Throughout May, the Davenport House Museum's courtyard garden is not only the site of a lively tea complete with history lesson, but also the ending point of its early-bird walking tour. While they are different tours, both will be entertaining.

Garden tea

Americans have a long and storied tea history. Inherited from our British ancestry, tea drinking has been a tradition second only to our love of coffee. American Thomas Sullivan invented the tea bag, rather accidentally, when he sent a sample of his tea in a silk bag to customers. A recipient brewed the entire bag by mistake. The convenience of using a small bag to hold the leaves led to a revolution in brewing.

The Boston Tea Party, where the Sons of Liberty deposited the tax-free East India Co.’s tea into the harbor to protest taxation without representation, was a catalyst for the American Revolution. In the South, sweet tea, or iced tea, is a way of life.

The Davenport House Museum will offer up several chances to experience the traditions of taking afternoon tea in the early 19th century during May. Enjoy a couple of cubes of history with your tea in the beautiful courtyard garden of one of Savannah’s most prestigious historic homes.

Walking tour

Completed in 1820, the Davenport House is one of Savannah’s premier historic homes, and the city's finest example of Federal-style architecture. The museum will host an early-bird walking tour to discover what remains of the 1820s Savannah known to the house’s original owner, Isaiah Davenport.

The marquee builder, who had his hands in several of the city’s building projects during his life, constructed his home right at the end of the Federal-style period, before the Classical Revival style replaced it. Davenport’s house stands as a testament to his skills as a builder and as an icon of its architectural time period.

In large part thanks to Anna Colquitt Hunter and several community members, the preservation of the Davenport House in the 1950s marked the beginning of the Historic Savannah Foundation and its revolving fund, which has saved over 300 historic homes in Savannah. The HSF has owned and operated the Davenport House since saving it from demolition.

Coffee and treats will be served in the Davenport House courtyard garden at the end of the two-mile walking tour.