A Little About Us...
As director of the Athens Welcome Center, Evelyn Reece coordinates numerous staff members and volunteers who serve our Athens visitors 362 days a year. The Athens Welcome Center, like many visitor centers throughout the State, is affiliated with the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Tourism Division. As part of GDEcD’s Regional Visitor Information Center Program, the Welcome Center serves among a network of over 100 Regional Visitor Information Centers, who strive to make every visit to Georgia a memorable one. The mission of the Regional Visitor Information Center Program is to create synergy, partnership, increased communication and provide professional development between Georgia’s Visitor Information Centers and the Regional Visitor Information Centers that operate in Georgia.
A vibrant and creative college town, with live music, to antebellum history and architecture, gardens, and art – Athens has something for everyone. Whether you need directions, suggestions on things to see and do, a tour, or restaurant recommendations, let our information specialists help you craft a personalized itinerary to experience Athens – Life Unleashed.
The Athens Welcome Center is uniquely situated within the boutique hotel district of Downtown Athens. We opened in 1973, when the Church-Waddel-Brumby House was saved from demolition during the Urban Renewal period in downtown Athens. Our visitor center is unique in that we are located inside a circa 1820 house museum, as it was the home of two early presidents of the University of Georgia and later sold to the prominent Brumby Family. Appointed with period appropriate furnishings and decor, the house museum offers a glimpse into the early town and gown life in Athens.
The Welcome Center is home base to Classic City Tours, where visitors can sign up for a variety of guided tours of Athens. Experience the interiors of several house museums, tour historic districts, landmarks, downtown, and the University. Several specialty tours are offered seasonally and by special request appointment including Athens music history, African-American History, and History and Hauntings, and more. Visitors can experience Athens at their own pace with several self-guided tour booklets that are available at the Welcome Center. Lastly, among the many brochures, the Athens Welcome Center Gift Shop carries unique hand-crafted gift items and books on local history.