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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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" !
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.
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".
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!
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.
As we came off of the North O'Conee Greenway walk we stumbled accross a disused old wooden railway bridge, well half a bridge.
Looking at a map I think it was close to the SR-10 and Poplar street junction by Dudley Park. It's very impressive but there were no signs and no plaques giving info about it as there were for other less impressive items. I think they should make a bit more of it.
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.
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
Next to the college campus is an interesting collegetown, with a high density of small shops, restaurants, and bars. The latter serve as venue for a florishing music scene that is a lot more diverse than you might think. Athens apparently deserves its reputation as an incubator for some very creative music-making.