Mercer Williams House Museum, Savannah

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#13 of 19 in Historic Sites in Savannah
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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  • 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 »
  • I had been really looking forward to having one of my favorite books, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, come alive. But as fabulous as the home is...and it is...it is very much an art and artif...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Fascinating! Glamorous! Gorgeous home! Loved meeting Cookie too. 🐱
  • Very interesting. Great visit of the house and Jim Williams work. Minus a star for not being allowed to photograph.
  • 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 know knowledge of the book or movie, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.
  • This is a great historic house to visit. Highly recommended.

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