"The Stetson Family Prepares for Wartime Holidays" Tour

Event:  New tour at the historic 1825 Brown-Stetson-Sanford House

What:  Looking for a unique outing in November for your civic, community, or church group?  Georgia's Old Capital Museum Society is offering a new tour at the historic Brown-Stetson-Sanford House that is already stirring up excitement!  In commemoration of the Sesquicentennial (150th anniversary) of the War Between the States, volunteers are bringing history alive with a peek inside the home of Daniel and Edith Stetson, who lived in the capital city during the war.  In November of 1861, the Stetson's 17 year old son William was fighting with Georgia's 57th Regiment.  This tour will show how friends and family might have come together at the Stetson home to support the war effort.

Learn about the Ladies' Aid Society from knowledgeable guides as re-enactors demonstrate activities such as sewing uniforms, knitting socks and gloves, and quilting.  Hear excerpts from letters written by Milledgeville soldiers and learn about the creative sources soldiers found for ink and paper.  Watch skilled artisans make candles, and discover how herbs were collected and used for medicinal purposes at home and at the war front.  Behind the house a guide dressed in mourning attire will explain mourning customs and open the Civil War era hearse for inspection. 

During the morning hours, the house will be open to local Baldwin County schools as a field trip experience designed to match performance standards for 5th grade students.  Already fifteen student groups are booked for this tour. "We are delighted to have so many of our local fifth grade students signed up for tours of The Stetson Family Prepares for Wartime Holidays, as this will be an exceptional learning opportunity," notes Kathy Groseclose, Chairperson of the event. "Students will be able to experience life in their own community during the early days of the Civil War.  Reenactments will be based on actual research from the letters and journals of the residents of Milledgeville and surrounding areas during that period.  This is one of several historically accurate programs and events planned by Georgia's Old Capital Museum to mark the Sesquicentennial of the War Between the States." 

From 2:30-4:00 PM each day, the house will be open for groups and individuals who wish to take advantage of this unique tour.  Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students.  Groups are advised to make a reservation through the Georgia's Old Capital Museum office at 478-453-1803 or email sally@oldcapitalmuseum.org for more information).

 Where:  The Brown-Stetson-Sanford House, 601 W. Hancock St., corner of W. Hancock and Jackson Streets in the Historic District of Milledgeville, GA.

 When:  November 15th-17th, 2011.  Tours are on the hour from 9:00 AM until 4:00 PM.  Reservations are necessary.

 Why:  Georgia's Old Capital Museum continues to serve the community with educational programs and events that promote its mission to identify, preserve, and communicate the historic and cultural heritage of Milledgeville, Baldwin County, and the Oconee River Basin area.