Mercer Williams House Museum
- Type: Historic Homes/Mansions, Museums, Sightseeing
- Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
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According to Lonely Planet, "You can't leave Savannah without seeing the Mercer-Williams House." While it was once home to singer Johnny Mercer, this house is much more famous for its other resident, Jim Williams, a noted Savannah antiques dealer and the central character in John Berendt's Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. In fact, Williams is the only person in Georgia to have ever been tried four times for the same crime: the murder of Danny Hansford, which allegedly took place in this very house.
While the upstairs is off-limits, you're invited to explore the ground floor, which is ornately decorated with 18th- and 19th-century furnishings, Chinese porcelain and portraits dating back to the 1700s. There is also a gift shop.
The Mercer Williams House Museum sits two blocks north of Forsyth Park in the Historic District. It's open to visitors Monday through Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 3:40 p.m. and Sundays from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets (which can be purchased online) are about $12 for adults and $8 for students, though recent visitors say is a little pricey seeing as you can only see portions of the house. For more information, check out the official website.