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Lake Country and Central Towns Area Article



The Lake Country and Central Towns Tourist Guide can help you plan your visit so that your experience is complete and enjoyable. The heart of Southern culture truly resides in the Lake Country of the Historic Heartland. In McDonough, Henry County, the Welcome Center harks back to a 1900s Standard Oil Station in style, and is as good a place as any to begin your exploration of a city that refuses to grow old. McDonough emphasizes once again the beauty that Georgia is noted for. Extensive landscaping, gardens, and parks add to the welcoming ambience of this little city. History, another Georgian characteristic, is everywhere and this is certainly a historic wonderland full of legends and tales that hold you prisoner. Time stands still around the vicinity of the Courthouse. The old Jail, the Old Presbyterian Church, the Globe Hotel and a wealth of magnificent, ancient architectural beauties await your exploration. McDonough will not disappoint the history buffs. If you answer to this description, come prepared to spend some time in this beautiful city that has not allowed the bygone to really be gone altogether.

Jackson in neighboring Butts County is another vibrant city packed with history and culture. The brick sidewalks and clean, well-laid streets tempt a walking tour that promises delightful discoveries. The indescribable splendor of old world architecture revealed in buildings such as the Courthouse and the Carmichael House might bring your touring to an abrupt halt. These buildings certainly warrant more than a passing glance. In Jasper County you have the picturesque city of Monticello. If you can manage to tear yourself away from the tree-lined avenues and antebellum architecture, Monticello has more to offer. The Piedmont National Wildlife Refuge and the Bond Swamp National Wildlife Refuge should ring in a tone of excitement to your trip. To top up you can try your hand at some small game hunting. This activity is permitted on about 34,000 acres in the refuge and it goes without saying that you have to apply for permission before hand and possess a valid hunting license. You can get more details at http://fws.gov/southeast/pubs/pdmhnt.pdf.

Madison, Eatonton, and Milledgeville are three historic towns of great importance for a Lake Country and central Historic Heartland tourist. Eatonton in Putnam County, especially, has plenty on show, not only in terms of history and culture, but also activities and entertainments. Two popular tourists trails, the Antebellum Trail and Georgia's Antiques Trail pass through this town. In spring the town comes alive as if in response to the vibrant season and there is the annual Tour of Homes and the Candlelight Tour of Homes, eliciting eager participation by both locals as well as visitors. What better opportunity to discover the wealth of architectural delights on display, embellished by the exhilarating fragrances of luxuriant spring blossoms. The amazing Rock Eagle Effigy Mound is certainly not something you come across everyday or on every vacation. You will find it 9 miles north of Eatonton, and it is a historical wonder supposed to be older than the pyramids. Prepare to be amazed at its proportions. It is a great eagle made of milky quartz rocks of varying sizes, wings extended and measuring 102 feet from tip to tip, and raised 10 feet above the ground. Its mighty head is turned eastward.

In Milledgeville Baldwin County, the Old Governor's Mansion would be the one thing recommended by all tourist guides. It is a National Historic Landmark that is truly impressive, and filled to the brim with scintillating historical anecdotes. Take the Milledgeville Trolley Tour to see this and more, and it would really be the ideal way to take in this beautiful city. In nearby Flovilla you'll find the Indian Springs Hotel and be astounded to hear the heroic tale of Chief William McIntosh. Since there is so much to do, be sure to use our “Flag This” feature in the Lake Country and Central Towns Tourist Guide to add items of interest to your “My Travel Ideas” folder, so that you will not have to remember them and can quickly retrieve them.

Be sure to explore the “Cultural” option on the Lake Country and Central Towns Tourist Guide to discover all of the great cultural sites, exhibits and activities. In Monticello they have the annual Deer Festival in honor of the charming whitetail deer. In the second week of September every year is held the annual Indian Springs Native American Festival. If you ever wondered how you would look in kilts, the Indian Springs Scottish festival held every June is the right time to find out. Madison is the place to be in early spring when the Madison Fest presents a day of arts, crafts and a whole lot of fun including a BBQ challenge.
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