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Mercer Williams House Museum, Savannah

(3.3/5 based on 850+ reviews on the web)
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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  • The Mercer House tour disappoints. Unlike other homes, the tour is limited to the first floor. Yes, I stood in the study where a murder took place as described in the book Midnight in the Garden of Go...  more »
  • We toured this lovely home as we had heard of the famous occupant on our walking tour and decided to check it out. The tour guide was very, very good and a very nice gentleman. I just can't recall his...  more »
  • Don't miss this house when you visit Savannah. It is so interesting inside. The art collections and home details are magnificent..It is located smack in the middle of town so it easy to get to and the...  more »