How many ways can you portray the mansion that charms guests today as the Georgian Museum?

The exhibit opening Aug. 24 in the museum’s Goslin Room pulls together photographs, sketches, paintings, blueprints, three-dimensional models and much more.

The oldest images are more than 150 years old. Men in top hats stand by the newly built St. John’s Episcopal Church and a skinny sycamore tree.  Rising behind them is Mount Flora, as the Georgian was originally named.

Another photo from the early 20th century gives a tantalizing view of the carriage house that once stood behind the mansion and burned in the 1940s.

Many will recognize Kinley Shogren’s painting of the Georgian at Christmas time. But they may not have seen the Christmas watercolor that E.W. Mercer painted for Margie Hale. Mercer was the longtime art director for Anchor Hocking who is remembered in part for designing the logo for the Lancaster and Fairfield County Sesquicentennial.

The display also contains the  painting by Edna Troup for the Christmas seal campaign of the Fairfield County Tuberculosis & Respiratory Disease Association.

One of the models of the Georgian is made from toothpicks, while another was commissioned by Shirley Jadwin from Betty Pryor in the 1980s. It normally can be seen at Farmer’s Country Store.

And then there are the kitschy versions of the Georgian, tea pots, Christmas ornaments, note cards, music boxes and other items that have been sold in the gift shop in the more than 40 years the building has been open as a museum.

“Images of the Georgian” will be open through the end of the touring season, Dec. 12. The exhibit is free. Members of Fairfield Heritage can visit the exhibit Monday through Friday from 9:30am to 4:30pm and weekends during museum hours when tours are offered at 1, 2 and 3pm.

If you haven’t visited the Georgian in the last few years, you should take a spin through it again. Several new items have been added to our wonderful collection. And Heritage members always tour for free!