Colonial Midway Museum

Location: Midway, Georgia

Webpage: Museum

General Description: Reconstructed in the pattern of a raised cottage style house typical of the 18th century, the Colonial Midway Museum was built in the 1950s to be the home of the museum.  Along with the Midway Congregational Church and an exterior kitchen, the personal tour of the house is a trip into the past.  The house if filled with colonial period through civil war furnishings and artifacts.  The tour guides are knowledgeable about the history and famous people of Sunbury, Midway, and Liberty County and have many stories to relate to visitors.  Especially during the colonial period the town of Sunbury, which was burned during the Revolutionary War, Fort Morris that protected the harbor, and the Midway Meeting House was the home of many of the important political figures in Georgia.  Among these were the three signers of the Declaration of Independence from Georgia; Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, and George Walton.  The museum also includes historical texts and genealogical records of the original families and their descendents.

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Impressions:

1) The house is laid out with period furnishings in each room and a number of artifacts donated by the original families in the county.

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2) The Midway Congregational Church was built just after the Civil War and includes a balcony built for the slave servants interested in participating in the sermons of the time.

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3) Our personal tour guide was outstanding.  We were just about the only visitors so we had her full attention.  We learned a lot about the history of Sunbury, Midway, and Liberty County from the tour guide.  She was very knowledgeable and knew a lot of stories about the families and ministers.  We spent 3 hours interacting with our tour guide, learned a lot of history, and enjoyed our discussions.  I would certainly recommend the museum to anyone interested in the Colonial Period, Revolutionary War in Georgia, or the Civil War at the end of Sherman’s March to the Sea.  Her stories about the occupation by Union troops at the end of the Civil War were distressing.

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