Georgia Tour

LaGrange, GA Hills & Dales Estate August 2 – August 10, 2014
Sea Island The Cloister August 15 – August 19, 2014
Columbus WC Bradley Museum September 4 – September 16, 2014
Macon Hay House Museum September 19 – September 26, 2014
Atlanta Millennium Gate Museum October 3, 2014 – February 1, 2015
Rome Martha Berry Museum February 13 – March 15, 2015
Athens UGA Hargrett Library March 19, 2015 – April 19, 2015
Savannah Telfair Museums April 24, 2015 -July 26, 2015

Churchill’s family has maintained a legacy of influence and involvement in Georgia since its founding. As a result, the exhibition includes a statewide engagement strategy and preview tour. The preview tour will consist of six paintings and over fifty artifacts. It will visit LaGrange, Sea Island, Columbus, Macon, Rome, Athens, and Savannah. The primary exhibition at the Millennium Gate Museum in Atlanta will contain over thirty paintings and hundreds of artifacts from Churchill’s life.

In the early 1700s, Winston Churchill’s ancestor and great hero John Churchill (subsequently the first Duke of Marlborough for whom Blenheim Palace in England was built) taught a young James Oglethorpe (subsequently the Founder of the Colony of Georgia) military tactics. Oglethorpe’s brother was appointed John Churchill’s Aide-de-Camp and John Churchill recommended James Oglethorpe be appointed Aide-de-Camp to his partner in the Blenheim campaign, Prince Eugene of Savoy.

Winston Churchill visited Atlanta in February 1932 with his eldest daughter, Diana, as part of a lecture tour. He stayed three days and lectured at the old Wesley Memorial Chapel, spoke at a ROTC Parade on Grant Field at Georgia Tech and stayed at the Biltmore Hotel.

In September 1943, General George Marshall arranged for Churchill’s youngest daughter, Mary Churchill (later Lady Soames who died aged 91 in May 2014), to visit Fort Oglethorpe, the training camp for the Women’s Army Corps (WACs). (Mary Churchill served in the Auxillary Territorial Service, the UK equivalent of the WACs.)

In March 1944, Mart Bailey taught Winston Churchill how to fire a Tommy gun ahead of a shooting competition with General Eisenhower. Bailey was married into one of Georgia’s high profile families, the Callaways.

In early 1946, Winston and Clementine Churchill stopped in Savannah en route to Miami for some winter sunshine ahead of his Iron Curtain speech in Fulton, MO.

In 1949, Churchill’s younger daughter Sarah (who was an actress) appeared in The Philadelphia Story at the Penthouse Theatre atop the now-demolished Ansley Hotel. On the play’s closing, Sarah travelled to Sea Island, Georgia with her fiancé, the society photographer Anthony Beauchamp. On October 18, 1949 they were married on Sea Island, subsequently the site of the 2004 G8 Summit.

On October 22, 2005, Duncan Sandys (Winston Churchill’s great grandson) married MaryBrown Brewer of Macon, GA at Lovely Lane Chapel (Epworth-by-the-Sea) on St Simon’s Island, holding their reception on Sea Island. In 2011, they moved from London to Atlanta where they currently reside.