Georgia's Old Capital Museum
At The Depot
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Our Museum is an integral part of the City of Milledgeville, Baldwin County and State of Georgia’s commitment to preserving Georgia’s rich history that dates back to 10,000 BC. Since its founding in 2004, the mission of Georgia's Old Capital Museum Society, Inc., is to identify, interpret, preserve, and communicate the historic and cultural heritage of Milledgeville, Baldwin County, and the Oconee River basin through its museums and educational programs. Shown are students visiting the Brown/Stetson-Sanford house for the "War Comes to the Capital" tour in conjunction with their study of GA history.
Meet our Team:
David A. Wells, Jr., Lt Colonel, USAF (Ret) - President
David has been involved with Georgia’s Old Capital Museum since 1998 and served on the original Board of Trustees. He holds a BA in English from the University of Georgia, a Master’s in Education from Campbell University, and a Geriatric Care Manager Certificate from Kaplan University. David had a 21-year career as an aviator in the US Air Force and retired as a Lt Colonel. After completing his military career, he was Technology Director for the Baldwin County School System, a lecturer at Georgia College and State University, and owned a senior healthcare business in Milledgeville.
Carol Grant - Vice President
Carol is a life-long resident of Baldwin County and is serving her third year on the Museum Society Board of Trustees. She holds a BA degree in Art from Queens University of Charlotte, NC and Masters in Education from Georgia College and State University. Carol is the founder of the St Stephen’s Episcopal Church Day School and acted as teacher and director for 29 years.
Paul Dean - Treasurer
Paul is a long-time resident of Milledgeville and is serving his third year as a member of the Museum Society Board of Trustees. He holds a BA from Campbell University and a MPA from Georgia College and State University. He retired as the Central Georgia Area Manager for Windstream after 43 years in the telecommunications industry. Since retirement Paul is an active volunteer in various charitable and civic organizations such as the Milledgeville Soup Kitchen.
Sara Smith Brantley - Trustee
Sara is a long-time resident of Milledgeville and has served on the Museum Society Board of Trustees for 8 years and currently serves as secretary. She holds a BA degree from Georgia College and State University and is the owner of two successful businesses in Milledgeville. Sara is a dedicated community volunteer with service in the following capacities:
• Docent at the Old Capital Museum.
• Docent at Rose Hill.
• Trolley Tour guide with the Milledgeville Convention and Visitors Bureau.
• Facilitator for Road Scholar Programs.
• Meals on Wheels volunteer.
• Meals on Wheels Board Member.
• Author of the “Milledgeville Memories” Facebook page.
Lynwood F. Chandler - Trustee
Lyn is a life-long Milledgeville resident and is serving his first term as a Trustee of the Museum Society Board. He attended Georgia Military College Junior College, Georgia College and State University, and the University of Georgia where he earned degrees in business Administration and Educational Leadership. He began his career in education at Baldwin High School where he served as a classroom teacher, Vocational Director, Assistant Principal and Principal. Since retirement Lyn serves on the Baldwin County Board of Education (past president), Chamber of Commerce (past president), Housing Authority and the Family Treatment Advisory Board. His civic interests include Rotary Club, United Way and Big Brothers & Big Sisters.
David Dyer - Trustee
David is a long-time resident of Milledgeville and is serving his first term as a member of the Museum Society Board of Trustees. He attended Georgia Southern University and holds a degree in Business Administration from Georgia College and State University. David had a successful career in banking and finance as CEO of First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Milledgeville, President and CEO of Empire Financial Services Inc., a regional commercial mortgage lender, and as an independent business consultant. His civic and charitable contributions include District Chairman of State Star Student Program, John Milledge Academy Trustee, Georgia College and State University Trustee, Chamber of Commerce Board, and Georgia Savings and Loan League.
Tony Fraley - Trustee
Tony is a native of Milledgeville and is serving his first term as a member of the Museum Society Board of Trustees. He attended Georgia Military College and holds a degree in Theology from the American Theological Seminary. He also completed work at the Georgia Baptist Institute and the Interdenominational Institute of Atlanta. Tony is very involved in the local community including service on the Georgia Military College Board of Trustees, former President of the Baldwin County 21st Century Ministerial Alliance, River Bend Correctional Facility Director, Milledgeville-Baldwin County SCLC Grievance Coordinator, Milledgeville-Baldwin County NAACP Vice President, Masonic Lodge #159, former Salvation Army Director, and youngest inductee into the Steel Workers Union Hall of Fame.
