Amongst the grand Antebellum homes lining the streets of Milledgeville there exists a charming Southern town boasting a hip college vibe with an eclectic mix of locally-owned shops and dining options.VisitMilledgeville.com
A city where the past and the present meet seamlessly, Milledgeville was once the state capitol of Georgia and abounds in pre-Civil War history and architecture. Here, you can experience everything from the c. 1839 Georgia’s Old Governor’s Mansion once occupied by Sherman’s troops to the architectural splendor of Rose Hill, a stunning c. 1852 home tucked among the trees and gardens of Lockerly Arboretum.
Over 500 acres of shimmering shoreline invites recreation enthusiasts to enjoy the glistening waves of Lake Sinclair. Action packed water days and leisurely sunset cruises abound in Milledgeville’s warm waters. Lake days aren’t all this natural oasis offers though, as Milledgeville is the perfect place to get outdoors for both mountain bikers and the casual hiker. From a walk among the trees at Bartram Forest to mountain bike riding at Selma Erwin or floating a kayak down the Oconee River, Milledgeville is one community that welcomes nature lovers of all speeds.
Milledgeville is sure to charm you with warm welcomes, refreshing glasses of sweet tea, and local characters. Iconic resident and American author Flannery O’Connor called Andalusia Farm home, now open for tours and front porch rocking. A quirky, local favorite are the peacocks on the property.
No matter where you go in downtown, you’re bound to find a treasure or two. Milledgeville is home to more than 10 blocks of historic architecture filled with crave-worthy establishments, a locally roasted coffee shop, Southern boutiques, and memorable antiques. If you have a sweet tooth, there are ice cream and cupcake shops. Be sure to get the famous Smiley Face cookie from Ryal’s Bakery!
Hopping aboard ‘Milly,’ the iconic bright red trolley, will give you a first-hand look at the town’s most treasured sites. A guided driving tour beneath towering oaks and grand antebellum homes includes rotating excursions to historic sites Wednesday through Saturday. Seasonal specialty tours include Haunted Tours, African American Tours, and a tour through the grounds of Central State Hospital.