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Address: 308 E Robert Toombs Ave, Washington, GA 30673
Phone Number: +1 706-678-2105
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

Washington Historical Museum As the oldest house museum in Washington,GA...

Washington Historical Museum As the oldest house museum in Washington,GA the Washington Historical Museum contains an intimate collection of artifacts, memorabilia and antiques representing more than 200 years of history in Washington & Wilkes County, Georgia. About the House: The museum was originally built circa 1835 by Albert Gallatin Semmes on land owned by Revolutionary war hero, Micajah Williamson as a traditional two over two saltbox style house. In 1857, the house & 100 acres was sold to Samuel Barnett, the first Georgia Railroad Commissioner. Samuel enlarged the house by adding front parlor rooms, hallways & the main staircase to accommodate his growing family and to properly entertain visitors. Samuel's family lived in the house until the death of his daughter, Mrs. Edwards McKendree Bounds in 1913. In the 1950's the house was acquired by the City of Washington and underwent a two year restoration project which included historic modifications & alterations to both the house and grounds. The Washington Historical Museum opened to the public in 1960 and has continued to serve as an important example of antebellum architecture and Southern heritage. The house contains furnished rooms, authentically decorated with antiques dating to the mid 1800's. Furnished rooms include:Bedroom, Dining Room, Kitchen and both East & West Parlors and contain pianos, textiles, hair art, toys, china and more. About the Collection: The museum hosts an impressive collection of artifacts including: Civil War relics, antique furnishings, art, photographs, documents, personal correspondence and Georgia pottery. Special Collection rooms include: The Confederate Room, The African American Room, The Children's Playroom & The Native American Room where visitors will discover a diverse assortment of materials relative to local history.

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An interesting place, and I don't like history all that much...

This museum is what I would call a working museum, in that it was in a house of the time, with the original cold cellar, slave kitchen, and so forth rooms set up as they were... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Atlanta, GA USA
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Atlanta, GA USA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum is what I would call a working museum, in that it was in a house of the time, with the original cold cellar, slave kitchen, and so forth rooms set up as they were. Plus upstairs was the Stonewall Jackson section with a lot of civil war items, including letters, clothes, etc. from the civil war time. Definitely... More 

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Aiken, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Washington has a fascinating history and this no-frills museum does a nice job of sharing it. Located in an historic house, there are several stories to wonder through. The eclectic collection feels a bit haphazard, but there are lots of fascinating pieces and the staff is friendly and eager to share their town's history.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2016

This is certainly, a don't miss if you enjoy history, and are in the vicinity. This is a low key museum that is easy to enjoy, and is chuck full of history, much of it on a personal basis, The type of museum that you could spend hours enjoying. Informative staff, themed room after room... a great way to understand... More 

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Stephanie M, Manager at Washington Historical Museum, responded to this review

Thank you very much for the wonderful review. I am so happy you enjoyed your visit. More 

Pendleton, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2015

What a treasure this museum was. Tucked away just off the lovely town square of this historic Southern town, the museum is a treasure-trove of Washington, Wilkes County and all of Georgia history. Loved it!

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Jesup, Georgia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 10, 2015

Very helpful staff. Good genealogy section. Found quite a bit of family history in the area. Interesting and good hints for other places to search for information on our family.

1 Thank quiltinginga
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 13, 2015

gave us an insight to the past community and present,it covered the civil war with artefacts,newspaper cuttings etc Also local battlefield sites,pictures and history of local well to do family's , well done we enjoyed greatly

1 Thank Tileman_13
Suwanee, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2014

I love history and this museum is a story of our state. Very interesting items, especially Jefferson Davis's war chest.

1 Thank LynnM0118
Clay City, Kentucky
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2014

This is a nice little museum. Everyone should pay a visit. Interesting history of this small Ga. town.

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Franklin, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 17, 2014

An excellent overview of the entire history of this area, its importance in our revolutionary period as well as the civil war. Loads of memorabilia with guided tour available as well, which was superb.

1 Thank jimmclendon
Athens, Georgia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2013

The museum is somewhat dated and the presentation of the artifacts is pretty static. That being said, there are MANY one-of-a-kind items, documents, and historical pieces here. Take your time looking and you will be rewarded. My kids were very interested in some of the actual letters written by people on display including bills of sale for slaves. It put... More 

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