The Savannah Morning News recently took a tour of Savannah's Davenport House Museum with Director Jamie Credle, who told us some of the history behind the historic home and the people who lived there.
The 1820 Federal-style home, located at 324 E. State St. on Columbia Square, came under threat of demolition in 1955, when a group of Savannah women banded together to purchase the house. Saving the Davenport House became the first act of the Historic Savannah Foundation, which continues to preserve historic buildings in the city, largely through its Revolving Fund.
Today, the Davenport House is open for a variety of tours and events, including programs on historic tea services, Madeira wine and Yellow Fever. The home's garden is also used for weddings, including special ceremonies each Valentine's Day.
New in 2017 was a partnership with the Savannah VOICE Festival, when a world premiere opera was staged in the home. "Anna Hunter, The Spirit of Savannah" told the story of Anna Colquitt Hunter, who assembled the group of six women that bought the home in 1955 and established the HSF. The partnership continues with the 2018 VOICE Festival, when Menotti's "The Telephone" will be staged for three performances in the house from Aug. 9-10.
With so much going on, it's no surprise that a number of volunteers are needed to keep up with the museum's busy schedule (about 40,000 visitors come through each year). That's where anyone from students to retirees can get involved.
Throughout July, the Davenport House will offer training for volunteer docents, which is an official term for tour guides. During the month, the class of new trainees will meet once a week for a three-hour session. To take part in the training, call Sheena Fulkerson at 912-236-8097 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. or email firstname.lastname@example.org.