4 Day/3 Night Stay on the Antebellum Trail

Below is an itinerary of a 4 day/3 night stay as you move through Macon to Athens and see the Antebellum Trail and all its beauty.

North to South


Day One


10:00 AM  The Georgia Museum of Art
Browse permanent and traveling exhibits from all over the world at Georgia’s official state museum.

12:00 PM  Historic Downtown
Shop in unique boutiques, galleries and specialty shops housed in historic buildings and have lunch in one of downtown’s many cafés, eateries and fine restaurants.


Tour one of Athens’ breweries to discover and sample award-winning beers.

2:00 PM  Athens Visitor Center/Church- Waddell-Brumby House
Meet your guide at this ca.1820 house museum for a tour of Historic Athens.

4:00 PM  The State Botanical Garden of Georgia
Stop-in for a quick tour of this 313-acre preserve featuring a three-story conservatory, miles of nature trails and beautiful outdoor gardens.


5:00 PM  Elder Mill Covered Bridge
Visit this beautiful 1860’s covered bridge overlooking Elder Mill and Rose Creek

Day Two

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  Historic Downtown Watkinsville
Tour the village town and enjoy shopping at art galleries, antique shops and gift shops. Be sure to pick up a Historical Walking Tour Map at the Welcome Center for more historical information about the city.


12:00 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 beautiful 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 quaint town park.

2:00 PM  Exploring Madison
Spend some time perusing through the antiques shops, specialty stores, and sweet shops that add to the town’s charming character.  Be sure to also step back in time touring the three house museums (open daily), the Madison Morgan Cultural Center (the first graded schoolhouse in the Southeast), and the African American Museum.  Just outside of town you’ll find the world renowned Steffen Thomas Museum, Hard Labor Creek State Park in the beautiful town of Rutledge, and Lake Oconee.


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.

4:00 PM  Welcome Center / Chamber of Commerce
Visitors will step back in time as they enter the Old School History Museum, located in The Plaza Arts Center adjacent to the Welcome Center / Chamber of Commerce. Housed in four classrooms of the original 1916 Eatonton School, the museum offers a guided tour and is able to feature four different, yet historically relevant exhibits for tourists to enjoy.

A step-on-guide will accompany the group on a driving tour of the historic district. Over 75 historic homes and buildings are located throughout Eatonton, including Antebellum and Victorian era structures, as well as many historic commercial buildings.

5:30 PM  Alice Walker Driving Tour
The Alice Walker Driving Tour takes you past several important places in the Pulitzer Prize winning author’s life, including the church she was baptized in, as well as Wards Chapel Cemetery where her parents are buried.  Visitors may also tour her childhood home.

7:00 PM  Dinner
Dine overlooking Lake Oconee or a World Class Golf Course.

Day Three

10:00 am Uncle Remus Museum
Brer Rabbit and the critters welcome you to visit the Uncle Remus Museum, celebrating the folklore tales made famous by Walt Disney’s Song of the South.  Spend some time in this museum housed in a log cabin similar to the one occupied by “Uncle Remus”, the lovable character made famous by author Joel Chandler Harris, who was born and raised in Eatonton.


12:15 PM  Lunch
Have lunch in the beautiful downtown area where there’s something to tempt every palate.

1:00 PM  Old State Capitol Building
Tour the newly renovated structure, home to some of Georgia’s greatest debates.

2:00 PM  Lockerly Hall and Lockerly Arboretum
See the former plantation with an Arboretum showcasing flora native to the Piedmont area.

4:00 PM  Old Governor’s Mansion
Feel the presence of past governors as you tour this historic house museum.

Old Clinton

5:00 PM  Historic District
Take a tour of “the Town that Time Forgot”, settled in 1807.

Day Four


9:00 a.m.  Georgia Sports Hall of Fame
Enjoy 14,000 square feet of exhibits, a NASCAR simulator and celebration of Georgia athletes like Bobby Jones, Ty Cobb, Hank Aaron, Jackie Robinson, and Louise Suggs. Evander Holyfield. Nancy Lopez and Paul Anderson.

10:00 AM  Macon’s Convention & Visitor Bureau
Visit Macon’s distinctively beautiful historic neighborhoods.  House museums include:  Hay House, Cannonball House and Sidney Lanier Cottage.

12:30 PM  The Rookery
“Do lunch” at Macon’s “in” spot in one of the historic downtown buildings to enjoy fresh breads, soups, salads, and pastas.  Be sure to include a dessert.

2:30 PM  Museum of Arts & Sciences 
“Discover the World – Explore the Universe” at the Museum of Arts & Sciences, which offers a wide variety of art and science exhibitions including a full-dome planetarium, Mini-zoo with 70+ live animals, interactive Discovery House, beautiful nature trails, and much more.

3:30-4:30 PM  Tubman African American Museum
African art, history and culture are featured through changing exhibits and permanent collections including The Noel Collection of ancient artifacts.  Don’t miss the African American inventors exhibit.

6:30 PM  Tic-Toc Room or Downtown Grill
Ti-Toc is a fabulous restaurant in Historic Downtown Where Little Richard once performed.  Downtown Grill Is in an alley off Third Street and is a favorite of locals! You can’t miss with either of these night spots.

Dusk: Visit one or more of Macon’s nighttime entertainment venues for dinner, drinks and live music, or a theater production