Athens Welcome Center

Athens African-American History Tour with Rosa Thurmond

Antebellum Trail

Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 2 PM

To celebrate Black History Month, the Athens Welcome Center & Classic City Tours is offering the African-American History Tour with tour guide, Rosa Thurmond. Mrs. Thurmond is a native Athenian and has enlightening and inspirational stories to share. The bus tour will step off to visit important sites including the H.T. Edwards School Complex and Morton Theatre. Other highlights include First A.M.E. Church, New Town, and artist, Harold Rittenberry’s Sculpture Yard.

The tour departs from the Athens Welcome Center at 2 pm on Saturday, February 22nd. Tickets are $20. Call 706-353-1820 for reservations.

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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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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!


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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.