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Washington Historical Museum
As the oldest house museum in Washington, the Washington Historical Museum
contains an intimate collection of artifacts, memorabilia and antiques
representing more than 200 years of history in Washington & Wilkes County,
About the House:
The museum was originally built circa 1835 by Albert Gallatin Semmes on land owned by Revolutionary war hero, Micajah Williamson as a traditional two over two saltbox style house. In 1857, the house & 100 acres was sold to Samuel Barnett, the first Georgia Railroad Commissioner. Samuel enlarged the house by adding front parlor rooms, hallways & the main staircase to accommodate his growing family and to properly entertain visitors. Samuel's family lived in the house until the death of his daughter, Mrs. Edwards McKendree Bounds in 1913.
In the 1950's the house was acquired by the City of Washington and underwent a two yearrestoration project which included historic modifications & alterations to both the houseand grounds. The Washington Historical Museum opened to the public in 1960 and has continued to serve as an important example of antebellum architecture and Southern heritage.
The house contains furnished rooms, authentically decorated with antiques dating to the mid 1800's. Furnished rooms include: the Master Bedroom, Dining Room, Kitchen and both East & West Parlors and contain pianos, textiles, hair art, toys, china and more.
In 2010, the museum celebrates it's 50th anniversary.
About the Collection:
The museum hosts an impressive collection of artifacts including: Civil War relics, antique furnishings, art, photographs, documents, personal correspondence and Georgia pottery. Special Collection rooms include: The Confederate Room, The African American Room, The Children's Playroom & The Native American Room where visitors will discover a diverse assortment of materials relative to local history.
Unique features include:
George Washington's gravy boat, Jefferson Davis' field desk, Dave the Slave pottery, an Eli Whitney Cotton Gin, a Victorian era suit of armor suit and more!
The museum is open Tuesday - Saturday from 10:00am - 5:00pm. There is a small admission fee per person. Children under 12 are free andmust be accompanied by an adult. Specialty Tours and school groups are welcome.
The museum is located within walking distance to Washington's Historic Town Square and is just one half block west of the Robert Toombs Museum. Please inquire with museum staff as to information & directions to other historic sites in the area including the Kettle Creek Battleground, Resthaven Cemetery, The Mary Willis Library & Callaway Plantation.
Washington Historical Museum
308 East Robert Toombs Avenue
Washington, GA 30673
Toll Free: 877-221-7689