ASFMRA Annual Conference – Guest Activities

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Wednesday, Nov. 15th, 2017 – 9:00am to 12:30pm

Private House Walking Tour

Your first stop on the tour will be Marsha Thompson’s Home that has been in the family for two generations.  The Thompson Home is located in the heart of Historic Savannah and owned by the Granddaughter of Mrs. Wilkes.  Marsha Thompson invites guests to enjoy her upscale home and relaxing garden.   

The second stop will be at the Mercer House Museum. The Mercer House was designed by New York architect John S. Norris for General Hugh W. Mercer, great grandfather of Johnny Mercer. Construction of the house began in 1860, was interrupted by the Civil War and later completed, circa 1868, by the new owner, John Wilder.  In 1969, Jim Williams “of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil Fame”, one of Savannah’s earliest and most dedicated private restorationists, bought the then vacant house and began a two-year restoration. 

The final stop will be at the Duncan Home. The Duncan House is one of a double townhouse built in l869 for Daniel Thomas, this house originally had only two stories over a basement or garden floor.  The B. H. Levys remodeled in l897 in the Second Empire style and added the third story with mansard roof .  Second Empire elements include the quoins, Georgia marble steps, elaborate dormers and stoops, double bow windows over the front doors and the freize that runs between the first and second stories.  Virginia and John Duncan began their restoration in l976 and the movie “Orphan Train” was partly filmed here in l979. 

Cost is $99/person

Thursday, Nov. 16th, 2017 – 9:30am to 2:30pm

Historic District Trolley Tour and Lunch at the Olde Pink House

This leisurely tour by trolley covers a lot of ground as you explore the city’s architectural gems and historic landmarks such as Forsyth Fountain, the beautiful squares laid out by General Oglethorpe our founder, the Cotton Exchange and River Street. The tour includes two stops along the way. One at the Andrew Low House, an elegantly restored historic house museum, and then at the breathtaking 19th century Gothic Cathedral of St. John the Baptist.

The Olde Pink House on Reynolds’s Square has an exciting history. James Habersham, Jr. built this stately Georgian mansion in 1771. This wealthy planter’s home held many secret meetings, which helped secure the independence of the 13 colonies from England. Today as a unique restaurant and tavern, groups can enjoy elegant southern dining in Savannah’s only 18th century mansion.

After lunch, you can enjoy the shopping or board the trolley and return to the Westin.

Cost is $125/person

Friday, Nov. 18th, 2017 – 1:00pm to 4:30/5:00pm

The Get-Out-of-Town and See the Low Country Scenic Tour

Our Low Country adventure begins with a drive down world famous Victory Drive, a memorial for the veterans of World War I and one of the longest Palm Drives in the country.  We pass under the moss draped Live Oaks and by the lovely homes of the early 20th century.   

We will visit the beautiful and worldly Bonaventure Cemetery, located on a bluff overlooking the Wilmington River, one of the most photographed areas of Savannah.  Dirt roads lead deep into the cemetery that is a beautiful resting place for many of Georgia’s historically important founders and governors.  Johnny Mercer, the Songwriter, is probably the most famous person buried here as well as Conrad Aiken, American poet and short story writer.   

We travel on to Tybee Island where we will visit the oldest and tallest Lighthouse on the Georgia coast. 

As we make our way back into town, we will pass through the fishing village of Thunderbolt situated on a high bluff overlooking the Wilmington River. The river promoted Thunderbolt as a colonial settlement, military outpost during the American Revolution and Civil War, summertime resort and as a 20th century fishing village. 

The tour continues on to the Majestic Oak.  A giant 300 plus year old live oak tree, which was here when Oglethorpe landed and founded the colony.  The Majestic Oak has a trunk 23 feet, four inches in circumference and a crown with a 148-foot spread. 

The tour then winds its way down Bluff Drive in Isle of Hope.  The Isle of Hope Historic District, on the National Register of Historic Places, is on a bluff overlooking the Skidaway River.  Now a residential area, the island was a popular resort community as early as the 1870s. Old summer cottages and large antebellum homes still dot Bluff Drive, which winds along the river.

We end our Low Country adventure with a visit to Byrd Cookie Company, serving Savannah since 1924. 

Please note that you will be walking through Bonaventure Cemetery so comfortable walking shoes are encouraged. 

Cost is $95/person

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For more information about this conference, contact ASFMRA at or call 303-692-1224