The Andrew Low House

The Low House was built for Andrew Low II who came to Savannah when he was 17 years old to work at his uncle’s cotton firm. He eventually became the owner of the firm making him the wealthiest man in Savannah. With the cotton industry growing and being a highly respected business man, his income was said to be $257,000. That would translate to over 6 million dollars today! With this fortune, he was able to commission renowned New York architect John Norris to design a beautiful mansion for his wife, Sarah Cecil Hunter, and three children. Before moving into his new home, however, his wife and son died leaving him a widower with two small daughters to live alone in his mansion. Five years later, 42 year old Andrew Low II remarried to 20 year old Mary Cowper Stiles and had several more children, including William Mackay Low.                   William Mackay Low married Juliette Gordon (who would eventually become the founder of the Girl Scouts). As the couple were showered with the traditional rice grains at their wedding, one piece was lodged into Juliette’s ear causing a serious infection leading to deafness soon afterward. Despite the setback, the wealthy and highly-educated couple moved to England to start their life together. They lived a very lavish, but childless, lifestyle. However, their love was short-lived. While William travelled often for work, Juliette frequently visited her family in Savannah. Upon return from a trip, Juliette learned of William’s mistress, Anna Bateman. They finally agreed to divorce, but William died before the divorce was finalized. Before his death, he had given almost everything to his mistress which Juliette fought against as she was still legally his wife. One thing Juliette was awarded was the Low House.                   In 1911, Juliette Gordon Low met the founder of the scouting movement, Robert Baden-Powell and his sister, Agnes. Agnes had started a scouting group for girls in England which inspired Juliette to form a similar group in America. After returning to Savannah, she lived in the Andrew Low House and held their first meeting in the parlor. In 1913, the group was officially renamed ‘The Girl Scouts of America’. Juliette died from breast cancer in one of the bedrooms of the Low House on January 17, 1927.                   The Spirit of Juliette is thought to still be at the home. People have seen an apparition of a woman in the home, most notably a lady lying on a bed. There are also reports of perfume on the stairwell. If it’s not Juliette, another possibility could be the ghost of Andrew Low’s first wife, Sarah. Things also are known come up missing and moved around inside the home. Visitors often feel their clothes being tugged on upstairs in the hallway.                   Another Ghost rumored to still be in the home is Tom who is thought to be the butler of Andrew or William Low. Visitors have reported seeing an older, well-dressed man walking around the home at night and and hearing footsteps when no one is around. Some even believe it’s the ghost of Robert E. Lee who spent time here with the Low family years ago.                   In 1952 the Colonial Dames of America restored the Andrew Low Home, and it has been open to the public as a house museum ever since.

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