For the first time, Meadow Garden, the historic farm home of George Walton in downtown Augusta, will be open July Fourth in celebration of one of Georgia’s three signers of the Declaration of Independence.
In the past, guided tours of the National Historic Landmark, which is one of Georgia’s oldest dwellings, were prohibited on major holidays.
This year, however, new state Regent Bea Fischer reversed the rule in honor of Walton, who’s buried at the Signers’ Monument in front of the Augusta Municipal Building on Greene Street, said House Manager Holly Croft, of the local chapter of The Daughters of the American Revolution.
“I think that is a good step for us,” said Croft, who will welcome guests at the home Friday. “It’s important we honor our founding fathers.”
Croft said 45-minute guided tours will be available 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the home, which features 18th and 19th Century American and English furnishings, porcelains, paintings, primitive household equipment and Walton family memorabilia.
Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for military and $1 for children.
Meadow Garden, which is handicap accessible, is on Independence Drive in downtown Augusta off 13th St. between Walton Way and Greene St. The property runs along the Augusta Canal and parking is available on site.
The house, which passed from the ownership of Walton’s surviving son, George, in 1812, is closed July 5.