Some of you might remember the post that I did last year in celebration of Georgia Day. If you missed it, you can see the table that I set with my friend Susie's beautiful Georgia Plates here. This year on February 21st, I traveled to Milledgeville, Georgia to celebrate with my Daughters of the American Revolution chapter. I am a little late in posting this, but I could not resist sharing it with you, anyway.
The plate shown above was one of the Georgia Plates used at the head table for our celebration this year. It shows James Oglethorpe, who founded the Georgia colony.
Milledgeville is a beautiful and historic city. It was the state capital of Georgia from 1804 to 1868. This photo is of the Old Capitol Building on the campus of Georgia Military College. Actually, the first building was damaged by fire in 1941 and rebuilt to look like the original.
Here is photograph of the Old Governor's Mansion, which is now part of Georgia College and State University. It is worth a trip to Milledgeville just to see this Greek Revival building and tour the the interior, especially the gorgeous dome ceiling. It is a treasure!
Another historic building in Milledgeville is St. Stephens Episcopal Church. It was incorporated in 1841 and was damaged, during Sherman's occupation of Milledgeville. Syrup was poured down the organ pipes. In addition, the roof and stained glass windows were damaged, when a nearby magazine and arsenal were blown-up by the northern soldiers, as they left to continue their "March to the Sea". However, Milledgeville was spared from having been burned!! So for that, we are thankful!
The reason that I included St. Stephens is that our Georgia Day brunch was held in the modern addition of the old church.
As I mentioned previously, the head table was set with the gorgeous pink Georgia Plates (they, also, are produced in blue). The other tables were set with Churchill "Blue Willow" plates, which were provided by my dear daughter who is, also, a member of this chapter. The favors on the plates were cookies cut out in the shape of Georgia and decorated beautifully. All of these were made by one member. What a nice surprise! The food for brunch was provided by other N.S.D.A.R. members and delicious. My contributions were cheddar and bacon muffins. I forgot to take photos, though.
We had two state officers who were able to join us. This is one of them bringing greetings from the other officers who could not attend, since they were with other chapters for Georgia Day celebrations.
Even though, this was not an official meeting, our lovely Regent, Amelia, handled the business of the day.
We had an amazing speaker who is retired from the military and a history professor at Georgia Military College. As a history major in college, I love a speaker who makes history interesting and fun. He, definitely, fell into that category.
We had a few surprise visitors from the past...
Wow, it that Daniel Boone with a coonskin hat? No, it was just a member of the John Milledge chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution who joined us for the day.
We had three new members to join our chapter the day of our celebration. One of them, I have known for so many years, but I had not seen her for quite a while. Our daughters used to dance together and we had fun reminiscing about happy times. Her mother was, also, a member here and was a dear friend of mine, before we lost her a few years ago.
Here is the display honoring our chapter, which is named for Nancy Morgan Hart. For those of you who are not familiar with Georgia history, Nancy Hart is a very famous figure from the American Revolution. You can read about this brave woman here. I am proud to be a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and, especially, this chapter named for such an incredible woman.
This young lady on the right was present to represent the C.A.R. or Children of the American Revolution. The Milledgeville chapter is named for Sukey Hart, who was one of Nancy Hart's children.
What a wonderful day I had at this lovely event! I lived in Milledgeville for 14 years and have many friends there still. It was made more enjoyable by the fact that my daughter and I could spend time together. All in all, it was a great day - happy birthday, Georgia!!