Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace Campaign

In 1953, Girl Scouts of the USA saved a national treasure from demolition by purchasing the Wayne-Gordon House in Savannah, Georgia, the birthplace of Juliette Gordon Low, founder of Girl Scouting in the United States. Now designated as a National Historic Landmark, the Birthplace is the most visited house museum in the state of Georgia, and functions as a museum and educational center for all Girl Scouts and the public.

To fund several critical restoration projects, GSUSA launched a fundraising initiative, the Campaign to Restore the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace, to guarantee the maintenance of this irreplaceable element of Savannah, Georgia, and Girl Scout history. Funding from the Birthplace Campaign allowed renovation work to be done on the staircase, elevator, and other areas.

Girl Scouts of the USA sincerely thanks those partners who gave their support through generous donations securing the future of this national treasure. The history and heritage of the Girl Scout Movement starts in Savannah at the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace, where the past is now preserved to inspire today's children and adults. See below for a tour of the renovation.

Birthplace Tour

Gallery Opening

The Family Parlor, as viewed from the Formal Parlor. The children used the pocket doors between the parlors as a curtain for dramatic entertainment.

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Parlor

The Formal Parlor where the Gordon family entertained guests.

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Dining Room

The Gordon family was known for lively conversations at mealtime.

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Dining Room Detail

Plate painted by Juliette Gordon Low.

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Sewing Room

Although Juliette "Daisy" Gordon was not a good seamstress, she loved to design clothing.

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Library Detail

This table with books is in the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace library, which was used as an office and family-gathering room.

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Northeast Bedroom

Shows the design of a stylish 19th-century bedroom. The bed belonged to Juliette Low's grandmother.

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Northeast Bedroom

Alice Parker Hoyt Shurtleff, Juliette's niece, created this painting of the Girl Scout founder sculpting.

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Sculpture by Juliette Low

Two Girl Scouts Hiking, sculpted by Juliette Gordon Low.

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Toys

Playthings from the Birthplace collection

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Wayne-Gordon House prior to 1886

Showing the house before the additions of the top floor and piazza.

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The Birthplace Today

Additional top floor and piazza.

Restoration Work

November 19, 2001

Photo of view underneath staircase in the main hall.

Restoration Work

November 20, 2001

Photo of close-up view underneath staircase underside in the main hall.

Restoration Work

November 28, 2001

Photo of restoration work under the piazza in the garden.

Restoration Work

December 3, 2001

Photo of bedroom floor, with floorboards removed.

Restoration Work

December 4, 2001

Photo of staircase from first floor looking up.

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December 5, 2001

Photo of floor at top of staircase, with floorboards removed.

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December 6, 2001

Photo of floor with flooring removed.

Restoration Work

December 10, 2001

Photo showing scaffolding along the stairwell from the third floor looking down.

Restoration Work

December 10, 2001

Photo of stairwell with scaffolding.

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December 11, 2001

Photo of scaffolding going up the stairwell.

Restoration Work

December 19, 2001

Photo of basement with wood frame.

Restoration Work

January 4, 2002

Photo of the interior contraction of the house.

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January 9, 2002

Photo of shards found in the archeological review done during the work in the area under the piazza in the garden.

Restoration Work

November 2003

Photo of elevator restoration work.

Restoration Work

November 2003

Photo of elevator restoration work.

Restoration Work

November 2003

Photo of elevator restoration work.

Restoration Work

November 2003

Photo of elevator restoration work.

Restoration Work

November 2003

Photo of elevator restoration work.