Museum Properties

06.25.2009.FrontFencePlacque.The NSCDA in Georgia is involved with four places of historical interest. The Andrew Low House Museum in Savannah is the former headquarters State Society. Today, The Andrew Low House Museum preserves one of the finest collections of period furnishings relating to the history of Savannah and the Low family. The Rankin House is in Columbus; the Brown-Stetson-Sanford House is in Milledgeville and the Founders Exhibit is in Waycross.

In November 2000, the National Trust for Historic Preservation presented this prestigious award to The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America “for  acquiring, restoring, and interpreting Cumpara acum a collection of historic properties that offer invaluable opportunities to experience the rich variety of America’s heritage.”

Abercorn House, Headquarters for the NSCDA-GA, was acquired in the fall of 2018, during the 125th Anniversary Celebration of the founding of our GA Society.

Ninety-one years had passed since the purchase of our Andrew Low House in 1928 and for nine decades the museum served as GA Society Headquarters until the growth of the Society membership and staff finally overcrowded its basement offices. In 2017 the State Board of Governors rented an apartment on Lafayette Square to act as interim space until a solution could be found to house offices, meetings, members and programs. During the ensuing year possibilities were discussed to use our parking lot on the corner of Charlton and Drayton Streets as a building site. However the costs of building, loss of parking and income from the property ruled out this option for the present generation of Dames.

Having been unsuccessful in purchasing or leasing the Andrew Low Carriage House from the Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia, we looked around Lafayette Square for a suitable building to buy or lease. Then, in the spring of 2018, 319 Abercorn Street came on the market. Located just across Lafayette Square from our Museum, it was a fine example of Italianate architecture built in 1888. This historic property was modernized, beautifully renovated, had off street parking and was very adaptable for our purposes.

At first viewing on August 8, 2018, two wonderfully dedicated Dames each pledged $250,000 toward the project to get the ball rolling. Our real estate agent, a Dame pledged her commission. So, a slam- dunk? Well almost.

The purchase price for this venerable structure was $1.65 million but there was more than one competing party in negotiations. In August we submitted a full price contract approved by an 11-3 vote of our Executive Committee in a first ever Dames tele-conference meeting just days before.

We waited anxiously only to hear that the sellers had accepted all cash, non-contingent offer due to the fact that our contract was contingent on approval of the full State Board. Against all odds we presented a backup contract on the outside chance that the accepted offer might fall through.  Forty-eight hours later we were contacted and told exactly that.  Next- full Board approval.

With only five days’ notice the entire State Board convened in Macon and voted 38-5 to proceed with the purchase. In record time the campaign was launched statewide with astounding success. In three months the Society raised 1.1 million and secured a loan for the remaining $550,000. As of December 31, 2019, the loan has been reduced to $200,000 – in less than two years of ownership.  Additionally members contributed furnishings and décor which have made the house a beautiful place to be.

The 125th Anniversary will be remembered for the many amazing accomplishments by our GA Society, but none more than the purchase of a new Headquarters, fulfilling our mission of preservation. Once again we proved “There is nothing like a Dame.”

The Georgia Logo

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The Georgia Society

The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in The State of Georgia
Headquarters is located at
319 Abercorn Street
Savannah Georgia 31401
(912) 238-3263 FAX: 912-238-3264
www.nscdaga.org
slynch@andrewlowhouse.com

Georgia Society Pin

The official pin of the Georgia Society is the flower of the Franklinia alatamaha tree. For more information or to download an order form, see the "Forms" section.