Want to step back into history? Research your family’s past? Bring back a few relics of the trip? History lives here! Over 200 years old, Statesboro is home to historic architecture, a variety of antiquing opportunities and one of the best genealogy collections in Southeast Georgia.
Stroll through National Register of Historic Places. Much of Statesboro’s central downtown district is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, with several buildings of particular note.
- The Averitt Center for the Arts (33 East Main Street) began life as the Bank of Statesboro in 1911. The soaring interior space and arched windows are a striking reminder of the past. Take a break in the present, too, by enjoying the exhibits in one of the Averitt’s three galleries.
- City Hall (50 East Main Street) is the new incarnation of the Jaeckel Hotel, opened in 1905 and is an example of Classical Revival Style. In its heyday as a hotel, the Jaeckel welcomed Henry Ford, Cornelius Vanderbilt and William Jennings Bryan.
- The Donehoo-Brannen House (332 Savannah Avenue) was built in 1917 by Georgia-born American architect Edward Columbus Hosford.
- Savannah Avenue Historic District, which was developed in the 1900s, is considered the “first suburb” of Statesboro. Many of the original homes and gardens still stand and are privately preserved to capture the days of the past.
Genealogy galore. The Statesboro Public Library has some 7,000 books, magazines and bound periodical. Look up a relative in the an oral history collection, census records, family histories, court records, marriages, land records, will abstracts, Civil War records and cemetery records. Website: http://strl.info
Spend a moment in the Civil War. On General William Tecumseh Sherman’s “march to the sea”, soldiers camped in Statesboro. Get this history lesson from the Historical Marker on the lawn of City Hall.
Discover Camp Lawton Civil War Prison Camp. In 2010 the Georgia Southern University Department of Sociology and Anthropology discovered the site of former Camp Lawton, a Civil War prisoner of war camp situated in Jenkins County, Georgia. The Georgia Southern Museum houses information and relics of this historic discovery.
While you’re at the museum, visit an even older relic – the 78,000-year-old mosasaur. Website: http://ceps.georgiasouthern.edu/museum/
Have a historic meal. Among over 200 restaurant choices in Statesboro, you’ll find several in buildings of historical note.
The Statesboro Inn and Restaurant is comprised of the Raines House and the Brannen House, both recognized on the National Register of Historic Places. Website: www.statesboroinn.com
The Beaver House serves lunch and dinner in the John A. McDougald House, another home on the National Register of Historic Places. If you’re looking for “living history”, ask about the six ghosts that haunt the house. Website: www.beaverhouseinn.com/
Antiques lovers love Statesboro. Take home a piece of history. Stop by the Convention and Visitors Bureau office and pick up our Antiques & Uniques Guide.
67 Antique Mall, 6700 GA Highwqy 67 South 12,000 square feet of antiques collectibles and gifts. Website: http://www.67antiquemall.com
Deals’ Antiques and Furniture, 17083 GA Highway 67 South. Antiques, new and used furniture, gifts. http://www.dealsfurniture.com
Experience long-ago life on the Southern Coastal Plain. The Georgia Southern University Botanical Garden is also a historical site and cultural heritage center. The 11-acre garden is centered on an early 20th century farmstead. Explore a restored historic farmhouse and barn as well as the Oak Grove one-room schoolhouse, all filled with authentic relics of the era. Website: http://ceps.georgiasouthern.edu/garden