Welcome Friends!


The Friends of the Gordon-Lee Mansion is a tax-exempt, non-profit organization that exists, in cooperation with the City of Chickamauga, to promote, preserve, enhance, and foster public awareness and appreciation of the historic significance of the Gordon-Lee Mansion.

The Gordon-Lee mansion is located at :

     217 Cove Road

     Chickamauga,  GA  30707

Friends of The Gordon-Lee Mansion incorporated in the spring of 2011.  We have been approved with 501C3 tax exempt status effective May 9, 2011.

Meetings fourth Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Chickamauga civic center.

P.O. Box 465 
Chickamauga, GA 30707


Membership is open!  

Spring Tours

Spring Tours are usually held on the 3rd Saturday in May in conjunction with Downhome Days - cancelled for 2021.

Summer Tours

Summer Tours are each Saturday from Memorial Day to Labor Day from 11 am to 3 pm.

Blue & Gray BBQ

The Blue & Gray BBQ Contest is planned for Saturday September 18, 2021.  Download your application here.

Candle Light Tours

Candle Light Tours are planned for December 3rd, 4th, 10th, and 11th from 6 pm to 8 pm each evening.

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Construction on the Gordon-Lee Mansion began in 1840 by Mr. James Gordon and was completed in 1847.  The home was constructed on a portion of Gordon’s 2,500 acres in northwest Georgia after he moved from Gwinnett County Georgia and started a successful business.


The home and grounds are historically significant for several reasons. The grounds were home to the Cherokee Courthouse prior to the displacement of the Cherokees in the Trail of Tears.  Also, it is one of very few remaining structures used by both Union and Confederate forces during the Battle of Chickamauga in September 1863.  Union General William Rosecrans used the parlor of the home as his headquarters during that battle.  Both Union and Confederate troops were treated in the field hospital in the house and on the grounds during that battle.


In 1889, the grounds of the Gordon-Lee Mansion were the site of the Blue-Gray Barbeque, in which 14,000 Civil War veterans returned to the site to eat, fellowship, and smoke a peace pipe.  At that event, a decision was made to form the Chickamauga-Chattanooga National Military Park, the first Civil War Battlefield in the United States to be set aside for historical preservation.


The home was originally owned by James and Sarah Gordon, then passed to their daughter, Elizabeth, and her husband and James Gordon’s business partner, James Lee.  The home then was passed to James and Elizabeth’s son, Gordon Lee, a United States Congressman, and his wife, the former Olive Berry of Newnan, Georgia.


In 1974, the house and grounds were purchased by a Chattanooga dentist, Dr. Frank Green, and restored with historical accuracy.  Dr. Green sold the property to the city of Chickamauga in 2007.  The home is completely furnished in 18th and 19th century antiques, most from the American South and of museum quality.



Special holiday and seasonal tours-Specific dates and admission price vary. Spring tour is typically the first Saturday in May.  Christmas Candlelight Tours are typically the first and second weekends in December. Self-guided Christmas tours include musical entertainment as well as homemade cookies and hot apple cider. During season and holiday tours, the home is beautifully decorated with fresh flowers and greenery, including handmade wreaths and garlands, in addition to candles and other items typical of the antebellum period.


Memorial Day through Labor Day

11:00 To 3:00


$5.00 Adults

$1.00 Children 12 & under

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— Kassie Love

"Always a fun and educational time. A wonderful piece of preserved history"


The Gordon Lee Mansion is located at: 

217 Cove Road

Chickamauga,  GA  30707



We'd love to hear from you



P.O. Box 465 

Chickamauga, GA 30707