Ware-Lyndon Historic House Museum
Lyndon House Arts Center & Ware-Lyndon Historic House Museum
announce a new interpretative exhibition:
The historic Ware-Lyndon House Museum hosts a decorative collection reflecting two prosperous doctors and their families: Dr. Edward Ware and Dr. Edward Lyndon. However, the current narrative of the house does not tell the full, dynamic and truthful story of the enslaved plantation and domestic workers. In 2019, a research project began in pursuit of a more holistic account of the Ware-Lyndon House and its inhabitants. A new interpretive display reflects our research to date – however, this research is dynamic and evolving as much more is to be done to understand the full stories.
Located in the historic house, the new exhibit includes a short film providing insight into enslaved families and their descendants, charting a musical journey that suits the rich musical history of Athens. This film features two musicians with family ties to the enslaved, David Wilborn Jr., whose father was born enslaved here and Hall Johnson, whose enslaved great grandparents lived and forced to labor on this campus.
This exhibit includes a reading room of books relevant to the African American experience in art, music and heritage and a visual timeline relating a fuller and truthful story of this property and all its inhabitants.
Listen to these stories on this Podcast
Corresponding with this new exhibit is the Athens African American Heritage Pathway through downtown Athens featuring stops at sites such as Hot Corner, Morton Theatre and First AME. A map and information is available.
Resilient Civic and Musical Life: Ware-Lyndon House Enslaved and Descendant Stories exhibition and the Athens African American Heritage Pathway is made possible through support of an AARP Community Challenge Grant. Resilient Civic and Musical Life: Ware-Lyndon House Enslaved and Descendant Stories, the film was funded by the Georgia Humanities. Additional support from Athens Downtown Development Authority.
The Ware-Lyndon House is open for self-guided experience Thursday – Saturday from 10 am – 5 pm. All exhibitions and programs are free of charge and open to the public. Please be advised that this exhibit of research is immersive and uses language that might be disturbing to visitors. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Parents and guardians may want to preview.