Discover Your Pedigree:
In 1785, the University of Georgia was chartered as America's first state college. The city of Athens, named after the ancient Greek center of higher learning, was chartered in 1806. Today, Athens is home to 15 neighborhoods on the National Register, including four house museums open for public tour. We're a featured stop on Georgia's Antebellum Trail, the Heartland of the Confederacy Civil War Trails, and the 441 Heritage Trail.
Make your first stop the Athens Welcome Center, located downtown in the historic Church-Waddel-Brumby House Museum. Pick up brochures, maps, and self-guided tour itineraries, or take a guided tour of historic Athens, departing daily at 2 p.m. Tickets for all four local House Museums are also offered. .