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Georgia’s Antebellum Trail: A Weekend Jaunt

Photo by Kathleen Walls

Discovering Georgia's Deep South Roots

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Georgia‘s Antebellum Trail winds approximately 100 miles from Macon to Athens, following much the same path as Sherman’s March to the Sea during the Civil War.

Macon

Macon is the place to start. Ocmulgee National Monument is the site of a Mississippian settlement dating back to 900 AD. Many of Macon’s antebellum homes still stand. By a strange coincidence, The Cannonball House suffered the only damage done during the Civil War by the invading Union Army.


Milledgeville

Milledgeville was Georgia’s capital when Sherman stopped by in 1864. Another antebellum home is Lockerly Hall. Be sure to visit the garden there. Old State Capitol Building is now home of Georgia Military College and Georgia’s Old Capital Museum. The Secession Convention was held here in January 1861.


Eatonton

Eatonton is best known as the home of Brer Rabbit but its strangest creature is Rock Eagle Effigy, a stone mound in the shape of a bird with outstretched wings.

Not far away a similar mound, Rock Hawk, is surrounded by a park. One theory is that these mounds were religious sites associated with burials.


Madison

Madison has retained much of its pre-Civil War charm. There is an old-fashioned square where the 1845 courthouse sits. Historic homes and some fun tours await you there.


Watkinsville

Watkinsville began around 1801 with Eagle Tavern, a favorite stopping point for 19th century travelers.

Ashford Manor B and B is a great stay-over point.


Athens

Athens is a double-barreled city. Like its famous Double-Barreled Cannon (located in front of city hall), Athens, Georgia, is a city with two faces. Both of them are lots of fun for visitors. If you want to eat, drink and be merry, or just enjoy history or nature, Athens offers lots of choices.


At A Glance

Price Range:
midrange
Most Suited to:
single
couples
families
groups
lgbtq
Season:
winter
spring
summer
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Length:
weekend
longer

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