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15 Minutes Away on Foot: Tour the Massie School

February 21, 2011

This week, we highlight the Massie School, located on Calhoun Square, at the intersection of Abercon Street and East Gordon Street. The physical address of the Massie School is 207 East Gordon Street.

Massie School Museum, Savannah GA

The Massie School. Photo from The Massie School.

The Massie School is the oldest school in continuous operation in Georgia. It operated as a free school for the poor beginning in 1856, ten years before Savannah was granted Georgia’s first charter for public education. The school is now open to the public and serves as a History and Architectural Museum. Special programs are held for school groups throughout the year, including a May Day celebration. Exhibit topics include Architectural History, 19th Century School Life, the Settlement and Development of Savannah, and Native American History of Coastal Georgia.

Massie School May Day Celebration

May Day Celebration at the Massie School. Photo from the Massie School

The Massie School is open Monday – Friday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Self-guided museum tours are available for $5 per person. Guided tours of the museum are available for $8 per person.

*** Currently, the museum is undergoing restoration work to restore the building as well as to improve the exhibit spaces. The museum will reopen in the near future. Until then, it is still worth visiting the property, as it is an excellent example of Greek Revival Architecture in Savannah. ***

Getting to the Massie School Museum from the Catherine Ward House Inn by foot is easy. From door to door, it takes as little as 8-10 minutes to walk between the two.

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