Built in 1925, The Morgan House stands atop a graceful swath of lawn on West Moring Street in Swainsboro. This 91,134 square foot home, located on 2.09 acres, boasts not only a spacious front lawn with a small creek, but also smaller side lawns of differing levels, a grand fire pit, screened back porch and more for any and all possible activity needs. There is also ample parking both along the large circular drive and off of Herrington Street with access to the house through a gate.
With a formal dining room, sitting room, library, den, kitchen, two restrooms and reading nook downstairs, The Morgan House is able to host a wide variety of activities for the campus and community. Currently, the second floor is closed to visitors and is undergoing renovations.
Dr. Boehmer, Harry Morgan, Gay Fournier and Denny Key
Named for the Morgan family, The Morgan House was donated to East Georgia State College in 2015 to serve as a bridge between campus and community in Swainsboro. James H. “Jimmy” Morgan, patriarch of the family, lived in the home until his death just shy of his one hundred and first birthday. According to his children, Harry, John and Gay, he began to wonder about the fate of the home and the children decided it might be worthwhile to donate it to the college. Jimmy enjoyed the idea and, after discussions with his wife, Jean, they decided to talk to EGSC President Bob Boehmer about his vision for the house and how it would be integrated into the activities of the college and community.
In addition to the house, much of the furnishings, paintings and other decor of the home was donated to the college to preserve the dignity of the house.
The Morgan House was officially opened as part of East Georgia State College on May 31, 2015 with an open house event. Harry Morgan and Gay Fournier were in attendance from the family and shared their thoughts on the college and the Morgan House's role in the community. According to Harry, "Bringing the educational facility of the college into the city is one of the key opportunities for the future. We look forward to seeing it."