McDonough Travel Guide

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McDonough Things to Do

  • McDonough City Cemetery

    City Cemetery in very bad shape - Some tombstones have been laid one upon another and some have just been discarded into stacks of what appears to be a trash pile. Broken markers throughout due to vandals as well as fireants galore. Quite a few markers are unreadable due to the type of marker so unless you know specifically where someone is buried...

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  • historic homes

    downtown mcdonough was scores of beautiful antebellum and victorian homes. for those interested in architechture and southern culture the residental areas of mcdonough are worth visiting. see my mcdonough travelogue for some more examples.

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  • courthouse square

    courthouse square in downtown mcdonough is worth a visit when in the mcdonough area. the square is lined with shops, restaurants, and bars. when staying at the numerous road side motels on I-75 downtown mcdonough is worth the five minute side trip.

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  • city cemetery

    mcdonough's city cemetery is the final resting place of revolutionary war, civil war, world war II, korean war veterans and many prominent citizens of mcdonough. the city cemetery is also the final resting place of the victims of the great train wreak of 1900. the city cemetery has a very good collection of funerary art.

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  • confederate civil war memorial

    the henry county confederate civil war memorial is located on courthouse square near the henry county courthouse in downtown mcdonough. the memorial is a standing solder motif which is common in the south.

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  • henry county courthouse

    the henry county courthouse was built in 1897 in the romanesque revival style. the courthouse was designed by the architectural firm golucke & stewart. located on courthouse square this beautiful building is worth a look when in macdonough.

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McDonough Restaurants

  • cafe style

    p.j.'s cafe is a very nice restaurant and bar located on courthouse square in downtown mcdonough. good american fare moderately priced. a good place to have lunch or dinner in downtown mcdonough.

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  • A hidden treasure!

    My wife Lisa and I stumbled upon this TRUE GEM on the road between I-75 and Atlanta Motor Speedway (can't remember the name of the road). It was like an instant transport to a beach house in Florida or Bahamas. Really cool decor. They even have HUGE palm trees (this is in Georgia!). The food was awesome. Different (good) flavors. Beautiful...

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  • my kinda place

    This place is nice. A combination of local bar in the middle with restaurant booths and tables all around. The decor is mish-mash momento. Pictures of famous people, ice-skates, baseball bat, autographed napkin, just a lot of stuff that is interesting trivia. Helps pass the time while you wait to be served.We got there at a busy time and they...

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McDonough Warnings and Dangers

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    by davecallahan Updated Apr 9, 2007

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    McDonough has average crime stats for violent crimes (murder, rape) but much higher than average rates for non-violent crimes (thefts typically).

    So be sure to put your valuables away in a safe place (motel safebox, car trunk, money belt) and remember to lock the doors.

    in 2006 there were 40 sex offenders in Mcdonough registered with the local authorities.
    If you are going to be in the area, you might want to check out the website below to see if any of those SOs are near where you are going to be.

    Remember that when you are traveling with children, you must be ever vigilant.... it only takes 30 seconds to lose someone.

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McDonough Sports & Outdoors

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    by davecallahan Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This course is a private establishment that opens up to public use at certain times in the year and on certain days. You must call ahead for tee registration. There is a dress code.

    18 holes with a cart will cost $45. The pain and exasperation, when playing this course, is free.
    It is a difficult course with taxing tee-to-green presentations (dog-legs, elevations, tree-obstructions, raps). I don't think any of the greens are truly flat and though they are relatively large, they are quite hard to make in three putts (at least for duffers like me). Greens are well maintained bent grass; fairways and roughs are bermuda grass which can play a bit fast in the dry summers. The course will continue to frustrate you on every hole.
    The short tees play 5500 and the long play 6500 yards.

    the ads say "with features like 6 practice greens, a pro shop, a snack bar and a spacious outdoor pavilion the CottonFields golf course is a favorite course for our regular seasoned golfers and an inspiring challenge for newcomers. It offers sparkling ponds, wide, open fairways and large greens. The CottonFields course is designed to provide the ultimate golfing challenge in a glorious setting."

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McDonough Favorites

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    by davecallahan Written Jan 23, 2008

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    Favorite thing: This part of Georgia is not as temperate as the coastal sections where warm currents in the Atlantic (while they do bring storms) tend to moderate temperature fluctuations. Mid-Georgia can be cold in winter and very hot in summer and in recent years they have had summer water shortages due to reduced rainfall.

    Winter in McDonough has some snow and ice (and everyone panics and closes schools) but not enough of either to cause major problems generally. The drivers in Georgia could be aided by some lessons on how to drive on snow and ice because they do have some doozy of pile ups on the interstates here when things get slick. We northerners have the winter cautions ingrained in us so are able to handle the iciness a lot better than our southern brethern.
    (High-Low-Average for Dec 57°F 35°F 45°F, Jan 55°F 32°F 42°F, Feb 60°F 36°F 47°F, Mar 68°F 42°F 54°F)

    Springtime in this area is great because not only do you get the profusion of bulb plants that we New Yorkers are accustomed to but you get beautiful flowering of azaleas which we generally don't see until mid-summer.
    (High-Low-Average for Mar 68°F 42°F 54°F, Apr 75°F 50°F 62°F, May 82°F 59°F 70°F)

    Early summer in McDonough is okay but it tends to get sweltering by July and it stays too hot right through into September. This is the time of year I try to avoid visiting the area because of the darn heat.
    (High-Low-Average for Jun 87°F 66°F 76°F, Jul 90°F 70°F 79°F, Aug 89°F 69°F 78°F)

    Fall is nice here but not as colorful as we have up north where the trees change early and stay bright red, orange and yellow for a month or more. By Halloween, the evenings have cooled off enough to make for comfortable sleeping.
    (High-Low-Average for Sep 83°F 63°F 72°F, Oct 74°F 52°F 62°F, Nov 66°F 43°F 53°F)

    rain for most of our Georgia vacation
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