Did you know that July 4th is not only the birthday of our nation, but it is also the birthday of Miss Freedom, the statue located on top of the gold dome? On July 4th, 1889, Georgia’s General Assembly marched from their home at the Kimball Opera House to their newly completed Capitol Building where they were welcomed by Governor John Brown Gordon and the statue of freedom on top of the dome. At the time the dome was not gilded, but rather painted to look like the rest of the building.
July is a great time to visit the Capitol. It is quiet and cool and a wonderful way to learn about Georgia’s government. Stop in before a Braves weeknight game and see the signed baseball bat given by the Atlanta Braves to Governor George Busbee. Challenge your family with our Capitol Exploration Guides that can be found at our tour desk or online here.
We are not open on July 4th, but on all other week days you can join us for a walk-in tour at 11:30am or pick up a self-guided brochure at the tour desk just inside the west entrance. Brochures can also be downloaded in advance here. For those with iPad or iPhones you can download our Capitol App for a multimedia guide to the building. Just go to the iTunes Store on your device and search for Georgia Capitol. It is a free download.