Athens Welcome Center


Antebellum Trail

On three Saturdays in December, The Holiday Spirits Museum Mile Tour will transport participants to Christmases past. This special holiday version of the Museum Mile tour will focus on holiday traditions spanning the 19th century by exploring three unique historic houses from the Federal, Greek Revival and Victorian periods. The tour includes live music, professional theatre, light refreshments and culminates with a glorious Victorian Christmas at the Ware-Lyndon House. Tours begin at 2 p.m. on Dec. 5, 12 and 19. Tickets are $25 each and are available through the Athens Welcome Center at 706-353-1820 or online.

Gift Shop

Antebellum Trail

The Athens Welcome Center Gift Shop is brimming with locally crafted gift items. We also have all of the books to complete your library of Athens history....The long-awaited TANGIBLE PAST IN ATHENS, GEORGIA has arrived!

Pick up this amazing collection of stories and photographs assembled by our favorite friends in Athens!


Downtown Athens Podtour

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Downtown Athens Podtour

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Planning a trip to Athens?

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Stop By...

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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.