The antebellum houses of Milledgeville, Georgia is like stepping into an old movie or back into time. The preservation of the homes and the surrounding areas is simply amazing. There are so many houses, mansions, museums, and so much more to visit in Milledgeville. The preservation of history is ever present in this bustling little Southern town and well worth the visit.
The Old Governor’s Mansion was home to the governors of Georgia from 1839 until 1868. General Sherman also occupied it during his march to the Sea. The mansion is a wonderful preservation of Greek Revival architecture. The mansion has also received the prestigious Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation award. To find out more about the mansion, visit www.gcsu.edu/mansion or call (478) 445-4545
The Lockerly Arboretum was founded in 1965. The arboretum includes 47 acres of shrubs, herbs, trees, iris, daylilies, vineyards, rhododendron garden, and perennial beds. The arboretum also features a tropical and desert greenhouse. You can stroll the property at your own leisure or take a guided tour. To find out more, visit www.lockerlyarboretum.org or call (478) 452-2112.
Lockerly Hall is a Greek Revival home built in 1839, and is the centerpiece of Lockerly Arboretum. The mansion is a beautiful example of plantation architecture. Tours are available Monday through Wednesday as part of the trolley tour. For more information, call (478) 452-2112.
The Old Capitol was built in 1807 and is considered the first example of Gothic architecture in a public building in the United States. It was used as the seat of government for Georgia from 1807 until 1868. The building received a 10 million dollar face-lift in 2000. Georgia Military College has occupied the site since 1879. For more information, visit www.gmc.cc.ga.us The museum is located on the ground floor. For more information, visit www.oldcapitalmuseum.org or call (478) 453-1803.
St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church was built in 1841. The original flat roof was destroyed by an explosion from the Civil War and has been replaced by a Gothic roof. The hand carved chancel furniture is stunning and was made by a parishioner, Captain John Wilcox. Visitors are welcome to come alone or as a part of the trolley tour. For more information, call (478) 452-4687.
Central State Hospital Museum is located on the hospital grounds located on Broad Street. It is across from the old train depot. The museum preserves 150 years of existence. For more information, call (478) 445-4317.
There are so many things to do in Milledgeville. The shopping and antiquing are also wonderful! For more to see and do, visit www.milledgevillecvb.com or call (478) 452-4687. The trolley is available Monday through Friday at 10 am and on Saturday at 2 pm. The charge is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 6-16. The tours begin at the Convention and Visitors Bureau. The tour stops at most attractions and is quite educational and enjoyable.