Washington in Wilkes County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Washington-Wilkes Historical Museum
This museum shows the splendors of plantation life in Georgia before the War Between the States, displays relics, mementos and keepsakes of the era that tried men’s souls, and adds a fine collection of Indian relics for variety.
Washington had many ties with the Confederacy. The Confederate Cabinet held its last meeting just down the street. President Jefferson Davis met his wife and daughter in this city at the end of the war. Mr. Davis’ field desk and camp chest are on display. The well named Last Cabinet Chapter of the U.D.C. has on display many precious keepsakes and mementos of the war, together with Joe Brown Pikes, guns, swords, pistols, documents, and pictures.
The big house dates back to about 1800. It was occupied after 1857 by Samuel Barnett, first Georgia Railroad Commissioner, and W.A. Slaton, forty-year occupant. Washington’s benefactor, Dr. Francis T. Willis, half-brother of Mr. Barnett, lived with him here. Francis T. Willis moved to Richmond, Va., in his later years but told his sons that he wanted his ante-bellum furniture returned to Washington when there was a place for it. Edward Fauntleroy Willis, brought the furniture from Richmond. It makes a beautiful display.
Erected 1960 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 157-31.)
Marker series. Georgia Historical Society/Commission, and the United Daughters of the Confederacy marker series.
Location. 33° 44.155′ N, 82° 43.912′ W. Marker is in Washington, Georgia, in Wilkes County. Marker is at the intersection of East Robert Toombs Avenue (Business U.S. 78) and Groves Street, on the right when traveling east on East Robert Toombs Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 308 East Robert Toombs Avenue, Washington GA 30673, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Historic Dugas Home (within shouting distance of this marker); K.A. Wilheit House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Sims-Beggs House (about 400 feet away); Wisteria Hall (about 400 feet away); Queen Anne Style (about 500 feet away); Tarver-Maynard House (about 700 feet away); Home of Robert Toombs (about 700 feet away); Oliver S. Dyson House (about 700 feet away); Wynne-Randall (about 800 feet away); Dyson House (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Washington.
Also see . . . Washington Historical Museum. Museum's web page. (Submitted on January 16, 2010, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.)
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