3 Day/2 Night Stay on the Antebellum Trail

Below is an itinerary of a 3 day/2 night stay as you move through Macon to Athens and see the Antebellum Trail and all its beauty.

Antebellum Trail Itinerary – 3 Day/2 Night – South to North

Day One

Macon

10:00 AM  Macon Convention & Visitors Bureau
Enjoy a city recently designated:  “one  of the most distinctively historic cities in the country.” Stops include 3 house museums:  Hay House, Cannonball  House and Sidney Lanier Cottage.

12:30 PM  Molly’s Café
Enjoy lunch at a charming sidewalk café featuring burgers, sandwiches, and salads. Molly’s is named after a Little Richard song “Good Golly, Miss Molly” because we are located at the very corner where Little Richard performed.

1:30 PM  The Big House Museum 
Visit the magical place where The Allman Brothers Band (ABB) perfected the sound of Southern Rock and see the largest collection of ABB memorabilia!

3:00 PM  Ocmulgee National Monument’s Indian Mounds
Explore 12,000 years of history of Native Americans At the great earthen mounds and the Earth Lodge,  America’s first public meeting space.

Old Clinton

4:30 PM  Historic District

Day Two

Milledgeville

10:00 AM Historic Trolley Tour
Take a charming guided tour through Milledgeville’s historical district and hear fascinating stories of the spirited Old South. A drive through the landmark historic district includes rotating visits to the Old State Capitol, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Lockerly Hall, and the Brown-Stetson-Sanford House.

12:15 PM  Lunch
The charming Main Street features a variety of restaurants and dining options ranging from country rustic to southern elegance, something to tempt every palate. Milledgeville visitors can enjoy a made-to-order brick oven pizza at one of our unique downtown restaurants, taste a bit of Italian Milledgeville-style or relish in a full afternoon tea!

Eatonton

2 PM Welcome Center / Historic District
Stop by the Welcome Center and pick up an Eatonton Self-Guided Historic Walking Tour brochure, showcasing over 75 historic homes and buildings throughout Eatonton, including Antebellum and Victorian era structures, as well as many historic commercial buildings.

2:30 PM  Uncle Remus Museum
Brer Rabbit an de critters welcome you to visit the Uncle Remus Museum. Consisting of a multiple log cabins, the museum celebrates the folklore tales of Joel Chandler Harris made famous by Walt Disney’s Song of the South. 

Madison

4:00 PM  Madison Welcome Center
Stop in the Madison Welcome Center (ca 1887 – the old firehouse) to pick up your walking/driving tour of the historic district highlighting the many Antebellum and Victorian homes and museums that are open for touring.  Follow the wellness trail that takes you along quiet streets with rows of white columns, the confederate cemetery, and the quaint round bowl springs park.  Also a necessity is the downtown map which will guide you through the blocks to the many shops and restaurants that make the town so vibrant.  Pick from an eatery that overlooks the park, dine in an old train car or icehouse, or grab a bite to go to from a sandwich shop to eat alfresco in the beautiful town park.  With four B&B’s and six national brand lodging options, Madison is sure to offer you the full Antebellum experience.

Day Three

Watkinsville

10:00 AM  Eagle Tavern Museum
Built in 1801, this Historic Stage Coach stop, Tavern & Inn showcases early American life and artifacts from Antebellum Georgia.

10:30 AM  Elder Mill Covered Bridge
Visit this Beautiful 1860’s covered bridge overlooking Elder Mill and Rose Creek.

11:00 AM  Historic Downtown Watkinsville
Tour the village town and enjoy shopping at art galleries, Antique shops and gift shops.  Stop at the historic Ashford Manor Bed & Breakfast, tour the grounds and Enjoy mint juleps on the grand front porch.

Athens

12:30 PM  The State Botanical Garden of Georgia
Tour the three-story tropical conservatory, miles of nature Trails, and beautiful outdoor gardens.  The Garden has been designated an Important Birding Area by the Georgia Aububon Society. Have lunch in the lovely Café set within the conservatory.

2:00 PM  Athens Welcome Center/Church-Waddell-Brumby House
Meet your guide at this 1820 house museum for a 90-minute driving tour of Historic Athens. (Advance reservations necessary.)

4:00 PM  Lyndon House Arts Center
Peruse the exhibits in the galleries and tour the meticulously restored ca. 1856 Ware-Lyndon House. Shop in the gallery store run by the Athens Artists Guild.

6:00 PM  Downtown Athens
Spend happy hour at a tour at Terrapin or Creature Comforts Breweries. Stroll down Broad Street and dine in one of Athens’ award-winning restaurants.  Top it off with a Broadway show at The Classic Center or a night at one of Athens’ world-famous music venues or pubs.

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