Bus Trip to Milledgeville Georgia
$50 General Admission, $40 Members
The Friends of the Garden cordially invite you to join us on a day trip to Historic Milledgeville where we’ll visit the former residence of eight Georgia Governors, a century old plantation house, Lockerly Arboretum, and the Flannery O’Connor museum at Georgia College and State University.
Our first stop is the Old Governor’s Mansion, a National Historic Landmark considered to be one of the finest examples of Greek Revival architecture in the nation. It was the official residence of Georgia’s governors from 1839 to 1868. In 2001 the Old Governor’s Mansion underwent a 3-year $9.5 million renovation to restore its original antebellum splendor to circa 1851.
After lunch at Crockett’s Cafeteria, a popular eatery offering a wide variety of southern favorites, we’ll travel back in time as we ride through the historic district with a local guide telling us about the rich history of the city, how it became our state capital, and stories about the statesmen and prominent residents who made Milledgeville their home.
The next stop is Rose Hill Plantation and Lockerly Arboretum. The arboretum’s impressive centerpiece is Rose Hill Plantation House, a sprawling Greek Revival mansion built in 1852. The gardens at Lockerly Arboretum include collections of camellias, Japanese maples, azaleas and conifers.
The final stop will be the Sacred Heart Catholic Church where a local historian will talk about Flannery O’Connor. O’Connor, a well-known American novelist, short-story author and essayist, moved with her family to Andalusia Farm in Milledgeville in 1940. Sacred Heart was the church O’Connor attended while living there.
Lunch is on-your-own. The Governor’s Mansion has an elevator and is handicap accessible, but Rose Hill Plantation House is not. The bus leaves at 8 a.m. sharp from the State Botanical Garden and returns by 7 p.m.