Athens

An Athens landmark was heavily damaged during a fire today. The Georgia Theater, a music institution for 30 years, was gutted in the blaze that started about 7 a.m. The owner plans to rebuild, according to media reports. “If ever there was a landmark central to Athens’ identity, it would…

ATHENS, Ga. – With its relatively compact downtown, Athens is easily navigated on foot. So, last year, the Athens Welcome Center announced the addition of the new Downtown Athens Podtour. This series of tours are the perfect starting off point to learn about The Classic City. There are 10 stops…

The National Trust for Historic Preservation has designated Athens, Ga., one of its Dozen Distinctive Destinations for 2009. “The vibrant city of Athens, Georgia, is known for its distinct blend of traditional heritage and trend-setting southern culture, a mix of historic attractions, a dynamic downtown and a lively music scene,”…

Take the north Georgia cities of Winder or Jefferson for example. Winder was Jug Tavern until the city was renamed after a railroad man – John L. Winder – who is credited with bringing the Georgia, Carolina & Northern Railway to town. Jefferson, once named Thomoccoggan, was named in honor of President Thomas Jefferson.