Quirky, Classic Athens

  • Start: Athens, GA
  • End: Athens, GA
  • Last Modified: 2011-09-13 20:39:33
  • Total Mileage: 9 Miles
  • Number of stops: 8


Athens is home to the oldest state-chartered school in the U.S., the University of Georgia, chartered in 1785. Athens grew up around the University, whose founders expressly intended, in 1801, that the school be remote from urban influence. And it's still well off the beaten path, despite being only 70 miles from Atlanta. Remoteness, higher learning, and a classical feel in its antebellum architecture have somehow engendered quirkiness. After all, this is the town that produced those two quintessentially quirky rock acts of the late 1970s and 1980s: the B52s and REM. Check it out when you're looking for a day away from "urban influence." The town and its magnificent Greek Revival homes were largely spared the ravages of the Civil War. In addition to its stately avenues and classically conceived buildings, you'll also find two certified entries from Ripley's Believe-It-or-Not -- the Double Barrel Cannon and the Tree That Owns Itself. Best of all, everything except your lunch is free.

Stop #1:

U.S. Navy Supply Corps Museum
Athens, GA

Stop #2:

Church-Waddel-Brumby House
Athens, GA

Stop #3:

Double-Barrel Cannon
Athens, GA

Stop #4:

Morton Theatre
Athens, GA

Stop #5:

The Tree That Owns Itself
Athens, GA

Stop #6:

Georgia Museum of Art
Athens, GA

Stop #8:

State Botanical Garden of Georgia
Athens, GA

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