, discuss what we are there to see, and allow pictures (without flash would be fine) and this would be an exceptional experience.

Thank John L
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Reviewed April 28, 2014

Enjoyed touring the mansion after having read the book and seen the movie. The tour guide was polite and knowledgeable, and the rooms and antiques were beautiful. Would have loved to have seen more of the house, but it is a private home, so I understand that the owner would want her privacy. Worth the entrance fee.

Thank IrishTraveler9
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Reviewed April 28, 2014

If you're interested in beautiful courtyards, this is a must-see. I enjoyed everything about this tour. Even the gift shop looked inviting although I didn't have time to shop. The history of the Mercer Williams House makes this one of the best tours in Savannah. I really enjoyed hearing the docent's knowledge and it was extensive. The courtyard is so unique and lovely - I would have loved curling up with a book and glass of wine on the "porch" overlooking the garden. The family still lives in the house.

Thank Adrienne B
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