Blue and Gray Museum | Fitzgerald, Georgia
Located in a historical railroad depot, the entire space of the Blue & Gray Museum has been renovated and redesigned to reveal the remarkable founding story of Fitzgerald and its roots in the Civil War. More than 1200 objects, photographs, household items, memorabilia and rare artifacts are now displayed in new and refinished cases and in specially fabricated sections. Each item has been carefully coded to help the visitor understand its historical significance. Many important artifacts are on display for the first time.
The Hall of Honor - Literally the heart of the Museum, this section represents a Shacktown tent where early pioneers lived. Inside, you will find the names of the pioneer Civil War Veterans who founded the City and a beautiful over-head display of rare swords and canes. In addition, you may choose to participate in history by having your photograph made with your state flag and displayed in the Hall of Honor.
Marching as One - This professionally produced documentary is shown in a dedicated room in the Museum. The film is narrated by Beth Davis, the Blue & Gray's founder, and Wilbur Fitzgerald, a professional actor, who tell the harmony founding story of Fitzgerald through rare archival photographs of the earliest years of the City.
Fitzgerald Veterans of All Wars are honored in new ways - Especially significant is the refurbished section celebrating the life of Fitzgerald-born veteran General Raymond Gilbert Davis, USMC (Ret.), the nation's most highly decorated Marine. General Davis, who served in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam died in 2003. He was nominated for the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian award.
Colony Days Gallery is a particularly delightful section displaying clothing, china, glassware, cooking utensils and other memorabilia telling the lives of the women who "landed on the grounds" of the Colony in its struggling first years. Another case is brimming over with Victorian valentines, fans and postcards reminiscent of the City's early times.
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Fitzgerald: Remembering to Forget the Civil War.
Unique in all of America, the City of Fitzgerald was founded as a place of reconciliation between veterans of the Civil War, Union and Confederate. Indianapolis lawyer and newspaper publisher Philander H. Fitzgerald, a former drummer boy in the Union Army, worked with Georgia state government, including then Governor William J. Northern, to select a site on the Ocmulgee River and "Georgia's Colony City” was born.