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Davenport House Museum
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Owner description: Federal-style home of master builder Isaiah Davenport restored to its early 19th century beauty. Owned and operated by Historic Savannah Foundation.
Reviewed November 18, 2011

Both my hubby and I loved this house. The tour guide gave a wonderful tour and told a great story of the house and the people who built it and loved it. Please don't overlook this house!

Thank Sharon G
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Reviewed November 4, 2011

Veru good guided tour & at $8 each not as dear as the only other house we had time for (unfortunately).

Thank WinstonSophie
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Reviewed September 20, 2011

The Davenport tour hit us as "odd" for several reasons:

1) The tour began with an announcement that no pictures were permitted to the disappointment of most of us on the tour who had cameras.

2) The tour did not include all areas of the house that was restored, only some of the rooms.

3) The tour guide shuffled us from room to room quickly so the tour lasted about 30 minutes or less. No lingering.

Summary: No pictures are allowed, no touching is allowed and you can't linger in a room to view the details of the rooms or furniture. Plus you can't go back through to see anything you missed.

Savannah has a lot of homes to visit. We can't recommend this one when there are so many others to see. We wouldn't have chosen the Davenport if we had known these points in advance.

1  Thank cinbad
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DHDirector, Manager at Davenport House Museum, responded to this reviewResponded September 21, 2011

I am sorry you were disappointed with your experience at the Davenport House. Our aim is to give visitors a positive experience with the home and its story.

Please note: Many of your “dislikes” are standard in Savannah house museums. House museums in Savannah do not allow interior photographs. There are a variety of reasons for this including being a distraction to others on tour.

Please note" There are beautiful photos of the museum's interior on our website and we have post cards of interior rooms in our shop.

House museums in Savannah do not allow visitors to wander around without a docent because of security and staffing reasons.

The house tour at the Davenport House is usually between 30 to 40 minutes because that is what most tourists demand – 8 period rooms in 30 minutes. In fact we ask our docents to keep their experience to 30 minutes because most people do not want more than that. But we also ask our docents to entertain questions and discussion after the tour – if there are interests visitors would like to pursue.

We welcome a conversation about the museums you visited. Before writing this I consulted the Owens-Thomas House, the Andrew Low House and the Juliette Gordon Low House. None allow photos, none allow visitors to wander at will and their tours range from 25 minutes to 45 minutes.

On some accounts we are flexible with what we do. When visitors make their concerns known in person, we can do something about them. We encourage questions and the discussion of our interpretation.

We hope you will return to the DH one day. Thank you for visiting our museum.

Jamie Credle
Director
Davenport House Museum
912/236-8097
Visit our website at davenporthousemuseum.org

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Reviewed September 12, 2011

We enjoy historical home tours. As a rule, we are impressed with the amount of research and testing of wall colors to locate and reproduce the original home design. This house is a travasty. The foyer and stairway had some sort of 70's fake gray brick preprinted wallpaper design. The parlor has wallpaper with blue sheep. I believe they had painted the wood trim, white. The tour guide constantly assured the group that they selected these wallpaper prints because they were similiar to the original [wall paper] she provided faded examples of the original [wallpaper]. It is hard to agree that this house could have been so ...ugly. Something is terribly wrong if a tour guide has to convince customers that the design is not a mistake. There is no furniture. Admission is 15.00 per person. The outside of the house is beautiful. I love to see restored homes. But this was nothing more than a rush job. To think a group of ladies in the community fought to save this house from demolition to build a parking lot. I am sure they are turning over in their graves. If you want an excellent tour go to the Juliette Lowe house ask for Joe (the tour guide). He acted as though he knew Ms. Lowe and her family. 60% of the furniture is the original.

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DHDirector, Manager at Davenport House Museum, responded to this reviewResponded September 15, 2011

Thank you for visiting the Davenport House Museum. I am sorry you did not understand our interpretation of an 1820 Federal era house in Savannah, Georgia. The museum was restored over a three year period. No rush job here.

We are grateful your tour guide told you our story and are sorry you did not like it. The Davenport House received the Preserve American Presidential Award in the Rose Garden of the White House in 2005 for its accurate and considered reinterpretation.

The wallpapers are not fake (please see Aldephi Papers – if you care to do the research). The name of the hall paper is Ashlar. The drawing room is a French drapery pattern - quite fashionable. Please understand in accurate interpretation you must take your own personal taste out of it.

Please note the admission to the Davenport House is not $15 but $8.

I hope you will return to the DH sometime.

Jamie Credle
Director
Davenport House Museum
912/236-8097
www.davenporthousemuseum.org

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Reviewed August 23, 2011

Our tour guide, Sue, was amazing. She made you feel like the house was one of her ancestors and entralled us with stories and history. The gift shop offered many specialties with the Davenport House label.

Thank plapinski
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