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Washington Historical Museum

308 E. Robert Toombs Ave, Washington, GA 30673
+1 706-678-2105
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What a treasure!

What a treasure this museum was. Tucked away just off the lovely town square of this historic... read more

Reviewed November 9, 2015
Sue D
Pendleton, South Carolina
Genealogy trip

Very helpful staff. Good genealogy section. Found quite a bit of family history in the area... read more

Reviewed June 10, 2015
Jesup, Georgia
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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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308 E. Robert Toombs Ave, Washington, GA 30673
+1 706-678-2105
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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!

Thank Sue D
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.

2  Thank quiltinginga
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
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
Reviewed August 17, 2014

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

1  Thank Colman R
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
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...More

1  Thank Randy S
Reviewed November 14, 2013

This museum is packed full of historic items and information. Worthy of a whole morning or afternoon exploring it. Knowledgeable tour guides to walk you through it or explore on your own. Very educational for visitors of all ages.

Thank washingtonga
Reviewed June 2, 2013

My kids love this place. They love looking at all the cool historical displays, arrowheads, old army uniforms from Civil War days. Lots of great memories abound here.

Thank Michele R
Reviewed April 10, 2013

This is a very nice example of the history of Wilkes County and Washington Ga. from the Revolutionary War through WW2. The exhibits are really nice. This is a self guided tour so you can take your time. And the home is beautiful.

1  Thank Savannahbelle
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