Visiting the Davenport House is essential in experiencing the history of Savannah and its historic preservation renaissance. For information about hours and options for your visit.
Throughout its fifty-years plus history as a museum, the Davenport House Museum has striven to provide visitors with a true and vivid encounter with a uniquely Savannah story.
The Davenport House offers two beautiful venues for weddings and special occasion rental.
The Davenport House offers before- and after- hours special tours, activities and living history programs throughout the year which enlivens the story it tells.
December at the Davenport House - Harvest Lecture and End-of-Year Celebrations
Harvest Lecture: Ashley’s Sack: Humble Object of Revelation
SPEAKER: Mr. Jeff Neale, Stableyard Manager, Middleton Place Plantation, Charleston, SC
DATE: Monday, December 7 at 6:30 p.m.
DESCRIPTION: It is a simple seed sack from the mid-19th century, but the embroidered story on its surface transforms it into both a tome on slavery and a vehicle of remembrance. Known as “Ashley’s Sack” and displayed at the Middleton Place House Museum in Charleston, SC, the object has proven to be both a valuable and challenging piece of material culture. While the story that Ashley’s Sack tells is truly moving, it reminds us that an object’s interpretation is based not only on the inherent nature of the object, but on the displaying institution’s mission statement; the setting the object is being displayed in; the biases and concerns of the interpreters presenting the object and the responses of those viewing the object.
Additionally: As a special feature of the December 7th program, the Davenport House will reveal its own newly returned humble object of revelation.
A reception will follow the program.
While the programs are offered free of charge, seating reservations are required.
Please call 912/236-8097 or email info@DavenportHouseMuseum.org
At the Davenport House Museum, daily tours between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve will focus on the understated taste of an authentic early 19th century holiday season in Savannah. Tours look at how members of the Davenport household celebrated Christmas and New Year’s when they lived in the home between the years 1820 – 27.
The house museum will be open for evening tours exploring the December celebrations of the early 19th century inhabitants of the fine brick home on Columbia Square. Topics will include the meaning of the season, feasting, the Scottish influence on the family, festive attire, treatment of household slaves during holiday time, etc. The Dining Room table will be set for an intimate adult meal for the New Year’s Day celebration and the Drawing Room will be set as if preparing for a dance. Conversations will spotlight music and festive treats including cakes, jellies and syllabub! Docents will don authentic early 19th century costume. A demonstration of early 19th century dance will end the program each evening
The experience requires that guests be able to walk up and down stairs and maneuver in the candlelit rooms.
Exploring Life in 1820s Savannah and Celebrating Historic Savannah Foundation
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