Classic South

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Classic South

This Classic South Tourist Guide will introduce you to the east central part of the state of Georgia. This region is perhaps best known for its classic southern tradition and hospitality. In this area you will discover beautiful lakes, rolling hills and pastures, historic communities, antebellum architecture, and terrific golf courses.

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One of Many Antebellum Homes in Washington

Let’s start with the beautiful and historic town of Washington. A trip to the Classic South Region would not be complete without touring some of the south’s beautiful antebellum homes and historic Civil War sites. Washington has many stately homes to visit, fine shops and restaurants on its historic town square, and nice bed and breakfasts in which to enjoy the local culture. You can tour Callaway Plantation, which is a restored, working plantation or visit the Washington Historical Museum.

Augusta Riverwalk: Courtesy Georgia Dept. of Economic Development

Augusta is the second oldest and second largest city in Georgia. Augusta is best known for the Augusta National Golf Course, which hosts the Masters ® Golf Tournament each April. If you like gardens, you should not miss the magnificent Georgia Golf Hall of Fame’s Botanical Gardens. Take a stroll along the Riverwalk, which is adjacent to the Savannah River and stop at the Augusta Museum of History, the National Science Center’s Fort Discovery and the Morris Museum of Art. You can also visit the Boyhood Home of President Woodrow Wilson who lived here during the Civil War and Reconstruction. Take time to tour the pre-1791 Meadow Garden Home, where George Walton, the youngest signer of the Declaration of Independence, lived. For more tourist information select “Classic South”, then “Things to Do” and “View Results”. At the top select the “General Information” tab to produce the listings and articles available in Classic South Tourist Guide.

Lake Oconee Golf: Courtesy Georgia Dept. of Economic Development

Want golf? There are 24 public golf courses within the Classic South region. You can play golf at some of the finest golf courses in the world along the 374-mile shoreline of Lake Oconee, where you will find a number of challenging golf courses designed by some of the best. In fact Golf Digest Magazine has designated the area one of the Top 50 golf destinations in the world. You can relax and stay at several top resorts. Both Lake Oconee and its sister lake to the south, Lake Sinclair, give this area its title as “Georgia’s Lake Country”. To the east along the South Carolina line, the Savannah River flows into and out of Clarks Hill Lake with more than 1,200 miles of shoreline and 11 recreation areas, five marinas, 13 campgrounds, and 10 parks. Be sure to use the “Flag This” feature in the Classic South Tourist Guide to add items of interest to your “My Travel Ideas” folder.

Harlem, just south of Augusta, is the birthplace of Oliver Hardy. Be sure to stop at the Laurel and Hardy Museum, which celebrates the life and entertainment of the great comedy team. In Crawfordville, visit the home of Confederate Vice President A. H. Stephens, known as the Confederate Museum and Liberty Hall. You can visit one of Sherman’s headquarters on his march to the sea at the Brown House in Sandersville. The region also has two Civil War Heritage Trails: Sherman’s March to the Sea and Jefferson Davis’ Flight.

Boardwalk in the 1,100-acre Phinizy Swamp Nature Park

Naturalists and outdoorsmen will enjoy the Woodpecker Trail, The Bartram Trail, Phinizy Swamp near Augusta (a prime bird watching spot that offers glimpses of wading birds, woodpeckers, blackbirds, warblers and hawks), the Reed Creek Wetlands Interpretive Park near Martinez, numerous hunting plantations, and the six state parks that reside in the region – all of which offer camping, hiking, fishing, swimming and nature trails.

You can also enjoy canoeing or kayaking in one of the rivers and lakes in the region. Mill Pond Kayak, LLC is offering guided tours of the 412-acre cypress-lined Watson Mill Pond at George L. Smith State Park near Twin City, GA. This is a great outing for school groups, scout troops, church groups, company picnics, reunions, or family and friends.

Mill Pond Tour Kayaking

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