Colonial Ladies Attend State Conference | Lifestyles
Chapter President Mary Margaret Quiggle and State Heraldry Chair Shelba Sellers represented the John Lee of Nansemond Chapter at the 90th Annual Conference of the Georgia Society, National Society Colonial Dames 17th Century, which s is held in the historic town of Milledgeville, affectionately known as ‘Milly. “This is the hometown of current state chair Amelia Pelton. The town is historic for its pre-war homes, buildings and events.
The city served as the second capital of Georgia from 1807 to 1868, named for John Milledge, who served as Governor of Georgia from 1802 to 1806. General William Tecumseh Sherman with 30,000 Union troops passed through the city during of his march to the sea in November 1864.
Tea at the former governor’s mansion on Friday was the first event of the conference. The 8,000 square foot mansion was completed in 1839 and served as Georgia’s executive mansion from 1839 to 1868.
The mansion is one of the finest examples of Greek Revival architecture in America. The interior of the mansion features a gold-encrusted rotunda. The exterior is stucco over brick, resplendent in a beautiful seashell pink color. There are several theories as to why the mansion is pink.
In the 1800s, pink was considered either a masculine color or a color of mourning. Pink was the color of war, the color of blood, and the color of wealth. Some believe that the red color of the bricks seeped through the stucco to give it its pink color.
It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1973.
The next event on Friday was the memorial service held at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church. Deceased members of the Georgia Society were memorialized. The church was organized in 1841, the building, of carpenter Gothic style, was completed in 1843.
When Sherman was in Milledgeville, his troops burned the pews in the church, put their horses in them, and poured molasses into the organ pipes. The horses’ hoof prints remain on the shrine floor to this day.
Following the memorial service, William Sherrill Chapter, CDXVIIC, held an impressive marking ceremony, placing a bronze marker on the 181-year-old church building.
On Friday evening, the Ladies were treated to an official dinner at Magnolia Ballroom, Georgia College. The ballroom is the former home of the First United Methodist Church, built in 1913. The college purchased the building in 2004 and converted it into a meeting and banquet hall. Entertainment for the evening featured the Georgia College Dancers.
On Saturday, the business meeting took place in the Magnolia Ballroom. The morning was filled with reports from the 21 chapters, the election of delegates to the national conference and the vote on changes to the bylaws.
Following the commercial transactions, the awards luncheon took place. The John Lee Nansemond Chapter won seven state awards in Thomasville, including First Place for Public Relations, First Place for Promoting Colonial Heritage and Outstanding Colonial Heritage Month Viewing, Second Place for Most Outstanding Colonial Heritage Programs and Programs, a Certificate of Merit for Thomas Drug Store Historic Marking and Honorable Mention for Headstone Preservation.
Colonial Dames 17th Century is a female lineage organization whose members trace and prove their ancestry in America prior to 1701.