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“Interesting History”

Mercer Williams House Museum
Ranked #39 of 167 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.
Reviewed December 8, 2014

I visited the Mercer House because it peaked my interest after seeing the movie "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil". If you have read the book or seen the movie, one of the employees of Jim Williams was murdered in the house, and it is quite an interesting story. The guide did a good job of telling the history of the house and of Mr. Williams, but they mention very little about the book. They focus on the architecture and Jim Williams. The tour is about 30 minutes long, and you only get to tour the bottom floor. I love to see old houses, but this would not be rated as one of my favorites. It had some unique chandeliers, some paintings, and other memorabilia of Jim William's. Several Movies have been filmed at the house. It has a nice gift shop that is located in the old carriage shop.

Thank jevande
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Reviewed December 4, 2014

I looked forward to seeing this house and though the decor was beautiful, it really felt like this tour was just a money grab by the Williams family. The guide spoke so slowly, as if reciting a script that was meant to fill a shorter time. We saw 4 rooms in which he pointed out a few items and then moved us along. The most expensive tour for the shortest duration.

4  Thank StaciHas
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Reviewed December 2, 2014

We enjoyed touring this home, mostly because I read the "Midnight" book years ago, so couldn't be in Savannah without seeing it. The décor of the home is interesting; he had a real gift for refinishing furniture, etc. Even if you are not a fan of the book, you would probably still enjoy the tour.

Thank JJRJ
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Reviewed November 22, 2014 via mobile

The tour was ok, but felt I only saw a small portion of the home. I would have taken s longer tour or ask for more information.

Thank cchayes21
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Reviewed November 19, 2014

I added this as part of the Savannah Heritage Tours Grande package for Midnight in the Garden sites. Touring the Mercer Williams House is really a must for Midnight in the Garden fans. To stand in rooms you saw featured in the movie as well as the book is most impressive. True guests are limited to the first floor since Jim's sister lives there and is upstairs during tours, as you're told. The excellent guide tells you about all the artwork, purposes of the rooms and more. The carriage house is where the tours begin and souvenirs are for sale. One item that you may seriously consider, and I purchased, is Jim's sister's book Savannah's Jim Williams & His Southern Houses. Dr Kingery autographs each copy of this lavishly illustrated book that (I was told) is ONLY available at Mercer House at a most reasonable price. To stand in the rooms we're familiar with from The Book is an amazing way to touch history.

2  Thank Aquarianglenn M
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