Cities and Towns in
Your travel source with a personal
visit to Westville is a walk back into the time as you experience life as it was
in a Southern town of 1850. Westville is a living history museum which has been
authentically rebuilt with over 30 pre-Civil War buildings complete with
furnishings. There are also costumed interpreters who will show and explain what
life was like in a typical 1850 west Georgia village.
Westville is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
Westville is closed on Mondays, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas.
Westville will be closed January 1 through January 7.
Westville is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
Westville will be closed January 1 through January 7.
Admission prices are very reasonable, as you can see
by the chart below. And, if you live within easy driving distance, why not get a
Family Membership so you can visit whenever you want and take advantage of all
of the special events held in Westville throughout the year.
|General Admission Adults
|Seniors, College Students
Group rates available upon request.
Call Toll Free: (888) 733-1850
Locally: (229) 838-6310
Address: Westville PO Box 1850 Lumpkin, GA 31815
Directions to Westville
Westville is located one mile south of Lumpkin, Georgia on
US27. If you need further assistance on how to get to Westville, you can contact
Westville toll-free at 1-(888) SEE-1850.
Although the footing in Westville would be difficult for some people, a portion of Westville's structures are wheelchair accessible.
These would include the gift store, rest
rooms, blacksmith shop, pottery shop, courthouse, Climax church. Some of the
seasonal outdoor events, such as candle making and period baseball are
accessible. They also have two electric carriers that can be reserved by phoning
Each year they also feature a handicapped drive-through day.
See " Events."
Walk with me as we meander through the dusty streets of Westville.
|As you drive through the gates of Westville,
which is located just a short ways south of the town square of Lumpkin, you
leave the world of today far behind you. Drive down the hill to the parking
lot, find a shady place for the car, and begin your walk through this
outdoor museum of life as it was in 1850.
|From your car it is just a short walk down
the path to the general store, the
Store, where you purchase your entrance ticket
and some "Westville Script," the only money that is good in the town. Be
sure to exchange some of your American dollars for the script so you will be
able to buy some homemade gingerbread or lemonade in the town. There are
also other snack items available in the town that can only be purchased with
As you walk the path to the general store you
will want to take a few minutes to see the inside of the church on your left.
Damascus Methodist Church
was moved here from the city of Damascus. You will especially enjoy the
wonderfully painted ceilings of the church.
|After walking down the wooden steps of the
general store, you will walk through the small garden area then through the
Singer Gates into the town.
The Singer Gates is a replica of the gates that were
located on the old State Capitol grounds in Milledgeville, Georgia.
As you walk through the gate you will be on Troup Street.
Directly ahead of you, on the left, is the
Stewart County Academy. This structure has
been furnished as a typical school may have been in 1850.
After visiting the academy, as you leave through the front
door, walk to the right on Lamar street, cross Troup Street, and continue up the
gentle hill to the Grimes-Feagin
House. This dwelling was built in 1842 and comes from Stewart
Just across Lamar Street from the Grimes-Feagin House is the
McDonald House. If you look to the back of the house you will find where you can
purchase some delicious home-made gingerbread. However, I would suggest you walk
to the left back to Troop Street, take a right, and enter the
through the front.
|After touring the McDonald house, be sure to
walk to the rear of the house where you can purchase that homemade
gingerbread and have a glass of lemonade. The day I was there, Leslie Thomas
was baking the gingerbread on the old iron stove and doing a great job of it
as the gingerbread was delicious.
Leaving the McDonald house, continue up Troup Street to your
right to the next corner where you will walk to your left along Forsyth Street.
The Three buildings on your right are the
Cabinet Shop, the
Shoemaker's Shop and the
Singer House. Across
the street from the Singer House is the Chattahoochee Country Courthouse, one of
the last surviving structures of its kind in the state of Georgia.
When you leave the Singer House, walk to your left to the next
street, Gilmer Street. Walking to your right you will pass Adams Store (which
was originally located at a stagecoach stop), the Carriage Shelter and the
Blacksmith Shop. Just behind Adams Store is the Lawson House.
Continue down Gilmer Street to Cuthbert Street. Here you will
turn left to Clark Street. The house on your left on Cuthbert Street is the
Wells House. It was built near Buena Vista by a Yuchi Indian family around 1827.
Walk to your right on Clark Street to the
Patterson-Marrett Farmhouse. Just to the
right of the house is the pantry, and to the right rear are typical outhouses of
the day that could have been used for livestock or storage.
When you leave the Patterson-Marrett Farmhouse, walk to your
left up to Berrien Street and turn to the right. Immediately on your right are
two small log buildings. These would be characteristic of the type of structures
that were built by early settlers, and were normally used as temporary shelter
until their main house was built. They would then become outbuildings for
storage or animals.
