Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Mercer Williams House-ABC WEDNESDAY-"M"



,Welcome to the Mercer Williams House Museum  and Carriage House Shop. If you haven't read Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, perhaps you have seen the movie.  This is the house where Jim Williams lived and where the tragedy occurred. Behind the window to the left of the front entrance is Williams' office where the deed was done.


Construction began in 1860 for General Hugh W. Mercer, grandfather of musician Johnny Mercer.  Interrupted by the Civil War, it was completed in 1868 for John R. Wilder. When Jim Williams, a dedicated private restorationist and international art dealer bought the Mercer House in early 1969, it had been vacant almost a decade. The Carriage House on the right has been turned into an antique shop.

As a private residence it had many celebrity visitors, including Margaret Thatcher, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Ladybird Johnson, and General Colin Powell.

To see more ABC Wednesday posts from bloggers throughout the world, click here.

23 comments:

  1. Yep - been there, done that...

    ReplyDelete
  2. This place is gorgeous!

    ReplyDelete
  3. I do remember the movie although that was some time ago...I remember the setting as rather eerie, misty and moody. It's a great place and thanks for all the background info.

    ReplyDelete
  4. I'd love to wander through that place!

    ReplyDelete
  5. A pretty house! Looks so quaint.

    ReplyDelete
  6. A beautiful house with quite a history Kate.

    ReplyDelete
  7. I do love that house.

    ReplyDelete
  8. a very pretty place. :)

    ReplyDelete
  9. I would like to wander through that place someday. If walls could talk.

    ReplyDelete
  10. What a treat for you to see this house in person!

    ReplyDelete
  11. A beautiful house with quite a story to go with it. I did see the movie, colorful characters and strange doings associated with the residence!

    ReplyDelete
  12. Fascinating place - I'd heard the movie wasn't very good, but now I know there's a book, I'll look into getting it.

    Leslie
    abcw team

    ReplyDelete
  13. I appreciate your lesson in history and characters. I have not seen the movie - only wondered if I should.

    ReplyDelete
  14. Aren't Savannah's squares wonderful? I was there just one year ago. And, I DID read the Midnight of Good and Evil (twice), so it can't go on the list I suggested yesterday.

    ReplyDelete
  15. I am hoping to visit Savannah someday. What a beautiful place filled with so much history and lovely building.

    ReplyDelete
  16. I've been there too. The town has Midnight madness!
    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

    ReplyDelete
  17. Gorgeous!

    Little MISSES
    Rose, ABC Wednesday Team

    ReplyDelete
  18. Such a beautiful home!

    ReplyDelete
  19. Would love to visit the gorgeous city and would tour the home in the daylight!!!!The movie made the home look really scarry.
    Ann

    ReplyDelete
  20. Oh, those windows.

    ReplyDelete

Thanks for visiting my blog; I appreciate it! Come back often!!