Antebellum Trail tours
When: April 21-25
Where: Watkinsville, Madison, Eatonton, Milledgeville, Old Clinton and Macon
How much: $25; tickets are now on sale
More info: 800-709-7406
If you’ve driven along U.S. 129 in the past few months, you might have noticed a few brown road signs along it, marking it Georgia’s Antebellum Trail.
And as the state’s official tourism trail, this route is celebrating a span of road, between Athens and Macon, with special events, tours and entrance into private historic homes that aren’t usually open to the public.
All the festivities happen in April, but tickets already are on sale by calling 800-709-7406 or by visiting the Web site. Tickets cost $25 for the events, which run April 21-25.
Highlights of the tour include:
Watkinsville: Home of Eagle Tavern, built in the late 1700s when Watkinsville was a frontier town on the edge of Native American territories.
Madison: Home to a treasure trove of antebellum architecture, it’s called "the town Sherman refused to burn" because of its beauty. Stops on the tour include the courthouse, three house museums and a few private homes.
Eatonton: Visitors can see the Uncle Remus Museum along with more than 100 antebellum and Victorian-era homes.
Milledgeville: The newly restored Old State Capitol building and the former governor’s mansion are two stops on a guided trolley tour, plus the town’s museum district with its preserved mansions and historic sites.
Old Clinton: This town offers a look at what life was like on the Georgia frontier, with a historic battlefield, church and plantation.
Macon: The southern end of the trail ends at the Hay House, named the "palace of the South" and featured on the A&E TV show "America’s Castles.