Milledgeville, Ga – Baldwin County – I have always been curious to see inside Rockwell Mansion. This week I had the opportunity to explore this magnificent home. Situated on 12 acres, this home has seen a lot of history.
The house dates back to 1838, when Milledgeville was the capital of Georgia. It’s situated on a hilltop with a commanding view of the area. It sits back from the road, and it’s hard to get a sense of how big this house is. It’s over 7,000 square feet, and most rooms are 20 X 20.
Upon entering the home, the beautiful staircase catches the eye. The details on the woodwork are elaborate.
Entering the front parlor, the grandeur of this house is apparent.
It’s hard to get a sense of scale looking at photos. Everything in this home is oversized. The doors are very wide, and there’s a large opening where pocket doors once led to the Dining Room. Looking through the doorway, you can see there’s no fireplace mantel. Where is it? It’s in Delaware.
All of the woodwork in the Dining Room was sold back in the 1960s and is now in the Winterthur Museum in Delaware. Recreating the woodwork is part of the restoration plan.
Rockwell Mansion was the Summer Home of Governor Johnson (served 1853-1857)
I always think of these old southern mansions as being painted white. It turns out Rockwell Mansion was originally quite colorful! Kyle Campbell, with Preservation South in Greenville (SC), has been providing general consulting. We can now see the original colors, and floorplan of the house.
The house suffered a fire upstairs in the late 1960s, and the charred beams are still visible in the attic.
The balcony upstairs may have been my favorite spot in this house.
Exploring the grounds, the original kitchen house (they were a separate building because of the risk of fire) remains.
All too soon, it was time to leave Rockwell Mansion.
Had to take one last look at this special home, and the ornate cast iron fence that runs along the front of this property.
I look forward to seeing the next chapter of Rockwell Mansion. We can all follow along on Rockwell’s Facebook and Instagram! Thanks so much for taking the tour of this amazing old home, I appreciate it.