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Mercer Williams House Museum, Savannah

(3.7/5 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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  • If you only do one house tour while in Savannah, make it this one. The house is meticulously maintained both inside and out, and has many historical period-appropriate antiques (as Jim Williams was in...  more »
  • If you think the exterior is gorgeous, take a tour of the interior? It's, absolutely, gorgeous and our tour guide was a young and very knowledgable lady. The next time we're in Savannah, we will be to...  more »
  • Based on other reviews, we were aware that the tour only covered one floor of the house but it was still interesting, especially if you know the back story of the former owner. Our tour guide was extr...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Finally!! My husband and I visited 2 years ago and it was a great tour. I had been wanting to see inside the house since 1996! I wish I could have viewed more than just a few rooms, but I understand it is still a private residence. I have a home that's on our local tour of homes and there's no way I will let any old Tom, Dick, or Harry into every room of my home. Our tour guide was great, and we loved the sneak peek.
  • Can only give three stars because I saw it from the outside at night and didn't tour. I do wish they hadn't sealed up the garden. None of the other houses had gardens that were not visible from outside and I really wanted to see this one so that was kind of disappointing.
  • This, I believe, is the largest home in Savannah. It was also made popular by the movie "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil". The tour begins in the stable house out back from the home. If you want to tour you're better off buying tickets ahead of time vs walking in and hoping you can tour. The tour guide begins by taking you out into the garden and immediately beings giving you the history of the home. When you walk in you get to see almost every room on the first floor. Again, you are given tons of history and they even explain paintings, artwork, etc. When you get to the office area they do mention the "incident" that happened which is what the movie is based off of. The tour lasts maybe 45 minutes tops and includes the 4 main rooms on the first floor. You do not get to see anything on the upper or lower floors. You also do not get to see any of the servants quarters or the kitchen. The home is occupied and the living quarters are on the upper levels. The home is also still in the family and was opened up for tours to help with the bills and upkeep. For me, the tour is not worth the money. You don't get to see enough and you are basically left wanting to see more.