The Old Governor's Mansion in Milledgeville, Georgia, is currently undergoing a major restoration project. When completed, the Mansion will be restored to its 1850 appearance. In conjunction with the restoration project, the Mansion staff has designed a set of lesson plans for 4th and 8th grade Social Studies classes, using primary documents. These documents include private letters, wills, Sanborn maps, money, and report cards. Images of these documents are included so they can be either viewed on-line or downloaded and printed out. Transcripts of some documents are included within the plans. By using these documents, students will not only learn what life was like in the Old Governors' Mansion in the 19th century, they will also learn how to use primary source material to study history.
Please use the following links to access the different lesson plans.
General Instructions Lesson 1, School Days Lesson 2, Sanborn Maps Lesson 3, Reading Wills Lesson 4, Sending for the Doctor Lesson 5, Travelling to Milledgeville Using Maps Lesson 6, Comparing Images Lesson 7, Holidays with the Governors Lesson 8, Money from the Past Lesson 9, Actual Enumeration Lesson 10, Preparing for the New Governor
All of the original documents whose images are contained within this site are the property of either the Georgia State Archives in Atlanta, Georgia, or the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia. Permission has been obtained for the use of all images for this project. The lesson plans themselves are the property of the Old Governor's Mansion in Milledgeville, Georgia and may be freely used for non-profit educational purposes only.
Please visit the Old Governor's Mansion Homepage on the Georgia College & State University Website. Here you will find all the information you need to arrange a tour of the Mansion.
If you are interested in bringing a class to the Mansion for a tour, please visit our
Educational Study Guide for Fourth and Eighth Grade Georgia History Site which contains much useful information about out school tours and related activities.
Or to return to the Main Page of our Educational Resource Site, please click here.
If you have any questions or need assistance accessing the pages or the image files please e-mail either
James C. Turner
Curator of the Old Governor's Mansion
Catherine G. Locks
Electronic Instructional Services
of Georgia College & State University