Athens Welcome Center


Antebellum Trail

Thursdays, October 20 & 27* at 5:30 PM
Join us for the Athens History & Hauntings Tour through downtown and North Campus – this year, with the help of the UGA Special Collections Library. Each stroll reveals the backstories of the spooks, specters, and oddities of UGA and the Classic City. On-site parking is limited, so park downtown and walk to the Welcome Center, where the tour begins. Tours end in front of Creature Comforts Brewery, just in time to take in a tasting and brewery tour (admission not included in tour ticket price). Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring an umbrella in case of rain – Tours depart rain or shine! Allow 90 minutes. Tickets are $15 per person, click here to order online or call 706-353-1820.

*At 4:30 pm, just before the October 27th tour, meet author, Tracy Adkins, who will be signing her recently published book, Ghosts of Athens: History and Hauntings of Athens, GA, which is available at the Athens Welcome Center Gift Shop.

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.... including Susan Hable’s book, A Colorful Home: Create Lively Palettes for Every Room. With an agile eye, Susan artfully curates Athens’ color-rich interiors – as she sees them. The book embodies the creative essence of Athens’ interior spaces, all photographed in striking detail by notable artist, Rinne Allen. For an inside glimpse of Athens’ most creative and colorful homes, pick up a copy at our Gift Shop.


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.