A favorite stop during my stay in Liberty County Georgia, the Midway Historic District was educational as well as enchanting. The museum’s Executive Director Diane Kroell, dressed in period costume, provides visitors with an in-depth tour of the Midway Museum, the Midway Congregational Church, and Cemetery.
I was particularly smitten with the interior of the church. The construction, millwork details, high ceilings, sweeping balcony, and swinging pew doors are exquisite. The balcony was a later addition to allow blacks and whites to worship together. The blacks sat in the free seats in the balcony and the whites in the family owned pews below. As I sat in the balcony, I kept thinking of the pastor in the movie Pollyanna. I could just picture a sermon being delivered from the lofty pulpit as children squirmed and ladies in proper church attire cooled themselves with fans.
Across the street from church is the Midway Congregational Church Cemetery. It is a treasure trove of history. One could spend an entire day wandering through the headstones and wondering about the story each person would tell of life in this colonial period. The graves of James Screven and Daniel Stewart, two American generals of the Revolutionary War, are located in this cemetery. A large granite monument in the center was dedicated in 1915 to them.
Due to the fragile nature and historical value of the items within the museum and separate kitchen building, photography is not allowed inside. I encourage you to visit for yourself. In the museum, you will learn more about Lyman Hall, Button Gwinnett and George Walton, three Georgia men that signed the Declaration of Independence. To help with planning your trip, you can also visit The Midway Museum website.
A bit more information from the National Park Service:
“Once an influential center for political, economic, and religious life, the colonial town of Midway was founded by New England Puritans in 1752. These colonists were strongly in favor of independence from Great Britain, and during the Revolution the church and most of the buildings in the town were burned by the British. The church was rebuilt in 1792. Also remaining to represent the colonial era of Midway are the historic 1756 cemetery and a segment of the historic “Old Sunbury Road” now a portion of Georgia highway 38. A museum modeled after the houses that once stood in Midway is also located in the district.”
The Midway Historic District is at the junction of US Highway 17 and Georgia Highway 38. The museum is open Tuesday – Saturday, 10:00am – 4:00pm with the last tour beginning at 3pm. Closed Sundays, Mondays and all holidays.
Admission: Adults: $10, Seniors & Military: $8, Students 5-19: $5.
Note: All group tours will need to make an advanced reservation. Please call 912-884-5837.
Special Upcoming Events:
October 22, 2016 – Cemetery Tour, 6pm, 7pm, and 8 pm*
December 10, 2016 – Christmas Tea, 11 – 4 pm*