A staple on the tourist circuit, this house museum has been the stuff of legend since the release of the longtime bestselling novel Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. The home was purchased in 1969 by Jim Williams, who purportedly killed his lover in the front den while sitting at the desk where, ironically, he later died. Scandal aside, Williams was an aficionado of historic preservation, and the Mercer House was one of some 50 properties that he purchased
and restored. Designed by New York architect John S. Norris for General Hugh Mercer, great-grandfather of Johnny Mercer, the home was constructed in 1860 and completed after the end of the Civil War in 1868. Inside are fine examples of 18th- and 19th-century furniture and art from Jim Williams's private collection. Don't miss a look around the charming gift shop.