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Sandersville is home to the antebellum Brown House Museum and the Charles E. Choate Exhibit honoring one of the South's most revered architects.
The area also has abundant natural resources offering a variety of agricultural and nature based activities. Washington County is ninth largest county in land area in Georgia and sixth in forest land with 315,000 acres.
Hunting opportunities for deer, turkey, dove, quail, pheasant, squirrel, rabbit, hog and more are available through local landowners and hunting clubs.
The Brown House Museum is located on North Harris Street and is one of several beautifully restored mostly Victorian homes just off the square. North Harris Stree was formerly known as Silk Stocking Street because affluent ladies would hang their silk stockings over the porch railings advertising their wealth.
Built in 1850, and purchased soon after by the Brown family, the house survived the Civil War unscathed because Gen. William T. Sherman used it as his headquarters in November 1864 and even slept in the house -- although it was just a nap. The residence sat vacant for 15 years before the Washington County Historical Society purchased it in 1989 with an eye toward opening it as a museum. The museum opened in 1999 after a 10 year restoration project.
The museum exhibits several pieces of the Brown family's furniture, including the sofa Sherman is said to have napped on. Writings from the Brown family detailing Sherman's visit and information about daily life during the Civil War led to the creation of a video depicting events from the period and starring locals as members of the Brown family, Gen. Sherman and other Civil War soldiers.
The Charles E. Choate Exhibit, located in the Washington County Chamber of Commerce office, is a multimedia exhibit which includes 14 original art works by Sterling Everett, a video detailing Choate's life and work, picture collages of characteristic designs, personal artifacts, study guides for his buildings and maps of their locations. The exhibit is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until noon and 1 until 5 p.m. Friday, except holidays.
Choate, whose designs and structures enrich the Southeastern United States, was born in Houston County, Ga., in 1865. His dual careers in architecture and the Methodist ministry seemed to follow the rail lines and his structures can be found in many "railroad" towns. By 1900, drawn to Washington County through his ministry and the agrarian prosperity, architecture became his focus. Many of his documented and identified buildings can be found here: 13 were placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1994.