Davenport House, built in 1820, was the home of master builder Isiah Davenport. He and his wife ran his business from their home. They had 10 children of which 6 lived to adulthood. Mr. Davenport was an architect, alderman, and fire master in the community. Sadly, there are no pictures of the man who contributed so much.
Home furnishings are indicative of the era, and as a master builder this “model home” has many additional charms. Let’s take a peek:
The home is lovely and was an enjoyable tour. Davenport House has many weddings on its property and in touring its grounds one can tell why. It is a perfect setting.
Have always wanted to tour this home, and it didn’t disappoint. This was the home of Jim Williams, a prominent antique dealer. He was a self made man of many extraordinary artistic talents. The movie Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil is based on a story which occurred in this home.
Jim Williams was accused of killing his employee, Danny Hansford. They had a relationship. He was eventually exonerated after 4 trials then died of a heart attack shortly after his exoneration.
The home is lovely and if you have the time, see it. No photographs are allowed. Docents are well versed in the art as well as Mr. Williams life. The home is open during the Christmas season and since Mr. Williams was an enormous Christmas buff am sure it will dazzle. If in the area I plan on returning.
There are several books related to this story. The Lawyer Games describes the 4 trials.
Make time to visit the gift shop as you are certain to find several unique gifts. Here are some pictures.
On my journey to Florida for the continuing saga of condo renovation stopped in Savannah, Georgia. What a beautiful City with much to do. Glad I started my day early on this one day visit as there were many visitors in town.
First Stop: Bonaventure Cemetery
Gates open at 8 a.m. and I toured on my own. However, if you are a cemetery buff recommend the tour. Call for specifics.
There are several cemeteries in Savannah. This one is possibly the most beautiful and on the National Registry of Historic Places. Found it’s Jewish portion quite interesting with a synagogue for services,
and many mausoleums, interesting stones. In Jewish tradition a pebble is left when one visits the grave.
Some other interesting cemetery pieces
Johnny Mercer and his family are interred in this cemetery. Mercer was a co-founder of Capitol Records and won 4 Academy Awards for his music. Some of his famous songs are:
Come Rain or Come Shine
Days of Wine and Roses
Something’s Gotta Give
That Old Black Magic
Hooray for Hollywood
The Cemetery grounds are rugged and beautiful. It sits on the Wilmington River.
Our trio visited Central Park next. Another amazing time. We started our visit at the Central Park entrance near the American Museum of Natural History began by Theodore Roosevelt. Here he is in stone.
We were greeted by some amazing flowering bushes and trees. What colors…
A variety of dogs crossed our path – some yappy, some chilling, and some friendly.
And the sign posts in the garden splendor, share your story..