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Green - Meldrim House of St. John's Church

14 W Macon St, Savannah, GA 31401

Located in Historic Landmark District

The Green-Meldrim House as you enter the courtyard from Madison SquareThe garden of the Green-Meldrim House faces Madison SquareHistoric Marker in front of the Green-Meldrim HouseUpstairs hallway of the Green-Meldrim House
The Green-Meldrim House as you enter the courtyard from Madison SquareThe garden of the Green-Meldrim House faces Madison SquareHistoric Marker in front of the Green-Meldrim HouseUpstairs hallway of the Green-Meldrim House
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Info & Amenities

The Green-Meldrim House is currently open for tours on Tuesdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. with the last tour at 3:30 p.m. The suggested donation for a tour is $10 for adults, $5 for students.

Please call the Church office at (912) 232-1251 if you have questions.

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Our docents are always eager to introduce visitors to this National Historic Landmark, one of only 2,500 in the United States. Located on Madison Square in the heart of historic Savannah, this was the headquarters of U.S. General Sherman during the Federal occupation of Savannah in 1864.

The house is also one of the finest examples of Gothic Revival architecture in the South and designed by architect Mr. John S. Norris. Since 1943, the house serves as the active parish house for adjacent St. John's Church (Episcopal). Most of the volunteer docents are members of the church. As a result, the house may be closed for church events. Please check the website to see if the house is open on the day you wish to visit.

Several Savannah events are hosted at the house: Tour of Homes (November), Savannah Art & Antiques Weekend (March), NOG’s Secret Garden Tours of Savannah (April), as well as many music events.

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HOUSE TOUR DAYS & HOURS
The house will be open for tours on Tuesdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with the last tour at 3:30 p.m.

* Walk-ins are welcome whenever the house is open.
* Reservations are not needed.
* Tours are conducted in English, and we have brochures in German, French, and Spanish.
* The house may be closed for parish functions and will be closed during Christmas (mid-December until after New Year's Day) and during Holy Week and Easter.

For questions, please call the St. John's Church office at (912) 232-1251 (Church office hours are Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)

HOUSE TOUR DONATIONS
The suggested donation for a tour is $10 for adults, $5 for students, and pre-school children are free.

GROUP HOUSE TOURS
Prearranged tours are available for groups of 10 or more for a suggested donation of $5 per person. For students of 10 or more, it is a suggested donation of $3 per person. To arrange a tour for groups of 10 or more persons, call Sigrid Kirk at (912) 598.8041 or contact us via [email protected].

For private tours of the church, please contact the church office at (912) 232-1251 or at [email protected].

PLEASE NOTE: The Green-Meldrim House is the Parish House for St. John’s Church in Savannah and may be closed for church functions. For questions, please call the St. John’s Church office at (912) 232-1251.

HOUSE RENTAL FOR EVENTS
To inquire about renting the house, email Connie McCay at [email protected] or call the church office at (912) 232-1251.

CHURCH TOURS
Please inquire about tours of adjacent St. John's Church (built 1853) when visiting the Green-Meldrim House. Church tours are offered as part of the house tour on a limited basis.

Business Status
  • Open For Business
COVID-19 Safety Measures

We are offering tours on a limited schedule. Please call 912-232-1251 for days we are open.

Meetings

The Green-Meldrim House is one of the finest examples of Gothic Revival architecture to be found in the South. The house was constructed in the early 1850s as the residence of Mr. Charles Green, an Englishman who came to Savannah in 1833. In December of 1864, upon the invitation of Mr. Green, General William Tecumseh Sherman used the Green-Meldrim House as his headquarters when the Federal army occupied Savannah during the Civil War. It was here that General Sherman sent his famous telegram to President Lincoln offering him the City of Savannah as a Christmas gift. After the death of Mr. Green in 1881, the house became the property of his son, Edward Green. In 1892, Judge Peter Meldrim purchased the house. It stayed in the Meldrim family until 1943 when they sold this historic treasure to their neighbor, St. John’s Church. In 1976, the house was designated a National Historic Landmark by the U.S. Department of the Interior. The house is open to the public for tours on selected days. HOUSE RENTALS
The Green-Meldrim House is a valuable and wonderful place for receptions and special events. We are proud to open the house for restricted use, as we honor and protect its many artifacts, while enjoying the beauty they provide. The fee schedule for events held in The Green-Meldrim House is noted below. The maximum number of guests in the house is 200.

Weddings

The Green-Meldrim House is one of the finest examples of Gothic Revival architecture to be found in the South. The house was constructed in the early 1850s as the residence of Mr. Charles Green, an Englishman who came to Savannah in 1833. In December of 1864, upon the invitation of Mr. Green, General William Tecumseh Sherman used the Green-Meldrim House as his headquarters when the Federal army occupied Savannah during the Civil War. It was here that General Sherman sent his famous telegram to President Lincoln offering him the City of Savannah as a Christmas gift. After the death of Mr. Green in 1881, the house became the property of his son, Edward Green. In 1892, Judge Peter Meldrim purchased the house. It stayed in the Meldrim family until 1943 when they sold this historic treasure to their neighbor, St. John’s Church. In 1976, the house was designated a National Historic Landmark by the U.S. Department of the Interior. The house is open to the public for tours on selected days. GREEN-MELDRIM HOUSE FEES Brides use for dressing & pictures only. Parishioners: NO FEE Non-parishioner Fee: $90 (A “parishioner” is classified as an active, contributing member of St. John’s Church in Savannah who wishes to use the facility for a personal event. Members’ clubs, associations or other groups do not qualify for parishioner fees.) SPECIAL EVENTS (200 max. guests) Parishioner Fee: $500 Parishioner-Sponsored Fee: $1,500 Non-Parishioner Fee: $3,000 All- Damage Deposit Fee: $200 (The deposit will be returned after the event if no damage occurs.)

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Thetransylvanian | Jun 28, 2021
“Wowed by the Gothic House”

St. John's that owns this does a wonderful job providing expert volunteer church-member docents for this tour. So much of what is there are the original furnishings. I am impressed with the...

Jeff J | Jun 19, 2021
“A must see history stop”

For my wife and I, this was the best house tour that we took in Savannah. Our guides were knowlegeable and detailed in their presentation. The inforamtion about General Sherman's stay there was...

Anne Z | May 22, 2021
“Wonderful Tour”

Excellent tour, do not miss it! Staff and tour guides were extremely kind and knowledgeable. We learned a great deal about Sherman and about the architecture and details of the house. Fascinating...