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“Fabulous Up Close View of History”

Old Governor's Mansion
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Titus, Alabama, United States
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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“Fabulous Up Close View of History”
Reviewed 12 June 2014

The Mansion is beautifully and accurately restored. It is a grand building and a wonderful way to learn some history. The tour was interesting, informative, entertaining, enthusiastic and was thoroughly enjoyed by our group of eight. The gift shop, restrooms, access were all very nice. Anybody traveling in the area should definitely make time for a visit to the Old Governor's Mansion.

Visited June 2014
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Lula, GA
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38 reviews
18 attraction reviews
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“Always a great tour!”
Reviewed 28 May 2014

The staff is always wonderful, the tours are always interesting and the mansion is beautiful! A must see when in Milledgeville!

Visited March 2014
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Georgia
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21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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“Amazing”
Reviewed 26 November 2013

It is worth the drive to visit this house. The furnishing and surrounding garden and the attention to detail inside the home is amazing. Highly recommend seeing this house.

Visited September 2013
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Milledgeville, Georgia
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192 reviews
67 attraction reviews
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“An Antibellum Jewel”
Reviewed 25 November 2013

Milledgeville became the capital of Georgia in 1806 and remained the capital throughout the Civil War. Reconstruction saw the capital relocated to Atlanta. This mansion was built to serve as the executive mansion of the governor during those years. After the Civil War, the building was put to different purposes. Attention was given to renovation most recently at the time of the millennium. Historical and archeological studies were carried out to ensure authenticity. What we have now is a step back in time to the administration of Governor Brown, the last governor to occupy the mansion. The Christmas holiday season is a particularly special time to visit because of the painstaking effort put into the period decorations. For those of us with an interest in the history of the South, a visit to the Old Governor's Mansion is a must!

Visited December 2012
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Southcentral Florida
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105 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“Best mansion tour!”
Reviewed 23 November 2013 via mobile

We travel a lot and always seek out the history of any area we are visiting. This mansion is now our favorite! Maybe because it was just decorated for Christmas, or maybe the exceptional tour guide, or the fact we could walk right into each room and look closely at a fully furnished mansion of the 1800s!

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