Get a glimpse inside Rockwell Mansion for a good cause this weekend
It's one of the oldest and grandest homes in all of Middle Georgia, and this weekend the community will have a chance to check it out.
"Rockwell Day" is all set for this Saturday between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Rockwell Mansion on Allen Memorial Drive.
"Tour one of Milledgeville's finest historic houses, beautiful Rockwell Mansion, once home to Gov. Hershael V. Johnson," wrote event organizers. "Recently restored, this 192-year-old mansion has stories to share. Enjoy a house tour and a delicious picnic basket lunch on Rockwell's spacious grounds while enjoying the music provided by Fall Line Rambler."
Tickets can be purchased HERE and are also available at the Exchange Bank in the Kroger shopping center, the CVB, Grants Jewelers or the Just Imagine Cottage.
All proceeds will benefit the Georgia Old Capital Heritage Center at the Depot, which is the new museum project on the campus of Central State Hospital.
The United States Department of the Interior first placed the Rockwell Mansion on its National Registry of Historic Places list in 1978.
“The significance of Rockwell House is architectural. Its doorway, with it’s graceful elliptical fanlight and curving stairway, reflect the finest of the Federal Milledgeville houses,” according to the original National Registry application.
The mansion was completed in 1812 and built for Samuel Rockwell, a New York-born attorney who lived in Milledgeville. The home later was used as a second residence for the governor during Milledgeville's antebellum capital days.
A group of investors purchased the home several years ago for $319,000. The home was purchased from local woman Joanne Ogden. Ogden and her late husband – Cecil – bought the house and surrounding 12 acres in 1971.
After extensive renovations, the house originally was rented out to college students, but now it's an AirBnB.