Georgia's Old Governor's Mansion, Milledgeville

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Georgia's Old Governor's Mansion is a historic house museum located on the campus of Georgia College & State University (GCSU) at 120 South Clarke Street in Milledgeville, Georgia. Built in 1839, it is one of the finest examples of Greek Revival architecture in the American South, and was designated a National Historic Landmark for its architecture in 1973. It served as Georgia's executive mansion until 1868, and has from 1889 been a university property, serving for a time as its official president's residence. It is an accredited museum of the American Alliance of Museums and in 2015 was named an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution.Description and historyGeorgia's Old Governor's Mansion is located in central Milledgeville, just south of the central campus of Georgia College at the corner of Clarke and Greene Streets. It is set on a manicured parcel, its street-facing sides lined by a low brick retaining wall topped by a low fence painted white. The main house is basically rectangular, two stories in height, built of stuccoed brick with a hip roof capped by a small circular cupola. The main facade faces west toward Clarke Street, and has a four-columned Greek temple portico projecting at its center. The portico is supported by smooth Ionic columns made of brick with granite bases and capitals, and it supports an entablature and fully pedimented gable. The entablature is continued around the sides of the building, with pilastered corners. Windows have simple stone sills, and slightly arched stone lintels.The mansion was built in 1839 to a design by Charles B. Cluskey, and is considered to be one of his finest works. It was the first of Georgia's three official mansions and one unofficial mansion, located in two different cities. It was home to eight governor's and their families from 1839-1868. Governor Joseph E Brown led Georgia through the Civil War while living in the Mansion. During the Civil War, the Mansion was claimed as a "prize" during General Sherman's "March to the Sea" and Sherman made the Mansion his headquarters, spending the night of November 23, 1864 in the Mansion's family dining room.
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  • 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 w...  more »
  • 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 ...  more »
  • Our tour guide gave us a memorable trip through this wonderful historic mansion! It is beautifully restored, with lovely landscaped grounds.  more »
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