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September 20, 2013

Historic Sanford House celebrates remarkable rescue

MILLEDGEVILLE — Sunday, Sept. 29 from 2 to 4 p.m. anyone can drop by the Brown-Stetson-Sanford House (BSSH) at 601 W. Hancock St. for the 47th anniversary celebration commemorating one unbelievable rescue and relocation of the historic 1825 home.

“Not only is this house an architectural gem,” said Dr. Amy Wright, executive director of Georgia’s Old Capital Museum and the BSSH. “It embodies 188 years of Milledgeville’s history. Each year we celebrate the foresight of those who worked to rescue and relocate this historic house and the ongoing commitment of the volunteers who have lovingly preserved and restored this house over the past 47 years.” 

The amazing success story of how members of The Old Capital Historical Society rallied the town to “Save the Sanford” and launched the preservation movement in Milledgeville is an achievement celebrated each year.

In 1966, the Sanford family sold the property to the Piggly Wiggly Grocery store chain, and the house was scheduled for demolition to make way for a parking lot. 

Members of the society swung into action to save and relocate the house. 

“The Old Capital Historical Society was working under tremendous pressure. Not only was the moving of a two and a half story house built in 1825 a monumental undertaking, but they also were under a time crunch because they had to have the house moved by June 1966 to make way for parking lot,” Wright said. 

The society found the perfect Hancock Street location to move the BSSH, which also required a structural transfer making way for the 1825 house.

“They had to get the lot prepared and raise $50,000 to do it in a matter of months,” Wright said. “The size and scope of this undertaking is mind-boggling. The credit goes to the members of that society that were able to galvanize the people in this community to raise the money, support the project, and to do it all in such a short time.”

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