5 Savannah Tour of Homes & Gardens Events That You Can't Miss
The annual Savannah Tour of Homes & Gardens is your chance to step inside some of Savannah’s extravagant private homes and admire the design, architecture, décor, and lavish gardens and courtyards.
But the Savannah Tour of Homes & Gardens is more than just tours of gorgeous Savannah homes – it’s also a celebration of historic preservation, interior design, architecture, education and community.
During the four-day soiree, there are plenty of delightful events that reflect everything the Savannah Tour of Homes & Gardens represents. Here are five that are definitely on our list.
1. Frivolity and Perspective: An early evening experience at the Davenport House
Enjoy an evening social at the Davenport House Museum, a historic home built in 1820 that marked the beginning of Savannah’s preservation movement. Interact with house-staffed costumed docents as they discuss 19th century household activities. Refreshments will be served in the Davenport House Museum’s gorgeous garden, a popular spot for Savannah weddings. At the end of the evening, head around the corner to the Kennedy Pharmacy for a demonstration of early 19th century dancing.
When: March 23 at 5:30 p.m.
Where: Davenport House Museum
2. Memories of Massie
Get an inside look at Savannah’s Massie Heritage Center, Georgia’s oldest school in continuous operation. Join knowledgeable guides on a private tour through the school and hear stories of its fascinating history, which dates back to 1856. The Massie Heritage Center is a treasure for historians, preservationists, gardeners, educators, and students young and old.
When: March 23 at 9:30 a.m.
Where: Massie Heritage Center
3. Saving Savannah: Mills B. Lane's Impact on Savannah's Preservation Story with Lunch at 45 Bistro
Learn about the legacy of Mills B. Lane, an important Savannahian who was passionate about making downtown Savannah a livable place while preserving its history. This educational afternoon also includes a delicious lunch at 45 Bistro, an award-winning fine dining restaurant located inside the famous (and haunted!) Marshall House.
When: March 23 at 1 p.m.
Where: 45 Bistro
4. Introduction to Indigo
Dive into the history and impact of the indigo plant, an important Georgia cash crop in the mid-to-late 1700s. The indigo plant can be transformed into a dye creating a rich blue color most notably used for denim cloth. Get an in-depth look at the indigo plant’s cultivation, impact on the economy, dyeing process and unexpected uses today.
When: March 24 at 9:30 a.m.
Where: 123 E Broughton Street
5. Home & Garden Walking Tour: Eastern Historic Landmark District
Explore extravagant private homes and gardens in Savannah’s Eastern Historic Landmark District. The northern portion of the region, closest to River Street, features some of the district’s earliest Greek Revival and Federal-style homes. As you stroll further south, you’ll find beautifully restored 19th century Romanesque, Victorian and Italianate homes showcasing wrought iron, unique detailing and charming front stoops.
When: March 24 at 10 a.m.
Where: Specific locations