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While we’re currently in the 2020s, most of us have heard of the “Roaring 20s,” the 1920s, but through April, the Davenport House Museum gives groups a glimpse into life in the 1820s.

“At the Davenport House, we talk about the 1820s, because that’s what the house looks like, and that’s what we know most about. Now we’re trying to expand our story,” said Jamie Credle, director of the Davenport House Museum.

Every Saturday in April, they host the “Early Bird’s Walking Tour: Discovering 1820s Savannah,” a glimpse into the savannah that master builder Isaiah Davenport knew.

“In the 1920s you had jazz and prohibition and people love that, but most people don’t know much about the 1820s and I think people would love to see what remains of the early city architecture are,” said credle.

Starting at the Davenport House Museum (1820), the tour takes participants on a 120-minute walk for approximately 4.7 miles, passing some of the best examples of conservation in the city and learning about what is no longer there.

“We will take people on a walk through the characteristic quarter of the city. We will see about eight of the 22 squares. There were 15 plazas in 1820. We’ll see a lot of what the city looked like back then and get some history of what it was like to live in Savannah then,” Credle said.

The Davenport House Museum is located on Columbia Square at the corner of State and Habersham Streets in the Historic District.

It is one of the oldest brick structures in the city, retaining the common use of timber structures throughout the city’s earliest history.

The walk goes from the Davenport House Museum, east to Green Square and then past the Second African Baptist Church. The tour also takes participants to Broughton St., Bay St., Ellis Square, Congress St., City Hall’s previous location, and more, providing guests with a history lesson about what the city was like back then.

“The tour gives some African American history, history of what police work was like back then, and imaginatively immerses people in the sights, sounds and even what it would have smelled like back then,” Credle said.

The Davenport House was built in 1820 by Isaiah Davenport and now the museum preserves the history of the house and its artifacts.

The museum also aims to educate visitors and the community about all the experiences of those who lived here both free and enslaved, and to recognize the historic role of the home in the creation of the Historic Savannah Foundation.

The tours take place on Saturdays in April (2, 9, 16, 30) and the tours begin at 8am at the Davenport House Museum.

After the tour there will be coffee and treats in the garden of Davenport House.

“Many people are early birds. It’s really nice to see the city early before everyone wakes up in the spring. Even if you’re not an architecture geek, but just want to see the Landmark District in the spring, this walk is fun,” says Credle.

Tickets are $21 plus tax, although they recommend reservations, walk-ins are welcome. To buy tickets go to davenporthousemuseum.org

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