ANNUAL PROGRAMS

2020 Harvest Lecture

The Davenport House Museum will host its annual Harvest Lecture, Mobility in America’s First Planned City: Understanding Slave Badges and Enslaved Autonomy on the Southern Landscape at 6:30 p.m. November 16 via Zoom. This year, Dr. Torren Gatson will speak on municipally issued badges used by free people of color and enslaved workers in the antebellum south particularly with regard to Savannah.

Torren Gatson completed his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from North Carolina Central University and his Ph.D. from Middle Tennessee State University. Gatson is a trained public historian and a scholar of U.S., southern history, with an emphasis in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries African American built environment. He is a historic preservationist who conceptualizes the impact of African American material culture on the physical and cultural landscape.

“ABR is proud to be supporting this year’s Harvest Lecture Series. The Davenport House and the Historic Savannah Foundation are doing great things in the community, and the preservation and knowledge of our history is an important part of our commitment to our mission of community service at ABR. It is exciting to be a part of the newly envisioned series!” said Kaitlyn Capper, sales and marketing administrator for sponsor ABR Digital Office Solutions.

**Anyone interested in attending this free lecture, please RSVP by emailing sadler@myhsf.org, who will then send you the Zoom information prior to the event. Using that information, participants will log-on for the virtual lecture.

 

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Holiday Evening Tours by Candlelight at the Davenport House Museum

PROGRAM DATES: December 26 -30, 2020

TIME: 6 to 8:30 p.m. (Open House Style – The experience will take about 45 minutes.)

ADMISSION:  $12 adults in advance, $16 at the door; $6 children in advance, $8 at the door.  Reservations encouraged and may be made 10/1 or later). Ticket link.

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.  A demonstration of 19th century dancing will take place at the end of the evening.
The performance requires that guests be able to walk up and down stairs and maneuver in the candlelit rooms.

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Valentine’s Day Weddings in the Davenport House Garden

Sunday, February 14, 2021

TIME:  5 to 7 p.m.

DONATION:  $100

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.

$100 donation to the museum.

Rain location in the Kennedy Pharmacy, 323 E. Broughton Street—across the lane from the garden.

Call 912-236-8097 for additional information or to reserve a place. 

Confirmed reservations are highly recommended as the event tends to sell out.

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“Potable Gold”: Savannah’s Madeira Tradition

Friday and Saturday evenings in February 2021

Time:  5:30 p.m. 

ADMISSION: $22 (must be 21 years of age). Plus tax.  Available after January 1, 2021.

Reservations recommended. Limited attendance.

LENGTH OF PROGRAM: 75 minutes.
Experience the historic atmosphere of the Davenport House Museum 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.

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Tea at the Davenports'

Wednesday and Thursday afternoons in March 2021

TIME:  5 p.m.

ADMISSION:  $18 adults, $14 children.  Available after January 2021.

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. 

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Discovering 1820s Savannah: Early Bird's Walking Tour

Saturdays in April 2021

TIME: 8 a.m.

ADMISSION:  $21 plus tax.  Available after January 2021.  Walk-ins welcome.

Reservations appreciated.  Walk-ins welcome.

DISTANCE OF WALK: 2.7 miles

See what survives of the 1820s Savannah that master builder Isaiah Davenport knew. Beginning at the Davenport House Museum (1820) participants will walk (about 2.5 miles; 120 minutes) by some of the finest examples of preservation in the city and learn about what no longer remains. Coffee and treats in the Davenport House Museum garden will follow.

PLEASE CALL 912-236-8097 TO INQUIRE ABOUT GROUP RATES FOR 10+ PEOPLE

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SPRINGTIME TEA AT THE DAVENPORTS’

Wednesday and Thursday afternoons in May 2021

 TIME: 5 p.m.

ADMISSION: $18 adults, $14 children.  Available after January 2021.

Reservations recommended. Limited attendance.

PLEASE CALL 912-236-8097 TO INQUIRE ABOUT GROUP RATES FOR 10+ PEOPLE

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 weather permitting. 

On bad weather dates, tea will be taken inside one of the rooms of the house museum.

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

Saturdays in May 2021

TIME: 8 a.m.

ADMISSION: $21 plus ta. Available after January 2021.  Walk-ins welcome. 

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 Museum 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.

PLEASE CALL 912-236-8097 TO INQUIRE ABOUT GROUP RATES FOR 10+ PEOPLE

Yellow Fever in Savannah 1820

Dates:  Friday and Saturday evenings in October 2021

Time:  7 p.m.

ADMISSION:  $16 (in advance); $19 (at the door)

LENGTH OF PROGRAM: 45 minutes

In October the Museum will present a dramatic recreation of early 19th century life when yellow fever ravaged the city. Costumed interpreters portray residents coping with the realities of life during a catastrophe with an exploration of death and funeral customs, medical treatments as well as how various sectors of the population dealt with events.  A highlight is moving though the candlelit rooms witnessing enactments.  In an area seldom seen by visitors, the fate and experiences of the uncounted half of the city’s population, both free and enslaved African Americans, are revealed. 

Space is limited and patrons are encouraged to get their tickets in advance.

*Guests are encouraged to arrive on time to enjoy the full experience of the performance.

 The performance requires that guests be able to walk up and down stairs and maneuver in low light. Guests are encouraged to arrive on time to enjoy the full experience. 

Because of the subject matter, the program is not suitable for children under eight years of age.


TOURS AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST

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

Program 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.

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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.

CONTACT US

912/236-8097
912/233-7938 – FAX

info@davenporthousemuseum.org

324 E. State Street
Savannah, GA 31401

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HOURS

Monday – Saturday | 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sunday | 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
The last tour begins daily at 4 p.m.

The Davenport House Museum is closed on the following holidays:
Thanksgiving Day | Christmas Eve and Day |
New Year’s Eve and Day | St. Patrick’s Day
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Funding has been provided by Georgia Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities as part of the CARES Act economic stabilization plan of 2020.

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