430 Whitaker Street (Monterey Square)
Once home to lyricist 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 best-selling book "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil."
The construction of the house began in 1860 by Hugh Mercer but was postponed because of the Civil War. The house was later sold to John Wilder who completed the construction in 1868.
Jim Williams bought the house in 1969 and began a 2-year renovation of the run-down property. The elegant Italianate red brick mansion with tall arched windows and ornate ironwork balconies is considered one of the most beautiful in all Savannah. The house is filled with 18th century portraits and beautiful antique furnishings from Jim William's private collection. You can tour the first floor of the house but the second floor is not open to the public.
Time to spend: 1 - 2 hours
Monday - Saturday: 10:30a - 3:40p
Sunday 12:30p - 4:00p
Note: Winter hours will vary. Call (912) 236-6352