Oct 04, 2007
Feb 03, 2008
Another day full of sightseeing. We booked 3 tours, one a trolley car around the sights, a paddleboat steamer cruise on the Savannah River and a tour of Isaiah Davenport's house that is now a museum. The tour guide was very informative but we think she was not 100% as a couple of times she started repeating the information she had just finished telling us - verbatim, almost as if she was a recording. We left the tour at about the second last stop so we could catch the 12:00 paddleboat cruise - not too smart as today is the coldest we have experienced and even in long pants and long sleeves we were cold sitting outside on the top deck of the steamer on the trip up river. We retreated inside for the return trip.
Isaiah Davenport's home was fascinating. He was a builder and his home was also his marketing tool. He chose ornate ceiling roses and cornices and really bright patterned wallpapers. Unfortunately he died relatively young, but not until after fathering 10 children, 7 of whom lived past childhood. There was a chart showing how many months they were married, how many of those his wife Sarah was pregnant, how many she was nursing and how many (the smallest number by far) she was neither. She had her fist child after 12 months of marriage and the rest arrived at roughly 18 month intervals. After he died she moved the family in to the top floor of the house and let out the rooms on the other floors to families - with at least one family per room.