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Lake Country Road Trip

It's spring in Georgia's Lake Country! Golfers take to the links. Boaters take to the water. Fishermen zing lures into the depths. Antique enthusiasts prowl markets. Adventures calls. Good times await ahead. Get ready to go beyond the ordinary.

Family Frolic

Take a trip with the kids.

MORNING
• Families with kids as young as nine can test their sharpshooter skills on the five-stand or the sporting clays course at Old Hudson Plantation off of Ga. Hwy 16.
Lunch
• Call ahead to Georgia Butts, 1024 Lake Oconee Pkwy., Eatonton, (706) 474-0946, and have the eatery prepare a carry-out picnic. Enjoy your Southern lunch at Rock Hawk, the next stop on your itinerary.
AFTERNOON
• Hike or bike some or all of the 25 miles of trails and 12,000 years of history surrounding the Rock Hawk Effigy located off of Hwy 16. Visit the website, www.rockhawk.org, for directions to the park and to plan your trip.
• Hunt for Treasure. Geocaching will entice children young and old and guide your family to locations of interest throughout Lake Country. Enjoy the rewards of discoveries of people, places and hidden surprises. Go to www.geocaching.com and search for caches by zip code or city.
DINNER
• The Silver Moon, a casual but delicious local favorite (1077 Greensboro Rd, Eatonton) serves American fare in a kid-friendly environment.

MORE FAMILY FUN
• Tour the Uncle Remus Museum, 214 S. Oak St. in Eatonton.
• Visit the Rock Eagle effigy on Hwy 441 between Eatonton and Madison.
• Grab a cup or cone of your favorite flavor at Scoops, 123 West Washington St., in Madison. 
• Take a guided lake tour, go horseback riding or get a flyfishing lesson from Lake Oconee Outfitters. Make reservations ahead of time (706-923-0999).

Arts, Architecture and Antiques

Lake Country is located along Georgia’s Antebellum Trail, which passes through a history rich in culture and southern hospitality.

MORNING
• Get the day started at Perk Avenue Café & Coffeehouse with a cup of joe in a circa 1870s café on the corner of Main and Jefferson Streets in downtown Madison.
• Meet the locals. Morgan County artists display their works, many for sale so you can take home a beautiful souvenir, at the Madison Artists Guild Gallery, 217 West Jefferson St. across from Town Park.
• Take the five-minute drive to Buckhead to delight in the wonders of the Steffen Thomas Museum of Art, 4200 Bethany Rd. Open 11 a.m.–5 p.m., Tuesday–Saturday, the museum features the paintings and sculptures of Steffen Thomas. steffenthomas.org

LUNCH
• Climb into The Caboose at 270 West Washington St.  The menu includes deli-style sandwiches and local favorites, plus homemade soups, chili, deviled eggs and ice cream. The Caboose is open seven days a week, but the hours change seasonally.
Afternoon
• Take a walking tour of antebellum Madison. Begin at the end and visit Madison’s historic cemeteries. Find a map of the cemeteries and points of interest descriptions here: www.madisonga.com/DocumentCenter/Home/View/102.
• Tour the Gothic-Revival style Madison Morgan Cultural Center, which served as the first graded school building in the Southeast. See the mansion, Heritage Hall, known as the “Antebellum Dame” and view its fine collection of antiques.  Catch one of the daily tours of the Rogers House and Rose Cottage, located behind the old courthouse on the square.
• Indulge the inspiration of these architectural masterpieces of the Old South by perusing the ephemera of the Madison Markets’ antiques dealers located in historic cotton warehouses in the heart of downtown.

DINNER
• For world-class fine dining with top-notch service, be seated at Town 220 (220 West Washington St.). If you’d like cuisine in a more casual atmosphere, choose Ricardo’s Kouzzina (271 West Washington St.).

DON'T FORGET TO:
• See the legendary Iron Horse sculpture in a cornfield on Hwy. 15 North outside of Greensboro.
• Shop the Eatonton Antique Market, 109 N. Jefferson St.
• Walk historic downtown Eatonton (a guide is available from the Chamber office at 305 N. Madison Ave.) to view examples of Greek Revival, Queen Anne, Folk Victorian and Gothic Revival homes.
 

Bibliophiles and History Buffs

You won’t believe the talent that has passed through these places.

MORNING
• Treat yourself to a light breakfast and some caffeine at Spillin’ the Beans Café, 646 Old Phoenix Rd., Eatonton.
• Stroll through Turner Park, the original homestead of “Little Boy” in the Uncle Remus tales, and stop in at the Uncle Remus Museum.
• Grab a guide from the Chamber office on N. Madison Ave. in Eatonton and gas up for the Alice Walker, author of The Color Purple, driving tour. Visit her childhood home at Southern Manor Farms (621 Wards Chapel Rd., open on Saturdays, 9 a.m.-5p.m.).
• Visit Turnwold Plantation on Old Phoenix Rd., the place where Joel Chandler Harris got inspiration for his Uncle Remus tales and characters like Br’er Rabbit and Br’er Fox.

LUNCH
• The soups and salads at Sweet Kneads, 103 Clack Circle in Eatonton, are second only to their pastries.
Afternoon
• Explore Scull Shoals off of Hwy. 15 North (see website for directions: www.scullshoals.org) and tread in the footsteps of the Creek Indians, Hernando de Soto’s expedition and Georgia frontier settlers.
• Visit the Old Gaol on E. Greene Street behind the historic Greene County courthouse. Check out the granite walls, castellated roof and trap door used for hanging the condemned. 

DINNER
• Dine on down-home cooking at Greensboro’s The Yesterday Café, home of the buttermilk pie. Located at 114 N. Main St., the walls of the restaurant are adorned with photos documenting the history of the city and county dating back to the 1800s.

DON'T MISS:
• The Indian and Civil War artifacts, among other things, at the Old School History Museum at 305 N. Madison Ave., Eatonton.
• Andalusia, Flannery O’Connor’s farm where she spent the final decade of her life, is located on Hwy. 441 South toward Milledgeville.
• The Morgan County African American Museum at 156 Academy St. in Madison preserves the roots of African Americans in Morgan County and displays memorabilia from noteworthy individuals such as author Raymond Andrews and his family.
 


 

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