Feeling like Spring

Sunday, April 3, 2011

For our third week in Georgia, we wanted to see more of the local culture and area that we are living by. We began our exploration in Milledgeville GA. Milledgeville is the closest town to where we are staying. It was the first capital of Georgia until it was moved later to Atlanta. Our first stop in Milledgeville was Lockerly Hall. This home was a larger plantation that was built in 1839. It is one of the few homes that have been preserved in Milledgeville. Many of the homes were burnt in the civil war. It is said to be haunted, but we didn't run into any ghosts on our visit.

The next stop was the old Capital building. The building looks like a castle and we had hoped to go up into it, but unfortunately it is only open on the trolley tour and the trolley was broken when we went for it. Even though the upper building tour didn't happen, we did get to see a larger museum with civil war information and artifacts.

After we had visited those two places, we headed over to Macon Georgia to see the Cherry Blossom festival and to visit the Hay House. While we were looking around the town in Macon, we came across one of the older churches in the area and took some of these inspiring shots.

The Hay house was very nice looking. It was designed to look like an Italian mansion. To save money they painted many of the walls to look like wood or like marble. It was some of the best facade painting I have seen in a home. I kept thinking that the walls were carved out marble, or the walls detailed wood, but it turned out to be painting most of the time. We weren't able to take pictures inside, but here is what we did get. If you ever go to Georgia, I recommend you visit this house.

After spending our time in Macon, we headed outside of the town to see a local festival, the Cherry Blossom Festival. It was a local gathering much like heritage days in Utah. It is beautiful to see the plants flowering everywhere in Georgia at this time. One of the coolest things we saw was the hot air balloons at the Cherry Blossom Festival. They didn't take off, but instead lit up like giant Christmas lights. That was the end of our day, we experienced a little bit of the local culture, the events, and really enjoyed it.


Grandma Mecham said...

SO FUN!!! I hope that you have as much excitement touring all these places as I do looking at the pictures and enjoying your notes about them. Sure hope you know how fortunate you are to be able to do this! It is something that most people would only be able to dream about. Thanks so much for sharing with us!

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