The Athens Historic House Museum Association offers a collective ticket for an interior tour of four House Museums through Classic City Tours. Also, an annual Holiday Open House is held in December that features natural decorations, live music, holiday treats, gift items, and much more! For more information or to pick up a brochure on the Association, contact the Church-Waddel-Brumby House (Athens Welcome Center) at 706.353.1820 or toll free 1.866.455.1820.
Church-Waddel-Brumby House/Athens Welcome Center (ca. 1820) - This Federal-style house is believed to be Athens' oldest surviving residence. Start your guided or self-guided tour of Athens here, with maps, brochures, tour tickets, and expert local information. Free admission. Hours: 10 a.m .- 5 p.m. Mon. - Sat; noon - 5 p.m. Sun. Open until 6 p.m. during daylight savings months, April - October. 280 E. Dougherty St., 706-353-1820, 866-455-1820.
Taylor-Grady House (ca. 1844) - This Greek Revival home was the collegiate home of acclaimed newspaper editor Henry W. Grady, credited with establishing the view of the New South after the Civil War. This house museum is a National Historic Landmark. $3 per person. Hours: 9 a.m - 5 p.m. Mon. - Fri. Closed from 1 - 2:30 p.m. 634 Prince Ave., 706-549-8688.
T.R.R. Cobb House (1852) - This home, with its distinctive color and octagonal wings, is Athens' newest house museum, and opened to the public in August 2007. T.R.R. Cobb was a UGA Graduate, co-founder of its school of law, Confederate General, and principal author of the Confederate Constitution. $2 adults, free for children and students. Hours: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tues. - Sat. 175 Hill St., 706-369-3513.
Ware-Lyndon House (1856) - Listed in the National Register of Historic Places and one of the few antebellum homes with Italianate elements remaining in the Athens area, the site of Athens' first city recreation center has been completely restored as a house museum and is part of the Lyndon House Arts Center complex. Free admission. Hours: noon - 9 p.m. Tues. and Thurs.; 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Wed., Fri., and Sat. Closed Sun. and Mon. 293 Hoyt St., 706-613-3623.
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