The site of the shooting that inspired John Berendt's 1994 novel "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil," Mercer Williams House Museum is also a beautiful example of Civil War-era architecture. The house was designed by John S. Norris for General Hugh W. Mercer, and the building began in 1860. Construction was interrupted during the war, but was completed in 1868. In 1969, Jim Williams purchased the abandoned house and restored it. The house is well-known as the scene of the 1981 murder of Danny Hansford, Williams' assistant. Williams was tried for the crime four times and received a final verdict of not guilty. On the tour, you'll have the chance to admire the antique furniture, 18th-century portraits, 17th-century drawings, and Chinese porcelain that Williams collected. Purchase tickets for the tour online. Use our Savannah trip itinerary builder tool to arrange your visit to Mercer Williams House Museum and other attractions in Savannah.
Mercer Williams House Museum Reviews
This really is a museum (antiques and art). Very little mention of the setting of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil book but the tour gives a glimpse into the wealth of Jim Williams. more »
I am so glad I went on this tour. We were told of the history of the house and learned of the restoration efforts of Mr. Williams to save historic Savannah. The rooms and antiques are breathtaking. Th... more »
Absolutely loved this place! Our guide Zach was passionate about sharing the history of house with us and his enthusiasm was contagious. I, like many others, am a huge fan of the book and movie inspired by place, but it's so much more than that. Well worth taking the time to visit!
My wife and I took the tour at the Mercer-Williams house. We both had read the book "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" prior to our honeymoon in Savannah, so we really wanted to check out the house that was talked about in the book. As a side note, you don't need to read the book (or watch the movie) to appreciate the Mercer-Williams House. It is a beautiful house with a great story behind it. If architecture, antiques and/or history are your thing - you would enjoy the tour. The house tour takes place on the first floor of the home. An interesting fact, the upper floors are still in use by the family (so they were off limits of course). All of the rooms were great - there were several very neat antiques present in the home. One of our favorite features of the home was the stained glass skylight in the ceiling of the staircase. The tour guide was very informative and was happy to receive questions from our group. They clarified some things that the movie got wrong about Jim Williams and the events that happened in this house. The tour group was a reasonable size, so you were still able to see all of the sights and hear the guide easily. If you've read the book, it was really interesting to see where some of the events took place in the home. Also, trying to figure out where some of the other characters mentioned in the book may have lived. Overall, we're both glad we took the tour at the Mercer-Williams House. We'd recommend it to anyone.
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