Robert Toombs House State Historic Site, Washington

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The Robert Toombs House State Historic Site is a historic property located at 216 East Robert Toombs Avenue in Washington, Georgia. It was the home of Robert Toombs (1810–85), a U.S. representative and U.S. senator from Georgia who originally opposed Southern secession but later became a Confederate Cabinet official and then a Confederate general during the American Civil War. Operated as a state historic site, the 19th-century period historic house museum features exhibits about the life of Toombs. The house was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1973.
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  • Washington, Georgia isn't perhaps as well known for ante bellum homes as Madison, Georgia, but if you only came to this site and didn't bother with driving around the town, enjoying the square and...  more »
  • If in Washington Stop and visit this unique place. Get a tour as there is a lot to see and you will miss some if by yourself.  more »
  • Went out on a very lovely fall day to check out the history of this area. Very well preserved homes.  more »
  • Wonderful, wonderful historic home. The manager was very knowledgeable of the history of the home!
  • Excellent kept piece of history. Very cheap to tour. Will be back!!
  • Southern history is very good.
  • The Robert Toombs house museum combines all of the best parts of a historic home and a traditional museum, providing a repository for fascinating stories and artifacts while also maintaining a strong sense of the character of the man whose residence made it famous. The ground floor of the museum provides an expansive look at Toombs and his life, contextualizing his roles and influences for which his home was a backdrop. Extensive information is also provided about Toombs' wife, Julia, their children, and the slaves who were essential to the running of the home and plantation. The home itself is expertly decorated and furnished in period appropriate style, conveying at times the sense that one has entered Toombs' residence while he just happened to be out. From the original furniture to the architecture oddities, such as the gasoliers, the home offers a unique glimpse into domestic life during the 19th century. I would recommend the Robert Toombs House Museum as an essential stop for anyone visiting Washington, Georgia, especially for visitors interested in history.
  • Be sure to ask the people working there who Garland H. White was and his role during the war. Fascinating story, very similar start, completely different ending than Alonza Fantroy Toombs' story. (You have to ask because there is no material there about him, which is why only 3 stars)

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