Named one of Southern Living magazine’s “Prettiest Small Towns” in 2017, Milledgeville served as capital of the antebellum South until 1868. Hop on a trolley to the downtown Museum District and take a guided tour of the Old Capitol Building, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Lockerly Arboretum and the Brown-Stetson-Sanford House. Lockerly Arboretum offers acres of amazing flowers and shrubs, while Lake Sinclair, with more than 500 miles of shoreline, is perfect for fishing or water sports.
The Heart of Camellia Country
Lockerly Arboretum features 50 acres with walking trails winding through gardens featuring flowers and plants from around the world. Savor flowering shrubs and various trees, including a section of a bald cypress that’s over 300 years old. This public garden is known for its extensive selection of camellias, as well as hardwood trees and ferns that grow throughout. A pond provides a place for quiet contemplation. The heart of the arboretum is Rose Hill, a 19th-century Greek Revival home that’s an outstanding example of Old Southern plantation architecture. Named after the abundance of Cherokee roses growing there, Rose Hill is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Dive-in for Aqueous Adventures
Whether you’re looking to navigate the Oconee River by kayak or simply enjoy the sounds of rushing water during a boardwalk stroll, the Oconee River Greenway provides a chance to relax, bird-watch and spend time with your favorite four-footed friend. Lake Sinclair is the ideal spot to enjoy a day on the water fishing for striped bass, crappie and largemouth bass. Rent a pontoon boat, grab some personal watercrafts or hop on a paddleboard for fun in the sun. Known as one of the cleanest lakes in the state, Lake Sinclair hosts a number of fishing tourneys annually.
The First Lady of Georgia
Milledgeville was the antebellum capital of the South from 1804 to 1868, and Georgia’s Old Governor’s Mansion was home to eight Georgia governors and their families from 1839 to 1868. Designated as one of the finest examples of high-style Greek Revival architecture in the country and listed as a National Historic Landmark, the mansion was the site of fiery debates during the War Between the States. Gen. William T. Sherman claimed the mansion as a “prize” during the Civil War and spent the night there during his famed “March to the Sea.”
For More Information
Milledgeville-Baldwin Convention & Visitors Bureau
Georgia Department of Economic Development