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Georgia's Classic South Region

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It's southern hospitality at its finest, the Classic South offers visitors a rare combination of history and charm mixed with bustling excursion options for everyone from outdoorsmen to museum-goers.

Discover the many possibilities:

Enjoy – Charming antebellum homes and championship golf greens

Discover – Family-friendly festivals and locally grown treats

Explore – State parks, vast lakes, and historic towns

The variety of possibilities provided by the Classic South are sure to delight visitors of all ages, bringing to life lost treasures amidst Georgia's small-town ambiance and big-city attractions.

Here are three of the many beautiful, bustling towns you'll want to visit again and again:


Known worldwide for golf, Augusta has a summer full of activities that are sure to please the whole family.  Kids can learn while they play at the Phinizy Swamp Nature Park or spend some time in history at the Boyhood Home of President Woodrow Wilson.

Cheer as a family for the hometown team at an Augusta Green Jackets baseball game. Watch the water fly as the world's richest drag boat race speeds down the Savannah River in July. Or take a tour of the Augusta Canal by boat and learn how families lived during the mill heyday.   

For some creative enrichment, check out the Morris Museum of Art's Artrageous Family Sunday, free!

Make your first stop in Augusta at the Visitor Center, located in the lobby of the Augusta Museum of History at 560 Reynolds Street. Visitor information specialists can provide information on attractions, recreation, hotels, shopping and dining.  While you're at the Visitor Center, make your reservation for the guided Saturday Historic Trolley Tour of Augusta, or pick up a souvenir to commemorate your stay.


Swainsboro and Emanuel County visitors will find themselves in a gently rolling landscape of fields, woods and sandy soil. Under a canopy of piney woods, the forest floor is still carpeted with wiregrass, flora and fauna. The native deer, rabbits, raccoons, opossums, alligators, fish, bobcats, quail, foxes, snakes, turtles, and other wildlife compete with recent immigrants such as coyotes and armadillos.

The Ohoopee, Ogeechee, and Canoochee rivers flow through the county and the smaller streams and innumerable ponds make the region an excellent recreation and fishing area. Along the waterways and low-lying areas are stands of hardwoods. The original inhabitants were Native Americans. In historical times, Creek Indians lived in the area and, although little material evidence remains to document them here, the names of rivers, historical accounts, and archaeological artifacts testify to their presence. The Indian cessions of 1773 and 1783 conveyed the land that now comprises Emanuel County to the state of Georgia.


The quaint warmth of southern hospitality awaits you in Harlem, known as the birthplace of Oliver Hardy, who was the rotund member of one of Hollywood's greatest comedy teams, Laurel & Hardy. Visit the Laurel and Hardy Museum located downtown or mark your calendars to attend the Oliver Hardy Festival held annually on the first Saturday in October.

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