Leah Gillett - Trustee
Leah is originally from Roswell, Georgia and is serving her first term as a member of the Museum Society Board of Trustees. She holds a BA in Psychology from Georgia College and State University. Leah is the Chief of Creative Operations of the Milledgeville-Baldwin County Chamber of Commerce.
Tom Glover - Trustee
Tom is a native of Washington County, Georgia and his family moved to Milledgeville in 2006. He is serving his first term as a member of the Museum Society Board of Trustees. Tom attended Georgia Institute of Technology and received a degree in Computer Science from Southern Polytechnic State University. He is the founder and CEO of Cogentes, an information technology company, and the first Gold Level Bicycle Friendly Company in Georgia. Tom is very active in civic organizations including the Chamber of Commerce Board (Chair in 2016), Oconee River Greenway Foundation, Georgia College and State University IT Advisory Board, Bike Walk Baldwin (President), Leadership Baldwin, and the Middle Georgia Leadership Champions.
Carol Goings - Trustee
Carol is a career educator and is serving her first term as a Trustee on the Museum Society Board of Trustees. She holds an Education Specialist degree from Georgia College and State University and a Master of Education degree from the University of Louisiana. After service as a classroom teacher, Assistant Principal, and Principal, Carol currently serves as Elementary Instructional Specialist and Gifted Coordinator for the Baldwin County School District. She annually coordinates special visits for students at Georgia’s Old Capital Museum, the Brown Stetson Sanford House, the Natural History Museum at Georgia College and State University, and various other museums in Georgia.
Ian McMullen - Trustee
Ian is a native of Milledgeville and is serving his second year as a member of the Museum Society Board of Directors. He is a graduate of Georgia College and State University and Mercer University’s Walter F. George School of Law where he was a member of Mercer Law Review and the Journal of Southern Legal History. Ian’s civic activities include Milledgeville Jaycees, Benevolent Lodge #3 F&AM, Lockerly Arboretum Board and the Georgia College and State University Governor’s Society.
Shannon New-Diaz - Trustee
Shannon is a long-term resident of Milledgeville and is serving her first term as a Trustee on the Museum Society Board of Trustees. She holds a BS in Recreation from Georgia College and State University with a specialty in Therapeutic Recreation. Shannon has served almost 40 years in the mental health field as an Activity Therapy Coordinator and Therapeutic Recreation Specialist. She is currently the Baldwin County Coordinator for Special Olympics and is the liaison with Central State Hospital, Oconee Center, and Special Olympics of Georgia.
Dr. Noris Price, Ph.D. - Trustee
Dr. Price moved to Milledgeville in 2014 to assume the position of Superintendent of Baldwin County Schools following a successful term as Deputy Superintendent of the Clarke County, Georgia School District. She is serving her first term as a member of the Museum Society Board of Trustees. Dr. Price holds a BS in Elementary Education from Wilmington College in Ohio, a Masters in Elementary Education from Lehman College of the City University of New York, and a Doctor of Education Leadership from Nova Southeastern University in Florida. Her numerous civic contributions include service on the Georgia’s Children’s Cabinet, Chamber of Commerce Board, United Way Board, Development Authority of Milledgeville and Baldwin County, and Georgia School Boards Association Trustee. Governor Deal recently appointed Dr. Price to serve on the Georgia Education Reform Commission.
Tom Torrance, Colonel US Army (Ret) - Trustee
Tom grew up in Baldwin County and is serving his first year as a Museum Society Trustee. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Master of Science in Administration from Georgia College and State University. Tom retired as a Colonel in the Field Artillery Branch of the US Army where he attended various leadership training courses and received awards and commendations including the Distinguished Service Medal, Silver Star, Defense Superior Service Medal, Bronze Star and the Legion of Merit. After retirement, he served as Operations Manager for Northrop Grumman Corporation in Huntsville, AL. Tom and his family returned to Milledgeville in 2016.
