The city of Milledgeville has a rich history, especially for those interested in the history of the Antebellum South and the Civil War. Go beyond the windshield tour and step inside our attractions. In order to teach you as much as possible about the history in this city, several attractions offer tours to visitors.
Historic Trolley Tours
Hop on the Trolley and listen closely as your guide tells you all about the First Lady of Georgia and leads you inside three historic sites. The Milledgeville guided trolley tour includes rotating visits to the Old State Capitol (c. 1807), St. Stephens Episcopal Church (c. 1841), Rose Hill at Lockerly Arboretum (c. 1839) and the Brown-Stetson-Sanford House (c. 1825). The trolley is available Monday - Friday at 10:00 am and Saturday at 11:00 a.m. The cost is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, $10 for students and $7 for children 6-13. Children 5 and under are free. All tours begin at the Convention & Visitors Bureau, where tickets are first-come first-serve.
For groups of 10 or more, please call Shannon Bentley at (478) 452-4687 to reserve a special tour. The tour normally stops at Rose Hill on Monday – Wednesday and at the Brown-Stetson-Sanford House on Thursday - Saturday.
Please note that while our trolley is ADA compliant, not all of our historic attraction partner stops are currently ADA accessible.
Old Governor’s Mansion
This National Historic Landmark house is furnished in period antiques and is open for guided tours Tuesday - Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Whether your appreciation lies more in history, art or architecture, you’re sure to enjoy a tour through this beautiful mansion. Tours begin on the hour, admission charge, group rates available. Closed Mondays and all holidays. Admission: $10/person, $7 for seniors and pre-booked tours, $2/student. Call 478-445-4545 for more information or visit the website.
The Collections Tour:
FOCUS: This tour, hosted by the Mansion Curator, gives visitors an opportunity to hear an in-depth discussion of the Mansion's varied material and textile collections, the process of building the collection following the recent $9.5 million dollar restoration of the structure, and culminating in the methodologies employed in locating both original and period appropriate pieces and materials for display within the museum.
The program will center on specific rooms of the structure and if you have ever been interested in learning about antiques and the tenants of historic preservation, then this is a program that you don't want to miss!
Reservations are required to participate and can be made by calling the Mansion offices at 478-445-4545. Reservations are due the day before each program. Cost is $15/adult, $8/senior, $10/adult groups, and $4/student.
This tour is an in-depth look at the Old Governor's Mansion and focuses on the recent restoration. You will see additional areas of the Mansion that are not usually part of the regular tours. Reservations are required and due the day before each program. Tours are held at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month. Cost is $15/adults, $8/senior, $10/adult groups and $4/student. Call 1-800-653-1804 for more information.
Labor Behind the Veil Tours:
A historically documented tour, "Labor Behind the Veil: The History of Slaves and Free Persons at Georgia's Old Governor's Mansion 1839-1868" gives mansion visitors a glimpse of the working lives of the men and women who lived and worked on the mansion grounds.
The tour researched and developed by mansion director Jim Turner, assistant curator Matt Davis and Deitrah Taylor was years in the making and included reading historic letters, ledgers and documents to piece together the workings of the mansion.
By the end of the tour, visitors should understand issues of race and sex in the Antebellum South and the governors' political views about slavery, furthering the mission of the Old Governor's Mansion Historic House Museum. "Labor Behind the Veil" tours are available by appointment only. Call (478) 445-4545 to book your tour.