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Holiday Tour of Homes and Inns
December 7, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
The 45th Annual Holiday Tour of Homes
Savannah, GA | Saturday, December 7, 2019
Savannah’s Holiday Tour of Homes features exquisite architecture, beautiful furnishings, and gracious hospitality. This intimate tour experience allows guests to look “behind the doors” at some of Savannah’s most beautiful private residences, festively decorated Historic Inns and culturally significant Museum homes.
*Funds from the tour support the Downtown Neighborhood Association of Savannah’s community grant program and neighborhood initiatives*
TOUR OPTIONS (your wristband designates your tour group):
Tour I: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Private Homes from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Museums from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Inns from 11:30 .am. – 2:30 p.m.)
Tour II: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Private Homes from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., Inns from 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Museums from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)
Each of these tours features the eight private homes, four historic Inns, three Museum Houses, and the Massie Heritage Center all in Savannah’s Historic Landmark District. To avoid overcrowding and long lines, the private houses portion of the Tour has been broken into two separate sessions, Tour 1 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. and Tour II from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. The Inns and Museum houses will be open to Tours I and II for the same hours.
The Museum Houses: Open from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Green-Meldrim House, one of America’s finest and most lavish examples of Gothic Revival architecture, served as General Sherman’s headquarters during his occupation of Savannah.
Massie Heritage Center, a resource center for living history featuring original Georgia school system building, classroom, period costumes, and information on local history and historic preservation.
The Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home, Home of Mary Flannery O’Connor, American novelist, short story writer and essayist
the Andrew Low House, an Italianate mansion where Juliette Low founded the Girl Scouts of America.
Historic Inns: Open from 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Where you start your tour….
Tour Headquarters will be at the Jepson Center, located at 207 W York Street on Telfair Square. It opens at 9:00 a.m. This is where you will begin the tour by picking up your tour Guidebook and Wristband. The Wristband is your required ticket for entrance into the tour locations. Guidebook and Wristband pickup will begin an hour before your Tour Session.
Want an early view of what is on the tour? Download the Tour Buddy Historic Tours App
Tour Budy will provide GPS directions for the Tour and will give you access to information on places to stay, restaurants to try, and events to attend while you are in Savannah. Go to the app store and search for Tour Buddy Historic Tours. Once it’s downloaded, click on the three horizontal bars on the top right of the main page, and then choose All Guides, and then Holiday Tour of Homes. GPS directions to the houses featured on the Tour will be available on December 6th so you can plan your walking route. Tour private homes will be posted to the app three days prior to the start of the tour.
Ride the Bus….
We have arranged with the Old Savannah Tours to run a shuttle between the Jepson Center for the Arts, tour heaquarters, and the center of the walking tour, Massie Heritage Center. Tickets are $10.
Touring private homes is a special experience. Some will be decked with elaborate Christmas decorations, other homes will be more understated to reflect the holiday traditions specific to the family. All the homes and Inns on the tour will have beautiful interiors.
This is a self-guided walking tour, and the private houses will not be wheelchair or walker accessible, many will have 10-12 stairs to climb to reach the entrance and many more inside. There are no elevators available for use.
Wheelchairs and strollers cannot be allowed inside houses.
Well behaved children who are interested in adult activities are welcome, but must also pay the full ticket price. Small children must be carried.
No photography will be allowed.
YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE YOUR WRISTBAND TICKET UNTIL CHECK-IN AT THE JEPSON CENTER LOCATED AT 207 W. York St, THE DAY OF THE TOUR. Tour headquarters opens at 9:00 a.m., though we would appreciate afternoon Tour 2 attendees waiting until 10 am to pick up their tickets to allow for the Tour I rush to subside.
Refund Policy: Due to the fundraising nature of the Holiday Tour of Homes, we do not offer refunds. Should you need to transfer your ticket to a friend, please contact us to make appropriate arrangements. Tickets will be held by purchaser’s name and must be present at pickup with ID.
Visit our website for FAQs: http://www.dnaholidaytour.com/what-to-expect
More information on homes, inns, and museums on the Tour, as well as for information on WHERE TO STAY AND EAT on your visit can be found on the tour website: https://www.dnaholidaytour.com/