Historic Heartland / Athens

Church-Waddel-Brumby House/Athens Welcome Center (ca. 1820)

280 E. Dougherty St
Athens, GA 30601

  • Athens Welcome Center / Church-Waddel-Brumby House (1820)

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  • Athens Welcome Center

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This Federal-style house is believed to be Athens' oldest surviving residence. Its rescue from demolition and restoration in the early 1970s as a house museum and welcome center sparked the historic preservation movement in Athens. The building is staffed with docents who can provide free maps and brochures, podcast and audio tours of Athens, and visitor information. Gift shop with local products and art on site.

Info & Amenities

  • Hours of Operation

    Sunday: 12:00PM - 5:00PM
    Monday: 10:00AM - 5:00PM
    Tuesday: 10:00AM - 5:00PM
    Wednesday: 10:00AM - 5:00PM
    Thursday: 10:00AM - 5:00PM
    Friday: 10:00AM - 5:00PM
    Saturday: 10:00AM - 5:00PM

    Admission & Fees

    Admission Fee Free

    Facility Amenities

    Free Parking, Gift Shop, Guided Tours / Guide Available, Maps & Brochures Available, Parking on Site, Public Restrooms, Self-guided Tours

    General Information

    Family-friendly, Free Admission , Handicapped Accessible, Indoor Location, Open Year 'Round

    Group Amenities


    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages


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