The Midway Museum

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  2. May 6, 2013 3:39 am

The Midway Museum

The Midway Museum, a raised cottage-style home like so many built on the Georgian coast in the 1800s, has been the inspiration for many renovations due to its classic southern architectural appeal. The Museum houses an impressive collection of artwork, furnishings, documents and genealogical reference books donated by many prominent colonial families that celebrate Liberty’s long and colorful history. The Midway Museum is also unique as Georgia’s only colonial-era museum.

The original inhabitants were rice farmers who built a strong agricultural economy, but when freedom beckoned they were the first in Georgia to answer the call, earning their new county the name of Liberty. Historic landmarks immediately surrounding the Midway Museum include the Midway Church and the Midway Cemetery. Among those buried there are two generals of the Revolutionary War. In 1915, a large monument was dedicated to the two men in the center of the cemetery. During the Civil War, General Sherman set up headquarters and kept his army’s animals in the cemetery corralled behind its walls.

The Midway Church was originally built in 1756, but was destroyed by fire during the American Revolution. It was rebuilt in 1792, and is the structure presently standing. Every year in April, the Midway Society holds a service in remembrance of their town’s original settlement. The church and the cemetery were both added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.

The Midway Museum is often the backdrop for various events from formal weddings to outdoor pig roasts. Between the classic southern architecture and regal old trees dotting lawns awash with flowers, you can’t ask for a better setting for a party or a day trip.

For more information on the Midway Museum, please see http://www.themidwaymuseum.org/


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