Street Address
10 East Oglethorpe Ave.
Savannah, GA 31401
Mailing Address
10 East Oglethorpe Ave.
Savannah, GA 31401
Hours
Monday - Saturday10 AM - 4 PM
Sunday11 AM - 4 PM
Closed Wednesdays November- February, some holidays and the first two weeks in January. Please call, email or write to to confirm holiday closures.
Admissions
Admission fees are charged. Group rates are available for reserved groups of ten or more.
Services
Gift Shop
Online Gift Shop
Group Tours
Staff
Ms. Fran Powell Harold, Director
phone: 912-233-4501
Katherine Keena, Program Manager
Sherryl Lang, Curator/Propery Manager
Linda Lefurgy, Museum Store Manger
Debra Lewis, Office Manager
Robin Bradham, Program Coordinator/Reservations

Description

The Juliette Low Birthplace is a special treasure of Savannah's National Historic Landmark District--Savannah's only house interpreted for the Victorian period. The Wayne-Gordon House was built between 1818-1821 for Mayor James Moore Wayne, later Supreme Court Justice. The house is restored to a documented 1886 appearance, a year of extensive changes to the house. Guided tours explore the amusing and lively stories of four generations of one American family, the Gordons. Hear firsthand about the fascinating life of their remarkable daughter the Girl Scout founder, Juliette Gordon Low. Join in the "fun" Juliette Low promised the girls of the world on March 12, 1912 when she started her organization in Savannah with 18 girls.

Mission

“Girl Scouts of the USA, the preeminent organization for girls, owns and operates the Juliette Gordon Low Girl Scout National Center to:
--Perpetuate the spirit and vision of the founder, Juliette Gordon Low, in an inspiring environment.
--Provide unique learning opportunities and historic interpretation of the life of Juliette Low and the Wayne-Gordon House.
--Further the values of Girl Scouting.”

History

The Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace is owned an operated by Girl Scouts of the USA as a National Program Center for Girl Scouts and as as historic house museum for the general public. The elegant Regency townhouse was built in 1818-1821 for then Savannah Mayor James Moore Wayne. The architect of the house is unknown. In 1831 Wayne sold the house to his niece, Sarah Stites Gordon and her husband, William Washington Gordon I. Members of the illustrious Gordon family were captains of business and industry and vigorously served their country as leaders of government, the military and humanitarian organizations. Through the years special visitors from American Presidents and first ladies to military generals and movie stars were graciously entertained in the Gordon home. In 1953 the house was saved from destruction, purchased and restored by Girl Scouts of the USA to serve as a memorial to the organizations founder and as an introduction to Victorian life for the general public. In 1965 the house was declared a National Historic Landmark site, the first in Savannah and in the first group of landmark buildings in the United States. Since the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace was dedicated as a museum in 1956, over 2.5 million people, and counting, from around the world have participated in the educational programs and tours

Artifacts Collections

Gordon family and Juliette Gordon Low decorative arts and furnishings, Victorian art and artifacts, early Girl Scout memorabilia.

Research Collections

Archival collection--Gordon family letters and photographs, early Girl Scout photograph collection, records and correspondence

Educational Programs

Guided house tours for the general public, focus and after-hours programs on topics of special interest by reservation, the Girl Scout Heritage Visit offered for Girl Scout troops and groups by reservation only

Governance

Owned and operated by Girl Scouts of the USA

Library

Access: Scholars

Appointment required: Yes

Publications

The Birthplace Bound Troop Information Booklet is reprinted yearly and available in a PDF version on our website. The "Lowdown," Birthplace newsletter, is available by subscription to anyone who is interested in "what's happening" at the Birthplace. The Lowdown is distributed monthly through Constant Contact.

ADA

Wheelchair Accessible

Services

Gift Shop

Online Gift Shop

Group Tours