William Scarbrough House

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William Scarbrough House
GA Savannah Scarbrough House02.jpg
The front portico of house in 2011
William Scarbrough House is located in Georgia (U.S. state)
William Scarbrough House
Location 41 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd, Savannah, Georgia
Coordinates 32°4′49″N 81°5′57″W / 32.08028°N 81.09917°W / 32.08028; -81.09917Coordinates: 32°4′49″N 81°5′57″W / 32.08028°N 81.09917°W / 32.08028; -81.09917
Built 1818
Architect William Jay
Architectural style Early Republic, Other
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 70000201
Significant dates
Added to NRHP June 22, 1970[1]
Designated NHL November 7, 1973[2]

William Scarbrough House is a historic house in Savannah, Georgia. It is significant for its Neoclassical architecture. It was completed in 1819. An architecturally compatible third floor was added in the mid-19th century, but was later removed. The house was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1973.[2][3]

The William Scarbrough House was built for one of the principal owners of the SS Savannah, which in 1819 became the first steamship in the world to cross the Atlantic Ocean.[4]

Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum[edit]

The house is home to the Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum, founded in 1966, and features nine galleries of ship models, maritime paintings and artifacts that reflect Savannah's maritime heritage.[5] Ship models include the SS Savannah, HMS Anne, the ship that carried James Oglethorpe and the first settlers of Georgia in 1732, The Wanderer, the last documented ship to bring a cargo of slaves from Africa to the United States in 1858, and RMS Titanic.[6]

The museum also features 2 acres of gardens derived from a typical 19th century parlor garden design.[7]


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23. 
  2. ^ a b "William Scarbrough House". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2008-04-30. 
  3. ^ Sherry L. Johnson and Mark R. Barnes (April 15, 1998). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: William Scarbrough House / West Broad Street School" (PDF). National Park Service.  and Accompanying 15 photos, exterior and interior, from 1910s, 1940s, 1949, 1955, 1997, and undated PDF (32 KB)
  4. ^ "Scarbrough House". Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum. Retrieved 10 April 2015. 
  5. ^ "Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum". Visit Historic Savannah. Retrieved 10 April 2015. 
  6. ^ "Collection". Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum. Retrieved 10 April 2015. 
  7. ^ "Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum". Georgia Tourism and Travel. Retrieved 10 April 2015. 

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