A right on Gilmer street will take you up the hill to the
Bagley Gin House and the Cotton Screw Press. Every community would have a gin
building and a press. Some of the larger farms might have their own press or
gin, but normally the cotton would be taken from the farm into town. The cotton
would be run through the machinery in the gin to remove the seeds and clean the
cotton. It would then be put into the cotton screw press for bailing.
From the Cotton Screw Press, cross over Cuthbert Street and
walk up to the corner of Cuthbert and Troup. On your right is the
This house was built in Stewart County in 1831.
|Just across the street from the
Bryan-Worthington House is the Rawson House, which is not open to the
public, and Climax Presbyterian Church.
is from Climax, Georgia. Climax is in south Georgia, almost to the state
line. It was moved to Westville in 1973.
Climax church was used for over 120 years before being
moved to Westville and represents a typical church building of 1850.
Continue walking down Troup Street until you come to the
corner of Troup and Forsyth. Walk to the right on Forsyth back to Gilmer Street,
turn left, and the Moye White House will be on your right. This house was built
around 1840 and moved to Westville from Cuthbert.
When you leave the Moye house, continue to your right down
Gilmer Street. Just past Lamar Street you will see several buildings on your
|The first area is the Pottery Pug Mill. A
potter usually had tow pus mills, one for mixing clay for pottery and
another for clay for bricks. Behind the mill is the Kiln and a small Pottery
Just past the Pottery Shop is West House. This
was the home of the grandparents of Colonel John Word West, the man for whom
Westville was named.
The West House is on the corner of Gilmer and Irwin. If you
walk to your left down Irwin Street, it will lead you back to the Singer Gates
and the Randle-Morton Store.
Be sure to stop by the store and exchange any of the Westville
Script back into American dollars. They won't do you a lot of good at your local
If you have a bit of time left, you may want to tour the
grounds again by wagon. If so, Lonnie Bennett (pictured here), or one of the
other drivers will be happy to take you around.
Below is a calendar of events for 2005
(just to give you an idea of all of the special events that take place here). I would suggest calling ahead to
see the dates for this year's events.
Call Toll Free: (888) 733-1850.
Locally: (229) 838-6310.
Address: Westville PO Box 1850 Lumpkin, GA 31815.
|Drive and Park in Village -
View outside craftsmen and shop in the store. Food will be available.
African American History Month
|March 19 & 20
|"Jamming to a Different Tune"
for two days. Music, Sweet Melodies, and Master Players
Fudge, Farce, and Fiddle-De-Dee
|Fairy Tales, True Tales, and
Tall Tales will delight you with morning and afternoon sessions.
Double Ring Ceremony
|"The Bells are Ringing" just
in time for two ceremonies. A large formal wedding and small simple
farmhouse ceremony both 1850 style. Period recipes and wedding cake will be
|April 16 - May 1
|When " Spring Fever" hits
come and enjoy our 1850 gardens all decked out in a symphony of colors. Chat
with local citizens and learn about traditional crafts.
|Quilt lovers and quilt makers
make your beautiful treasure a part of the unique collection of quilts on
display. Patterns of the past and patterns of today join together for a
"Rainbow of Patchwork".
|A day to celebrate the
planting season with traditional May Day activities and the May Pole Dance.
|May 28 & 29
1836 Creek Indian War
|Re-enactors in period
clothing will demonstrate an encampment of soldiers who have been dispatched
to protect local citizens against Indian attacks. An Indian Camp will be
|This is one of the Mondays
Westville will be open. Family Crafts Day - families join the craftsmen for
a day of hands-on activities from woodworking to cooking.
|Early American Patriotism is
re-created with period games, vintage base ball, barbecue and the "blowing
of the anvil".
Fiddlers Contest Labor Day
|This is one of the Mondays
Westville will be open. " The Devil Came Down to Georgia" is the way some
see a Fiddlin' contest. Come and enjoy a day of good music and competition.
|October 29 - November 13
1850 Harvest Festival
|Plenty of old-fashioned fun
with special demonstrations of harvest-time activities. Cane grinding and
syrup making will take place. The last remaining animal powered cotton gin
and cotton press will in operation at various times.
Yellow Fever Epidemic
|A day of programs exploring
19th century medical care, as villagers struggle with an outbreak of yellow
Family Crafts Day
|Family Craft Day - families
join the craftsmen for a day of hands-on activities from woodworking to
Roscoe's Christmas Workshop
|Learn to prepare natural 1850
Christmas Decorations. We supply all greenery and instruction. FREE WORKSHOP
|December 10, 17, 31
|A time of spirited Christmas
Cheer with period decorations and festivities. Special activities will take
place on the 10, 17, and 31. Activities include a Yule Log Ceremony, a
Christmas Tree Lighting, and the Burning of the Greens.