Last week, I was invited to tour the old Governor’s Mansion in Milledgeville, GA. I’ve never been to Milledgeville so it was a fun opportunity to explore more of my home state of Georgia. Even though I’ve been in GA since I was 6, I must have forgotten a bit of my history of the state and didn’t remember that Milledgeville was the home of the original capital of Georgia and the Governor’s mansion.
I knew it would be all decorated for Christmas, so Mark and I took a drive there for a day trip and it was a fun outing. The Visitor’s Bureau invited me, so a thank you to them is in order.
We had a private tour from a young lady who certainly knew the mansion well as well as the history of the house and people who lived there. She did a great job with the tour. Milledgeville is also home to Georgia College and the mansion is part of the college grounds right off Main Street.
Growing up, Milledgeville was home to Georgia’s state mental hospital, so you can imagine the jokes that went around about the town.
The house is Greek Revival style and has been meticulously cared for, looking very stately on a hill in town.
It was great to see all the decorations and visit the gift shop. I found a few Christmas pieces to take home with me from there so that was fun.
I won’t narrate the whole tour, but will let you know what is on each floor that we visited. I can’t possibly recite all the history of the house, but several Georgia Governors lived here until the capital was moved to Atlanta after 1868.
I loved the old brick sidewalks.
View from the side of the mansion.
The lower floor was where all the cooking took place, as well as a huge pantry and sleeping quarters for some of the servants.
Looking into where the food was prepared.
When the house was restored, this original fireplace was uncovered.
Servants’ quarters. Notice the deep window sills and the big windows letting in a lot of light.
The pantry was very impressive.
I especially loved this collection of blue glass, not all from the time period but beautiful on their own.
Hanging meats outside.
The State dining room where big dinners were held for the Governor.
This cake would have represented the time period of the 1800’s pastry offerings.
Upstairs is the ladies parlor.
Hand painted shades at the windows.
The rooms were huge.
This is the big foyer coming in the front door. That’s a hand painted reproduction vinyl floor covering which closely resembles the original pattern.
The old woodwork in the mansion is just beautiful.
Behind the center door in the foyer is this magnificent rotunda which soars way up to the third floor. This beautiful Christmas tree was the show stopper.
The ceiling has real gold gilting.
The family dining room was very pretty.
An early ice server.
One of the stair cases.
A peek at the top of the tree.
It was so stunning!
The gentlemen’s parlor.
The Governor’s office.
An early recliner.
The personal bedrooms are on the third floor along with office desks.
This room was designated for staff.
A mustache cup, which I had never seen.
The Governor’s room.
Complete with desk and chairs.
Nursery for the children. This was a novelty that I hadn’t seen before. Each child for Christmas had a different color ribbon and all of their presents were color coded by the ribbon and tagged.
I had never seen that before.
We enjoyed our tour of the Governor’s mansion in Milledgeville and I hope you did too! Thanks to Bonnie for inviting us, she also treated us to lunch and we went to The Brick for lunch before we headed back to Atlanta. I also grabbed a coffee and we stopped in the local bakery for a sweet treat.
It’s fun to do road trips like this so if you get a chance to visit Milledgeville, definitely give it a look. The mansion tour was enjoyable! For more information, see Visit Milledgeville.