Amy Johnson Wright-Executive Director
Amy is a fifth-generation native of Milledgeville. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Georgia College, a Masters of Arts degree in Art History from Georgia State University, and a Ph.D. in Art and Architectural History from Florida State University. At Georgia State University, Amy taught art history to graduate and undergraduate students and in 2003 was voted “Most Valuable Teacher.” In 2007, Amy joined the Board of Trustees of Georgia’s Old Capital Museum and in 2009 accepted the position of Executive Director. As Executive Director, she has created and developed “Chipmunk Tours”, “War Comes to the Capital” tours, iPod tours, curated 7 exhibits, developed community and state partnerships, organized and managed the fundraising and the relocation of the museum from the Old Capitol Building, and developed the vision and location for the relocated museum. Amy is active in a number of civic and community organizations.
Shown below, (left), Dr. Amy Wright, Executive Director, and Sally Holmes (right), Museum Manager, in the Museum’s new offices in the Cottage
Sally Holmes - Museum Manager
Sally has served as the Museum Manger since October 2008. She has lived in Milledgeville for ten years after her husband retired from a 21-year career in the U.S. Navy. She worked many years for Defense Finance and Accounting and for a trade association in Washington D.C. She was appointed by an Orange County Florida County Commissioner to sit on the Charter Review Commission in Orlando, PTA President for multiple years and served on the Avalon Park HOA and as their Events Chair in a community of 5,000 homes. She attended Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma and Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with an Early Childhood Education major. She continues to work as a volunteer with numerous civic and community projects.
Shown above, (Left), Dr. Amy Wright, Executive Director, Center, Life-size Poster of General Peter Boylan, (Former President of GMC), and left, Sally Holmes, Museum Manager.
We appreciate our Community Stakeholders
• City of Milledgeville Baldwin County Commission
• Milledgeville-Baldwin County Chamber of Commerce
• Central State Hospital Local Redevelopment Authority
• Milledgeville Convention & Visitors Bureau
Our History of Service to Our Community and the State of Georgia:
1999, Georgia’s Antebellum Capitol Museum Society (GACMS) was established with the goal of building a museum of regional history on the ground floor of the Old Capitol Building in Milledgeville, GA.
2003, the Old Capital Historical Society merged with GACMS, and the Museum Society took ownership of the 1825 Brown-Stetson-Sanford House (BSSH) in the Historic District of Milledgeville.
2004, the name was changed to Georgia’s Old Capital Museum Society (GOCMS), to reflect the Museum’s expanded mission and Georgia’s Old Capital Museum opened to the public.
2006-2016, the Museum served over 90,000 visitors with an economic impact on this area of $4,193,482 (2009-2016).
Our 10 galleries that will be moved into the Depot, recount regional history from 10,000 BC through the early twentieth century. Events such as the Georgia Day Celebration, “Evenings with History” lecture series, the Anniversary of General Lafayette’s 1824 visit to Milledgeville, summer history camps, Artifact Identification Day, rotating exhibits (“Georgia Military College: Duty, Honor, Country”, “Cotton: The Common Thread”, “Tenting Tonight: Letters from Georgia Soldiers”, “From Broomstick to Musket: Women of the South, 1861-1865”), re-enactments of events in regional history, dramas, concerts, educational tours, and “Chipmunk Tours” for the younger set continue to draw crowds.
2017, Our Best Year Yet! The Museum moved to its new location at the former Central State Hospital campus, renovated “The Just Imagine Cottage,” and launched the renovation of the Depot building renovation project.
Our New Home
Last Spring, the Museum moved from the Old Capitol Building to its new location at the former Central State Hospital campus in Milledgeville, GA. Our supporters raised $130,000 and we renovated “The Just Imagine Cottage.”
Exciting News--Georgia's Old Capital Museum has relocated to the former Central State Hospital campus in Milledgeville, Georgia. The Museum offices and meeting rooms are in the beautifully remodeled “Just Imagine Cottage.” Our new name, Georgia’s Old Capital Museum at the Depot reflects our goal to renovate the 13,000 sf historic train depot adjacent to the Cottage for exhibits and a community theater.
Please note--The Museum owns and operates the historic Brown-Stetson-Sanford House in downtown Milledgeville. Click here for information on tours and rental of this beautiful museum house for your next event or holiday party.