Colonel William S. West, who served as a United States Senator, built the Crescent between 1897-1899. It is the grandest mansion in all of Valdosta. It was saved from impending demolition by three ladies of the Valdosta Garden Club and in 1951 became home to all the city’s garden clubs.
It serves as the centerpiece of the Valdosta Garden Center, which also features beautiful formal gardens and outbuildings, and has played host to countless weddings and formal functions over the years. It’s open to the public Monday through Friday from 2 PM to 5 PM, but closed during major holidays and private events.
Damon Olson, who spent five years in college at Valdosta State, reminded me that a photo of the Crescent was used for many years on the box of Winn-Dixie’s “Georgia Crackers” brand.
If you’re ever in Valdosta, stop by and walk around the grounds. It’s an enlightening place.
National Register of Historic Places