This stunning home is where the Juliette Low founded the Girl Scouts and held many early Girl Scout meetings and adult ... More
Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace
This stunning home is where the Juliette Low founded the Girl Scouts and held many early Girl Scout meetings and adult trainings. Dating to 1821, the house is an interesting blend of Regency architecture and Victorian-style additions. The tour includes a memorial to Julliette Gordon Low and a Girl Scouts museum. Visitors are advised to inquire to confirm operating hours.
Tour was very interesting. Gift shop has very reasonable items. We have stayed at Ballastone last 3 years, right next to the Birthplace. Lots of spooky things happening over there. No doubt, they have a ghost.
So, I really wanted to check this place out while we were in Savannah for a get-away.
Juliette, who founded the Girl Scouts of America, was born and raised in Savannah. No surprise, her childhood home (which at one point was converted to apartments but was bought by the GSA Organization in the early 50s) is now a museum.
We walked over to the house on a fine Saturday morning (Saturday was our “tour and shopping day” in Savannah). The house, located on Bull and Oglethorpe, is impressive from the outside but even more so inside.
All tours are guided ($8 for adults) so we went on a 40+ minute guided tour along with ten or so other folks. Our guide, a very elderly lady who used to be a Girl Scout Troop Leader (easy to tell since she still commanded attention and respect) told us quite a bit about the dining room, family room and parlor of the house before she ran out of time and hurried us through the upstairs.
So, we learned a lot about portraits and pieces of furniture and hand-painted china (by Juliette) but not a lot about the organization she founded (other than she did so after meeting the founder of The Boy Scouts in England and when she was completely deaf).
Although 40 minutes of detail about object d’art was a bit much for Mr. B, I found it very interesting. Of particular note were these two framed “paintings” in the upstairs sitting room. They were painted and then the canvas cut in such a way that, depending on how you looked at it, you saw one of three different scenes.
The gardens to the house were lovely but filled with troops of girls so we didn’t linger overly long!
I liked all of it when I went their for the first time i was a girl scout. It was nice to find out who had founded this great oppertonity. They have lots to offer as activtys for the kids and as well as dress up.
Visiting the Birthplace with my daughter and her meme was an awesome experience. Meme, the grandmother, was in scouts some 50 years ago and had visited this special place and gotten her special pin. As a scout some 30+ years ago I had visited and of course gotten my special pin. So it was a prievelge for us to take my daughter who is a Brownie to visit the Birthplace and for her to get her special memontos. We had an excellant tour guide. We all enjoyed the time spent together at this special place.
I came here with my GS troup, and while it was educational, many of us were tired and bored. I would recommend it for people who REALLy want to learn about Juliette Gordon Low. I have to say, though that the tour made me respect Juliette Low so much more, she really was an extrodinary women.
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