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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  • August 10, 2017
    fans of the movie Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil should definitely tour the home, don't bring the kids.  more »
  • August 10, 2017
    The guide was a very nice gentleman who sounded like Morgan Freeman! Neat story behind the home. You do only tour the first floor.  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    If you're into old houses, know this 35 minute tour is of the downstairs only. Paintings, wall tapestries, chandeliers, floor tile and calendar dates are discussed - WHEN YOU CAN HEAR THE SOFT TALKING...  more »
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  • May 29, 2017
    If you are a fan of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. You will love this tour. While they don't talk about the murder I really enjoyed my time here. - I wish we could have seen the ballroom however I understand that the house is still loved in by William's sister. :) Great tour guide!
  • June 5, 2017
    Beautiful home. Brief tour was enjoyable. Worth a visit.
  • January 16, 2017
    HOW Y'ALL DOIN'?! The Redneck Billionaire here with another review from our travels around this great country. On January 14, 2017 we toured The Mercer-Williams House in Savannah, Georgia. If you are not familiar with it, you will be when I done. The Mercer-Williams House is where one of Savannah's most prominent citizens, James Williams, shot and killed one of his part-time employees in self defense, of course. While they do not mention it during the tour, they do talk about the movies that have been filmed there. The tour cost are $12.50 for adults and last about 45 minutes. Reservations are required.
  • July 2, 2017
    Historic, readers will recognize The Garden of Good and Evil relevance.
  • January 29, 2017
    This is an interesting place to go if you are interested in history, especially if you are interested in the book "Midnight in the garden of good and evil'. You can only tour the first floor though, and like most historic houses in Savannah, you cannot take pictures inside the house or even in the garden. Please keep that in mind.

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