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Old Governor's Mansion

120 S Clark St, Milledgeville, GA 31061-3336
+1 478-445-4545
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Stately Greek Revival Home

We toured this home after taking the trolley tour of Milledgeville and thoroughly enjoyed it. Our... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Mimivfl73
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New Port Richey, Florida
A wonderful history lesson

We toured this old mansion mid week and had a delightful tour with our guide Heidi. We love old... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
PBFla
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South Florida
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Completed in 1839, Georgia's Old Governor's Mansion is one of the finest examples of High Greek Revival architecture in the nation. Designed by noted architect Charles Clusky, an Irish immigrant and built by Timothy Porter of Farmington, Connecticut, the Mansion looms over Milledgeville with its stately columns and imposing facade. Serving as the residence for Georgia's chief executives for over thirty years, the Mansion's history encompasses the antebellum, Civil War, and early Reconstruction phases of the state's history. Such noted state leaders as George Crawford, Howell Cobb and Joseph E. Brown resided in the building and used it as a stage for speeches and also to introduce guests of national standing. Georgia's Old Governor’s Mansion also served as a stage on which many elements of the complex social issues of the antebellum period were played out. Slavery and the complexity of society and gender roles are among the issues that shape the history of the building and are explored in tandem with the issues of politics. During the Civil War, the Mansion was claimed as a "prize" in the "March to the Sea," when General William T. Sherman headquartered in the building on November 23, 1864. Following the war, Georgia's seat of government was relocated to Atlanta, and the Mansion was abandoned. Given over to Georgia Normal & Industrial College (currently known as Georgia College) in 1889, the Mansion served as the founding building of the institution and is the campus's most treasured structure. Beginning in the late 1990s, an initiative was begun to return the Mansion to its antebellum splendor. Following five years of intensive historical, structural and material research, Georgia's Old Governor's Mansion began its long awaited historic restoration in November of 2001. Funded through the Georgia General Assembly and a generous grant from the Woodruff Foundation, over three years of painstaking work has restored the original layout, coloration, lighting and appearance of the building. Georgia's Old Governor's Mansion now serves as an historic house museum whose mission is to care for, collect, interpret and exhibit items (including artifacts, structures, and gardens) that illustrate the history of the site and its inhabitants during the years the Mansion was the official residence of Georgia’s governors (1839-1868). Tours focus on the history of the building, its occupants both free and enslaved, and the myriad complexities of Antebellum society in Georgia and its history. Georgia's Old Governor’s Mansion was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1973 and is an accredited museum of the American Alliance of Museums. In 2015, the Mansion was named an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution.
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120 S Clark St, Milledgeville, GA 31061-3336
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Reviewed 5 days ago

We toured this home after taking the trolley tour of Milledgeville and thoroughly enjoyed it. Our guide, Grace, did a wonderful job of explaining the various rooms and their furnishings. There is an introductory film to view before the tour, but we found that the...More

Thank Mimivfl73
Reviewed 1 week ago

We toured this old mansion mid week and had a delightful tour with our guide Heidi. We love old houses, and this tour was one of the best we have ever been on. Heidi was very knowledgeable, and provided us with antedotes of family life...More

Thank PBFla
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very insightful and well presented. They have beautiful decorations or Christmas....go then if you can fit it in.

Thank sustead
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a great place to visit. You learn much about the history of Georgia and the governors who led the state. Our Guide, Heidi, was well versed in the history of Georgia and the Mansion. Heidi was able to provide many interesting details about...More

Thank BluChip76
Reviewed 21 June 2017

On a rainy day my family and I were the only people touring the mansion. Our docent was a recent college graduate and she was very knowledgeable. We enjoyed our tour and were happy to have a docent that was able to answer all of...More

Thank Laura S
Reviewed 17 May 2017 via mobile

My wife and I toured today. Heidi was our guide and provided a personable and informative tour if this impressive property. Nicely restored property with period proper furnishings and finishes. They obviously did their homework for this renovation.

Thank mtsar6
Reviewed 16 May 2017

For a history buff, especially someone interested in Georgia history, the Old Governor's Mansion is a must-see in Milledgeville. If you are not interested in history, I would not recommend it. Everyone in my party enjoyed the tour, learned some interesting historical info, and felt...More

Thank vacationmom56
Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

I had to go on a tour for a class project and actually throughly enjoyed my time and learning about the history!! If you happen to find yourself in Milledgeville, definitely stop by!

Thank cmedcalf10
Reviewed 10 April 2017 via mobile

It's like stepping back in time. The beautiful building is explained in depth by well informed guides. A must see for our area

Thank J0jacob
Reviewed 24 March 2017

The Milledgeville Governor's mansion is a wonderful surprise off the beaten interstate path. While the tour guides were a bit snooty for college kids, the information and tour was fantastic. Not only was Milledgeville a center for legislation, there is civil war history. I recommend...More

Thank Ron B
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