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“This Gothic-Revival Architecture is a must see...”

Green-Meldrim House
Ranked #47 of 218 things to do in Savannah
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Located in Madison Square, this was the headquarters of General Sherman after he occupied Savannah in 1864.
Maine
Level 6 Contributor
305 reviews
116 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
“This Gothic-Revival Architecture is a must see...”
Reviewed July 23, 2013

Sitting in Madison Square, its Gothic-Revival style is considered to be one of the finest in the area and most expensive of its time—costing $90,000 to build. This impressive house was built in 1850 for cotton merchant Charles Green. In 1892 the home was purchased by Judge Peter Meldrim whose heirs later sold it to St. John’s Episcopal Church. The home’s amazing past includes a brief residency by General Sherman after he took the city in 1864. It was from this house that the general sent his now infamous (at least, in Savannah) Christmas telegram to President Lincoln, offering him the city as a Christmas gift. The house is amazing, the restoration is coming along beautifully, many of the original belongings are still in there. The tour was great, the volunteers knew their history, the woodwork is absolutely stunning, the marble mantles look like new. This treasure also features a beautiful cast iron portico at the entrance and a covered porch on three sides of the house surrounded by ornate ironwork. You won't be disappointed.

Visited June 2013
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Vero Beach, Florida
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Don't miss this!”
Reviewed July 22, 2013

After 20 years going to Savannah, I finally got into this place--worth the wait, and the best house tour I've had. But! (note to the wonderful church volunteers... the tour NEEDS to be an hour instead of 30 minutes... you have the best house in town and it deserves more time!). Don't miss this fabulous, wonderful house. I waited for renovations and it's not open every day, but when I finally got in, I was truly impressed. Go!

Visited August 2012
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Raleigh, North Carolina
Level 5 Contributor
55 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Charming guides made this one special”
Reviewed July 5, 2013

From the 5 minute explanation of the intricate entry doors and entryway, to the period model of Madison Square on the second floor the guides were engaging and welcoming. They knew the history and were good "storytellers", which is more important than being able to list dates and names. This was the highlight of our trip. And I want to get a copy of the abstract pastel of the house that's on the second floor landing!

Visited June 2013
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Gothic Home”
Reviewed June 28, 2013

A very beautiflul home with many original belongings. Staff was very informative and knew the history of the former owners and Gothic style architecture traits.

Visited June 2013
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Victoria Harbour, Canada
Level 4 Contributor
37 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“One of the must see's.”
Reviewed June 28, 2013

Buy the group tickets at the visitors center and see as many of these old antebellum homes as you can. You won't be disappointed.

Visited March 2013
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