Historic Markers Across Georgia

William Scarbrough House

Marker ID: GHS 25-35
Location: Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. (West Broad Street) near West Congress Street, Savannah, GA.
County: Chatham
Coordinates: N 32° 4.862    W 081° 5.83
  32.08103333    -81.09716666
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WME5WJ
William Scarbrough House Marker  


Designed by noted English architect William Jay, this house was built for William Scarbrough, president of the Savannah Steamship Company. Completed in 1819, it's an excellent example of the neoclassical style. Scarbrough hosted President James Monroe here in May 1819 during the president's visit to witness the launching of the S.S. Savannah on the world's first trans-Atlantic steamship voyage. For 84 years (1878- 1962), the house served as the West Broad Street School for African- American children and later as the headquarters for the Historic Savannah Foundation from 1976-1991. In 1996 the house was acquired by the Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum

Erected by the Georgia Historical Society and the
2009.5      Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum      25-35

William Scarbrough House
William Scarbrough House
Photo by Mike Stroud