Georgia's Old Capital Museum Society, Inc.
Old Capital Square at Jefferson and Greene
P.O. Box 1177
Milledgeville, Georgia 31059-1177
Telephone (478) 453 - 1803 Fax: (478) 453 - 4813

For more information contact:
Amy Wright- Executive Director, GOCMS
(478) 453- 1803

The Children's Victorian Christmas House at the Historic Brown-Stetson Sanford House

WHAT: It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas, 1860-style, at the historic 1825 Brown-Stetson-Sanford House in Milledgeville where staff and volunteers are preparing for the Second Annual Children's Victorian Christmas House, presented by Georgia's Old Capital Museum. This year's theme, "Magnolias & Memories," reflects the Stetson family's Christmas of 1860, the last Christmas before the start of the War Between the States on April 12, 1861.

A Gingerbread House Contest is already underway, but there is still time to register and submit your confectionary creation before the deadline of November 29th. Call the museum (478-453-1803) for registration information.

On Tuesday, November 30th, visitors will have an opportunity to enjoy the decorations, vote on the Gingerbread House entries, sample wines and tasty holiday fare, and bid on antiques and collectibles at the Preview Party and Silent Auction. Members of Georgia's Old Capital Museum are invited to a MEMBERS ONLY Sneak Peek for 4-5 PM. The admission ticket ($25) for the Preview Party & Auction includes a museum membership ($25 value), gift wrapped for holiday giving, making this truly a winning evening!

On December 2 & 3 costumed volunteers will welcome Group Tours-students, Red Hats, Garden Clubs, Church, Senior and Retiree groups, and offer tours of the house. A Victorian-attired Santa will be available for pictures, and demonstrations of needlework, candle-making, and vintage toys will be ongoing, along with opportunities to hear stories and watch a magician's illusions. Enjoy cider and gingerbread cookies, and visit the Mistletoe Market for unique gifts. Tickets for tours are $5 (adult), $3 (child under10).

The Open House on Saturday, December 4th, will include silhouette artist Kathryn Flocken who will create hand-cut silhouettes starting at just $25. Where else can you get an original work of art so perfect for holiday giving? Silhouettes take only 3 minutes, and infants, children, teens, and adults, as well as pets (on a leash!) are welcome, but you will need an appointment, so call the museum today!

Join us November 30-December 4 as we step back in time to Christmas 1860. Co-Chairs for the event Sherrill Jones and Kathy Groseclose, promise a unique and educational holiday experience for everyone who is a child at heart!

COST: Purchase a Preview Party & Auction ticket $25, and receive a museum membership ($25 value), gift wrapped for holiday giving!  House Tour tickets $5 (adults), $3 (children under 10 years of age). Master Card/ Visa accepted.

WHERE: At the 1825 Brown-Stetson-Sanford House, 601 West Hancock Street, on the corner of Hancock and Jackson Streets in historic downtown Milledgeville.

WHEN: Monday, November 29: Gingerbread House Contest entries received. Tuesday, November 30: Preview Party & Silent Auction, 5-7 PM, tickets $25. Special MEMBERS ONLY Sneak Peek from 4-5 PM
Thursday & Friday, December 2 & 3: Group and Individual Tours, 9AM-4 PM. Tickets $5 (adults), $3 (child under 10).
Saturday, December 4: House Tours, 10 AM-4 PM. Tickets $5/$3.

HOW: For more information about events during the Children's Victorian Christmas House, call Georgia's Old Capital Museum at 478-453-1803, email, and visit

WHO: This event, presented by Georgia's Old Capital Museum, would not be possible without the support of our Magnolia Level Sponsors including The Exchange Bank of Milledgeville, Georgia College State University & the John Lounsbury College of Education, Georgia Military College, and Piedmont Regional Surgical Associates-Stephen Langston, MD, FACS & C. Seth Rion, MD, FACS, and Wright Banks Realty, and our Boxwood and Pine Sponsors.

WHY: Georgia's Old Capital Museum Society sponsors a series of programs committed to the education and enjoyment of the public. Proceeds from this event will support ongoing programs at Georgia's Old Capital Museum and the Brown-Stetson-Sanford House.