The Girl Scouts have been a part of much of my life. I was an 18 year Girl Scout as a kid, and have such fond memories of earning badges and going on trips with friends. Then, when my daughter was in kindergarten I started as a troop leader. Although she didn’t stay a Girl Scout beyond elementary school, I did enjoy my brief involvement as an adult.
Because of all of my involvement with the Girl Scouts, I was very familiar with Juliette (Daisy) Gordon Low, the founder of Girl Scouts in the United States. Her birthplace, now a historic house museum open to the general public, is located right in the center of the tree-lined streets of historic Savannah Georgia.
When I got my agenda for my pre-Travel Media Showcase tour of Savannah, I was happy to see that the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace was included on the list of things to do in Savannah that we could visit during our free time. After our lunch in Tybee Island, I walked over from my hotel to the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace.
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Visiting the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace
Location of the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace
This National Historic Landmark (also known as the Wayne-Gordon House), is located on Oglethorpe Avenue, right in the heart of Savannah’s historic district. If you are staying in the area, you’ll probably find that the house is within walking distance of your hotel.
Guests who aren’t staying in the area will be able to park in a central location and then walk around. The whole historic district is very walkable, with lots of shops, restaurants, and museums in the area.
Tickets to the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace
Guided tours of the home are offered six days a week, from Monday through Saturday (it’s closed on Sundays).
Tickets for the home can be bought at the door, but the tours can fill up, especially when there are Girl Scout troops visiting. Purchasing online is also an option, and is probably the best choice for a visit during the peak travel time. Otherwise, your admission isn’t guaranteed.
We were told that the home is busiest in the summer months when kids are out of school. If you are visiting during that time, I’d definitely recommended that you purchase tickets in advance for your tour.
Although I visited in the late summer, we arrived during a quiet time at the home and were able to get on the next tour – about 10 minutes after arrival. While waiting, you may want to check out the bookstore which offers lots of fun Girl Scouts memorabilia.
There are special tours and tickets available for groups of Girl Scouts visiting the home. If you are traveling with your troop, check the website to see all of these available options.
Touring the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace
The tour of the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace runs for about 40 minutes and includes the interior of the house as well as a self-guided tour into the gardens. During your tour of the house, you’ll find out about the history of Girl Scouts including its roots in Girl Guiding (from the UK).
You will get an overview of Juliette’s (known affectionately throughout her life by her nickname Daisy) life. The tour is kid-friendly, although I don’t know if younger, non-Girl Scouts would be interested in the historical elements of the house and the history of the scouts.
One of the things I was most surprised about during the tour was how artistic Daisy was. The house contains her artwork including portraits, sculptures, and even an iron gate that she forged. It’s really impressive to see her talents.
Our guide during our tour was so friendly and enthusiastic. She eagerly answered all questions and was thorough in her tour.
Our tour concluded in a room called Girls Writing the World. This room includes interactive exhibits and books. Beyond that room is a beautiful deck overlooking the home’s gardens.
Guests are able to tour the gardens on their own, and then can head into the bookstore/gift shop to make any last minute purchases.
Hotels near Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace
There are a number of hotels located in the historic district. If you want to stay in the area, you’ll have lots of great options.
During my trip to Savannah, I stayed at the Springhill Suites Savannah Historic District. This new hotel is a great option for families because of the affordability and central location.
While I had a king bed suite, other room configurations are available at the hotel. My room contained a microwave, refrigerator, shower, coffee table, and couch. There’s also a fitness center, jacuzzi, and outdoor pool. The hotel has a complimentary breakfast buffet as well as WiFi throughout the hotel.
Other hotels in the area include:
Other Things for Girl Scouts in Savannah
If you are visiting the Savannah area with Girl Scouts, you may wonder what other things Girl Scouts can do in Savannah. During my trip, I was impressed with all of the various options for scouts visiting the area.
One place you may want to visit is the Savannah History Museum. It’s a very small museum, so it’s something you’ll be able to visit quickly. However, in the back of the museum, you’ll find an exhibit focused on Juliette Gordon Low and the Girl Scouts.
The museum also is home to the Forrest Gump bench, which is fun to see. If you plan to visit, combo tickets are offered with other attractions including Old Fort Jackson and the Pin Point Heritage.
Planning on visiting the famous Leopold’s Ice Cream during your trip? They offer special box lunches packages for Girl Scouts. They need to be reserved in advance, but could be a great option for a picnic.
Another fun place to visit is Tybee Island. Located a short distance from downtown Savannah, Tybee is known as Savannah’s beach. While you are there, visit the Tybee Island Marine Science Center. Girl Scouts can earn a special Coastal Georgia badge.