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Washington Historical Museum

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Address: 308 E. Robert Toombs Ave, Washington, GA 30673
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+1 706-678-2105
10:00 - 16:15
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Tue - Sat 10:00 - 16:15
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

Washington Historical Museum As the oldest house museum in Washington,GA...

Washington Historical Museum As the oldest house museum in Washington,GA the Washington Historical Museum contains an intimate collection of artifacts, memorabilia and antiques representing more than 200 years of history in Washington & Wilkes County, Georgia. 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 year restoration project which included historic modifications & alterations to both the house and 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:Bedroom, Dining Room, Kitchen and both East & West Parlors and contain pianos, textiles, hair art, toys, china and more. 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.

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Washington Museum

The museum just had some new landscaping done with the addition of a new walkway from the main street ,Robert Toombs Ave .My family has been in Wilkes County for over 200 years... read more

Reviewed 14 March 2017
Washington ,Ga
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Washington ,Ga
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5 reviews
Reviewed 14 March 2017

The museum just had some new landscaping done with the addition of a new walkway from the main street ,Robert Toombs Ave .My family has been in Wilkes County for over 200 years and I would recommend a visit .

Thank LloydJohnsonIII
Stephanie M, Manager at Washington Historical Museum, responded to this review

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South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 March 2017

The staff person who met us at the door was very nice and knowledgeable. She started us out with a basic overview of the exhibits in the basement rooms (where you enter), and then left us to take our time exploring the upper floors. If you like period homes and local history, this will appeal to you. There were confederate... More 

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Stephanie M, Manager at Washington Historical Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for you nice review on The Washington Historical Museum. The museum offers two options in regards to touring the site. The first is a self-guided tour for $5, where one can tour the museum at their own pace. The second is a guided tour for $10, where the director or tour guide accompanies the visitor through the museum... More 

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Reviewed 25 December 2016

What a gem! We had a special tour from Stephanie, she was an amazing resource. We highly recommend you stop by!

Thank Terri M
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Sharpsburg, GA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

Though there was a plethora of displayed items in the museum, it was still a bit dry. There was lots at which to look and read, but there didn't seem to be much connecting it all together. The standout piece for me was a hand-carved Civil War themed chess table/board and men. It was quite impressive! Our hostess was evidently... More 

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Stephanie M, Manager at Washington Historical Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for the concerns you have written about your experience at the museum. The museum offers two options for your museum experience. A guided tour through the museum and a self-guided tour. In the guided tour, the tour guide takes you through the entire museum, sharing the history of this part of Georgia. Which somewhat ties all the artifacts... More 

Atlanta, GA USA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 October 2016

This museum is what I would call a working museum, in that it was in a house of the time, with the original cold cellar, slave kitchen, and so forth rooms set up as they were. Plus upstairs was the Stonewall Jackson section with a lot of civil war items, including letters, clothes, etc. from the civil war time. Definitely... More 

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Aiken, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 September 2016

Washington has a fascinating history and this no-frills museum does a nice job of sharing it. Located in an historic house, there are several stories to wonder through. The eclectic collection feels a bit haphazard, but there are lots of fascinating pieces and the staff is friendly and eager to share their town's history.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 February 2016

This is certainly, a don't miss if you enjoy history, and are in the vicinity. This is a low key museum that is easy to enjoy, and is chuck full of history, much of it on a personal basis, The type of museum that you could spend hours enjoying. Informative staff, themed room after room... a great way to understand... More 

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Stephanie M, Manager at Washington Historical Museum, responded to this review

Thank you very much for the wonderful review. I am so happy you enjoyed your visit. More 

Pendleton, South Carolina
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 9 November 2015

What a treasure this museum was. Tucked away just off the lovely town square of this historic Southern town, the museum is a treasure-trove of Washington, Wilkes County and all of Georgia history. Loved it!

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Jesup, Georgia
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Reviewed 11 June 2015

Very helpful staff. Good genealogy section. Found quite a bit of family history in the area. Interesting and good hints for other places to search for information on our family.

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 April 2015

gave us an insight to the past community and present,it covered the civil war with artefacts,newspaper cuttings etc Also local battlefield sites,pictures and history of local well to do family's , well done we enjoyed greatly

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