Once the wealthiest man in Savannah, Scottish immigrant Andrew Low had this fine Neoclassical residence built in 1848 overlooking Lafayette Square. Made of stucco over brick, with elaborate ironwork, shuttered piazzas, carved woodwork, and crystal chandeliers, it is now one of the city’s most beguiling house museums. Each of its opulent rooms is beautifully furnished in period furniture. Low was a fascinating and tragic character, imprisoned by the North in the Civil War, entertaining an aging Robert E. Lee in 1870, hosting English author William Makepeace Thackeray in 1853 and 1856 (during his lecture tours), and married twice, with both wives dying young. Low died in England in 1886, but was buried back in Savannah beside the graves of his two wives. Andrew’s son William Low subsequently inherited the house, though his place in history has been overshadowed by his wife Juliette Gordon Low. Juliette moved into the house after her marriage in 1886, and was living here when she founded the Girl Scouts of the USA in 1912. She died in the southeast bedroom in 1927, and left the carriage house to the Girl Scout Council of Savannah.
- Frommer's Staff