This is an area that was/has been promoted as a place to come. It used to be the core of a cotton mill, that closed some years ago. Within the local, the company built worker homes, and some stand today, as well as old places of shopping. Now a lot is subsidized lower income housing, so I saw no real draw here. The local college students come here to drink cheaply at he bars.
By far one of the best tours on our trip, and there were many good ones. This had an excellent docent take us around, and explain the history in finite detail of the family living here. It was built in 1898, and has 23 rooms and a huge semi-circle portico with ornate columns; hence where the house name came from. The Owen family was in the lumber business, and thus have great wood panels throughout the home. It was turned over to the local garden club in 1983, and they spent $3 million in renovations.
It is open only 2-5 Monday-Friday, and admission is $5.
This is a great museum that is in an old Carnegie Library complex. They have 10,000 SF, and it is packed with the culture and history of the area, and its people. The tour is very good, and the variety from dress, military, Civil War, industry and fame are all here. They took over the libray in 1967, and added to the collection of items
It is open 10-5 Monday-Friday and Saturday 2-5PM, and admission is $5
downtown valdosta is about three miles east of I-75 on US 84. downtown valdosta offers a nice downtown shopping area with numerous gift shops, antique stores, bars, and restaurants. only a five minute detour off I-75 downtown valdosta's restaurants offer a nice change of pace from the usual interstate fast food fare.
wild adventures is a family oriented amusement park located just south east of valdosta. wild adventures has a zoo, thrill rides, and a water park. they also host top name country and rock concerts. see their website for dates and times. a nice place to take the family.
the wisenbacker-roberts house was built in 1840 and is the oldest house in valdosta. william wisenbacker was an early lowndes county settler. j.t. roberts bought the house around the turn of the 20th century and added it's victorian wings and tower. this is one of a number of historic homes in the historic fairview district of valdosta. visit www.valdostacity.com for a virtual tour of valdosta historic homes.
The old structures downtown have been preserved very well, and recently the revamp to bring commerce and retail trade back to the center has filled up the buildings. Most are from early 1900's
This County courthouse is from 1905, and recently was closed for new activity in more modern facility. It is on the historic register
This park is located at exit 13 off US 75. It is 150 acres, has 50 rides, a wave pool and slides, and a lounging area.
located on the grounds of the lowndes county courthouse is the confederate civil war memorial. this statue with a standing solder is a very common memorial in the south.