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Historic Heartland, Georgia


Activities, discoveries and history all in your own backyard? Check out Georgia's Historic Heartland for a weekend getaway.


Take a hip trip to Athens, Georgia! The eclectic college town of Athens is 61 miles northeast of Atlanta, nestled just below the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The vibrant, restored, Victorian-era downtown teems with art galleries, trendy shops, world-renowned nightclubs and distinctive dining. Historic architecture and impressive gardens complete the unique blend of traditional heritage and trend-setting southern culture. The vibe and energy that gave birth to R.E.M and the B-52's are alive and well today!


Check in often with the Madison-Morgan Convention & Visitors Bureau to learn about new and exciting events, ticket prices, admission fees, and the ins and outs of the city of Madison and Morgan County. In 2001, Madison was voted the "#1 Small Town in America" by Travel Holiday Magazine. Madison is Georgia's "authentic southern town", with an array of ambient local dining options, more than 45 specialty shops and over 160 antique dealers. Just one hour east of Atlanta on I-20, it's the perfect day trip and an even better weekend getaway. Madison offers a whole host of bed & breakfasts, national brand lodging options and even a bona fide guest ranch. See why they're the "Town General Sherman Refused to Burn!"


Consider this: no traffic jams, easy access, affordable accommodations, a relaxing retreat, modern facilities and a slower pace. Just add in a soulful helping of Southern hospitality and that's what you'll find in Perry. Long recognized as the crossroads of Georgia, the city has a tradition of delivering a warm, gracious welcome to visitors, dating back more than a century, all the way back to when the city was a major North-South stagecoach stop. Downtown Perry is a must see! The renovated downtown area is a charming village with specialty shops and a down-south, restful atmosphere. Take a stroll and enjoy the year-round flowers and shop windows designed to lure you inside. Shopping in historic Downtown Perry is a definite treat for locals and travelers alike.

Old Clinton

Tours of Clinton, Georgia's early 19th century county seat, are available by reservation. Clinton is free of modern development. To give an idea of the layout and appearance of this early New England town, 12 houses that were built between 1808-1830 and the Methodist Church, which was built in 1821, still stand. Check out self-guided driving and walking tours.

Social Circle

Social Circle is a historic community in Walton County located some 40 miles east of Atlanta in the Historic Heartland section of Georgia. Established in 1818, Walton County is named for George Walton, one of the original signers of America's Declaration of Independence.  A legend has been passed down about a group of men, meeting at the crossroads, who were sitting around the well having their usual drink. A stranger approached and was greeted with such warm hospitality, he said, "This is surely a social circle."

From that time until the present, the name of the village has remained Social Circle. A replica of the original well now stands in the center of Social Circle and is more than just an eye catcher for passing tourists. It's a symbol of the city's beginnings and characterizes the spirit of the people of Social Circle and their friendship with others.

Social Circle boasts an entire historic district between Georgia 11 and Georgia 229, which was added to the Federal Register in 1980. Not on the register but worth noting in Social Circle is the Nebhut-Akridge-Gunter House (ca. 1840-55), also known as Gunter Hall, which serves as the headquarters of the Historic Preservation Society of Social Circle.

There is always something interesting happening in Social Circle. There are live theater performances, holiday celebrations, festivals, lectures, wellness walks through the historic district and car shows, just to name a few.

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