Events

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

Saturdays in April 2014
PROGRAM DATES: April 5, 12, 19, 26
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

Thursdays and Fridays in May 2014
PROGRAM AND TIMES: May 1, 2, 8, 9, 15 and 16 at 4:30 p.m. and May 22, 23, 29 and 30 at 5:00 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 tea service took place and will participate in an afternoon tea given with costumed interpreters in the garden.
The performance requires that guests be able to walk up and down stairs.

 

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

Saturdays in May 2014
PROGRAM DATES: May 3, 10, 17 24 and 31
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 (1820) participants will walk by some of the finest examples of preservation in the city and learn about what no longer remains. Topics include the Great Fire of 1820, the yellow fever epidemic of 1820, Lafayette’s visit to Savannah in 1825 and the celebrations surround the 50th anniversary of the United States in 1826. Coffee and treats in the Davenport House garden will follow.

Dreadful Pestilence: Savannah’s Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1820

Friday and Saturday nights in October 2014110
PROGRAM DATES: October 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25 and 31
TIMES: 7:30 p.m. and 8:45 p.m.
ADMISSION: $15 in advance for adults, $10 in advance children (ages 8-17) and $17 for adults and $15 for children at the time of the performance
Reservations recommended. Limited attendance. Call: 912/236-8097
LENGTH OF PROGRAM: 60 minutes
Participants in the living history performance experience the story of yellow fever’s dreadful consequences which transformed the bustling seaport of Savannah into a ghost town. The action commences with a war of words between competing local newspapers on the fever’s outbreak and the municipal action that follows. Moving through the house and garden by candlelight, visitors observe the 19th century inhabitants as their thoughts turn to the contemplation of their own mortality and witness a doctor’s treatment of a fever victim. 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. As a culmination each visitor will participate in a “Lottery of Life and Death.”

Not suitable for children under 8 years of age.

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

Read more about the Material Culture of Yellow Fever.

See the new video Yellow Fever in Savannah.

Holiday Evening Tours by Candlelight

PROGRAM DATES: December 26 -30, 2014
TIME: 6 to 8:30 p.m. (Open House Style – The experience will take about 45 minutes.)
ADMISSION: $12 adults in advance, $14 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.

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

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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

DAVENPORT HOUSE JUNIOR INTERPRETER PROGRAM
Dates:
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TIME: 6 to 8 p.m.
The 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 for SAA sophomores.
Read Summer JI Program Announcement.
Read JI Fact Sheet – 2013.

 

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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…

2014 Preservation Festival

Preservation Festival activities associated with Historic Savannah Foundation and the Davenport House Museum will be posted on the website myhsf.org by January 2014.

Valentine’s Day Weddings in the Davenport House Garden

Friday, February 14, 2014
TIME: 5 to 7 p.m.
DONATION: $100
Couples should reserve their time slot in advance as the event 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 local judge will officiate. $100 donation to the museum. Call 912/236-8097 for additional information.

“Potable Gold”: Savannah’s Madeira Tradition

Friday and Saturday evenings in February 2014
PROGRAM DATES: February 1, 7, 8, 14 (at 7:30 p.m.), 15, 21, 22 and 28
TIME: 5:30 p.m. except 2/14 when the program will be a 7:30 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

Thursday and Fridays in March 2014
PROGRAM DATES: March 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21 and 27
TIME: 5 p.m. [On March 21 and 27 the program begins at 4:30 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 the historic home where tea service took place and will participate in an afternoon tea with costumed interpreters.
The performance requires that guests be able to walk up and down stairs.