Open: Monday - Friday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Directions: From Atlanta I-85 to I-185 S. Exit 7W, Exit 1.
From Montgomery, I-85 to Phoenix City, then US 80 to Columbus. From Macon, US 80. From Florida, US 280 North.
The Rankin House was built for James Rankin, a planter, who immigrated to Columbus from Ayshire in Scotland. Work on this mansion was started prior to the War Between the States but was not completed until the war ended.
The house is noted for its exquisite iron grillwork on the lower veranda and flying balcony. Wide heart-of-pine floorboards, cast iron windowsills, and hand-carved cornices and doorframes are also distinctive features of the house. The graceful solid-walnut, double stairway, rising from the center hall to a landing between the first and second floors, is a focal point of the interior.
The lower floor has been restored as an 1850-1870 house museum and decorated in the Victorian style of that era. Original colors and especially-created reproductions of fabrics of tihe period, authenticated by a curator of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, have been used throughout the museum rooms.
Historic Columbus Foundation owns the house. The Columbus Town Committee, NSCDA Georgia, assisted with restoration, contributed furnishings, and maintains two of the rooms.