Architecture

Architecture

Southern flair, fancy flourishes and fowl language are common in Milledgeville’s colorful architectural legacy. Founded in 1803 around a series of beautiful squares and wide streets, the new Georgia capital city was carefully planned with designs elements from Savannah and Washington, D.C. In 1805, The Old Capitol Building became the first public building ever designed in the Gothic Revival style.  Author Flannery O’Connor, one of Milledgeville’s most famous leading ladies, was creatively inspired by Andalusia’s pastoral setting, which was often depicted in her critically-acclaimed writing, along with the proud peacocks that strutted around her family farm. English-born architect, John Marlor, moved from Charleston in 1815 to leave his own colorful mark, developing a new American architectural style known as Milledgeville Federal. Marlor’s reinterpretation of Georgian and Federal structures with fan-lighted front entrances and signature spiral staircases started an early classical revival in Central Georgia. The 1839 Old Governor’s Mansion is another important architectural marvel that housed Georgia’s chief executives for 30 years and is recognized as one of America’s finest examples of High Greek Revival architecture.

Lace up your walking shoes or strap on a bike helmet and stroll beneath the shadows of the towering oaks though our wrought iron gates that lead to magnificently persevered mansions, haunted historic sites and fascinating museums.

10 Facts About the Old Governor's...
Ten Facts about Georgia’s First Executive Residence. more...
Museum District
Walk beneath the shadows of the towering oaks though wrought iron gates that lead to magnificently preserved mansions, haunted historic sites and fascinating museums. more...
Georgia's Antebellum Trail
Milledgeville lies along this 100 mile trek through seven historic communities that escaped Sherman’s burning march through Georgia. more...
Historic Trolley Tour
Climb aboard the trolley tour for the best views of our charming southern town and guided tours of rotating historic stops. more...
Flannery O'Connor
American author Flannery O'Connor was born in Savannah, Georgia, on March 25, 1925. She later moved to Milledgeville, Georgia where she graduated from Georgia State... more...
Carl Vinson
Carl Vinson's service in the House of Representatives exceeds that of anyone elected to the Congress of the United States since it first convened in 1798. Learn more... more...
Historic District
Milledgeville's historic district encompasses several cultures and boasts of more than 20 architectural landmarks, with more than a dozen identified as historical sites.
Step on Guides
Step on guides are available through the Convention & Visitors Bureau. Your guide will take you back in time and share the history and trivia of the Old Capitol. You will... more...