New Marker For Old Governor's Mansion

Milledgeville, Ga. - You might call it a case of rewriting history at the Old Governor’s Mansion in Milledgeville.  Georgia College and the Georgia Historical Society hosted a ceremony on the grounds of the mansion today, where they unveiled a new historical marker that corrects some inaccuracies in the original marker erected in the 1960’s.

"We found out that instead of ten governors as the previous marker indicated there were only eight that lived here in the house," said Matt Davis, Director of the Old Govenror's Mansion. "Also, the presidents of Georgia College no longer use this as a residence. So these were two glaring errors on the sign that we needed to correct." 

Now a museum operated by Georgia College, the mansion on Clark Street served as the home of Georgia’s chief executives for more than 30 years during the Antebellum period, the Civil War, and the early years of Reconstruction.

Christy Crisp, Director of Programs for the Georgia Historical Society, says the building offers a window into a pivotal period in the state’s history.

"So much went on during the real executive years of this mansion," said Crisp. "To be able to talk about those changes and how they impacted not just the people of Milledgeville but the people of Georgia and the people of the United States, this is very much in microcosm an American story."

During the ceremony, the Georgia Historical Society also presented its Roger K. Warlick Award to Georgia College, recognizing the university for its restoration of the nearby Sallie Ellis Davis House.