Georgia's Old Governor's Mansion is open. Though they are excited to welcome everyone back, the safety of their visitors and staff is of the utmost importance. Out of caution, please be aware of safety protocols and procedures before visiting. Tour sizes will be at a 7 person maximum (which is the governor recommended 20% of our usual maximum tour size of 35). Availability: In-person tours (limited to 7 people max each tour). Due to University System of Georgia measures and procedures, all guests and staff must wear a mask or face covering on tours. All ticket purchases will be cashless transactions only, they will accept credit/debit cards and checks. Due to the size of certain rooms, and the desire to maintain social distancing, some rooms will be off limits or simply walked through. As a result, all adults will be offered the senior rate of admission to accommodate for this change.
Completed in 1839, Georgia's Old Governor's Mansion is one of the finest examples of High Greek Revival architecture in the nation. Designed by noted architect Charles Cluskey, an Irish immigrant and built by Timothy Porter of Farmington, Connecticut, the Mansion looms over Milledgeville with its stately columns and imposing facade. Serving as the residence for Georgia's chief executives for over thirty years, the Mansion's history encompasses the antebellum, Civil War, and early Reconstruction phases of the state's history. Such noted state leaders as George Crawford, Howell Cobb and Joseph E. Brown resided in the building and used it as a stage for speeches and also to introduce guests of national standing. Georgia's Old Governor’s Mansion also served as a stage on which many elements of the complex social issues of the antebellum period were played out. Slavery and the complexity of society and gender roles are among the issues that shape the history of the building and are explored in tandem with the issues of politics. During the Civil War, the Mansion was claimed as a "prize" in the "March to the Sea," when General William T. Sherman headquartered in the building on November 23, 1864. Following the war, Georgia's seat of government was relocated to Atlanta, and the Mansion was abandoned. Given over to Georgia Normal & Industrial College (currently known as Georgia College) in 1889, the Mansion served as the founding building of the institution and is the campus's most treasured structure.
The Mansion is open for public tours Tuesday thru Saturday, 10-4 and Sunday, 2-4 with tours every hour. The Mansion is fully ADA compliant and has an elevator that accesses all three levels of the house. Admission rates: $10 for Adults, $7 for pre-booked adult groups, $7 Senior Citizens (60 years and older), $2 Students and Free to children under 6 and all GC faculty, staff, and students! Georgia's Old Governor’s Mansion was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1973 and is an accredited museum of the American Alliance of Museums. In 2015, the Mansion was named an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution.