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The Davenport House Museum: an 1820’s Christmas

December 16th, 2013 by Corey A. Edwards

The Davenport House Museum: an 1820′s Christmas

Visit The Davenport House Museum for an 1800’s Christmas

Do you ever wonder what Christmas was like in the 1800’s? Well, now you can find out: The Davenport House Museum in Savannah, GA offers special, end-of-the-year holiday tours of their amazing house-turned museum all through the month of December.

Take a candlelit tour of the Federal-style, Davenport House and see how the Christmas and New Year’s Eve were celebrated in the 1820’s. Enjoy refreshments, period music, and a tour through the home, followed by a 19th century dance demonstration.

The Davenport House was built in 1820 by Isaiah Davenport for his family but, at his death in 1827, became a boarding house. It stayed a rooming house until the 1950’s when it was slated for demolition as just another relic in the seedy part of town.

Understanding its historical value and fearing its loss, a group of citizens joined together to purchase the Davenport House: the first act of the what is now known as the Historic Savannah Foundation, which has gone on to save hundreds buildings throughout Savannah.

The Foundation’s work to restore the building and recover items that the Davenports may have owned has been very effective with period room furnishings which reflect the inventory taken at the time of Isaiah Davenport’s death in 1827 – even personal objects, such as framed silhouettes of actual Davenport family members.

Visitors are sometimes surprised at the relative lack of “bling” in the home of such an apparently affluent family as the Davenports – but the simple nature of the objects of their day-to-day life reflects just how much has changed in the way we comport ourselves in our homes.

For the holidays, the Davenport House Museum has been decked out for Christmas and the New Year much as it would have been in the 1820’s. Decorations and other holiday touches throughout will transport you back to a time very different from our own and yet, still quite familiar.

December at the Davenport House Museum

For tour times and further details, please visit: www.davenporthousemuseum.org

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