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“Not quite what I had hoped for after reading the book” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Mercer Williams House Museum

Mercer Williams House Museum
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$54.49*
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Paula Deen Tour: Trolley Ride and VIP Dinner at Lady & Sons
Ranked #27 of 210 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.
Boston
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47 reviews
13 attraction reviews
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“Not quite what I had hoped for after reading the book”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 13, 2014

If you have read "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil," you know the story of Jim Williams and Mercer House. While it was very interesting to see the house and do the tour, I was a little disappointed with 2 things. The first was how the tour guide made Mr. Williams out to be this wonderful person and collector. The tour guide explained Mr. William's acquittal for murder in a way that made it seem like Mr. Williams was completely innocent. The guide also made sure to point out a couple pictures of Mr. Williams posing with women, and not very much acknowledging the real truth about Mr. Williams's dating preferences. Second, I was disappointed that the tour was limited to only part of the first floor of the house. Apparently Mr. Williams's niece still lives there so the kitchen was not open for us to take a peek, and we weren't allowed upstairs due to a fire code regulation, so we couldn't see the organ or more of Mr. Williams's collection.

In the end, I just felt like it is a historical place and the guide didn't stay true to history throughout the tour. It was more to glamorize Mr. Williams and his family. I was underwhelmed but still glad to have taken the tour.

Visited April 2014
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montgomery village MD
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“Would have liked to see more.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 12, 2014

I read the book many years ago and in fact was my reason for going to visit Savannah. So I suppose it was inevitable to visit this property. It is a beautiful house, beautifully restored and furnished. The guide was friendly and knowledgeable. It would have been nice to see more of the house, esp. for the price. We were told we couldn't go upstairs because of fire regulations which seemed rather bogus since we'd been to second floors in other houses. Why not be straight and just say: the owner lives upstairs?

Visited May 2014
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Dover, Florida, United States
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93 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Very interesting tour.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 10, 2014

Lots of really nice antiques in this house. Interesting story!!
Our guide was very sweet and knowledgeable.

Visited May 2014
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Thank Valerie C
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Tampa, Florida
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105 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Must Take 30 Minute Tour”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 10, 2014 via mobile

Filled with antiques and rich in history, this home is a must see during your visit. You'll find a quaint gift shop to browse until the tour begins.

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Falmouth, Massachusetts
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“"Must see" if you are a fan of the book”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 9, 2014

Fasinating history of the home and interesting art and artifacts from Jim Williams' collections. Only one floor open to visitors as Willams' sister still lives there. Not much reference to the book, but a lot of info on Williams' restoration efforts. Beautiful period pieces

Visited November 2013
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