Savannah Tour of Homes
- Thought some of y'all would like to know that the 70th Annual Savannah Tour
of Homes and Gardens will be going on at the same time we are in the Hostess
City. (As I've mentioned before, we managed to get booked into Savannah
during their peak season.--Lucky us!!) Enjoy!
See you in Savannah!
The 70th Annual Savannah Tour of Homes and Gardens
March 31- April 3, 2005
Self-Guided Walking Tours- The Landmark District
Each day a different area of the Savannah Landmark District will be
featured. Each tour offers an opportunity to go through approximately 6 - 8
sites, which include both private homes and/or gardens. The homes, which
vary in age, size and style, are high-stooped with 8 to 12 steps to climb
for entry and are not handicapped accessible. Guest purchase tickets for a
3 hour period: Thurs. through Sat. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Noon to 3 p.m., and 2
p.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays tour hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. or 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
A Guidebook with a color-coded map will be given out with tickets. You may
visit sites in any order and at your own pace. Volunteers wearing red Tour
of Homes sashes will assist you between sites.
Please wear appropriate walking shoes for your own comfort and safety and to
protect the floors in our homes. Leather soled shoes are not recommended.
Please be prepared to remove shoes upon entrance to some of our homes.
Thursday, March 31st
The self-guided walking tour will feature the neighborhood of the Colonial
Squares: Washington, Warren and Reynolds. Tour times: 10 am to 1pm, Noon to
3 pm or 2 to 5 pm.
Friday, April 1st
The self-guided walking tour will feature the neighborhood of Forsyth Park
West, along Whitaker, Barnard and Tattnall Street.
Tour times: 10 am to 1pm,
Noon to 3 pm or 2 to 5 pm.
The twilight tour will feature urban lofts in the downtown business
district. Explore Savannah's hottest new trend in historic urban living --
lofts -- above the bustling shops of West Broughton Street.
Tour time: 5-7:30 pm or 6-8:30pm.
Saturday, April 2nd
The self-guided walking tour will feature the neighborhood of Calhoun,
Monterey, and Madison Squares. Tour time: 10 am to 1pm,
Noon to 3 pm or 2 to 5 pm.
Sunday, April 3rd
The self-guided walking tour will feature the neighborhood of Victory Drive.
This palm-lined boulevard boasts some of the most notable homes of the
Beaux Arts era in Savannah. Transportation will be provided from Reynolds
Square to the neighborhood of the tour.
Tour time: 11 am to 2 pm or 1 pm to 4 pm.
A COMPLIMENTARY SLIDE SHOW, providing an overview of preservation efforts in
Savannah, will be offered Thursday through Saturday at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. by
Historic Savannah Foundation in the Chapel of Christ Church. Christ Church
is located on Johnson Square (2 blocks west of the Ticket Office on Reynolds
Thursday, March 31, 2005
"Is the Cleavers' House Worth Saving?" --- Preserving the Recent Past.
The Undercroft of Christ Church, 28 Bull Street 10 a.m to 11:30 a.m Join
Mark C. McDonald, Historic Savannah Foundation's Executive Director as he
discusses Savannah's crazy houses and preserving the recent past.
Lunch with Paula Deen at the Lady and Sons -- Sold Out
Reception and Evening Service, Christ Church, 28 Bull Street, 5:30 p.m.
The parishioners of Christ Church Episcopal, the first church in Georgia,
welcome you to Savannah and invite you to join us for an opening reception
in Johnson Square, followed by a brief service with choir at 6:15 p.m. in
the church. Casual attire is appropriate.
Friday, April 1, 2005
"Georgia Silver Seminar," The Undercroft of Christ Church, 28 Bull Street.
10 a.m to Noon
Helen Downing, by virtue of a 35 year love of handmade silver, has emerged
as a leading source of information on Southern and Tiffany silver. Using
many of her own pieces, her presentation focuses on silver crafted by
Georgia makers who worked in the early 19th century.
"Entertaining with a Vintage Twist," The Undercroft of Christ Church, 28
Bull Street. 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Join Terri O'Neil, owner of Abercorn Antique Village, and Gail Lawerence for
a visual demonstration of how to use vintage porcelain, silver and linens in
a variety of table and entertaining settings. North meets South as these
two women humorously contrast their entertaining styles.
Afternoon Tea at the First City Club, 32 Bull Street 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 2, 2005
"Decorative Painting," 114 West Taylor Street 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sold Out
"How Does Your Garden Grow?" Tour, 10 a.m. to 1
p.m. SOLD OUT
Afternoon Tea at the First City Club, 32 Bull Street 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Hosted by First City Club, you will relax in the elegant First City Club,
overlooking the moss draped live oaks of beautiful Johnson Square. Tea will
include an exquisite selection of teas and array of finger sandwiches and
sweets. Music will be provided by award winning harpist, Kathy Braswell from
Jacksonville, Florida. Lydia Ramsey, a leading etiquette expert and author
of "Manners That Sell" will share with us the history of tea etiquette.
70th Anniversary Party, Mansion on Forsyth Park, 700 Drayton Street 6:30
p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the Tour in the newly restored Mansion on
Forsyth Park. The Mansion is an example of Victorian Romanesque
architecture and was built in 1888 for Lewis Kayton and designed by A.S.
