Former State Capitol Building and Museum in Milledgeville, Georgia

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 GREC# 169695

Yesterday I posted about the former Governor's Mansion in Milledgeville,  today I'd like to share a little about the actual old Capitol Building. It's current on the campus of Georgia Military College, but also houses a wonderful museum. 

Milledgeville Georgia- County Seat of Baldwin County that borders beautiful Lake Sinclair was THE ONLY city ever built exclusively to be a state capital.  I'm sure many of you might have know that Atlanta Georgia was not always our capital.  Milledgeville Georgia served as the capital from 1808 to 1868.  You can tour the former Governor's mansion which also at one time served as the residence for the dean of Georgia State College and University.   You can also tour the Old Capital Museum which is now located on the campus of Georgia Military College.

Milledgeville's original city plan was 84, 4- acre squares and to this date was the only city in America planned, designed and built as a state capital.


My Donald is a graduate of Georgia Military College and this north entrance to the campus (photo above) was beautifully decorated this past December for Christmas. 
We took a nice stroll around campus one evening taking in the lights downtown Milledgeville after dinner. The original Capitol building (photo left) houses the Old Capital Museum.

And just for a little further trivia since there are both spellings in this post... capitol and capital... they are both correct.  Spelled with an "A" Capital is the official city that is the seat of the governments, so Milledgeville is the former Capital of Georgia.  However the building occupied by legislature (federal or state) is the Capitol Building.  So the former Capitol Building houses the former Capital Museum.  (confused yet?)

If you are ever near central Georgia this is something I highly recommend taking the time to visit. 

Comments (12)

Sybil Campbell
Fernandina Beach, FL
Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida

Hi Tammy, that does sound like a nice place to visit.

Jan 27, 2015 12:09 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Sybil- I love downtown Milledgeville, it's fun.  And as much as I complain about parking when I do down there when the college students are in town, I really enjoy watching the young people enjoy downtown.

Jan 27, 2015 12:12 PM
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hi Tammy, thanks for sharing a bit of history of Georgia with us, I had no idea Milledgeville was designed to be a state capital. 

Jan 27, 2015 12:23 PM
Catherine Ulrey
Keller Williams Capital City - Salem, OR
Equestrian and Acreage Property Specialist

Beautiful!  Looks like something you would find in Europe!

Jan 27, 2015 12:23 PM
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Tammy. Thank you for sharing more Georgia history, always appreciated. My learning is starting early.

Jan 27, 2015 05:31 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Tammy, thanks for the history lesson. Always fascinating to visit these  old buildings. If only the walls could talk! Enjoy your day!

Jan 27, 2015 07:11 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Tammy, You always write great localism posts. Thank you for the history lesson.

Jan 27, 2015 11:04 PM
Sharon Paxson
Compass - Newport Beach, CA
Newport Beach Real Estate

Hi Tammy - this is very interesting information about Milledgeville Georgia- County Seat of Baldwin County, and that is the only town build to be a state capital. I am sure I would enjoy seeing both buildings, sounds like so much history.

Jan 27, 2015 11:55 PM
Ron Marshall
Marshall Enterprises - Saint Michael, MN
Birdhouse Builder Extraordinaire

You have such a unique gem in Milledgeville and the Capitol Building.  I would love to visit there, if only to have lunch with you!

Jan 28, 2015 12:10 AM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

That makes perfect sense on capital and capitol.

I will try to call you later when I get home...my bluetooth stopped working (at least the sound...so I can't call while driving). Yet another thing to add to my list.

Jan 28, 2015 01:42 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Tammy - thanks for that history.  I did not know that Atlanta was not always the capital.  But the real take away was your grammar lesson on capital and capitol.

Jan 28, 2015 01:17 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

I love to tour old historic buildings like this and there is a lot of history to learn here. Thanks for sharing Tammy.

Jan 28, 2015 11:13 PM