SAVANNAH, GA — January 20, 2022 — The Davenport House Museum, located at 324 E. State Street, is planning four spring programs slated to begin in February and run through May, which is National Preservation Month. Events planned include Potable Gold: Savannah’s Madeira Tradition in February, Springtime Tea at the Davenports in March and May, the Discovering 1820s Savannah Walking Tour in April, and the Early Bird’s Preservation Walking Tour in May.
Potable Gold: Savannah’s Madeira Tradition, sponsored by realtor Liza DiMarco, will be performed Fridays and Saturdays, Feb. 5, 11-12, 18-19 and 25-26 at 5:30 p.m. and will last 75 minutes. Pending additional performances will be held February 12 and 19 at 7:30 p.m. if the 5:30 p.m. sessions sell out. Guests will experience the historic atmosphere of the Davenport House in a socially distanced format while learning about and tasting a unique and flavorful wine. Patrons are oriented to the long and rich tradition of Madeira as it relates to the history of Savannah and will participate in a Madeira party. The performance requires that guests be able to walk up and down stairs and maneuver in the candlelit rooms. Admission is $22 plus tax and guests must be 21 years or older. Reservations are recommended as attendance per performance is limited due to COVID-19 safety protocols, which will be enforced.
Springtime Tea at the Davenports will run Wednesdays and Thursdays, March 2, 9-10, 16, 23-24 and 30-31, and again Wednesdays and Thursdays, May 4, 11-12, 19 and 25-26. The program begins at 5 p.m. and lasts 60 to 75 minutes. Guests will learn about tea traditions and experience an early 19th century tea in the historic atmosphere of the Davenport House Museum. Weather permitting, tea will be served in the museum’s garden at the end of the program. On inclement weather dates, tea will be taken inside the house museum in a delightful fashion. Costumed interpreters will join guests for refreshment and conversation. Admission is $18 for adults and $14 for children, plus tax. Reservations are recommended as attendance per performance is limited due to COVID-19 safety protocols, which will be enforced.
The Discovering 1820s Savannah Early Bird’s Walking Tour will be offered Saturday, April 2, 9, 16 and 30, starting at 8 a.m. and will last about 100 minutes. See what survives of the 1820s Savannah that master builder Isaiah Davenport knew. Throughout the 2.5-mile walk, which begins at the Davenport House Museum, participants will see some of the finest examples of preservation in the city and learn about what no longer remains. Coffee and treats in the Davenport House garden will follow the tour. Admission is $21 plus tax and, while walk-ins are welcome, reservations are appreciated. Please call 912-236-8097 to inquire about group rates for 10 or more people.
The Early Bird’s Preservation Walking Tour of the Landmark Historic District’s East Side will be offered Saturday, May 7, 14, 21 and 28, starting at 8 a.m. and lasts about 100 minutes. Enjoy a 2.3-mile early morning walk through one of the oldest and most varied neighborhoods to learn how historic preservation has revitalized downtown Savannah in this Historic Preservation Month special. Tours led by Davenport House Director Jamie Credle will introduce the personalities, structures and issues that have enthralled Savannah’s preservation movement. Coffee and treats in the Davenport House garden will follow. Admission is $21, plus tax. While walk-ins are welcome, reservations are recommended. Please call 912-236-8097 to inquire about group rates for 10 or more people.
The mission of the Davenport House Museum is to preserve and interpret the American Federal-style house and the artifacts within, built by master builder Isaiah Davenport for his household, with an emphasis on the years 1820-27. The DH seeks to educate, enrich, and inspire our visitors and the community, as well as recognize the historical role of the house in the founding of Historic Savannah Foundation. Situated on Columbia Square at the corner of State and Habersham Streets in historic downtown Savannah, it is one of the oldest brick structures in the city and sees approximately 40,000 visitors annually, through its guided tours and education programs. For more information, please visit http://www.davenporthousemuseum.org/programs/, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 912-236-8097.
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