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. Use our Savannah trip itinerary builder tool to arrange your visit to Mercer Williams House Museum and other attractions in Savannah.
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  • Fantastic collection of antiques from all over the world and different periods. Disappointed you only get to tour main floor and not upstairs ballroom conversion or basement restoration work shop.tour...  more »
  • I have taken guests to visit the Mercer Williams house in every season of the year since it has been open to the public. It is not an exceptionally large mansion but it is a beautiful home. The tour c...  more »
  • I always have to visit this beautiful house when I am in Savannah. As always enjoyed the decor and the story of the house.  more »
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  • Interesting history and background story. Great delivery by the tour guide. Would have liked to have met Jim Williams' sister since she apparently lives there. Too much money for what you get.
  • Not impressed with the customer service. Arrived at 3:40pm planning to go on the last tour at 4:10pm. The lady said they just completed their last tour for the day. Luckily three more people arrived and suddenly they were able to do the 4:10 (pre-scheduled) tour after all. The tour is the main level only. You cannot go upstairs or downstairs. The guide (Ross) had an issue with where everyone stood and continued to tell us all where to stand before he would speak. Very bossy and odd. Then, the whole tour was just discussing the paintings on the walls. Not much else. Wasn’t that pretty nor was the architecture that great.
  • Very short tour, but the house is beautiful and very interesting if you've read the book based on the murder that occurred in the home. Otherwise, it's just a tour with brief explanations of antique paintings. No pictures allowed and even though it's not expressly stated, questions about the deceased owner seem discouraged.
  • We stopped by there on a Tuesday and the tour was fantastic. The tour guide really knew his stuff and his passion showed throughout the tour. Definitely recommend, even if you have little to no knowledge of the book or movie, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.
  • Ben was fantastic as a guide and added all kinds of tidbits about Midnight without spoilers. The first floor was in great repair; the garden was disappointing because it needs some love. Stained glass in the roof - amazing! Unable to see the second floor as this is a working residence. The directive to take no photos in the garden or residence was highly disappointing and smacks of the Williams' sister being very revenue focused. Not really worthy of $12.50 for 35 minutes for an adult ticket; the $8 I paid as a student was better in line with the result.
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