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UGA Alumni Association, Wray-Nicholson House

  • 298 S. Hull St.|
  • Athens GA 30602
  • 706-542-2251
  • |Toll Free: 800-606-8786
  • Region: UGA Campus

The UGA Alumni Association proudly supports the academic excellence, best interests and traditions of Georgia's flagship University and its more than 260,000 alumni worldwide. A good place to begin an on-campus visit is the UGA Alumni Association office, located in the ihistoric Wray-Nicholson House on Hull Street.

OFFICE HOURS are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Drop by for a visit!

An outstanding example of Greek Revival Architecture, the House traces its beginning to 1825 when it served as a student dining hall. In 1845, Thomas Wray, an Athens businessman, acquired the property which bordered the University of Georgia campus and made significant architectural improvements that resulted in a spacious private residence.

John W. Nicholson purchased the home in 1867 and made extensive improvements including the addition of the two-tiered porches. These were replaced by another renovation in 1916 by the present impressive portico which features six giant Doric columns that were removed from an antebellum mansion on Prince Avenue. The Nicholson family retained ownership for nearly 100 years.

Surrounded by massive oaks, magnolias and a large garden area, the grounds are credited to the vision of Lucy Woodall Nicholson, wife of Madison Nicholson, John's son. Mrs. Nicholson was hostess in the home from 1905 until her death in 1970. She was an avid gardener and served as president of the Ladies Garden Club of Athens, America's first Garden Club founded in 1891.

The House underwent a massive restoration in the late 90's when Athens-Clarke County voters approved a Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax for the project. The house and its grounds and out buildings was then purchased by the University of Georgia.

Today, besides serving as the Association's headquarters, the house is also available for special occasions such as weddings, receptions and other social and business functions.