Milledgeville Depots

The recently rehabilitated Central of Georgia Railway depot at Milledgeville was built in 1879-80, fifteen years after Sherman's army torched a previous depot here. The building is now a health center for students at Georgia College & State University.

Another former depot (above) still stands at Central State Hospital a couple of miles south of downtown. It is now a museum with exhibits on the hospital's long history, which dates back to 1842. Built around 1890, the building was expanded on the east side in 1900 and on the west side in 1965. The latter addition may have enclosed or replaced an earlier train platform.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978, it has been known as the Depot, the Victorian Building, and the Storehouse.

Although both the Central of Georgia and the Milledgeville Railway served the hospital, this depot was more likely constructed for the former. The map below shows the Central's spur to the hospital passing alongside the building, while the Milledgeville Railway tracks end a couple of blocks to the west.

The hospital is at the bottom of the map and is labeled as State Sanitarium. The depot is to the west, marked by an X, and labeled as Asylum Station.
(From U.S. Geological Survey, Milledgeville 15-minute quadrangle, 1912.)

Milledgeville also had a depot on the north side of town. Built in the early twentieth century by the Georgia Railroad, it was destroyed by fire in 1995.

The city of 17,500 is in middle Georgia. It is the county seat of Baldwin County and was Georgia's state capital from 1804 to 1868. Georgia's Railroad History & Heritage. © Steve Storey

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