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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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  • Not many homes in Savannah are open to tours and lucky for me, this home is available. Yes, this is the home made famous in the movie version of the famed book "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil...  more »
  • Ok, maybe I'm a little biased because, like many of the reviewers, I'm a fan of both "The Book" and the movie (Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil). Even if you are not though, this is a beautiful h...  more »
  • great guide told us all about the house and interesting facts, a beautiful house in a beautiful area