Historic Westville is an accumulation of nearly a century of preserving the past
Several of our buildings and artifacts were first collected by John Word West of Jonesboro, Georgia, in the 1920s for “The Fair of 1850,” an outdoor museum showcasing Georgia vernacular architecture and folkways.
Westville Historic Handicrafts was formed in 1966 to purchase much of this original collection and move it to Lumpkin, Georgia, where the museum continued to grow as it became a haven for endangered buildings of the area.
In 2001, the name was changed to Historic Westville
Westville will continue its legacy of preservation as a museum of southern history and culture by examining the diversity of people in this region and investigating how we remember the past, what stories we choose to tell, and how we use history to inform our daily lives.
Westville will be organized into four interpretive areas, designed to examine diverse experiences due to race, class and gender while showing how lives were inextricably linked.
The Creek Indian area conveys stories of the Creek people, their integral role in southern history and the cultures they’ve maintained for centuries. .
The frontier interpretive area interprets the lifeways of settlers who pushed the western boundaries with the expansion of cotton that enriched the American and European economies.
The rural area exhibits the reliance on cotton and the cultures springing from resistance to the slave and sharecropping systems defining rural southern life of the time.
Our town center is the vibrant hub of craft, trade, political and social life.
Westville will open in Columbus, Georgia in late 2018
We will be located on South Lumpkin Road across from the National Infantry Museum and next to Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center
Hours of operation and pricing has not yet been determined.
Once open, Westville will have a variety of educational programs for student groups.
Westville plans to offer a variety of events, reenactments, and craft workshops.