The Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace was built in 1821 in one of the prime locations of Savannah, Bull Street, and Oglethorpe Ave. William and Sarah Gordon bought the home in 1831, these were Juliette Gordon Low’s grandparents, and the home stayed in the family until she passed away. The home is built in a Federalist style (Five, Four, and a Door) built using bricks and then covered in stucco.
Juliette Gordon Low was looking for meaning in life after her husband passed in 1905 and she took to her artwork and her wandering adventure to explore the world. After a meeting with Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of the Boy Scouts, she finally realized her calling. He gave her information about the London-based Girl Guides started by his sister, which was a girl group much like the Boy Scouts. After a year of helping the Girl Guides, who were developed as a sister group of the Boy Scouts by Powell’s sister, Juliette returned to Savannah in 1912 to develop her own Girl Guide group for Americans. She called her cousin Nina Pape and she began an outdoors and educational club for girls in America, keeping the name Girl Guides. In 1913 the girls in the Girl Guides decided they wanted to be called ‘scouts’ like their fellow Boy Scouts, and Girl Scouts of the USA was born.
In 1953 the Girl Scouts decided to purchase Juliette Gordon Low’s family home and use it as their headquarters. They have constantly been restoring and renovating to keep the home looking like it was just built. The home is the only home in Savannah that has been able to add an elevator in the home to be ADA accessible for visitors and any Girl Scouts that come to visit!
Juliette Gordon Low House Hours:
Monday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Tuesday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Wednesday: 10:00am – 5:00 pm
Thursday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Friday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm