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    president's house

    by doug48 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    president's house

    pictured is the university of georgia president's house. also known as the benjamon h. hill house this beautiful greek revival home was built in 1856. the president's house is listed on the national register of historic places. to learn more about this historic home visit the attached website.

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    Athens Welcome Centre

    by Brijb20 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Church-Waddel-Brumby House Welcome Center
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    Athens Welcome Centre is situated just North of the Downtown area on the Junction of College and Dougherty. It's an impressive old building, actually the Church-Waddel-Brumby House, built in 1820, and when we visited,( May 2005 ),it was in the process of restoration. Now I believe the house is also a museum.
    It is manned by volunteers who love their job from what I could see. A gentleman around 60 talked to us for quite a while about things to do in and around Athens. Very helpful and very, very friendly. Loads of leaflets available.
    A toilet block is provided in an annex to the rear of the building. I was impressed by how smart and clean this was.

    Hours:
    Monday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
    Sunday 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.
    Open until 6:00 p.m. during daylight savings months

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    Terrapin Brewery

    by bocmaxima Written Dec 20, 2010

    Bring a DD. Seriously.
    $10 gets you in with a souvenir glass and eight tickets which are intended for 4oz pours of their beers. You enter into the gift shop (no beer is sold here, just schwag), are carded, pay your fee and get your glass.
    The actual "tasting room" is a roped off part of the brewing facility which the tour guide said was a former Jordache Jeans factory (fancy!). You bring your tickets and glass to the bar and are given one pour per ticket. Now, how much of a pour you're given seems very much to depend on who pours it, how they're feeling, how nice you are, and how late it is. I got mostly half pint pours but, later on, I started seeing more and more full pint pours.
    This becomes a problem if you're solo because about half of their beers are the high-gravity, 7%+ variety. They had a fantastic imperial stout on that I couldn't get enough of but, at 10.3%, I had to stop with it to resist making myself sick. There were about 8 beers on tap, total.
    The tour started at about 6. The music was turned off and the guide rounded up people with a megaphone. Only about 10% of the people there actually went for the tour, which is technically what you're paying for when you pay your $10.
    Georgia has some really, really, really stupid alcohol laws, and this is not only why you cannot buy any beer here (at a f'in brewery), but also why they have this weird ticketing system and why, this whole time, you're technically on the tour. They also cannot fill growlers here, per Georgia law.
    I mention the music and, normally, they have a live band as entertainment but, on this night, the band had cancelled and they were reduced to a stereo.
    And, a warning: there was a police officer sitting in the driveway of a business next door as I left. Like I said, bring a DD. It would be no fun to get a DUI.
    Interesting fact: I was told that they contract a lot of their brewing out of Maryland and this is where "Terrapin" comes from. Made sense, but this contradicted with what the tour guide said, in that it's named after a Grateful Dead album. However, if you look at the label on a Terrapin Rye bottle, it is brewed by Flying Dog in Maryland. Who knows.

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    double barrell cannon

    by doug48 Updated Oct 26, 2010

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    double barrel cannon

    located on the grounds of the athens city hall is the double barrell cannon. the cannon was designed by john gilleland and it's purpose was to shoot two cannon balls that were connected by a chain. the idea was to shoot it at advancing infantry and the chain was to mow down more solders than a conventional cannon shot. the idea did not work because the two powder charges could not propel the shots simultaneously and the chain always broke. the two cannon shots were erractic and the cannon was never used in battle. an interesting relic of georgia's military past.

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    We Let The Dawgs Out

    by bulldoggirl Written Oct 22, 2008

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    One of my favorite things in Athens (or should I say 36 of my favorite things) is the "We Let The Dawgs Out" statue display. The Athens-Oconee Junior Woman's Club created a public art exhibit for Athens which features 4-foot fiberglass bulldawgs painted by local artists throughout Athens-Carke County. The purpose of this project was to allow the art industry to give back to the community while bringing recognition of the artists, galleries, and sponsors.

    Athens became the first city in Georgia to join the national "animals on parade" phenomenon. While other cities such as New York usually auction their statues off after a few months, Athens is proud to announce that the bulldawgs will be a permanent art display. The statues are made with a special clear coating which gives them durability to stay outside.

    There are 36 bulldawgs on display in downtown Athens, Five Points, Normaltown, Ben Epps Airport and the parks. Each has a clever name which relates to its sponsor or design, such as the "Show Dawg," in the Classic Center or "Sit, Rock, n' Roll Over," which is decorated with names and images of local music phenomenons.

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    Terrapin Brewery Tour

    by bulldoggirl Written Oct 22, 2008

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    Every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 5:30 - 7:30 pm, Athens' own Terrapin Brewery opens up to give tours and tastings. For $8, you get a Terrapin pint glass (which you can keep), you can take a guided tour to see how Terrapin is made, you get 8 drink tickets to taste the different beers they have on tap, and there's live music. They usually have 6 beers on tap at once and they change seasonally.

    Overall, it's a really cool experience. It's neat to learn a little bit about one of Athens' most famous local products, and it's a fun social gathering, there were tons of people there.

