Events

Yellow Fever in Savannah 1820

poster3Friday and Saturday evenings in October 2016
DATES: October 1, 7, 8, 14, 21, 22, 28, 29 (There will be no performance on October 15.)
TIME: 7:30 p.m.
ADMISSION: $22 in advance; $25 at the door
Reservations recommended. Limited attendance.
LENGTH OF PROGRAM: 75 minutes
As with coastal cities throughout the United States in the 19th century, Savannah was the location of tragic yellow fever outbreaks.  In 1820 the city’s outbreak was widespread.  This October see a newly imagined historical recreation of Savannah’s dreadful Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1820 with particular emphasis on Georgia’s first female physician, Mary Lavinder, the destination of the soul and images of medical techniques of the period presented in a magic lantern setting.  A highlight is moving though the candlelit rooms witnessing enactments by costumed performers.  In an area seldom seen by visitors, the fate and experiences of the uncounted half to the city’s population, both free and enslaved Africans, are revealed.

Not suitable for children under 12 years of age.

The performance requires that guests be able to walk up and down stairs and maneuver in the candlelit rooms.

Harvest Lecture Series: Topics – Women in Early 19th Century Georgia and Slavery/Domesticating Slavery: The Master Class in Georgia and South Carolina

July 4th, 2016

More information is forthcoming.

Program #1

DATE: Monday, November 7, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.
Speaker:  Dr. LeeAnn Caldwell, Professor of History, Director of the Center for the Study of Georgia History, Augusta University
Program: Title TBA; Topic:  Georgia women in the early 19th Century
Admission:  Free to the public but reservations for seating are requested.  912.236-8097
Location:  Kennedy Pharmacy, 323 E. Broughton Street (Corner of Broughton and Habersham Streets), Savannah, GA
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A reception and opportunity to meet the speaker will follow.

PROGRAM #2

DATE:  Monday, December 12, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.
SPEAKER:  Dr. Jeffery Robert Young, Professor, Georgia State University
PROGRAM:  Title TBA; Topic: Related to his work on slavery in the antebellum America and his book entitled:  Domesticating Slavery:  The Master Class in Georgia and South Carolina
ADMISSION:  Free to the public but reservations for seating are requested.  912.236-8097
LOCATION:  Kennedy Pharmacy, 323 E. Broughton Street (Corner of Broughton and Habersham Streets), Savanah, GA

 

Holiday Evening Tours by Candlelight

PROGRAM DATES: December 26 -30, 2016
TIME: 6 to 8:30 p.m. (Open House Style – The experience will take about 45 minutes.)
ADMISSION: $12 adults in advance, $15 at the door; $8 children in advance, $10 at the door
Reservations encouraged.
Glistening by candlelight, the Federal-style home welcomes visitors to an experience emphasizing the end-of-year celebrations of early 19th century Savannahians, including the Davenport household, who lived in the fine brick home on Columbia Square. Light refreshments, music and skilled interpreters, who show visitors through the home, are among the highlights of the presentation.
The performance requires that guests be able to walk up and down stairs and maneuver in the candlelit rooms.

Valentine’s Day Weddings in the Davenport House Garden

Tuesday, February 14, 2017
TIME: 6 to 8 p.m.
DONATION: $150
Couples should reserve their time slot in advance as the event tends sells out.
Get married in the Museum’s beautiful courtyard garden and make it a Valentine’s Day to remember! Ceremonies will be offered every 10 minutes. A licensed wedding officiant will be present. $100 donation to the Museum. Call 912/236-8097 for additional information.

“Potable Gold”: Savannah’s Madeira Tradition

Friday and Saturday evenings in February 2016
PROGRAM DATES: 3, 4, 10, 11, 18, 24, 25  (There will be no program on Friday, February 17)
An extra presentation at 7:30 p.m. will be presented if the 5:30 p.m. sessions on February 10, 11 or 18 sells out
TIME: 5:30 p.m.
ADMISSION: $20 (must be 21 years of age)
Reservations recommended. Limited attendance.
LENGTH OF PROGRAM: 75 minutes
Experience the historic atmosphere of the Davenport House while learning about and tasting a unique and flavorful wine. Patrons are oriented to the long and rich tradition of Madeira (wine) as it relates to the history of Savannah and then they will participate in a Madeira party. During the experience they will sample two types of Madeira and see the historic house at dusk including spaces usually off-limits to museum guests.
The performance requires that guests be able to walk up and down stairs and maneuver in the candlelit rooms.

