DAVENPORT HOUSE MUSEUM ANNOUNCES HOLIDAY EVENING TOURS BY CANDLELIGHT NEXT MONTH

DAVENPORT HOUSE MUSEUM ANNOUNCES HOLIDAY EVENING TOURS BY CANDLELIGHT NEXT MONTH

SAVANNAH, GA. – NOV. 23, 2021 – The Davenport House Museum (DHM), a property of Historic Savannah Foundation, announces its Holiday Evening Tours by Candlelight event celebrating the coming of the New Year as it would have been observed 200 years ago. Patrons may arrive at the historic house, located at 324 E. State St., any time between 6-8 p.m. for the fifty-minute tour from Sunday, December 26 through Thursday, Dec. 30. Reservations are strongly encouraged.

This family friendly event will feature costumed docents telling the story of early 19th century holiday festivities. Part of the experience will include a short, dramatic presentation on the discovery of Clement Moore’s poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas.” Another highlight will be experiencing the house by candlelight.

“Holiday Evening Tours by Candlelight allows guests a chance to glimpse at a time long ago when the world was so different,” said Davenport House Museum Director Jamie Credle. “Our volunteers and staff look forward to sharing the house with visitors and locals alike at a time of year that is festive and celebratory. It is a delightful way to begin ringing in the new year!”

Admission for Holiday Evening Tours by Candlelight costs $12 for adults in advance and $15 at the door. Children ages 6-17 are $6 in advance and $8 at the door. DHM asks that patrons call about scheduling a time to visit or indicate on their online purchase the time they hope to enter the house. To purchase tickets, please visit www.davenporthousemuseum.org, contact info@davenporthousemuseum.org, call 912-236-8097, or visit the Davenport House Museum Shop.

The tour requires that guests be able to walk up and down stairs and maneuver in dimly lit rooms. Guests will be asked to be mindful of current safety guidelines during the tour and should anticipate wearing masks inside the building.

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 Davenport House 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 the 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 or to reserve tickets, please call 912-236-8097.

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DAVENPORT HOUSE MUSEUM TO HOST ‘KNOW HAMILTON’ LECTURE AND PERFORMANCE

DAVENPORT HOUSE MUSEUM TO HOST ‘KNOW HAMILTON’ LECTURE AND PERFORMANCE

SAVANNAH, GA — MARCH 18, 2021 — The Davenport House Museum will host “Know Hamilton” lecture and performance in the garden at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 30. In case of rain, the event will be moved to the Drawing Room in the Museum, which is at 324 E. State St. in Savannah.

The lecture, given by historian Jimmy Napoli, will focus on Alexander Hamilton’s early years and will be followed by actress/playwright Eva Dorrepaal’s one-woman show, “Raising a Revolutionary.” The show is set in the 18th century Danish West Indies, where Hamilton’s mother, Rachael Faucett, contends with a criminal record and a vengeful ex-husband while trying to keep food on the table and prepare her son for life’s harsh realities.

The program will be 55 minutes long and tickets cost $20 per person. Due to COVID-19 safety protocols, the audience size will be limited to 25 people or less and everyone must wear masks and practice social distancing. Hand sanitizer stations will be available.

Davenport House Museum Director Jamie Credle thinks the evening will sell out and expects the audience will be delighted by the show, which Napoli and Dorrepaal will soon stage in the Caribbean.

“Eva and Jimmy are currently traveling down the Intercoastal Waterway and heading to the Caribbean to provide tours and organize events on the island of St Croix, where Alexander Hamilton began his illustrious career before arriving in New York. Eva wondered if she could work out an opportunity to work with the Davenport House and contacted the staff to see if a performance of her work could be arranged. We happily agreed,” Credle said.

Napoli has been lecturing and leading tours on Alexander Hamilton for over 25 years. He has been a licensed New York City. tour guide since 1996, specializing in the American Revolution, the creation of the federal government of the United States of America, the abolition movement and women’s suffrage. In 2007, Napoli appeared in the PBS documentary “The American Experience: Alexander Hamilton,” written and directed by Middlemarch Films. Dorrepaal has written three plays to date, as well as starred in numerous motion pictures that have been screened in more than 50 film festivals, including Cannes, Toronto and Sundance. She authored and performed three solo shows and had numerous appearances in European TV programs. The couple is currently maintaining a YouTube channel documenting their travels, entitled “Living in Xisle.”

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 or to reserve tickets for the “Know Hamilton” lecture and show, please call 912-236-8097.

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For media inquiries, please contact Lesley Francis at lesley@lesleyfrancispr.com or 912-429-3950, Kristyn Fielding at kristyn@lesleyfrancispr.com or 229-393-6457, or Hollie Barnidge at hollie@lesleyfrancispr.com or 912-272-8651. 

DAVENPORT HOUSE MUSEUM TO HOLD VALENTINE’S DAY WEDDINGS IN THE GARDEN

DAVENPORT HOUSE MUSEUM TO HOLD VALENTINE’S DAY WEDDINGS IN THE GARDEN

SAVANNAH, GA – January 26, 2021 – The Davenport House Museum will provide couples with a safe and economical way to say “I Do” in one of historic downtown Savannah’s most beautiful gardens on the most romantic day of the year, Valentine’s Day – Sunday, February 14. The annual event will comply with 2021 COVID-19 safety protocols.

Ceremonies, conducted by a licensed officiant, will be offered every 20 minutes between 5-7 p.m. for a $100 donation. Couples will be expected to follow safety protocol as specified by local, state and federal mandates.  No more than 10 people can be present at the wedding, including the marrying couple.

Recommitment ceremonies as well as first weddings will be conducted. Those marrying for the first time should bring a valid Georgia marriage license, which does not require a waiting period or a blood test, to the ceremony. In the event of rain, ceremonies will be performed on the back porch of the museum, which overlooks the garden. 

“Right now, couples are making tough decisions on whether to postpone or even cancel their big days due to the pandemic,” Davenport House Director Jamie Credle said. “The Davenport House is honored to provide a venue for those ready to exchange their vows.  Our garden is a lovely place for couples to make their commitment.”

For information, particularly regarding safety protocol, please call 912-236-8097. Confirmed reservations are highly recommended as the event is popular and tends to sell out. To reserve a spot, please go to http://bit.ly/DHMWeddings or call 912-236-8097. To learn more about the history and mission of the Davenport House Museum, please visit www.davenporthousemuseum.org. The Davenport House Museum is located at 324 E. State St. in downtown Savannah.

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For media inquiries, please contact Kristyn Fielding at 229-393-6457 or email kristyn@lesleyfrancispr.com or Hollie Barnidge at hollie@lesleyfrancispr.com or 912-272-8651, Lesley Francis at lesley@lesleyfrancispr.com or 912-429-3950, or the team at 912-417-LFPR (5377).