Historic Westville opening
22 Jun 2019
Visitors to Columbus have the opportunity to experience a fully immersive 19th century outdoor living history museum with the opening of Historic Westville on Saturday, June 22.
Many of the site’s buildings and artifacts have been accumulated over the last century and were formerly on display in Lumpkin, where tens of thousands of guests had the chance to view them over the course of about 50 years.
In 2009, the board of trustees began to examine options to ensure the museum’s future viability. The city of Columbus, led by then-Mayor Teresa Tomlinson, offered a sizable piece of land and Historic Westville began the move to its current location in 2017. Cost of the move, land preparation and infrastructure improvements totaled nearly $7 million, funded by donors.