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Milledgeville, Baldwin, GA

Milledgeville, named after Georgia governor John Milledge (in office 1802–1806), was founded by European Americans at the start of the 19th century as the new centrally located capital of the state of Georgia. It served as the state capital from 1804 to 1868.

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1807 - State capital moved to Milledgeville; boundary between Georgia and North Carolina established

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1854 - Milledgeville
Milledgeville, capital of the state of Georgia, and seat of justice of Baldwin county, is situated on the W. bank of the Oconee river, 158 miles N. W. from Savannah, and 659 miles S. W. from Washington. It is surrounded by a beautiful and fertile cotton country, and contains a number of handsome residences. The Oconee river furnishes excellent water-power here, and was once navigated below by small steamers, but these are now superseded by railroads. A branch rail road, 17 miles long, extends S. to Gordon, on the Central railroad, and another extends in the opposite direction to Eatonton. The state house is a fine Gothic edifice. Milledgeville contains a penitentiary, an arsenal of the state, a court house, 4 or 5 churches, 1 academy, and 1 bank. Five newspapers are published here. Population, about 3500.

A New and Complete Gazetteer of the United States: Giving a Full and Comprehensive Review of the Present Condition, Industry, and Resources of the American Confederacy ... Thomas Baldwin (of Philadelphia.) Joseph Thomas January 1, 1854 Philadelphia : Lippincott, Grambo & Company 1854.
1889 - The Camp Creek Wreck. Cars Wrecked And Passengers Injured. The Rails and the Train Rushes Down Into Disaster - The Number of Casualties Noted.
Milledgeville, Ga., January 30. [Special.] - The Central railroad train due here at 2:20 this afternoon, happened to an accident about five miles below this city, in which several cars were badly wrecked and several people severely injured. The train was a combination of freight and passenger cars, and was made up of six freight cars, a mail and express, baggage and smoking car, and a first-class passenger coach.

The Trestle Gives Way.
The train had left the Stevens Pottery and was speeding with the wind toward this city. When near the trestle over camp creek the tracks spread, and three of the freight cars, together with the mail, baggage and passenger coaches, were precipitated down the embankment, the baggage car falling in the creek and the other cars thrown into a confused mass.

Work was begun at once in rescuing the passengers.

List Of The Injured.
It was found that the mail agent, Mr. Adams, was bruised up considerably and his head badly cut.
Express Messenger Reese ... Read MORE...

1895 - Milledgeville
Mil’ledgeville, a city, the capital of Baldwin co., Ga., is on the Oconee River, and on the Central Railroad of Georgia, at its junction with the Macon & Augusta Rail road, 39 miles E.N.E. of Macon. It was formerly (until about 1867) the capital of the state. It contains a court house, 5 churches, 2 newspaper offices, an academy, and a manufactory of cotton and woollen goods. P. (1890) 3322.
Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ... Joseph Thomas January 1, 1895 J.B. Lippincott
1897 - GEORGIA ASYLUM ON FIRE. NEGRO SECTION OF THE MILLEDGEVILLE INSTITUTION DESTROYED - NO LIVES LOST OWING TO EXCELLENT DISCIPLINE.
Milledgeville, Ga., Nov. 9. - The negro section of the Georgia Insane Asylum burned today. There were within the walls at the time the fire broke out inmates and all over 700 persons, but the efficiency of administration was such that no lives were lost.

The group of buildings constituting the section covered about four acres. The fire started in the attic above one of the wards on the east side, and was discovered by DR. OETALL, who was attending one of the patients. The fire walls of the building did not extend to the roof, and as a consequence the fire traveled under the roof and dropped the sparks below. The tiers being divided by solid brick walls, the progress of the fire was slow, but very steady, about ten hours elapsing before it was checked. Portions of the section were saved, but the major part was gutted. The asylum water service was excellent, and was reinforced by engines from the Fire Department of Macon, thirty miles away which were brought here upon a special... Read MORE...

1906
Milledgeville, a banking city, the capital of Baldwin co., Ga., is on the Oconee River and on the Georgia and Central of Georgia Rs., 32 miles NE. of Macon. It was formerly the capital of the state. It is the seat of the Georgia Military College and of the State Normal and Industrial College. Two miles distant is the State Lunatic Asylum. Milledgeville has grist and cotton-seed oil mills, etc. Pop. in 1900, 4219.
Lippincott's New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns ... in Every Portion of the Globe Publisher J.B. Lippincott Company, 1906
2023 - Here's a list of places to go and things to do in and around Milledgeville:
Andalusia Farm: Visit the home of famous Southern writer Flannery O'Connor. The farm offers tours, and you can explore the grounds that inspired many of O'Connor's works.

Georgia's Old Governor's Mansion: Take a tour of this stunning antebellum mansion, which served as the state's executive residence from 1838 to 1868. It's a National Historic Landmark and showcases Greek Revival architecture.

Central State Hospital Museum: Learn about the history of mental health treatment in Georgia at the museum located on the grounds of the old Central State Hospital. The museum is dedicated to preserving the stories of the hospital and its impact on mental health care.

Lockerly Arboretum: If you enjoy nature, visit this beautiful arboretum and gardens. It features walking trails, historic trees, and lovely gardens, making it a peaceful and educational experience.

Milledgeville Historic District: Stroll through the historic district and admire the well-preserved antebellum... Read MORE...

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male ancestorAbner HAMMOND (25 January 1762, Richmond, Virginia, USA - 9 July 1829, Milledgeville, Georgia, USA)
female ancestorSarah DUDLEY (24 December 1792, Petersburg, Dinwiddie, Virginia, USA - 26 August 1865, Milledgeville, Georgia, USA)
male ancestorMoses "Tomlinson" FORT (17 March 1782, Warren County, Georgia, USA - 8 December 1845, Milledgeville, Georgia, USA)
male ancestorCharles Wyllys BUTLER (25 February 1800, - 24 May 1824, Milledgeville, Georgia, USA)
male ancestorJohn HAMMOND (28 September 1811, Louisville, Bacon, Georgia, USA - 13 November 1885, Milledgeville, Georgia, USA)
female ancestorCaroline Susannah FORT (22 September 1816, Twiggs County, Georgia, USA - 3 December 1893, Milledgeville, Georgia, USA)
photo of James Knox Polk HAMMONDJames Knox Polk HAMMOND (30 June 1849, Milledgeville, Georgia, USA - 28 December 1902, Griffin, Spalding Georgia, USA)
male ancestorBenjamin Ed YOUMANS (10/20/1917, Port Royal, South Carolina, USA - 12/26/2001, Milledgeville, Georgia, USA)

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