Tea at Mrs. Davenport’s

TeaatMrsDs2015Thursday and Fridays in March 2017
PROGRAM DATES and TIMES: March 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 23 at 5 p.m. and March 31 at 4:15 p.m.
ADMISSION: $18 adults, $14 children ages 8 to 17 years
Reservations recommended. Limited attendance.
LENGTH OF PROGRAM: 60 to 75 minutes
Learn about tea traditions and experience an early 19th century tea in the historic atmosphere of the Isaiah Davenport House Museum. Patrons will tour areas of read more…

Early Bird’s Preservation Walking Tour of the Landmark Historic District’s East Side

Saturdays in April 2017
PROGRAM DATES: 1, 8, 15, 29 (There will be no program on Saturday, April 22)
TIME: 8 a.m.
ADMISSION: $21
DISTANCE OF WALK: 2.3 miles
LENGTH OF PROGRAM: 100 minutes
Take an early morning walk through one of the oldest and most varied neighborhoods to learn how historic preservation has revitalized downtown Savannah. Tours led by the Davenport House Director will introduce the personalities, structures, and issues that have enthralled Savannah’s preservation movement. Coffee and treats in the Davenport House garden to follow.

Tea in the Garden at the Davenport House

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PROGRAM DATES and TIMES: May 4, 5, 11, 12 at 4:15 p.m. and May 18, 19, 25, 16 at 5 p.m.
ADMISSION: $18 adults, $14 children ages 8 to 17 years
Reservations recommended. Limited attendance.
LENGTH OF PROGRAM: 60 to 75 minutes
Learn about tea traditions and experience an early 19th century tea in Davenport House’s beautiful courtyard garden. Patrons will visit areas of the home where read more…

Discovering 1820s Savannah: Early Bird Walking Tour of the City Isaiah Knew

Saturdays in May 2017
PROGRAM DATES: May 6, 13, 20, 27
TIME: 8 a.m.
DISTANT TO WALK: 2.5 miles
LENGTH OF PROGRAM: 120 minutes
ADMISSION: $21
See what survives of the 1820’s Savannah that master builder Isaiah Davenport knew. Beginning at the Davenport House Museum participants will walk by some of the finest read more…

Our Old House: Director’s Preservation Tour of the Davenport House

DH.ThumbProgram Available Upon Request.
TIME: 4:30 p.m.
ADMISSION: $18
Reservations must be received two weeks prior to the desired booking and are dependent on the presenter’s schedule. Minimum group size is 4 and maximum group size is 10 adults.
PROGRAM LENGTH: 75 to 90 minutes
Acquaint yourself with the preservation and care of the Isaiah Davenport House, recipient of the Preserve America Presidential Award. The museum’s director will lead a tour in and around the home discussing the recent restoration, maintenance issues and techniques for preserving the site for the long term. The tour is limited to twelve people. Patrons will visit areas not normally on tour. The experience will end in the garden with light refreshments.

Curator’s Tour and Highlights of the Collection

Program Available Upon Request.
TIME: 4:30 p.m.
ADMISSION FEE: $15
Reservations must be received two weeks prior to the desired booking and are dependent on the presenter’s schedule. Minimum group size is 4 adults and maximum group size is 10 adults.
LENGTH OF PROGRAM: 90 minutes
The museum’s Assistant Director will lead patrons on a special tour of the house explaining the basis for the house’s interpretation and recent restoration, examining highlights of the collections and viewing collection storage, which is normally off-limits to museum visitors. Following the tour there will be refreshments and a time for conversation in the garden.
The program requires that guests be able to walk up and down stairs.

Junior Interpreter Programs

IMG_7393 - CopyThe Davenport House offers two programs for teenagers, a Junior Interpreter program held in the summer and a Savannah Arts Academy Junior Interpreter program held in the fall.
Read JI Announcement 2015.
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Docent Training Program

winter2012 - CopyThe Davenport House offers its Docent Training Program three times a year – in February, July and October – for volunteers desiring to give tours of the Museum. The program schedule of dates and times are determined by the participants. The program involves meeting one day a week for two and a half hours over a four week period to learn the interpretation of the house and logistics of tour giving at the site. Following classroom training, prospective docents follow four different docents on tour and give an evaluation tour to a staff member before their first tours to the public. read more…