West Georgia Weddings Exhibit: The Legacy Museum

Vintage Weddings of West Georgia: Something Old, Something New!Antique Georgia Wedding Gown

Vintage wedding dresses are in, and now you can get a taste of some historic Georgia wedding attire.  Experience vintage West Georgia weddings through the Legacy Museum on Main exhibit at The Charter Bank Rotating Gallery in LaGrange, celebrating a history of weddings in Troup County and the surrounding area. The exhibit gives an insight into how intricate and important weddings have remained in Georgia for over a century. Museum Executive Director Kaye Lanning Minchew took some time to answer our questions about this exhibit, which runs through the end of April:

Q. Where did you get the pieces on display in this exhibit?

A. Artifacts used in our “Weddings of West Georgia: Something Old, Something New” exhibit came from the collections of the Troup County Archives and from members of the LaGrange and Troup County community who generously agreed to loan the items.

Q. What types of unique items are available to view?

A. An 1892 wedding dress in the display is burnt orange in color and very Victorian in design.   Brides often didn’t wear white then!  Another dress was worn by Mother, daughter, and granddaughter – three generations!   Yet another dress was handmade in 2005 by the mother for her daughter.  Even the son-in-law got in on stringing beads for that dress though he only saw the actual dress at the wedding

Q. What is the oldest gown on display?

A. The 1892 Victorian dress is the oldest dress on display though we have pieces of wedding china given to the bride and groom in 1825.

Q. Where will all of these wedding artifacts go when the exhibit ends?

A. Some of the items will be returned to their owners.  One wonders will the dress worn by three generations end up being worn by a fourth generation – a generation not even born today.  Two of the dresses and the two tuxedos will be stored in the Archives collections.  (The Troup County Archives and Legacy Museum on Main share the building at 136 Main Street in LaGrange.)  Photographs of brides will remain accessible at the Archives.

Q. How long will the exhibit be available for viewing?

A. The exhibit will be on display until April 20, 2013.  Legacy Museum is located at 136 Main Street in LaGrange.  Hours are Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m.-4 p.m.  Admission is free, donations accepted.