Georgia's Antebellum Trail, the state's first official tourism Trail, presents the second annual Antebellum Trail Pilgrimage this weekend! Tickets are $25 and provide access to seven participating attractions and events in any city along the Antebellum Trail.

The 100-mile heritage trail spans seven historically significant communities including Athens, Watkinsville, Madison, Eatonton, Milledgeville, Gray/Old Clinton and Macon. During the Pilgrimage weekend, communities along the Trail will offer a wide array of museum tours and special events as well as entrance into private historic homes not generally open to the public.

The northern gateway of the Antebellum Trail is our very own historic town of Athens. Patrons can tour four house museums featuring four architectural styles from four different time periods. One featured attraction is Athens' oldest surviving residence, the Church-Waddel-Brumby house. After touring historic attractions, patrons can attend the annual Athens Twilight Criterium, a well-known professional cycling and festival that draws thousands to the Classic City.

Listed below are some of the local "Top of the Trail" privileges you will receive with purchase of an Antebellum Trail Pilgrimage ticket. Tickets can be purchased at any of the Welcome Centers along the trail prior to and during the Pilgrimage or online at

ATHENS Pilgrimage Privileges:
  • Tours of four house museums: T.R.R. Cobb House, Church-Waddel-Brumby House, Taylor-Grady House and Ware-Lyndon House.
  • Rose of Athens theatre vignettes at T.R.R. Cobb House, Saturday and Sunday.
  • Classic City Tours featuring Athens heritage driving tours, 2 p.m. daily.
  • Old Athens Cemetery Tours, 10:30 p.m. daily.
WATKINSVILLE Pilgrimage Privileges:
  • Guided tours of the Eagle Tavern, a former stagecoach stop and tavern built in the late 1700's with antebellum artifacts.
  • Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation's display of a national juried exhibit featuring selected works produced by skilled artists from around the country.
  • Discounts at Jittery Joe's Coffee, Ashford Manor and Grisoles!
MADISON Pilgrimage Privileges:
  • Tours of Heritage Hall, a Greek Revival house museum circa 1811.
  • Guided tours of Rogers House, a Piedmont Plain style house, and Rose Cottage, an old slave residence.
  • Discounts at Maggie's on Main and James Madison Inn!