Athens Welcome Center

Athens Music History Tours

Antebellum Trail

Annual “ Holiday Spirits” Tour of Athens Museum Homes

2:00 pm Saturday December 6th, 13th, and 20th

Tickets $25 each -- For reservations, call 706-353-1820

Join us for the annual award-winning Holiday Spirits Tour, where you will be transported to Christmases past by experiencing three museum homes adorned in period-specific holiday décor.  A special theatrical or musical performance will be presented at one house and light seasonal refreshments will be served along the way. The Church-Waddel-Brumby, T.R.R. Cobb, Taylor-Grady, and Ware-Lyndon Houses will be among those showcased on this guided bus tour of magnificent museum homes. Space is limited, so reserve your seats early.   

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Antebellum Trail

The Athens Welcome Center presents Creighton Cutts' original Bee Natural Honeypots in our ongoing Over-The-Mantle Artist series! This spring, stop by to pick up a handcrafted beeswax luminary, each one unique and made of all natural locally harvested materials. Creighton donates a portion of the proceeds to the Waterkeepers Alliance, a non-profit dedicated to clean rivers, lakes, and coastal waterways. Pick out your favorite honeypot, and benefit your local economy and waterways AND bring beauty to your home!

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Downtown Athens Podtour

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Be sure to start your visit to Athens at the Welcome Center located at 280 East Dougherty St on the north end of historic, downtown Athens. We have a wide selection of brochures on Athens and the entire state of Georgia. We’ll be happy to answer any questions and help you get the most out of your visit. Feel free to bring your laptop, since our facility is a wi-fi zone. Our hours are:
Monday - Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm,
Sunday 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm. See you soon!


Entertaining guests or looking for something to do?

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Even if you’re an Athenian, the Welcome Center has travel information for Georgia, including free Georgia Highway maps and the state travel guide. Be sure to bring your out of town guests and we’ll be happy to help you show off Athens, so your guests will know why Athens continually rewarded accolades in the national media.



A little history…?

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The Church-Waddel-Brumby House is believed to be the oldest residence in Athens, GA. The House was moved to its current location in 1967 after a group of citizens united to save the House from demolition. The Athens-Clarke Heritage Foundation was formed by these same citizens who had successfully saved the House. Currently, the House is being restored to its 1820-1829 time period when Franklin College (University of Georgia) President, Moses Waddel, lived in the House.