Isaiah Davenport House

Campers will take a step back in time as they explore the 7 authentically furnished period rooms in the Isaiah Davenport House. The 1820s Federal Style house has over 400 artifacts inside, including ceramics, lighting devices, metals, textiles, books, and other household ephemera. Groups can learn about the family and their slaves that lived in the stately house, its decent into disrepair in the years after the family left, and how the Historic Savannah Foundation managed to restore the historic home. Pre- and post-visit materials are available online to further enrich the trip.
 
Contact Info
Address: 324 East State Street, Savannah, GA 31401. Chatham County. Tel: 912-236-8097. Website: www.davenporthousemuseum.org. Hrs: Mon.-Sat. 10AM-4PM, Sun. 1-4PM.
 
Trip Info
Grade Level: All grades. Activity Type: Self-Guided Activities, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours. Recomm. Length of Visit: 1 hour. Cost: Fee. 

Museums Fun Facts

Museums are collections - of artifacts, paintings, etc. Talk about what types of collections campers have at home – be they stamps, baseball cards, or other items.

Use this comparison to frame some activities: talk about how museum collections came to be. Who collected and gathered the items on display? Compare this to how campers gathered their own collections at home. Also talk about (both with campers and museum staff) how the exhibits at the museum are arranged – such as the lighting and temperature for a certain exhibit.

Have campers set up a “Trip Museum” back at camp, consisting of items they’ve obtained on field trips; think of it as a group show and tell, where everyone participates and contributes to the collection.