Athens

ATHENS, Ga. – There’s a lot of history in Northeast Georgia within a short drive of Athens. About 25 miles from downtown is the Crawford W. Long Museum in the Jackson County city of Jefferson. On March 30, 1842, Long stepped into the history books when he used Ether as…

As autumn approaches, the North Georgia Mountains are gearing up for a busy fall season. Our beautiful mountain communities play host to a variety of activities in the fall, from the Ellijay Apple Festival, Oktoberfest in Helen, Gold Rush Days in Dahlonega and of course my personal favorite, the Dawsonville Moonshine Festival. These experiences are made all the more unique with Georgia’s touch of southern hospitality.

ATLANTA — There is so much to see along Georgia’s roadways. But, I’m not talking about the obvious attractions. Rather, these are the oddities that sometimes make travelers scratch their heads, not pull over to the side of the road. The Big Chicken, Marietta The Big Chicken, located along Cobb…

ATHENS, Ga. – The greater Athens area – and Northeast Georgia – is home to plenty of state parks and other scenic getaways. For starters, walk along the nature trails on the 313-acre State Botanical Garden of Georgia, located along the Oconee River south of Athens. For information, call (706)…

A historic cemetery in Athens is now on the National Register of Historic Places. The Jackson Street Cemetery, on the University of Georgia’s campus, was added Oct. 2. The 2.5-acre cemetery has an estimated 800 graves, UGA said. “Getting this honorary designation reinforces the importance of the site on a…

WINDER, Ga. – The small town of about 10,000 owes a lot to the railroad. Its name, for starters. In 1893, the town of Jug Tavern, as Winder was once known, changed its name to Winder to honor John H. Winder, a general manager with Seaboard Air Line. The town’s…

Please come to University of Georgia football games. Just clean up your mess. That was the message of UGA President Michael Adams after last week’s home game against the University of South Carolina when fans generated 70 tons of trash, a bulk of which was scattered across campus. “We need…

ATHENS, Ga. — Driving along Broad Street into downtown Athens, a large gray anchor might be among the last thing people expect to see. After all, the sea is how far away? But the anchor is a monument to an important part of the Athens community — one that is about to…

I’m mulling my recent escapades, trying to put everything into perspective — there were some unique, some historic and some downright weird attractions. In less than a week, I traversed five states from the Southeast to the Midwest, took in an historic Civil War fort, the world’s most accurate replica of…