Heartland of the Confederacy
Civil War in Georgia
Heartland of the Confederacy toombs house
Civil War in Georgia
"Family History Preserved"
University of Georgia archivisit Linda Aaron, with Mary Johnson and Sindney Fortson have preserved more than 100 Civil War letters that were donated by Johnson and Fortson.

Leaders Life Legacy

Itineraries / Travel Packages

While traveling the Heartland of the Confederacy Civil War Trails, visitors will experience one of Georgia's richest cultural regions teeming with a unique blend of southern heritage and modern creative energy. Planned stops along the trail should include the vibrant college town of Athens, home to the State Botanical Garden and Georgia Museum of Art, and the artists communities of Oconee County. Further south are Madison, "the town Sherman refused to burn," and Eatonton, home of Joel Chandler Harris and Alice Walker. Don't miss touring Georgia's Antebellum capitol of Milledgeville, and Macon, which boasts more acreage listed on the National Historic registry than any other Georgia city. Recreational activities abound along the way, from the adventure of the north Georgia mountains to the state's best golf courses at Lake Oconee. Lodging choices range from numerous historic bed and breakfasts to upscale hotels. For complete travel information, contact us via email travel@civilwaringeorgia.com.


Georgia's Heartland of the Confederacy

Leaders Life Legacy - 2 day Travel Package

Package Includes:
One Night stay in Grand Oaks Manor Bed and Breakfast
2 Complimentary Tickets for the Classic City Tour
1 Double-Barreled Cannon Pin with history of Cannon

Total Cost: $199 for 2 Adults

DAY 1 ~Downtown Athens and the University of Georgia


Arrive in Athens Georgia. Home to the nation's first state chartered university. Walk through the historic downtown district and see the world's only double-barreled cannon. Step through the 1858 University of Georgia Arch, which was used on Georgia Confederate soldiers uniforms and belt buckles. Wander through the Old North Campus of the University of Georgia where you'll see the grounds that served as headquarters for Federal troops after the War and make a stop at the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, which houses one of the nation's best collections of rare Confederate documents, including the Howell Cobb collection and the Constitution of the Confederate States of America.

Take time to relax in a restaurant or pub downtown and be sure to visit The Athens Welcome Center, housed in the oldest surviving residence in Athens, for walking tour brochures of the campus, downtown, and three historic neighborhoods in Athens, along with maps and other Athens and Georgia travel information.

After a long day of walking, learning, and sightseeing, find your way to the Grand Oaks Manor Bed and Breakfast, which is housed on 34 pristine acres only 5 miles form the heart of downtown Athens. The Manor was originally built in 1820 as The Gum Springs Inn serving farmers transporting goods on the 1805 Federal Road. It later served as a stagecoach stop, as is still evidenced by the large, flat stones set at the head of the verandah. Natural springs and remnants of that road exist today directly in front of the inn. Complimentary sherry is the final intimate touch before a good night's rest for your next day of Civil War traversing. A full and healthy breakfast is elegantly served on fine china and cut glass crystal that features fresh fruit, breads, yogurt, and gourmet hot entrees such as caramel apple French toast and egg-cheese casserole.

Heartland of the Confederacy Trail [www.civilwaringeorgia.com]
Visitor information for Athens [www.visitathensga.com]
The University of Georgia [www.uga.edu]
Athens Welcome Center [www.athenswelcomecenter.com]
Grand Oaks Manor Bed and Breakfast [www.grandoaksmanor.com]


DAY 2 ~ Around Athens


Now that you have seen downtown and the Old North Campus, it is time to see the rest of Athens and the Civil War sites around the town. Begin with the 1850 Ware-Lyndon House Museum where you will see artifacts, documents, and furniture from the Civil War period in Athens. Then drive down Prince Avenue to Hill Street where the T.R.R. Cobb House stands in all its pink glory. The Federal style House was converted to the Greek Revival style in 1852 and was home to TRR Cobb House in Athens, GA Thomas R.R. Cobb who was the principal author of the Confederate Constitution. Originally the House sat on Prince Avenue closer to town, but was moved to the Stone Mountain History Village in the 1980s, but returned to Athens in 2004. Next, drive down Prince Avenue a spell to the grand, recently renovated 1840 Taylor-Grady House, which was home to Robert Taylor, Georgia state troop General, and Captain W.S. Grady, whose son Henry, became a leading voice in reunifying the nation after the War with speeches on the "New South."

After leaving the Taylor-Grady House, drive down Milledge Avenue, which is home to a number of antebellum homes and stop in Five Points for lunch at one of the many restaurants or coffee shops. With a full stomach and a new burst of energy, drive down Milledge Avenue to East Campus Road. Oconee Hill Cemetery will be on your right, just past Sanford Stadium. The Cemetery was designed by James Camak in 1855 and is the final resting place for four Confederate Civil War Generals. Classic City Tours offers a historic tour of Athens at 2:00 from the Athens Welcome Center, which will give you even more history of the area. After the tour take time to drive by Cook and Brother Armory on East Broad Street, which manufactured Enfield-style rifles and carbines for the Confederate Army.

Heartland of the Confederacy Trail [www.civilwaringeorgia.com]
Visitor information for Athens [www.visitathensga.com]
The University of Georgia [www.uga.edu]
Athens Welcome Center & Classic City Tours[www.athenswelcomecenter.com]
Grand Oaks Manor Bed and Breakfast [www.grandoaksmanor.com]