Washington Historical Museum

Washington Historical Museum



About Us

The Washington Historical Museum, located in beautiful historic Washington, Georgia, contains an intimate collection of artifacts, memorabilia and antiques representing more than 200 years of history in Washington and Wilkes County, Georgia.

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 and 100 acres was sold to Samuel Barnett, the first Georgia Railroad Commissioner. Samuel enlarged the house by adding front parlor rooms, hallways and a main staircase to accommodate a growing family and his visitors. Samuel's family lived in the house until the death of his daughter, Mrs. Edwards McKendree Bounds in 1913. The rooms are furnished and authentically decorated with antiques dating to the mid 1800's.

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 and 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 Entrance and Parking are in back.

Admission: Adult $7, Kids $5 and Group Discount for 15 or more - $5 per person


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