Savannah, Georgia is full of history. In fact, you’ll find countless museums, monuments, and historic sites in our Southern city! One of our favorite places to explore is the Harper Fowlkes House, a Greek Revival mansion on Bernard Street. The home is owned by the Society of the Cincinnati and is filled with priceless antiques. It’s even open to the public for tours. If you’re a history buff, a trip to the Harper Fowlkes House should be on your Savannah itinerary. Here’s why.
Explore the Harper Fowlkes House
History & Architecture
The Harper Fowlkes House has been passed down through many families over the years. Charles B. Cluskey began constructing the home in 1843 for Aaron Champion, a wealthy banker from Massachusetts. (It’s said that Champion buried his bank’s gold in the garden.) Champion eventually left the house to his daughter, Maria Sophia, who married James W. McAlpin. After McAlpin died in 1931, Alida Harper-Fowlkes purchased the home and filled it period pieces and collectibles that remain today. The house was eventually bequeathed to the Society of the Cincinnati in the State of Georgia in 1985.
Since its construction, the exterior and interior architectural features of the Harper Fowlkes House have intrigued travelers from all over the world. The entrance is framed by handsome cast iron gates, double curved sandstone steps, and Corinthian-type columns. Inside, the three-story foyer has a marble floor and a skylight. It even features an elliptical opening that can be seen from the lower and upper levels of the stairwell.
Of course, the best way to experience the Harper Fowlkes House is to take a tour. Feel free to enjoy a romantic stroll through the garden, then head inside and admire the exquisite collection of chandeliers, silver, china, and crystal. You’ll also find handmade rugs and crown molding in each room. All of the furnishings are tasteful and luxurious, and they all belonged to Alida Harper Fowlkes.
The Harper Fowlkes House offers tours Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is just $12 for adults and $6 for students. The house is also available for events. Call (912) 234-2180 to make your reservations.
Book Your Stay at the Presidents’ Quarters Inn
After a wonderful day at the Harper Fowlkes House, take a quick 10-minute drive to the Presidents’ Quarters Inn and relax! Our historic bed and breakfast features 16 stunning guest rooms, each named after a former president. Book your stay in our James Monroe Room and enjoy the spacious four-poster King bed, or reserve our Bill Clinton Room with its artisan window casings and decorative fireplace. We also offer a delicious gourmet breakfast each morning. To learn more about our fabulous lodging options, check our availability or give us a call at (912) 233-1600. We look forward to having you!
Looking for more cool places to visit? Read our blog about Old Fort Johnson.