an intrestimg place to visit when in milledgeville is the georgia college & state university. the college was founded in 1889 as a women's college. gcsu became co-educational in 1967. pictured is atkinson hall which is the oldest building on campus. this building is open to the public. gcsu has a beautiful 43 acre campus with a wonderful collection of antebellum style buildings. a very nice place to visit when in downtown milledgeville.
hancock street runs through the center of downtown milledgeville. because of it's proximity to two colleges it has a good selection of bars and restaurants. milledgeville has a very lively nightlife for a small georgia town.
pictured is one of over 40 historic homes and buildings in downtown milledgeville. most are are short walk from the welcome center. for those interested in architecture and history milledgeville is a very interesting place to visit in central georgia.
located on wayne street is a modern bank building that is on the site of the old milledgeville hotel. in 1903 emily norvel hardy was the manager of the hotel. her son norvel (oliver) hardy was to become part of the famous comedy team of laurel and hardy. for those of my generation we remember the reruns of the 1920's and 1930's laurel and hardy movies on television. along with the marx brothers, the three stooges, and abbott and costello, laurel and hardy were comedy icons of their time. there is a historical maker next to the bank that informs the visitor about hardy's connection to milledgeville.
the baldwin county confederate civil war memorial is located at the intersection of hancock and jefferson streets. this interesting memorial is a plain obelisk with two standing solders at the base. it is an unusual style of confederate memorials in the south.
central state hospital was established in 1842 on the orders of govenor wilson lumpkin. the hospital was originally called the state lunatic, idiot, and epileptic asylum. the state hospital is located on 1750 acres about two miles south of downtown milledgeville. in the 1960's the hospital's population was 12,000 today there are only 1,100 patients. in 1975 the u.s. supreme court decision o'connor vs donaldson mandated the deinstitutionalization of psychiatric hospital inmates that are not a danger to themselves or others. this decison has lead to much of the homeless problem we have in our cities today. the state hospital is not open to the public but you can drive around it's grounds and see it's historic buildings.
the georgia military college is located on the grounds of the former capital of georgia. the college was established in 1879. today the gmc is a co-educatioal 2 year college for those interested in a career in the U.S. army. the college has a beautiful campus and a number of interesting neo gothic buildings. the main attraction of the campus is the former georgia state capital building.
the old georgia capital was the capital of the state of georgia from 1806 to 1868. in 1868 the capital was relocated to atlanta. this interesting neo gothic building is home to the old capital museum. the museum is a worth while stop for those interested in georgia history and culture. this building is listed on the national register of historic places.
located across the street from the baldwin county courthouse is the milledgeville welcome center. the welcome center is a great place to begin your visit of milledgeville. at the welcome center you can get a walking map of milledgeville's historic attractions or you can take a trolley ride around the historic district. the trolley departs the welcome center at 10:00AM monday-friday and at 2:00PM on saturday. the fee is $10.
pictured is the old baldwin county courthouse located across the street from the current courthouse. this structure was built in 1887 on the site a several previous courthouses. baldwin county georgia is named after abraham baldwin a signer of the u.s constitution and founder of the university of georgia.