Overton. Photo courtesy Historic Augusta
Overton. Photo courtesy Historic Augusta

Historic Augusta membership party will be at Overton April 23

Historic Augusta’s Cotton Ball was set to make its pandemic return in 2023 at a historic Summerville Home, but rain pushed it to Sacred Heart Cultural Center

From 6 to 9 p.m. April 23, 2024, Historic Augusta officials will once again try to have the membership event at Overton, the home of Lauren and Bert Gary at 635 Gary St.

April Henry King’s rendering of Overton. Courtesy Historic Augusta

Overton is a neo-classical revival style house originally built circa 1799 by Gov. John Milledge, who was one of the founders of the University of Georgia.

The home underwent significant remodeling around 1890 and 1910.The house features a monumental portico with four Tuscan fluted columns sheltering a wide front porch and second-floor balcony. Milledge named the property Overton because it overlooked the town, according to Historic Augusta.

Overton received the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation’s Excellence in Restoration Award in 2022.

“The current owners acquired the house in 2019 and began restoration. The project involved saving and restoring the 1910 design and features, while addressing 21st century needs. Notable things that were preserved in the house include curly heart pine ceilings in the Butler’s Pantry, original plaster throughout, hardwood flooring, original doors and hardware, and the portico and porches,” according to the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation’s website. “As one of Augusta’s landmark residential properties, both for its architectural and historical significance, this restoration ensures that Overton remains a vital presence in the Summerville Historic District.”

Bradley’s BBQ will cater the meal with desserts by Sweet Azalea Gourmet Shop & Catering, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Vance’s Bakery Bar and Teresa’s Treats There will be a cash bar, and Will McCranie will provide the entertainment.

The Cotton Ball was first held in 1988. The pandemic put it on a hiatus, returning in 2023.

Admission to the Cotton Ball is by current, new, or renewing membership in Historic Augusta, Inc., which is open to all who are interested in preserving Augusta’s historic places. Memberships start at $60 for individuals and $100 for families.

In case of rain, the event will move to Sacred Heart.

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One response to “Historic Augusta membership party will be at Overton April 23”

  1. Joyce Law says:

    The premier beverage service is under the supervision of Mr. Joe Willis.

    Thank you for including Mr. Willis. He is a staple of the first class entertainment sponsored by Historic Augusta, Inc.