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Mansion offers women of the Antebellum South tours

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August 17, 2012

The Old Governor’s Mansion at Georgia College will explore the lifestyles of both free and enslaved women of the Antebellum South during specialty tours this fall.

“Power Behind the Throne: Women at Georgia’s Old Governor’s Mansion 1839-1868” will give an in-depth look into the lives of 19th-century women and complex issues surrounding their customs, gender roles and social expectations.

“Visitors will gain a better understanding about the lifestyle differences between first ladies, young girls and enslaved females, including nursemaids, stewards and servants,” said Matt Davis, mansion curator. “We will also explore their fashion, educational rights and roles within the mansion’s various rooms.”

The Old Governor’s Mansion served as home to eight Georgia governors between 1839 and 1868. The Greek Revival mansion became a National Historic Landmark during 1973. Beginning 2001, it underwent a $9 million restoration, re-opening during 2005.

During 2012, the American Association of Museums awarded AAM Museum Accreditation to the mansion, recognizing it as a national leader in the field.

The specialty tours take up to two hours and can accommodate up to 25 people.

The cost: $15, adults; $8, seniors; $10, adult groups; and $4, students, plus tax.

Reservations are required. Call 478-445-4545.

ABOUT GEORGIA COLLEGE: Georgia College, the state’s designated Public Liberal Arts University, combines the educational experience expected at esteemed private liberal arts colleges with the affordability of public higher education. Its four colleges – arts and sciences, business, education and health sciences – provide 6,600 undergraduate and graduate students with an exceptional learning environment that extends beyond the classroom, with hands-on involvement with faculty research, community service, study abroad and myriad internships.

Founded in 1889, Georgia College boasts one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation with Corinthian columns fronting red brick buildings and wide open green spaces. Georgia College also offers graduate education at the historic Jefferson building in downtown Macon, at Robins Air Force Base and online.

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For more information, contact University Communications at (478) 445-4477.