Athens Welcome Center

Athens African American History Tour with Rosa Thurmond

Antebellum Trail

Saturday, March 4 & 11 at 2 pm
Tickets $20 each

Mrs. Thurmond covers poignant moments in the transition of schools during the 1960s Civil Rights Movement and shares stories about the teachers and leaders who anchored neighborhoods and shaped the Athens we know today. In addition to her bus tour commentary, the group will step off at two of the following locations (subject to availability): H.T. Edwards Career Academy, Artist Harold Rittenbury’s Sculpture Yard, First A.M.E. Church, or the Morton Theatre.

Seating is limited. For Reservations, click here or call the Athens Welcome Center at 706-353-1820.


Gift Shop

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Looking for the perfect ATHENS gift….Stop by the Welcome Center Gift Shop. We are fully loaded with locally made items from Bee Natural, Jittery Joe’s, Classic City Bee Company, MyAthens, and more! And, we still have tiny Bulldawgs!!!




Downtown Athens Podtour

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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.