Downtown overflows with history, from the historic buildings and antebellum homes to the engaging museums and notable landmarks. Experience history up close and personal on March 3rd, during First Friday, from 5:30 to 8:00pm. The First Friday Committee has partnered with the Convention and Visitors Bureau, Old Governor’s Mansion, Sallie Ellis Davis House, and Marlor House to offer an evening of discovering downtown Milledgeville’s history.
The Convention and Visitors Bureau invites downtown visitors to tour the past aboard a FREE trolley ride destined for a multitude of museums, a learning excursion led by their expert trolley guide. The First Friday committee is excited to host representatives from both Lockerly Arboretum and Andalusia Farm who will have information about their place in Milledgeville’s rich history and upcoming events.
Allied Arts will be conducting architectural tours of the Marlor House, located at 201 N. Wayne Street. An exhibit of prints made by local students from Oak Hill Middle School will also be on display in the Marlor House gallery. The Sallie Ellis Davis House was the home of a dedicated and passionate Baldwin County educator. Ms. Davis worked her entire career as a teacher and, later, the principal at the Eddy School, touching the lives of countless Baldwin County children. The house is located at 301 S. Clarke Street and will be open to the public during First Friday for historic tours. The special collection "The Strip: Milledgeville's Black Business District" will be exhibiting in the space now until May 17, 2017.
The Old Governor's Mansion was home to Georgia's governors from 1839-1868 and interprets the history of the free and enslaved residents of the building. The Old Governor’s Mansion was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1973, is an accredited museum of the American Alliance of Museums, and was named an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution in 2015. During First Friday, see the special exhibit curated by PNJW Collections and on display at The Old Governor’s Mansion, “Fathers and Sons,” from February 25 through April 29, 2017. From the people who brought you the exhibit “Mothers and Daughters” last year, this year’s exhibit explores the clothing of boys and men from the 19th century.
Take a walk down memory lane, while strolling downtown, and see pictures displayed of today’s buildings as they were in yester-year. Many downtown businesses will have a “Downtown Rewind” posted in their business window featuring historic photos and fun facts about the location.
Enjoy live entertainment by the Majestics, playing a variety of music including hits from the 50s, 60s, 70s and a little Country, on South Wayne Street near Blossoms Florist beginning at 6pm. There will be no shortage of fun for the kiddos including face paintings by Lisa Marie Barry and corn hole from the City of Milledgeville FOG Program (Fats, Oils & Grease). The Baldwin County FFA and FFA Alumni will let children get hands-on with the fun activity of planting their very own tomato seeds. The City of Milledgeville Relay for Life team will be at First Friday fundraising for the American Cancer Society with a bake sale and raffle with of the proceeds going to benefit the American Cancer Society. Stop by to get your delicious, baked favorites while contributing to a great cause.
The First Friday committee is looking for local talent who want an opportunity to showcase their skill by participating in monthly First Friday events. All artists, musicians, dancers, special skills and talents are welcome to apply. For more information about First Friday or how to get involved, contact the Main Street Office at 478.414.4014 or email Deana at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact: Carlee Schulte, Director
Address: Milledgeville Main Street/DDA
P.O. Box 1422
105 E. Hancock St.
Milledgeville, GA 31059
Phone: (478) 414-4014 (office)
Fax: (478) 452-4834