When you think of Savannah, Georgia, chances are you might not think of Girl Scouts, one of the most quintessentially American organizations. However, one of Savannah's most interesting historic landmarks is the birthplace and long-time home of Juliette Gordon Low, the founder of the Girl Scouts of the USA. In 1965, the birthplace was designated as a National Historic Landmark as well as part of a National Historic Landmark District. Gordon Low's house has now been turned into a museum, owned and operated by the Girl Scouts of the USA for over 60 years, and is open to the general public.
Gordon Low was born in 1860 and lived in the very house that is now a museum throughout her life. With the hope of helping young girls develop practical skills, build strong character, and support other women, she began Girl Scouts in 1912. The growth of the Girl Scouts was due to Gordon Low's extensive social network. She advertised in newspapers and magazines and recruited girls from all over town, many her family and friends, to become part of the organization. The very first headquarters were established in the carriage house, located behind the birthplace.
After Gordon Low's death in 1927, the organization carried on and the Girl Scouts purchased her long-time home in 1953. Although the birthplace has been restored to serve as a museum, it is still home to many of Gordon Low's personal belongings, including art that she herself created. Today, Girl Scout troops from around the world visit the birthplace year-round to participate in fun, educational opportunities and to learn more about Gordon Low and the impact her organization has had on so many young women. The birthplace is open to the general public Monday through Saturday from 12:15 to 4:15. There is also a store on-site, open Monday through Saturday, 10-5.
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