Eichburg. Enjoy hors d'oeuvres, cocktails at a full bar, cake and champange
at Savannah's newest luxury hotel and restaurant. Cocktail attire is
Sunday, April 3, 2005
"Trolley Tour of Savannah Squares" Departs from Tour Headquarters, 18
Abercorn Street 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and
1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Noted Savannah preservationists will narrate this "seminar on wheels,"
focusing on the beauty and history of Savannah's unique squares and parks.
This hour-long tour will include limited walking.
"Preservation in Progress" Beach Institue, 502 East Harris
Street 9 a.m. to 10:30
a.m. and 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Join Dirk Hardison, Architectural Design Consultant for the Historic
Savannah Foundation, and John Dickinson, all around handy guy, for an
interactive tour through two Beach Institute homes; one that has been
completely restored and one that is a work in progress. Please be aware
that this is a walking tour and that one of the homes on tour will be in a
state of active restoration. Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear.
Space is very limited for this seminar.
"Lunch at Mrs. Wilkes' Boarding House, 107 West Jones
Street Seatings every 30 mins. from
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Mrs. Wilkes' is a true local instituation. Lunch is a traditional Southern
fare in a unique Southern atmosphere. Hosted by Mrs. Wilkes' family, lunch
is served boarding house style. Home cooking has a whole new meaning after
visiting Mrs. Wilkes'. Space is limited. Cookbooks will be available for
Tickets-- TICKETS ARE NOT MAILED
Tickets may be purchase through our website with a Visa or Mastercard. All
mail orders must be postmarked by March 10, 2005. Tickets are NOT mailed.
A reservation confirmation will be sent upon receipt of ticket order and
payment. The confirmation is exchanged for tickets upon your arrival. ALL
SALES ARE FINAL. Events are held rain or shine.
Tour Headquarters 912-234-8054
Tour Headquarters is located in the Christ Church Parish House at 18
Abercorn St. on the corner of Abercorn and Bryan Streets. The parish house
faces Reynolds Square. The Tour Office is staffed year round on a part-time
basis. The Tour Headquarters opens for the Tour on Monday, March 28,2005.
Tickets will be available for pick-up or purchase 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. On
Friday, April 1,2005 the Ticket Office will remain open until 8:30 p.m.
Remember walking tour tickets do sell out, so please purchase them early.
All sales are final. Infants in arms are admitted free; admission for all
other children is the same as for adults.
There is a 10% discount on walking tours for groups of 20 or more. We will
hold reservations for groups of 20 or more with a 10% deposit. Full payment
must be received by February 12, 2005. Deposits will be forfeited if
cancellation is made after this date. Please contact the Tour Office at
912-234-8054 for more information.
Directions to Tour Headquarters
From US 17 South: After crosing the Talmadge Bridge, follow signs to
Historic Savannah onto Oglethorpe Ave. Turn left on MLK, Jr. Blvd. and
continue north to Bay St. Turn right on to Bay Street and follow to
Abercorn St. Turn right on Abercorn to Tour Headquarters at 18 Abercorn St.
From I-95 North or South (Via I-16): Take I-16 East and follow signs to
downtown Savannah. Take the MLK Jr. Blvd. and continue north to Bay Street.
Turn right on to Bay Street and follow to Abercorn St. Turn right on
Abercorn to Tour Headquarters at 18 Abercorn St.
Two-day parking passes for visitors are available for $8 at the Visitors'
Center, 310 M.L.K. Blvd. and at the City of Savannah Parking Services at 100
East Bryan Street. (Also on Reynolds Square) Passes allow unlimited parking
at city owned garages and meters times for one hour or more.
Restrooms are located at the Tour Ticket Office and throughout the Tour.
Please request information from the Tour Street Guides.
NO PHOTOGRAPHS ARE PERMITTED INSIDE THE HOMES, MUSEUMS OR OTHER BUILDINGS ON
The Savannah Tour of Homes Gift Shop
The Tour Gift Shop is located in the Tour Ticket Office. The shop features
this year's Tour poster, posters from previous years, note cards, ornaments,
commemorative plates, and tote bags featuring the work of artist Wray
Williamson. These items as well as other items are available for purchase.
All transportation provided by the Tour of Homes will be available for
boarding at The Tour Ticket Office. Departure times are indicated on your
Free Municipal Shuttle Service
A free municipal shuttle bus travels thoughout the Landmark Historic
District. Route information is available at The Ticket Office or at
The Savannah Tour of Homes Ministry
The tour is sponsored by the Episcopal Church Women (ECW) of Christ Church
Savannah and the Historic Savannah Foundation (HSF).
The 69th Annual Savannah Tour of Homes and Gardens in 2004 raised $174,000.
The proceeds of the tour benefited 24 non-profit agencies through grants
from the ECW of Christ Church and preservation efforts of HSF.
The 2004 Grant Recipients of ECW Christ Church are:
American Second Harvest
Bethesda Home for Boys
Chatham-Savannah Citizens Advocacy
Christ Church Emmaus Room - Flooring
Christ Church Children's School
Christ Church Clothing Closet
Coastal State Prison Christmas Party
Episcopal Youth and Children's Services
Good News Jail-Chatham Co. Detention Center
Habitat for Humanity
Hospice-Full Circle Grief and loss Center
J.C. Lewis Health Center Dental Clinic
The Living Vine Christian Maternity Home
Henry Clay- The Navigators
Parent and Child
Partners in Progress
Ronald McDonald House
Royce Learning Center
Savannah Health Mission
Senior Citizens Inc.
United Ministries - Emmaus House and Helping Hands