The Sorrel-Weed House is one of the first two houses in the State of Georgia that gained the distinction of becoming a state landmark. The Society for the Preservation of Savannah Landmarks held their first meeting here in 1939. They were the predecessor of the Historic Savannah Foundation. The house served as their museum, featuring a collection of the finest antiques in Savannah, on loan by distinguished Savannah families.
The house represents one of the finest examples of antebellum Greek Revival/Regency architecture in the United States. It was designed by one of the leading architects in the United States, Charles Cluskey. He also designed the old Governors Mansion in Milledgeville and worked on the United States capitol.
The Sorrel-Weed House was completed between 1839 and 1840 for Francis Sorrel. As one of the most accomplished gentlemen in Savannah at the time, Francis and the Sorrel home became the toast of the town. When it was built, the home stood on the southern edge of town. During the 1840s and '50s, this was 'the house' to be invited to for social parties and celebrations. Savannah's renowned names were frequent guests in the house, spending many late nights in the parlor rooms until the early hours of the morning.
Prior to and during the Civil War, General W. T. Sherman was entertained in the home, as well as General Robert E. Lee. General Lee became friends with Francis around 1830 and was a guest in 1861 and 1870. In 1862, the Sorrel house was acquired by Henry Davis Weed, one of Savannah's largest business owners. This chapter of the house ultimately gave it its current name highlighted on the wrought-iron plaque erected outside the house: The Old Sorrel-Weed House.
The following activities include admission to Sorrel-Weed House:
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The Savannah Historic Overview Trolley Tour offers a fascinating look at Savannah's Historic District by way of open-air trolley for a thorough and informative sightseeing experience in the cultural setting of Georgia.
Sorrel-Weed House is a Tour Stop / Pick Up for the following tours: