Milledgeville – Beautiful Old Homes – Part 1

Milledgeville – Baldwin County – There are so many great homes in Milledgeville, this will be two posts.  Milledgeville served as the state capital of Georgia from 1804 until 1868, when Atlanta became the capital.  Lots to look at in Georgia’s antebellum capital!

There’s a distinct style of home that Milledgeville is known for, called Milledgeville-Federal style.  You’ll notice the similarities in some of the homes we are looking at today.

Dr. Charles Paine House, c 1820

The Brown-Stetson-Sanford House below has been moved from another nearby street.  It served as the U.S. Hotel when first built, and by the 1950s it became the well known Sanford House Tea Room.

Brown-Stetson-Sanford House, c 1825

Milledgeville is unusual in that it started out as a planned capital city.  The Old State Capitol Building below was started in 1805, and then expanded in the 1820s and 1830s.

Old State Capitol in Milledgeville (from New Ga Encyclopedia)

Milledgeville was the fourth capital of Georgia – after Savannah, Augusta, and Louisville…

The Old Governor’s Mansion below is considered one of the finest examples of High Greek Revival architecture.  This is the original color of the mansion.  It’s open for tours, and if you’re in the area – it’s worth stopping in and looking around this showplace!  Huge place -and designed to impress.

Old Governor’s Mansion, built 1836 until 1838 or 1839. Open for tours!
Side view of Old Governors Mansion

10 Governors lived in the mansion, but when the capital moved to Atlanta, the mansion fell into disrepair. It later became the centerpiece of president’s house of Georgia College.

1880 photograph, from State of Ga – Vanishing Georgia archives

Milledgeville considered itself “all grown up” when the Marquis de Lafayette stopped and visited here during 1825.  It was a big deal for the nearly 20 year old state capital to host such a distinguished visitor.

The Jordan-Calloway House below was originally built c 1820.  The Marquis de Lafayette is said to have reviewed the troops from the second floor balcony when visiting the capital.  The house was later given Victorian touches in the late 1800s.

Jordan-Calloway House

Famous author Flannery O’Connor hailed from these parts, and her family home is right in town.  She lived there for several years right after college.  Her farm, Andalusia, is outside of town and available for tours.  Ran out of time this visit, but can’t wait to see Andalusia.

The family home below has quite a history outside of it’s famous author.  Before the Governor’s mansion was completed in 1839, it was rented out to be the Governor’s residence.  I read somewhere there was a fire in the late 1800s and thus the house was remodeled as a result.

Gordon-Cline-O’Connor House, circa 1820 (with later alterations)

Below is a circa 1825 home known locally as “13 Columns” – it’s said the 13 columns represent the original 13 colonies.  Couldn’t find a good angle on this one, sorry about the red light, crosswalk sign, telephone pole etc.  Look at the huge windows on the first floor.

13 Columns

Thanks so much for taking the trip to Milledgeville today!  Appreciate you reading the blog!

3 Replies to “Milledgeville – Beautiful Old Homes – Part 1”

    1. I didn’t get a chance to photograph it on that visit to Milledgeville. There are several more homes I want to see there, looking forward to visiting Milledgeville again soon!

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