The Appling Sword at the Georgia Capitol


After nearly a century, the Appling Sword has been returned to Georgia. Come to the Georgia Capitol to learn about the heroic exploits of its namesake Colonel Daniel Appling during the War of 1812 and find out where it has been for all these years.



The Georgia Capitol in July

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.

This birthday card was signed by those who celebrated Miss Freedom’s 120th birthday in July 2009 at the Georgia Capitol. GCM Object ID 2009.99.0002

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.

Access to Georgia Capitol will be limited during upcoming filming

From March 29th to April 8th the Georgia Capitol will be the set for a film production. Access to the Capitol’s public spaces will be limited. The west and north entrances will be closed. Any scheduled tour groups will need to come in through the south entrance of the building where your tour guide will meet you. Due to filming tours may need to be re-routed or cut short.

Georgia Capitol App featured on the cover of GSU Magazine

The Spring 2012 issue of GSU Magazine features on its cover the new Georgia Capitol App created by GSU professor Dr. Tim Crimmins and GSU graduate student Chris Escobar. The article discusses the apps development along with a discussion of the use of new media in historic places. The online article also features this video about the Georgia Capitol App:

Georgia Capitol Tour App: Making History from Georgia State on Vimeo.

The app is available for free download and you can learn more about it on our website. Guided tours using the app for groups of less than 20 can be scheduled by calling Timothy Frilingos at 404-656-2846. Please call two weeks in advance.