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Address: 120 S Clark St, Milledgeville, GA 31061-3336
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+1 478-445-4545
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14:00 - 16:00
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Sun 14:00 - 16:00
Tue - Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Completed in 1839, Georgia's Old Governor's Mansion is one of the finest...

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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My wife and I toured today. Heidi was our guide and provided a personable and informative tour if this impressive property. Nicely restored property with period proper furnishings... read more

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St. Augustine, Florida
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34 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My wife and I toured today. Heidi was our guide and provided a personable and informative tour if this impressive property. Nicely restored property with period proper furnishings and finishes. They obviously did their homework for this renovation.

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Atlanta
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

For a history buff, especially someone interested in Georgia history, the Old Governor's Mansion is a must-see in Milledgeville. If you are not interested in history, I would not recommend it. Everyone in my party enjoyed the tour, learned some interesting historical info, and felt that it was worth our time. The guide was amazingly knowledgable, a history major at... More 

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Flowery Branch, Georgia
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5 reviews
Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

I had to go on a tour for a class project and actually throughly enjoyed my time and learning about the history!! If you happen to find yourself in Milledgeville, definitely stop by!

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Milledgeville, Georgia
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4 reviews
Reviewed 10 April 2017 via mobile

It's like stepping back in time. The beautiful building is explained in depth by well informed guides. A must see for our area

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Thank J0jacob
Virginia Beach, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 March 2017

The Milledgeville Governor's mansion is a wonderful surprise off the beaten interstate path. While the tour guides were a bit snooty for college kids, the information and tour was fantastic. Not only was Milledgeville a center for legislation, there is civil war history. I recommend going to the museum a few doors away.

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Thank Ron B
Palo Alto, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2017

The structure survived Sherman's March to the Sea, and in fact, was used by General Sherman as his headquarters during the War Between The States. It is a beautiful Greek Revival building that now houses a museum, and is associated with the Smithsonian Institution.

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South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 March 2017

The building has housed more than just governors of Georgia, including the Georgia Military College. It is a nicely done tour; there is a little gift shop (Educational Building) where you start with a video about the mansion. From there you get a guided tour of the beautifully furnished rooms. Grounds are not large, so most of time is spent... More 

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Davenport, Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 February 2017 via mobile

This magnificent mansion is worth a visit at any time of the year, but the holidays makes a visit a must. We took the holiday tour and were treated to not only beautiful decorations but also a wonderful choir performance as well. The multistory Christmas tree is knock out gorgeous.

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Thank usatraveler5556_13
Eatonton, Georgia
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3 reviews
Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

Really loved the place. The grandkids especially loved the indoor pools With the slides and even the miniature golf.

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Thank you for the review but unfortunately, I think you have us mixed up with another place. The water slides and miniature golf do sound fun but we do not have those at The Old Governor's Mansion. More 

Vidalia, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 February 2017

We have visited the mansion twice, but the Christmas tour was really lovely. Not only were the trees and house decorated in period garb but traditions such as the stringing of gifts in the children's room were featured and explained. Any history buff would enjoy it.

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