Dublin Museum Cultural & Heritage Center
- 701 Bellevue Avenue, Dublin, GA, United States
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Tuesday through Friday, 10 AM to 5 PM
Dublin Laurens County Museum Cultural & Heritage Center is located in the historic Clark home on 702 Bellevue Avenue in Dublin GA, nicknamed “Millionaire Row” as the homes the cotton boom built.
Explore Laurens County’s history, specially curated exhibits, and events in over 3500 square feet of impeccably restored space operated and curated by the Dublin-Laurens County Historical Society. With exhibits ranging from musical memorabilia from Randy Howard, a premier fiddle player, to original artwork by Dublin native Lila Moore Keen, and displays devoted to natural history, sports, and African American history, the Dublin Museum and Cultural Center focuses on public education and enrichment through history. Through a partnership with the Dublin-Laurens Heritage Center located in the Laurens County Library, visitors can connect with their ancestry by accessing genealogical information and researching census and news documents.
A Historic House
This Victorian style home was constructed in 1900 by cotton magnate Thomas J. Pritchett, President of the Georgia Warehouse and Compress Company and a director of the Dublin Cotton Mill. The house, with its elegant wrap around porch, originally contained four main rooms with a detached kitchen in the rear.
After Pritchett’s death following a long illness, his family continued to live in the house for a few years. His son, Ellison, became the first Dubliner to fly a plane from Dublin to another city. Young Pritchett learned how to repair and build airplanes. In 1937, Ellison Pritchett built a custom designed plane for an Indian Majarajah, said to be the world’s richest man.
The house was acquired by popular Dublin mayor, Edwin R. Orr, who enlarged the house to the rear and added the distinctive wooden scroll and gingerbread work on the front of the house.
Orr’s daughter, Sarah, left Dublin at an early age to serve as the secretary to Georgia’s United States Senator, Thomas E. Watson. Following Senator Watson’s death, Miss Williams was reappointed by Watson’s successor, Mrs. Rebecca L. Felton, the first woman to ever serve in the United States Senate. After the finishing the remainder of Watson’s term, Mrs. Felton was succeeded by Senator Walter F. George, who temporarily hired Miss Orr, making her one of the few person, male or female, who served three United States senators. Sarah Orr, a journalist in her own right, married Gladstone Williams, a journalist for the Atlanta Constitution and several other news organizations. While at the Atlanta Constitution, Williams developed a friendship with Margaret Mitchell, who used William’s southern charm and demeanor as the model for her character, Rhett Bulter, in her iconic novel, Gone With The Wind.
Sarah Orr returned to Dublin and lived in the house during the time the Orr family owned the house. Eventually, the house was purchased by her niece, Katharine Clark, who through the aid of her husband, George Clark, made major improvements to the property. Mrs. Clark acquired the Baum-Dreyer house to the rear of her home. The Baum-Dreyer house was relocated to eastern Laurens County. In its place is a spacious and attractive lot, which provides adequate parking for the museum.
In November 2014, Katharine Clark sold the property to the Laurens County Historical Society, donating a substantial portion of the purchase price to the society, which maintains the house as their headquarters and museum. Funds for the purchase were provided by the City of Dublin.
Laurens County Historical Society
The Laurens County Historical Society, founded in 1967, opened its first museum in the old Carnegie Library Building in July 1979.
On February 24, 2015, the society opened its second museum in the Pritchett-Orr-Clark House as a museum, cultural and heritage center.
Devoted to the preservation of Georgia and Laurens County’s rich history, the Dublin-Laurens County Historical Society, a 501c(6) nonprofit organization, is dedicated to sharing our storied past with residents and tourists alike. Membership in the Laurens County Historical Society is available as low as $25. Click here for membership details and application: DLCHS Application. Admission to the museum is free and donations are welcome.
In addition to the permanent exhibits, enjoy these upcoming special exhibits:
Now: At the Movies, natural history, and Art
Special Events & Meetings
The Clark House will also be available as a meeting and special event venue. With a full kitchen, Wi-Fi access, and central location, the museum also features ample parking, lovely landscaped grounds, and reasonable rental fees.
For more information on the museum or the Dublin-Laurens Historical Society, please visit http://www.laurenshistory.org
Dublin Museum Cultural & Heritage Center
701 Bellevue Avenue, Dublin, GA, United States