There’s more than meets the eye to the Girl Scouts than just courageous, confident girls, bright green sashes and irresistible cookies. Their recipe for success was made back in 1912 by Savannah’s own Juliette Gordon “Daisy” Low. Juliette would be proud knowing you were guided by us at Stay in Savannah. We know our way around town, directing you from landmark to landmark without wasting your troop’s time. You’ll find tips for your trip, itineraries and the best places to stay here.
The centerpiece to the Juliette Gordon Low Historic District and known more commonly as “The Birthplace” was home to Juliette Gordon Low, including four generations of Gordons dating back to 1831. The Birthplace celebrates Juliette’s belief in the potential of every girl and the remarkable, global Girl Scout Movement she founded. When you visit, you’ll be received by guides to help you tour the home, where you’ll learn about Juliette and the Girl Scouts. You’ll get to see the exceptional interior architecture, pieces of art created by Juliette herself and browse the garden and courtyard after the tour inside. The Birthplace was deemed a National Historic Landmark in 1965 and the first in the city of Savannah.
Named a National Historic Landmark in 1965 with The Birthplace, the former carriage house for the Andrew Low House was the first headquarters of the Girls Scouts. Willed to the Girl Scouts of Savannah after her death in 1927, the building has served the Girl Scouts longer than any other building in the nation and was the only building left by Juliette to the Girl Scouts. Troop activities, adult training and administrative offices were housed inside until 1985 when the Girl Scouts USA Council was moved to its new office, just down the road. In January of 1996, the Headquarters reopened to the public as a museum, program center, and shop, offering exciting, interactive educational experiences for Girl Scouts.
The third building making up the Juliette Gordon Low Historic District is the Andrew Low House. Housing Juliette’s husband, William Mackay Low, as a child, the home was built in 1848 by New York architect John Norris whose Italianate architecture style was revered within Savannah. The home remained in the family until Juliette’s passing in 1927. In 1928, the National Society of The Colonial Dames of American in the State of Georgia purchased the home for maintenance and conservation. The Andrew Low House was reopened to the public in 1950 and shows off the impact the Low family had on Savannah.
Juliette Gordon Low had an incredible amount of influence on shaping girls in America. So, in 1999, Savannah renamed their ferry the Savannah Belles Ferry after her and three other impactful women. This ferry connects Downtown Savannah with Hutchinson Island and the Savannah Convention Center. The ferry runs seven days a week from 7:00 AM to midnight.
It’s clear Juliette Gordon Low’s impact on Savannah was one that’s helped shape the city to what it is today. There’s no reason to wait, so bring your troop and share the history – and maybe some cookies – together. Book your stay now!