August 2020
“Ramp It Up” Project Underway
The bulldozers arrived bright and early on July 24th to remove the old sidewalks and begin work on the three exterior ramps that will provide access from The Depot parking lot to the front doors of the building. On Monday morning, July 27th, members of the Board of Trustees for Georgia’s Old Capital Heritage Center, representatives from the Chamber of Commerce and community supporters gathered for an official groundbreaking.

President Carl Goings shared a brief history of the Baldwin 2000+ Committee that first conceived the idea of creating a museum of regional history to celebrate Baldwin County’s 200th anniversary. From the museum, located for 17 years in the Old Capitol Building, that idea flowered into a regional heritage center in The Depot. Mrs. James Baugh, “Beegee”, one of the original members of the Baldwin 2000+ Committee, was thanked for her vision and commitment to the museum and now the Depot Project.  

The Depot is located on the campus of the former Central State Hospital. It was built in 1891 with three later additions and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The building is owned by Georgia’s Old Capital Heritage Center at The Depot, Inc., and is under renovation for a regional heritage center.

The Ramp It Up Project is funded by Georgia Gives Day 2019 donations, supporters of the Heritage Center, and a generous grant from the Milledgeville Town Committee of the National Society of the Colonial Dames-Georgia.
There's a lot of Clicking Going On
If you visited The Oconee River Greenway during July, you would have noticed cameras clicking away. 

Participants in the GOCHC Photo Scavenger Hunt at The Greenway followed photographs to locate 15 sites along the river where they posed and made selfies. Photographs were accompanied by a text that provided a history of each site. 

On August 3rd, $50 prizes were awarded to the first team to turn in a winning entry, to the team turning in the most creative selfies, and to the team chosen in a random drawing from all those teams who entered the Scavenger Hunt. 
International Hang A Quilt Day
The shut down caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has created a void in quilt shows and exhibits around the world. On Saturday, September 12, local quilters are encouraged to participate in INTERNATIONAL HANG A QUILT DAY. Display one or more of your quilts outdoors or inside through a window so people passing by can enjoy your art. Encourage others to participate.

Send us a picture of your quilt to post on Facebook: Georgia’s Old Capital Heritage Center along with pictures of quilts from our collection at the Brown-Stetson-Sanford House. Be sure to share the story behind your quilt and its patterns. 
From the Brown-Stetson-Sanford House Collection
Miss Katherine Scott's Dollhouse
The dollhouse in the Child’s Room at the Brown-Stetson-Sanford House dates from 1897-1900. It was made by soldiers at Ft. McPherson in Atlanta for Miss Katherine Scott (1894-1988) while her father, Maj. Albert B. Scott, was acting Commandant of the fort and her family lived there. It was donated to the Brown-Stetson-Sanford House by the Milledgeville Town Committee of the National Society of the Colonial Dames-Georgia in 1999. Visit Facebook: Georgia’s Old Capital Heritage Center to see more pictures of this unique dollhouse.

First built in the 17th century in northern Europe, early miniature houses were not things to play with but rather for adults to show off their collections of miniature objects in private. All metal dollhouses without ornamentation appeared in the 17th century in Nuremberg. The kitchen contained a hearth, cooking pots, and a straw broom that mothers used to teach daughters how to run a household.
Only after the industrial revolution and the increase in mass-produced objects were dollhouses and miniatures looked at as toys.

After World War II, the United States began mass producing affordable dollhouses, and interest exploded, remaining high until the 1970s. In the last few years, however, interest in dollhouses and miniatures has been on the rise. Many adults that loved tiny things as children are reclaiming dollhouses, and younger generations are enthralled with the world of dollhouses and miniatures.

Share your Dollhouse Story. Send pictures of your dollhouse and we will post them on our Facebook page: Georgia’s Old Capital Heritage Center at The Depot, Inc.

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Enjoy the same convenient shopping experience of with the added bonus that a portion of your purchase is donated to the Heritage Center.