Just a few steps off the Georgia College campus lies historic downtown Milledgeville. This is not another small, sleepy Georgia town. Downtown is a thriving hub of activity - filled with
specialty shops and restaurants.
- Milledgeville Mainstreet
- Milledgeville-Baldwin County Chamber of Commerce
- Milledgeville Convention & Visitor's Bureau
- City of Milledgeville
Historical Highlights of Milledgeville
Milledgeville was designed as a Capital city and chartered in 1803. It was selected to be the state capital because of its central location and the abundance of natural springs. The Old Capitol Building sits on the campus of Georgia Military College, just a few blocks from the Georgia College campus. Some interesting facts include:
- Pecans, a Georgia commodity, were first grown in Milledgeville.
- Murder, second offense horse stealing, highway robbery and counterfeiting were considered capital offenses in antebellum Milledgeville.
- Sherman's troops poured molasses in the organ pipes of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, a Milledgeville landmark.
Famous People Who Lived in Milledgeville
- Flannery O'Connor, a graduate of Georgia College with a special collection in the library
- Oliver Hardy, of Laurel and Hardy fame
- U.S. Rep. Carl Vinson, known as the "Father of the two-ocean Navy"
- Atlanta: about 90 miles
- Macon: about 40 minutes
- Savannah: about 160 miles