The Coast / Savannah

Savannah's Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1820

Dates : 10/3/14 - 10/31/14
Davenport House Museum
324 E. State Street
Savannah, GA 31401

  • Performer: Dreadful Pestilence: Savannah Epidemic of 1820

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Participants in the living history performance experience the story of yellow fever's dreadful consequences, which transformed the bustling seaport of Savannah into a ghost town. The action commences with a war of words between competing local newspapers on the fever's outbreak and the municipal action that followed.  Moving through the house and garden by candlelight, visitors observe the 19th century inhabitants as their thoughts turn to the contemplation of their own mortality and feature a consideration of the nature of phantoms, spirits, supernatural happenings and the ultimate nature of the soul. The fate and experiences of the uncounted half to the city's population, both free and enslaved Africans, are revealed. Two performances: 7:30 and 8:45 p.m. Not suitable for children under 8 years of age. Requires that guests be able to walk up and down stairs and maneuver in the candlelit rooms.

Info & Amenities

  • Hours of Operation

    Friday: 7:30PM - 10:00PM
    Saturday: 7:30PM - 10:00PM

    Admission & Fees

    Adults $17

    Facility Amenities

    Parking on Site

    Near Interstate Highway

    16, 95

    Payment Options

    American Express, Discover, Mastercard, Visa

    Suitable for Ages

    Adults (18+), Adults (21+), Seniors (55+), Teens (13-18), Tweens (9-12)


    Arts & Culture, Entertainment, History & Heritage, Performing Arts & Theater