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Mercer Williams House Museum, Savannah

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The site of the shooting that inspired John Berendt's 1994 novel "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil," Mercer Williams House Museum is also a beautiful example of Civil War-era architecture. The house was designed by John S. Norris for General Hugh W. Mercer, and the building began in 1860. Construction was interrupted during the war, but was completed in 1868. In 1969, Jim Williams purchased the abandoned house and restored it. The house is well-known as the scene of the 1981 murder of Danny Hansford, Williams' assistant. Williams was tried for the crime four times and received a final verdict of not guilty. On the tour, you'll have the chance to admire the antique furniture, 18th-century portraits, 17th-century drawings, and Chinese porcelain that Williams collected. Purchase tickets for the tour online. Before you head to Savannah, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Savannah travel itinerary maker, to make sure you see all that Savannah has to offer, including Mercer Williams House Museum.
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  • I was shocked when I realized that you could tour Mercer House. I've been going to Savannah off and on a few years back when this tour wasn't available yet...so over ten or so years ago. I was just ha...  more »
  • Of course we had to tour this home after having read Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. It's a beautiful place. The docent was very knowledgeable regarding the beautiful antiques and artwork in ...  more »
  • This is probably more famous for the movie "Midnight" than for its history, but still worth a visit. And it does have some history. The tour is about 30 minutes and you only see the first floor and th...  more »