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November 19, 2012

Sallie Davis House is CVB ornament feature

MILLEDGEVILLE — The Milledgeville Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) has chosen to feature the Sallie Ellis Davis House on its 2012 Christmas ornament.

The Sallie Ellis Davis House is located at 301 S. Clarke St. and has been recently restored. 

“We’re very pleased to be featured on the CVB ornament. We appreciate that they selected us for this honor,” said Matt Davis, The Old Governor’s Mansion curator. “We hope the community will enjoy the ornament and encourage them to come take a tour of the house.”

According to a CVB press release, the historic home of Sallie Ellis Davis served as her residence from 1912 until her death in 1950. Daughter of an African-American woman and a native Irishman, Sallie Ellis Davis was born in Baldwin County in 1877. She attended Atlanta University and returned to Milledgeville to teach at the Eddy School from the late 1890s until her retirement in 1949, serving as principal for 27 years. After she died, Baldwin County recognized her by naming the Sallie Ellis Davis School in her honor. In 2000, she was inducted into the Georgia Women of Achievement.

Built in 1890, the house at 301 S. Clarke St. was used as a residence until 1989, when the University System of Georgia Board of Regents purchased it.

The transformation of the 123-year-old home into an African–American cultural center began in June 2009 just months after The Georgia Trust listed the educator’s home as a “Place in Peril.” Former Georgia College President Dr. Dorothy Leland and Carolyn Thomas, chair of the Sallie Ellis Davis Foundation, announced a partnership in October 2008 to save the historic house.

The house opens for tours Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. by appointment. 

The ornaments are available for purchase at the CVB office and J.C. Grant Co. for $9.10. As part of the CVB’s custom Christmas series, a limited number of ornaments from past years featuring historic landmarks are also available, including the 2011 First Baptist Church, 2009 Antebellum Inn, 2008 Masonic Hall, 2007 Allen’s Market, 2005 and 1989 Old Governor’s Mansion, 2000 First Presbyterian Church, 1996 John Marlor House, 1993 Baldwin County Courthouse, 1992 Powell Building and 1990 St. Stephens Episcopal Church ornaments.

For more information about the ornament, call (478) 452-4687.

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