Historic Homes, Museum, Travel

Colonial Midway Museum

History of the Museum: The Midway Museum is a reproduction of an 18th century plantation cottage that was constructed in the mid 20th century. It was designed in a raised style due to the high water table in the area and is typical of early homes in this area of Georgia. The architect of the building, Thomas G. Little, had worked at Colonial Williamsburg and used his experience there to reproduce the style of a typical colonial home. The building resembles an Inn in Riceboro where stage coaches often stopped. 

The Museum is set up as an early 18th-century home would have been, and contains furnishings, artwork, documents, jewelry, clothing, and artifacts from the 18th century stretching to the early 20th century. 

The Museum was built in 1959 through the efforts of a group of women, many of them descendants of the Midway Church members, along with the St. Johns Parish Chapter of the Daughters of American Colonists and the United Daughters of the Confederacy. The State of Georgia matched the funds, and operated the Museum, but decided to close it in 1980 and divide the artifacts among other Georgia sites. A joint effort among the people of Midway, Liberty County, and the State of Georgia resulted in the Museum being turned over to a Board of Governors instead, and it has been operated privately since then. It is a non-profit organization that receives no County, State or Federal funding, and survives only through the generosity of donors, plus the revenues from tours, special events, the gift shop, and event rentals.

My Review: The Midway Museum is a time capsule that allows the guests to explore the settlement and founding of the Colony of Georgia as well as the part Georiga played in the American Revolution. Most house museums focus on the family that lived in them, but since The Midway Museum is a recreation of an 18th century home, and no one has ever lived in it, the focus is on all the prominent members of the Midway Community from the 18th and 19th century. Which was fascinating, but at times confusing since there was a lot of intermarriages between the families. But I really feel like I gained a historic understanding of the area that was so influential to the founding of Georiga, and it was interesting to see how many names of influential people can be traced back to this area.

One thing that I was slightly disappointed about was that the Midway Museum website would lead one to believe the Midway Church is part of the museum, while it is not. We were still able to visit the outside of the chruch, but were not able to go in. Also the cemetery that is apart of the museum was not open the day we visited, so we were only able to see the outside wall.

I would recommend visiting the museum if you are interested in early Georgia History or American Revolutionary War history. It is a beautiful and fascinating place.

I have made a video of my time here that you can watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1xUk4I8P7IE

Information from: https://www.themidwaymuseum.org/about-the-museum/

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