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Georgia's Old Governor's Mansion

120 S Clark St, Milledgeville, GA 31061-3336
+1 478-445-4545
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It was an educational one hour tour by a very knowledgeable college student. The mansion was... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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What a fun, educational tour! It was an hour long, and the time flew. Our guide was a young college... read more

Reviewed July 17, 2018
Brittany C
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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 3 weeks ago

It was an educational one hour tour by a very knowledgeable college student. The mansion was expertly preserved ; some items original, others replicated. If I had known I would have waited until December for the tour to see it decorated for the holidays. The...More

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Kierstin V, Curator of Education and Public Engagement at Georgia's Old Governor's Mansion, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We give tours on the top of each hour, the last one of the day starts at 4 pm. So if you arrived at 3:30, we could give you a tour at 4 pm! Thank you for visiting and for your review.

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Reviewed July 17, 2018 via mobile

What a fun, educational tour! It was an hour long, and the time flew. Our guide was a young college student (Grace) who was wonderful! You could tell she really had a passion for the work and mansion, and was extremely knowledgeable about literally EVERY...More

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Reviewed June 18, 2018 via mobile

Wonderful historic tour. If you like history, this will not disappoint you. The first capital of GA.

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Reviewed May 27, 2018

An expertly preserved, Smithsonian-affiliated museum site with tours given by well-trained students, as well as other special events on occasion. It's free for faculty, staff, and students, but slightly expensive (compared to other entertainment options in this low-cost area) for the general public.

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Reviewed May 16, 2018

Informative tour given by college student who is continuing to learn Milledgeville & Georgia's history. So much history contained in one city. Tour gives a peek back into history which is further enhanced by trolley tour. Definitely worth a visit.

Thank Boone57
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Reviewed April 20, 2018

I toured the Governor's Mansion as part of my history class. The tour guides are GCSU students and very knowledgeable. It was an engaging tour.

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Reviewed March 3, 2018

The tour was very enjoyable, would recommend to anyone interested in the Civil War. The parking was a little hard, but all in all very enjoyable

Thank Chuck M
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Reviewed February 24, 2018

Great one hour tour for $7...get your $3discount tickets at the tourist bureau. The saloon had a rug reproduction that was incredible.The place was all restored...some beautiful pieces of furniture. The rotunda was another beauty.. I had never seen an iron stove like the one...More

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Reviewed December 21, 2017

My husband and I had heard such great things about this place. I wanted to see it. I just loved the real candles being lit. Our guide Emma was great. She was going to school majoring in history. She was able to describe everything, like...More

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Reviewed November 27, 2017

The tour is excellent, the guides are very well versed on the history and give great accounts of the mansion. But if you really want a treat, do the tour at Christmas time. The mansion is exquisitely decorated and with all the set pieces you...More

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