|"History never looks like history when you are living through it."
| - John W. Gardner (1912 - 2002)
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.
Extend your visit to the Blue & Gray with a tour of Fitzgerald, which reveals its history on every corner - from its blue and gray sidewalks reflecting Civil War colors, the Grand Plaza Park with planned topiary sculptures, and streets named for Yank and Reb Generals. Visit Evergreen Cemetery and discover the interesting lives of its Yank and Reb "residents, resting side by side". Or take the Architectural Treasures Tour and enjoy the city's Midwestern-styled houses, unique in South Georgia. Pick up a copy of the new Visitors Directory with a coded map to the eateries, shops, lodging and points of interest.
Explore the Jefferson Davis capture site just 9 miles away.
Open: Tuesday - Saturday 10 am - 4 pm & Sunday 1 pm - 5 pm
Admission: $5.00 per adult, $2.00 per student.
Directions: I-75 to Exit 82 (Fitzgerald). East on Hwy 107 for 3.3 miles. BEAR RIGHT. Go 17 miles. Hwy 107 turns right onto the bypass. DO NOT TURN. Continue 2.6 miles to Merrimac Drive. Turn right. Go 3 blocks. Turn left at traffic light. Go 5 blocks. Turn left on N. Jackson St. Go 1/2 block Museum will be on the right before railroad tracks.
Alesia Davis, Tourism Director