Article originally appeared on Fox 5 Atlanta with accompanying video.
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - It's a place that was built with a very specific purpose -- to become the capital of Georgia. And even though it no longer serves that purpose, there's a rich history in Milledgeville that makes it an ideal place for tourists and history buffs.
The state of Georgia chose the land that would become Milledgeville in the early 1800s, and designed the city to serve as state capital. Milledgeville is named for John Milledge, who served as the state's governor from 1802-1806 and also donated the land which became the University of Georgia. Although Atlanta became the state capital after the Civil War, many of the historic structures remain in Milledgeville, including the Old State Capitol and St. Stephens Episcopal Church (c. 1841). Today, the city offers a unique way to see these sites with itsHistoric Trolley Tours. Trolley Tours typically take place at 10:00 a.m. on Mondays through Fridays, and at 11 a.m. on Saturdays, and begin at the Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Good Day Atlanta's Paul Milliken spent the morning about the Historic Trolley, getting a history lesson and checking out some of the stunningly restored structures that make Milledgeville so special.