2018 Spring

The SGA Spring 2018 Meeting Announcement and Registration

The SGA Spring Meeting will be held on May 18 (Friday) and May 19 (Saturday), 2018, in Milledgeville, GA. We have planned an exciting schedule and registration is now open online at https://squareup.com/store/the-society-for-georgia-archaeology. Friday evening we will enjoy a lecture from keynote speaker Dr. Bob Wilson. Dr. Wilson is a historian and professor emeritus at Georgia College and noted authority on the early history of Georgia. We will have the latest issue of Early Georgia available for pickup at the meeting for 2017 members.

Saturday we have a day of activities in the Historic District of Milledgeville. We will begin at 10 am, where we will meet at the Governor’s Mansion for a tour of the Mansion and grounds. Guides will take us through the building and SGA member Dean Wood will give us a tour of the grounds and tell us about the archaeology of the site. Next, we will take a walking tour of historic downtown Milledgeville where we will tour the Old Capitol, Memory Hill Cemetery, and St. Stephens Episcopal Church. Tour guides will take us past many other historic sites where we will learn about the early history of Georgia and Milledgeville while it was the state’s capital. Midway through the walking tour we will have lunch in the activity room of St. Stephens Episcopal Church. For lunch we will have an assortment of Subway sandwiches, potato chips, and bottled water. Following the walking tour of the Historic District, we will take a short drive to Andalusia, the home of Flannery O’Connor. Andalusia is currently closed for renovations, but we have arranged for a guided tour for SGA members. We should be done with our activities in the late afternoon on Saturday.

Online registration is now open at: https://squareup.com/store/the-society-for-georgia-archaeology. Open the link and scroll to the bottom of the page where you will find two options. For those wishing to attend only the Friday evening meeting and keynote talk, registration is $5. For those wishing to attend both the Friday evening lecture and Saturday afternoon activities, registration is $30. Registration fees will be used to pay for meeting space, all admittance fees, two tour guides, and lunch. If you have not renewed your membership for 2018, you can do so at the top of the same web page. All transactions have a small transaction fee. Online registration ends on Wednesday, May 16, 2018. Registration will be available at the meeting Friday, May 18, but lunch will not be provided for Saturday as the order has to be placed in advance.

A schedule and other relevant information are listed below. If you have questions or require additional information or clarification, please e-mail Tom Lewis at sgapresident@thesga.org.


Friday, May 18, 2018

Keynote Speaker and SGA Business Meeting, Governor’s Mansion Education Building.

The address is: 120 S Clarke St, Milledgeville, GA 31061

Please enter through the Main Entrance for the Governor’s Mansion. Street parking should be available, but please allow a little extra time to get a space.

Registration will open at 6:30 and the meeting will begin about 7pm.


Saturday, May 19, 2018

Tour of the Governor’s Mansion and Grounds, Walking Tour of Historic Downtown Milledgeville (with lunch), and tour of Andalusia Farm

We will meet at the Governor’s Mansion Saturday Morning. Please be there no later than 9:45 so we can begin our tour promptly at 10 am. The address is 120 S Clarke St, Milledgeville, GA 31061. On-street parking will be available, but please allow a little extra time to find a space.

9:45 – 11:00 am          Tour of the Governor’s Mansion and Grounds.

11:30 – 3:00 pm         Walking Tour of Historic Milledgeville. We will have two tour guides and will see more than fifteen historic sites all within a few square blocks of downtown Milledgeville. We will walk through Memory Hill, a historic cemetery, St. Stephens Episcopal Church, and the Old Capitol. We will have a quick lunch of assorted Subway sandwiches at St. Stephens Church.

3:30 – 4:30/5              Andalusia Farm Tour. Following the Walking Tour we will all make a short drive to Andalusia Farm. The address is:

2628 N Columbia St, Milledgeville, GA 31061


After Andalusia, the meeting will adjourn. Those who are hungry and thirsty will find a local restaurant or watering hole where we can catch up and socialize with our friends and colleagues.