The beautiful walled gardens at the Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum are the largest in Savannah's historic district. As one looks through the gate to the North Garden, one can see an axis from the WIlliam Scarbrough House's orginal garden. Multiple "Garden Rooms" unfold, each with its own personality. These gardens include a Maple Grove consisting of 24 Trident Maple trees, a 100 foot long Pergola with climbing vines, a Citrus Grove, and a Natural Garden with predominantly native plants.
The North Garden is 1.2 acres including an open-air event space with a constructed roofed pavilion, called the Assembly Room. The Assembly Room is 90 ft. long and 60 ft. wide, or 5,400 sq. ft. The capacity is about 1000 persons (about 360 seated at round tables). Caterers may use the 22'x18' air-conditioned multi-purpose space adjacent to the garden's outdoor Assembly Room. There is also a private suite with a shower, restroom facilities, and a comfortable sitting area. The North garden also hosts a reflecting pool and a belvedere with a stunning view of the Talmadge Memorial Bridge.
The Scarbrough House Garden is the smaller of the two spaces, and is rich with historic charm. The capacity is 200 persons. The dimensions of the brick terrace are 40'x60'. The small pavillion is 40'x14'. Restrooms are on the ground floor of the Museum and adjacent to the Assembly Room.
We also have a private parking lot with 72 available spaces. During your ceremony/reception we will hire a Savannah Chatham police officer to provide security.
Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum is 501(c)3 nonprofit museum and a professional venue that specializing in wedding ceremonies, wedding receptions, garden weddings, rehearsal dinners, bridal brunches, birthday parties, baby showers, corporate parties, holiday parties, fundraisers, nonprofit events, music festivals, concerts, and much more.