Washington Historical Museum

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Washington Historical Museum

Washington Historical Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:15 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:15 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:15 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:15 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:15 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:15 PM
About
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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4.5
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virginias729
Santa Rosa, CA235 contributions
Sep 2019
This museum is one of the best that we have ever visited! Stephanie, the director, was so very knowledgeable and helpful, and began our tour with an incredible review of history of the area. Artifacts were really great and interesting. The town of Washington is very fortunate to have a museum of this quality!
Written 16 December 2019
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nawm07
McDonough, GA29 contributions
Oct 2019
Beautiful small town feel. Interesting history in the area and staff at sites very knowledgeable. A must see.
Written 27 October 2019
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david A
Washington, GA3 contributions
Nov 2018
Has a lot of artifact and relics from Wilkes Co. Always see something new that i didn't know about when we go. Great place to take your famiy and kids. Is full of Wilkes Co. History.
Written 4 September 2019
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David A, thank you for visiting the Washington Historical Museum and also for your support.
Written 5 September 2019
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wWToombs
Washington, GA28 contributions
Dec 2018 • Solo
This is a must visit museum if you find yourself in historic Washington. Antebellum house filled with artifacts from Wilkes County.
Written 6 July 2019
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Thank you for visiting the Washington Historical Museum and your kind words
Written 5 September 2019
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E. Joseph D
55 contributions
Oct 2018
This museum covers many aspects of the history of Wilkes County, although most of its relics related to the 19th century. The objects are well-curated and represent a diverse array of art, artifacts, and other mementos of the past. The staff is very friendly and knowledgeable, and the historic home in which the museum is housed is lovely.
Written 12 February 2019
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Thank you EJD1864 for your kind words. We are so pleased that you enjoyed the museum
Written 5 September 2019
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Pat A
Wetumpka, AL65 contributions
Oct 2018 • Friends
The docent was very knowledgeable and provided lots of information. I enjoyed the tour very much. Loving history as much as I do, it was great to see how well preserved the artifacts were in the exhibits. I recommend anyone to see this museum. You are allowed to visit most of the building. There are quite a few stairs so it may not be suitable for people with leg injuries.
Written 7 October 2018
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Corrie P
Chicago, IL54 contributions
Sep 2018 • Solo
I was lucky enough to visit on a day when the museum was empty. And Janet gave me a private tour of the house!! So much history in a small place! The museum has collections that span from pre-European settlement, Colonial days, the Civil War, the Victorian era, and beyond. Must see!
Written 15 September 2018
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StefanoArc
Savannah, GA40 contributions
Sep 2018 • Couples
The museum has some interesting exhibits. When we went, there were several themed exhibits: WW II, 19th century women’s clothing, death and mourning in the Victorian era. The exhibit on slavery included a jarring statement to the effect the interviews with former slaves after emancipation indicated that many we quite happy when they were slaves and the exhibit comments that this is in contrast to the way in which slavery is depicted now. One wonders what history the curator who made such a statement has read. Slaves were so happy that many ran away to the great peril. Southern whites were so fearful of slave rebellion that it was illegal for a slave to possess a gun and it was illegal to teach a slavery to read and write.
Written 6 September 2018
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Teresa R
Greenwood, SC47 contributions
Jul 2018 • Couples
My husband and I visited the Washington Historical Museum on a day trip to Washington. The docent provided us with a guided tour and shared the history of the house as well as pointing out some particularly interesting items but also allowed us plenty of time to wander on our own.

The museum has a wide range of items- from personal possessions of former presidents, to Victorian mourning apparel, to pottery by "Dave the Slave" out of Edgefield, SC.

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit and would recommend anyone who is in town to stop by - you'll be glad you did!
Written 8 August 2018
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Wally R
McCaysville, GA14 contributions
Jun 2018 • Couples
Very interesting museum and the staff is very friendly. All kinds of local history as well as civil war and world war 2. $7 dollars each for adults and well worth it.
Written 16 June 2018
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Thank you for your kind review. We are very glad you enjoyed the museum
Written 21 June 2018
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  • Tue - Sat 10:00 AM - 4:15 PM


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