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Mercer Williams House Museum, Savannah
(3.3/5 based on 800+ 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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  • Enjoyed learning the history of this historic home. The staff is very friendly and helpful. The gift shop is cute! A must after your tour. 
  • This house is a must for all aficionados of "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil". But, even if you hadn't read the book, the gorgeous antiques that Mr. Williams had accumulated make this a must s...  more »
  • I was really looking forward to seeing this house since I loved the movie, Midnight in thr Garden of Good and Evil. The house was genuinely beautiful and Jim Williams really did a spectacular job of r...  more »