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15 Minutes Away on Foot: Tour the Green-Meldrim House

July 11, 2011

This week, we highlight the Green-Meldrim House located on Madison Square, at the intersection of Bull Street and West Macon Street. The physical address of the Green-Meldrim House is 14 West Macon Street.

The Green-Meldrim House was designed by John S. Norris, who also designed the Andrew Low House and the Mercer Williams House, for Charles Green – a cotton merchant and ship owner from emegrated from England to Savannah in1833. The house was constructed in the early 1850’s. According to local legend, Charles Green was extremely influential in saving Savannah during the Civil War, as he rode out to the Union Army as they approached the city and offered his house to General Sherman for use as his headquarters in Savannah.

Gen. Sherman and his troops headquartered out of the Green-Meldrim house until the end of the Civil War.

Over the years, the Green-Meldrim house has been owned by only two families, the Greens and the Meldrims. The house was sold by the Meldrims in 1943 to St. John’s Episcopal Church, who continues to own and preserve the house. The church has opened the house to the public for tours (which are lead by volunteer docents from the congregation), and continues to use a portion of the house as the congregation’s rectory. The Green-Meldrim house is also available for private rentals – often associated with weddings occurring in the church or in Madison Square.

The architecture of the Green-Meldrim House is extremely unique – in addition to a number of interior details and fine craftsmanship, the house features convenient elements including a triple set of front doors – one solid set that open to create closets in the vestibule, a glass set to allow light in to the central hallway, and a wooden louver set to allow for ventilation.

The Green-Meldrim House is open Tuesday, Thursday, and Fridays from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (with the last tour beginning at 3:30 PM). On Saturdays the house is open from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM (with the last tour beginning at 12:30 PM). Guided tours are conducted with a suggested donation of $7.00 per adult, and $2.00 per student.

***The house is closed to tourists from mid-December until the first full week in the new year. During Lent it is closed two weeks prior to Easter and reopens the first Tuesday after Easter.***

Getting to the Green-Meldrim House from the Catherine Ward House Inn by foot is easy. From door to door, it takes as little as 5-7 minutes to walk between the two.

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