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Explore the Gardens of Good and Evil!

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, a non-fiction work published in 1994 with a subsequent movie in 1997, was written by John Berendt to feature the quirky and historical city of Savannah as a main character. It’s a thrilling tale of all of the eccentric personalities of the city as well as a look into the murder mystery that concluded where it began; at the Mercer-Williams house. It was a perfect sensation among visitors; although locals preferred the book...

Having personally read the book, I find it is a perfect description of the moss-draped Hostess city of the South that is Savannah. Many of the featured places and spectacles can still be found! For example, the eccentric Lady Chablis, although no longer a resident of Savannah can still be found performing from time to time at Club One at the corner of Bay Street and Jefferson not too far from City Market.

Bonaventure Cemetery, where the novel’s acts of superstition and hoodoo, is the very picturesque ‘garden’ in which the novel described. Unfortunately, the ‘Bird Girl’ statue on the book’s cover is no longer found at the cemetery, but is available for viewing at the Telfair Art Museum. Both are very much worth the visit!

The Mercer-Williams house is only located half a block away from our historic inn, being our closest attraction and is available for guided tours. Designed by John S. Norris for General Hugh Weedon Mercer (great-grandfather of the songwriter Johnny Mercer) construction of the house began in 1860. Construction was interrupted by the American Civil War, and finally completed around 1868 by the new owner, John Wilder. It was acquired by Jim Williams in 1969, a local antique dealer, and soon-to-be person of interest in the 1980’s mystery. He also once owned our very own Bed and Breakfast!

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Explore the Gardens of Good and Evil!

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, a non-fiction work published in 1994 with a subsequent movie in 1997, was written by John...

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