    It's also a great price for everything you get - the tour, glass, beer, AND music! Doing all that downtown could easily run you $50, and Terrapin offers it all for $8. Next time you have a few hours to kill on a weekend afternoon, or if you're visiting and are looking for an alternative to the typical bar scene, definitely check out the brewery!

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    confederate civil war memorial

    by doug48 Updated Oct 4, 2008

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    confederate memorial

    the clarke county confederate civil war memorial is located at the intersection of college and broad streets across the street from the university of georgia campus. this memorial has a very unique design.

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    downtown

    by doug48 Written Oct 4, 2008

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    clayton street.

    pictured is clayton street in downtown athens. clayton street is in the middle of a four block area next to the UGA campus that is athen's entertainment district. this section of downtown has numerous bars, nightclubs, and restaurants. because of UGA athens has a vibrant downtown night life.

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    university of georgia

    by doug48 Updated Oct 4, 2008

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    UGA campus

    located on 615 acres in downtown athens the university of georgia dominates the economy and culture of the city. UGA was chartered in 1785 by abraham baldwin and is the first state chartered university in the united states. originally called franklin college UGA opened in 1801. UGA's first president was josiah meigs. the reverend robert findley was also a president of UGA. the university was closed between 1863 and 1866 due to the civil war. of interest to the tourist is it's beautiful campus and neo classical architecture. in the fall of each year athens is invaded by tens of thousands of georgia football fans for home football games. a word of warning, if by chance you visit athens on a football weekend it will be impossible to find a hotel room. go "dawgs" !

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    taylor-grady house

    by doug48 Written Oct 3, 2008

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    pictured is the taylor-grady house. this beautiful greek revival home was built in 1839. this house was home to general robert taylor and later the home of henry grady who was the managing editor of the atlanta consititution. the taylor-grady house is listed on the national register of historic places.

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    lumpkin house

    by doug48 Written Oct 3, 2008

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    pictured is the joseph henry lumpkin house. this beautiful greek revival home was built in 1842. joseph henry lumpkin bought this house in 1843. lumpkin was the first georgia supreme court chief justice.

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    city hall

    by doug48 Written Oct 3, 2008

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    city hall

    pictured is the beautiful 1904 beau arts athens city hall. the city hall is located on a hill on the highest point of the city. the city hall is a a couple of blocks from the university of georgia campus and from athen's entertainment district. the city hall is a good spot to begin a walking tour of downtown athens.

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    athens welcome center

    by doug48 Written Oct 3, 2008

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    athens welcome center

    the athens welcome center is a good first stop to visit when in athens. the welcome center is located in the historic 1820 church-waddel-brumby house. this house is the oldest in athens and was once home to moses waddel the president of the university of georgia from 1820 to 1829. at the welcome center you can get directions to the historic homes and buildings of athens or you can arrange a tour of the city.

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    Downtown Athens

    by mhr648 Written Mar 27, 2008

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    To get a true feel for Athens, you really need to spend some time downtown. Stay someplace within walking distance (I've heard good things about GameDay, but being from in town, never stayed there, or another option is The Foundry.) Walk down in the morning. Pick up a Flagpole, the free weekly entertainment newspaper, and grab some coffee at one of the many coffee spots, like Walker's, Espresso Royale, or Hot Corner. Read about all the music and arts events happening while you are in town. Browse the many shops. Frontier for gifts with an earthy, arty organic feel; Helix, a grabbag of tons of cool things from jewelry to baby clothes to soap and sushii plates; Native American for incredible beads, turquoise and other handmade items; Schoolkids or Wuxtry records for vinyl or cd's of local and other music with an emphasis on indies; Agora, for the most ecclectic crazy thrift store experience; Masada, for great leather and outdoor gear. This is just a sampling. Have some lunch. (See restaurant tip.) Go walk around on the beautiful UGA campus, and don't forget to hit the Founders Garden. Walk down to the Tate Student Center on the UGA campus and check out all the flyers for what the University has to offer, and get a feel for student life. Go across the street and look at the crazy big UGA football stadium. Go rest. Have dinner, again, see my restaurant tips. Then, go and see some music!! You may need to see movie at Cine, a great new art-house theater, or grab a drink at The Manhatten or 283 or The Globe or Transmetropolitan or any other of the millions of bars downtown. Look around, and you'll find one to meet your age, dress, drink, or other preferences. Music typically starts LATE. You have to go to the 40Watt if you want the true Athens experience. Also of note, Tasty World, Caledonia and the Georgia Theater. If you can't make it late, try the Melting Point at the Foundry or Flicker, who tend to have earlier shows. Wake up in the morning, and, if it's a weekend, hit The Grit for brunch or try Big City for pastries and coffee. Hope you have fun!

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    River walk

    by Brijb20 Updated Mar 29, 2007

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    At the botton Of E Broad Street you can join an O'Conee river walk that takes you, (yes by the river), and points out where the old mills were situated and into Dudley Park.
    Just by the river ant the bottom of Broad Street is Weaver D's restaurant which gave it' name to the REM record, "Automatic For The People".

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