Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16SAVANNAH’S HISTORIC DISTRICT has a proud collection of elegant and majestic homes nestled amongst the squares. Each home has its own colorful past, as well as furnishings and adornments. The MERCER HOUSE was designed for General Hugh W. Mercer, great grandfather of Johnny Mercer. In 1969, Jim Williams, a dedicated private restorationists, bought the vacant house and restored it to its former glory and was a feature in the book and film, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. The OWENS-THOMAS HOUSE, a true example of English Regency in America, incorporates classical antiquity and was designed by William Jay, one of the first professionally trained architects in the United States. The home was donated to the Telfair Museum of Art and, now, the National Historic Landmark contains examples of American and European objects and furnishing dating form 1750-1830. FLANNERY O’CONNOR’S CHILDHOOD HOME is restored to the Depression-era appointments in which the great short story writer lived her quiet childhood. The home also boasts rare books and the garden where a young Flannery taught a chicken to walk backwards! The JULIETTE GORDON LOW BIRTHPLACE, also known as the Wayne- Gordon House, is owned by the Girl Scouts of the USA. The house was completed in 1821 for James Moore Wayne, then the mayor of Savannah. After being sold to the Low family, and staying with them for four generations, Juliette began the Girl Scouts after returning from England. In 1953, the Girl Scouts of the USA purchased the home and has since used it as a beacon for the scout movement. The 1820 Federal-style home, the DAVENPORT HOUSE, was built by Isaiah Davenport for his growing family. After Mr. Davenport’s passing in1827, Sarah Clark Davenport, converted the family home into a boarding house. A demolition threat, in 1955, prompted a group of citizens to purchase the Davenport House. This was to be the first act of the Historic Savannah Foundation, which has gone on to save hundreds of buildings in the city. Savannah’sElegantPast A PEEK INTO Davenport House Owen-ThomasHouse SAVANNAH RIVERBOAT MAGAZINE 14 Juliette Gordon Low birthplace