Experience the festive holiday cheer at Georgia’s Old Governor's Mansion this year as you walk in the very footsteps of the governors. For the past 53 years, families have come from all over to see the Mansion transformed into a magnificent interpretation of Christmas in the nineteenth century. This magical experience is a must this holiday season!
Completed in 1839, Georgia's Old Governor's Mansion was home to eight Georgia governors from 1839 until 1868. Holiday decorations reflect the time period, 1851-1853, when Governor Howell Cobb and his family occupied the home. Decorations are made with large amounts of live greenery, fresh fruits, and other materials that would have been available within the household or around the grounds. Fruits used in the decorations were a way to show the wealth of the family as most individuals could only afford fruit occasionally.
The children’s nursery is adorned with a traditional cobweb party. On Christmas eve, the children and their parents would “web” the room with various colors of ribbon. On Christmas morning, the children would be assigned a color and follow the ribbon through the maze to find their presents left by Santa.
Enslaved people were only given off one half day for the year, Christmas Day. In this time they usually gathered in the Stewart’s Bedroom and practiced what was historically described as their jubilees. The rooms were decorated with leftover materials from the “public” spaces.
One of the most breathtaking sites at the Mansion is the tremendous 30 foot Christmas tree that is erected every year. 2,000 lights illuminate the tree along with 500 ornaments, naturally made from materials around the house or property by local school children, college students and civic groups--creating this brilliant tree. Live greenery, fresh fruits and other materials that would have been available within the house or around the grounds were collected to decorate the 18 rooms in a dreamy 1851 style. Learn all about the Cobb family traditions on your holiday tour of the mansion--it might even give you a few ideas of your own!
For a special treat, tour the Mansion in the evening hours by candlelight for a unique experience! Follow the sound of angelic voices to the hidden rotunda inside the house where a choir is gathered around the Christmas tree. The dome ceiling, lined with gold from Italy, beautiful voices making melody and the elegant Christmas tree join together to create a harmonious atmosphere for all to enjoy.
In accordance with social distancing guidelines and safety protocols, tour sizes will be limited, all guests and staff must wear a mask or face covering on tours, and they will accept cashless transactions only.
Regular Tours will begin on Saturday, November 21 and run until Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at the top of the hour and are walk up tickets! The Mansion will be closed for Thanksgiving, Wednesday, November 25 - Sunday, November 29. Candlelight Tours are at 6 p.m., 7 p.m., and (new for 2020) at 8 p.m. on December 5, 12, and 19, 2020. Candlelight tickets must be purchased online prior to the tour! Simply call (478) 445-4545, or email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your spot for these festive Mansion tours! Regular admission rates apply: $10 adults, $7 seniors, $2 students/kids.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, so why not make it even better and tour Georgia’s Old Governor's Mansion in all its Christmas cheer!