Photos of Savannah
Photo by Russ Bryant
The Scarbrough House was designed by William Jay for merchant
prince William Scarbrough, one of the principal investors in the S.S. Savannah.
Completed in 1819,
the mansion soon became a major focus of social life and was the center
of coloful festivities during President James Monroe's visit that year.
From 1878 to 1972, the house was operated as a public school exclusively
for children of African descent. Recognized for its extraordinary architectural
and historical significance, the house was designated a National Landmark
in 1974. It was restored in 1976 as a Bicentennial project. At present,
it is open to the public and houses the Ships of the Sea Museum.
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