Antebellum Trail Bicycle Route
Discover the Grit and Grace of Georgia's Antebellum Trail of Historic Towns
From rolling hills and pastures to striking pre-Civil War homes, the Old South comes alive along the Antebellum Trail.
Meandering through the rich red clay of Georgia's heartland, the Antebellum Trail traces towns that remarkably escaped the wrath of Union General Sherman during his March to the Sea.
Languishing in the shadows of the Blue Ridge, Athens is the gatekeeper for the Antebellum Trail and is filled with antebellum architectural gemstones.
Start in Athens with the gorgeous Taylor-Grady House. The Greek Revival house was built as a summer retreat for a plantation owner. It was later home to Henry Grady, a former Atlanta Constitution editor.
Downtown pops with snazzy restaurants, so try grits, fried chicken and barbecue. Sleep at the Graduate Athens for stylish elegance. Don't miss the State Botanical Garden of Georgia with its five miles of verdant trails.
Next, drive to see Elder Mill Covered Bridge, perched over rumbling Big Rose Creek.
The Ashford Manor Bed and Breakfast beckons in the heart of downtown.
Myriad legends explain why Madison, the next stop, survived Sherman's march; one is that it was simply too beautiful to burn. Madison stuns with its array of antebellum homes, tree-lined streets and rows of columns.
Heritage Hall is an excellent place to begin discovering Madison. Built in 1811, the home has been restored for its architectural and historical significance, and features period furnishings.
See how residents lived in the Rogers House & Rose Cottage. The former has been restored to look as it appeared in 1873. The latter was built by Adeline Rose, who was born into slavery.
Don’t miss a leisurely stroll through the historic district, which is drizzled with dogwoods and oaks.
Continue south to visit Eatonton's Uncle Remus Museum, which celebrates the life and work of author Joel Chandler Harris. Two former slave cabins make up the museum.
Passing through Jones County, visit Jarrell Plantation, once a working cotton plantation, and Old Clinton, once a bustling frontier town.
Afterward, see Flannery O'Connor's Andalusia Farm.
Close out the journey in Macon, which enchants with historical architecture like the Hay House and Sidney Lanier Cottage. Don't miss the Cannonball House, which was hit by a Union cannonball during the Civil War, hence the name. The stunning example of Greek Revival architecture can be toured daily, except Sundays.
The 1842 Inn, in the historic district, commands attention with wide verandahs.
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