Mercer Williams House, Savannah, Georgia
It's a golden city, with a history that is incredible.
I had no idea how the city was developed and who was responsible for the most intelligent design of a city that I think I've ever seen. The streets lead to and from gorgeously landscaped public squares that are full of landscaping, benches, statues, water features...all creating a lush location for people who are walking through the city.
Here are a few things that I discovered today...
Barnard Street, full of antique shops and home decor stores.
Carriage rides, horse-drawn carriages slowly weaving in and out of the traffic, taking people through the city in a graceful way. Nothing hurried, nothing rushed, just a simple horse and carriage ride. Reminds me of being a child and taking a horse-drawn sleigh ride in the wintertime.
River Street, difficult to get to, easy to love!
River Street Sweets...best pralines in the world. Buy several, eat them all at once. You'll never crave sugar again.
Mercer Williams House and Carriage Shop, a mysterious place for me to visit today.
Having read the book and watched the movie about the life and death of Jim Williams who restored Mercer House, it was a strange visit to the Carriage Shop today.
I browsed through the book that Jim's sister, Dr. Dorothy Kingery, has written about her brother, looked at all of the photos of Jim's restoration projects and realized that this man made the world a better place by his innate ability to transform a broken-down historical house into a place of perfection.
I overheard people telling stories to one another about Jim and his life in Savannah, and I wondered what he'd think about all that has happened to this city and this house since his death. Some of the changes are directly related to his life, and more importantly to his death.
I left the house, thinking that Jim deserved to live many more years and to enjoy his homes and continue his restorations. He was a genius, and the world's a poorer place without him and his gifts.
"Living here pisses off all the right people." ~ Jim Williams