EVENTS AND PROGRAMS

Living History: Yellow Fever in Savannah 1820

Dates:  Friday and Saturday evenings in October 2021 – October 1, 8, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30

TIME:  7 p.m.

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

LENGTH OF PROGRAM: 50 minutes

Description:

In October, the Davenport House Museum on Columbia Square will present a dramatic recreation of early 19th century life focusing on the Yellow Fever epidemic of 1820 and the psychological effects of loss.    Patrons will begin their experience in Columbia Square and make their way through the candlelit historic house.  Contemporary 1820 medical treatments will be examined, and guests will meet ordinary citizens with complaints about the government, home remedies, how to combat mosquitoes and the true causes of the fever.  Though the Museum conveys factual events about the sickness, the goal of the October drama is to convey feelings and empathy for those who lived in the past.

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

Guests are asked to be mindful of current safety guidelines during their visit.

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.

Savannah’s Dr. William Waring expounding of the 1820 Yellow Fever Epidemic: “The scene of sickness, misery, and ruin was awful, shocking, and well-fitted to inspire a melancholy sentiment of the shortness, uncertainty, and insignificance of life.”

Holiday Evening Tours by Candlelight

December 26 -30, 2021

TIME: 6 to 8:30 p.m. 

Admission:  Available in October – $12 adults in advance, $15 at the door; $6 children in advance, $8 at the door. Plus tax.
Combination Pass for the Daily Tour and the Holiday Evening Tour is $16

 Length of Program:  The format is open house style.  The experience will take approximately 60 minutes.  No admissions after 8 p.m.

Glistening by candlelight, the Federal-style home welcomes visitors to an event 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.  

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“Potable Gold”: Savannah’s Madeira Tradition​

Friday and Saturdays in April 2022

Time:  5:30 p.m.

ADMISSION: $22.  Age 21 or older.  Tickets available in 2022.

Reservations recommended. Limited attendance to ten participants.

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.

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Valentine’s Day Weddings in the Davenport House Garden

Monday, February 14, 2022

TIME:  5 to 7 p.m.

DONATION Link:  $100

Get married in the Museum’s beautiful courtyard garden and make it a Valentine’s Day to remember! 

Ceremonies will be offered every 20 minutes.  Safety precautions expected.

$100 donation to the Museum. 

Rain location on the back porch overlooking the garden.

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

Confirmed reservations are highly recommended.

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Tea at the Davenports'

Wednesday and Thursdays in March 2022

PROGRAM DATES:  TOB

TIMES:  5 p.m.

ADMISSION:  $18 adults, $14 children plus tax. Tickets available in 2022.

Reservations recommended. Limited attendance at ten participants.

LENGTH OF PROGRAM: 60 to 75 minutes
Learn about tea traditions and experience an early 19th century tea in the historic atmosphere of the Davenport House Museum. Weather permitting, tea will be served in the Museum’s garden at the end of the program.   Costumed interpreters will join guests for refreshment and conversation.

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Early Bird's Walking Tour: Discovering 1820s Savannah

Saturdays in April 2022

TIME: 8 a.m.

Admission:  $21 plus tax.  Tickets available in 2022.

Reservations appreciated.  Walk-ins welcome.

DISTANCE OF THE 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 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'

Wednesdays, Thursdays and some Fridays in May 2022

PROGRAM DATES: TBA

 TIMES: 5 p.m.

ADMISSION:  $18 adults, $14 children.  Tickets available in 2022.

Reservations recommended. Limited attendance to ten participants.

LENGTH OF PROGRAM: 75 minutes
Learn about tea traditions and experience an early 19th century tea in Davenport House’s beautiful courtyard garden. Costumed interpreters will join guests for refreshment and conversation.

On inclement weather dates, tea will be taken inside the house museum in a delightful fashion.

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

Saturdays in May 2022

PROGRAM DATES: TBA

TIME: 8 a.m.

ADMISSION: $21 plus taxTickets available in 2022.

DISTANCE OF WALK: 2.3 miles

Reservations appreciated.  Walk-ins welcome.

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.

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