Tour Locations | A Stroll through the Heart of Savannah’s Historical District
Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace
You're now in front of the Juliette Gordon Low home, on your left.
Stop here for a moment while I tell you the story behind it.
When William Gordon I, the same man who developed the Central of Georgia Railroad, married his wife Sara in 1831, they purchased this house from Sara's uncle, who had built it in 1820.
Throughout the city, and here at this house, you'll notice that the main level of the house is on the second story. The first story is the basement, known as a raised basement. This is where the kitchen was, and would have also been used as servants quarters. Back then they cooked on fire, and having the kitchen in the basement of the house, kept the heat out of the main part of the house. Also, having the main level on the second story allowed the family privacy from the city streets down below.
Juliette Gordon Low, the founder of the Girl Scouts was born here in this house on October 31, 1860 and was the granddaughter of William Gordon I. It was her mother Nellie who is responsible for acquiring a monument for Tomochichi.
The house is owned today by the Girl Scouts, who purchased the house from the Gordon family in 1953, and it serves as a museum today.
Let's get going.
With your back to the house, cross over Bull St. to the opposite corner of Bull and Oglethorpe, by the Collins Quarter restaurant. Then turning left, cross over Oglethorpe Ave, to the monument in the center of the median.