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Juliette Gordon Low Historic District

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Built  1818
NRHP Reference #  66000276
Area  2,024 m²
Added to NRHP  15 October 1966
Architect  John S. Norris
Opened  1818
Phone  +1 912-233-4501
Juliette Gordon Low Historic District
Location  10 Oglethorpe Ave., E., 330 Drayton St., 329 Abercorn St., Savannah, Georgia
Architectural style  Early Republic, Italianate
Part of  Savannah Historic District (Savannah, Georgia) (#66000277)
Address  10 E Oglethorpe Ave, Savannah, GA 31401, USA
Hours  Open today · 10AM–5PMWednesday10AM–5PMThursday10AM–5PMFriday10AM–5PMSaturday10AM–5PMSundayClosedMonday10AM–5PMTuesday10AM–5PM
Similar  Owens‑Thomas House, Savannah Theatre, Cathedral of St John the Baptist, Bonaventure Cemetery, Savannah Historic District
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Juliette Gordon Low Historic District consists of three buildings - the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace also known as "Wayne-Gordon House", First Girl Scout Headquarters which was the carriage house for the Andrew Low House, converted for use by the Girl Scouts in May - June 1912, and the Andrew Low House, is a site in Savannah, Georgia significant for its association with Juliette Gordon Low and the founding of the Girl Scouts of the USA.

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The district includes the Wayne-Gordon House at 10 Oglethorpe Avenue, East, which is also known as Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace, the First Girl Scout Headquarters (Andrew Low Carriage House) at 330 Drayton Street and the Andrew Low House at 329 Abercorn Street.

The Birthplace was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1965. the initial designation included the First Girl Scout Headquarters. the Andrew Low House was later added to the designation creating the Juliette Gordon Low Landmark District.

Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace

The Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace, also known as the Wayne-Gordon House, is owned by the Girl Scouts of the USA, and is a popular historic house museum for the general public Girl Scout national center commonly known as "The Birthplace". The house was built in 1818 - 1821 for James Moore Wayne, then the mayor of Savannah. Wayne was appointed to fill an unexpired term in the US House of Representatives, and then to the US Supreme Court, taking him to live in Washington, DC. In 1831, Wayne sold the house to his niece Sarah Stites Gordon, and her husband William Washington Gordon I, the first of four generations of Gordons to live in the house. They were Juliette Gordon Low's grandparents.

Juliette Low's parents, William Washington Gordon II and Eleanor Kinzie Gordon made major changes to the house in 1886, adding the fourth floor and the side piazza. Juliette Gordon Low was married in 1886, and spent much of the rest of her life living in England, though visiting her parents and other family and friends in New York, New Jersey and Savannah every year.

As a restless and energetic widow in 1911, Juliette Gordon Low met Robert Baden Powell, founder of the Boy Scouts. He recruited her to become involved in the Girl Guides, and in 1912 she returned home to Savannah to start the movement in the US. While staying in her parents home, she telephoned her cousin, Nina Anderson Pape, saying, "Come right over! I've got something for the girls of Savannah, and all America, and all the world, and we're going to start it tonight." She recruited girls all over town, on the steps of churches and the synagogue, from her cousin Nina's students, and the daughters of friends and acquaintances. Juliette Low held elaborate teas for the Girl Scouts in her mother's parlor as a way to recruit girls to the movement.

The Girl Scouts of the USA purchased the home in 1953, and have restored the house to serve as a portal to the Girl Scout Movement. Opened in 1956 as a historic house museum, the home features many original Gordon family furnishings, including art by Juliette Gordon Low herself. The Birthplace was designated as Savannah's first National Historic Landmark in 1965, on the first National Register of Historic Places.

The Birthplace is open for general tours Monday through Saturday from 12:15 to 4:15. Store hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 to 5. The site is closed Sundays and major holiday.

References

Juliette Gordon Low Historic District Wikipedia


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