Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace

March 25, 2015
One of the perks of living near Savannah is getting to walk by the beautiful, historic homes.  Ever since touring the Owens-Thomas House, I've been wanting to take a tour of another home.  Ev and I talked it over and decided to visit the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace.  In case you don't already know this, Juliette Gordon Low was the woman who founded the Girl Scouts.  (I only learned this because of my frequent visits to Savannah.)




The tour was $10.00 and our guide was very interesting and informative. Here is just some of what I learned:

**Juliette Gordon Low founded the Girl Scouts in 1912, and her nickname was Ms. Daisy.
** She was a talented artist, but could not pursue it at the time since it was not a career that was considered "appropriate" for a woman to have.  When you tour the home, you are able to see her artwork on display.  There are paintings, portraits, sculptures, hand-painted plates, and she experimented with wood burning.
** There is a living relative that still stops by the house and makes the staff nervous because she is allowed to plop down on the furniture and touch anything she wants.
** One of the highlights is the bulls-eye stained glass window.
** Juliette Gordon Low had hearing problems and used silver nitrate to try to cure an ear infection she had.  Unfortunately, this damaged her hearing further.  Our guide told us a story of when one of Ms. Daisy's friends was giving a speech.  Juliette couldn't really hear what her friend was saying, but decided to encourage her by cheering loudly and by standing and clapping.  Everyone in the audience was staring at her, and later she came to find out that the speech her friend was giving was all in honor of her!
** There is an elevator on site, which is not that typical. The rooms are also very spacious.
** Ms. Daisy tried to get a divorce, years passed, and her husband died right before it was finalized.
** Juliette Gordon Low went on a trip to England and met Sir Robert Baden-Powell who started the boy scouts.  He told her of a problem he was having, which was that hundreds of English girls tried to join the boy scouts by using their brothers' names.
**Once she founded the Girl Scouts in Savannah, she started wearing the official Girl Scout uniform and wore it almost every day.  She was even buried in it!
** She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012 (posthumously) by President Barack Obama.  It is on display in the home.
** We were shown vintage viewfinders, which which were quite popular among courting couples who were not permitted to touch.  By using the viewfinder together, they could "accidentally" brush hands.
** Juliette's mother, Eleanor Kinzie Gordon, was also a bit eccentric and was considered by many to be a "strong" woman. One of her hobbies was sliding down banisters, and she actually met her husband by crashing into him while sliding down a banister and knocking him over.
** The Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace is owned by the Girl Scouts.  In fact, the outside garden was done by Girl Scouts. 







Hopefully I got all of my facts straight.  I went home and wrote down what I remembered from the tour right away, but there are so many other wonderful things to see and learn about in the house.  I was never even a Girl Scout, but I truly enjoyed learning about this inspirational woman who was ahead of her time!

Were you a Girl Scout?  Would you be interested in touring the Juliette Gordon Low House?
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Lora said...

I wasn't a girl scout, but that home is beautiful!

Donna said...

I was a Girl Guide and am still involved in Guiding as a leader when my work schedule allows. I would LOVE to visit her house and experience some Girl Scout history first hand!

Bri said...

That's so cool! I love the facts,

Lisa K said...

The inside of the house is really amazing! It was so cool to see her artwork everywhere.

Lisa K said...

The tour really held my interest even though I only ever did Pioneer Girls (it had a religious component) and wasn't actually a Girl Scout. Ms. Daisy and her mom seemed so spunky and full of life!

Lisa K said...

I love doing stuff like this over just going to regular museums. It also helped that our guide was such a good storyteller.

Kay R. said...

I love this! I love history and historic places and all that comes with it. Great post!

Lisa K said...

Thanks lady! I get fascinated with history, too!

Rachael said...

I went here when I was like 8 years old, and LOVED it! I was a Girl Scout for a huge part of my life (I'm actually technically a lifetime member, lol) but would love to tour this place again, it's so beautiful!

Lisa K said...

That's so cool!! I always wanted to be a Girl Scout, but my mom signed me up for Pioneer Girls instead and it was really boring!

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