Guide to Milledgeville
One of Georgia's oldest cities, Milledgeville is full of reasons to visit. Here are a few quick tips for things to do, places to stay, great restaurants and events you'll love.
Milledgeville, Georgia, is known today as a college town, home to Georgia College & State University and Georgia Military College. But it’s also one of the state’s oldest cities, previously used as the state capital in the 1800s. It’s home to more antebellum buildings than anywhere else in the state. Lake Sinclair is a short drive from downtown and is the perfect place to unwind on your visit.
Things to Do
Start your visit to Milledgeville by taking one of the Historic Trolley Tours, which visits a number of landmarks in town. If you’re short on time, there’s no better way to see the Old Capitol Building, St. Stephens Episcopal Church, Rose Hill and the Brown-Stetson-Sanford House.
Explore Rose Hill, a stunning Greek Revival mansion built in 1839, and Lockerly Arboretum, the stunning grounds connected to it. Built by a prominent local resident, the home takes its name from the Cherokee roses that were found throughout the property. Today, the gardens have azaleas, camellias and many other types of flowers.
Atlanta wasn’t originally the state capital. Milledgeville held that honor for a few years. Visitors can tour Georgia's Old Governor's Mansion, an 1839 High Greek Revival home that General Sherman and his troops stayed in during the infamous “March to the Sea.” These days, it’s inhabited by presidents of the college and is a museum led by students.
Writer Flannery O’Connor lived at Andalusia Farm outside of Milledgeville with her mother while she was treated for lupus. She lived on the first floor of the house, where she wrote a number of her notable works. The 554-acre farm still holds a number of her belongings, including peafowl that roam the property.
Lake Sinclair is an outdoors lover’s paradise with more than 400 miles of shoreline. Rent a boat to explore it further, taking advantage of activities like fishing, camping and relaxation. And if that’s not enough, take a float down the Oconee River. The adjoining park and Oconee River Greenway provide opportunities to bike and walk on multi-use trails. Bartram Forest also has bike trails on land that dates back to early Native American tribes.
Stroll, shop and dine on the Great American Mainstreet that makes up Milledgeville. Here, you’ll find antique stores, clothing boutiques and restaurants.
Places to Stay
Rest your head in one of Milledgeville’s antebellum homes, appropriately named The Antebellum Inn. It has two parlors and five bedrooms with modern amenities. Relax in a rocking chair on the wrap-around porch or cool off in the swimming pool.
Stay like a local at the SoHo Lofts, four stylishly designed luxury apartments in the heart of downtown. They feature original hardwood floors, exposed brick walls and large windows overlooking Milledgeville. It’s an ideal respite for business travelers and families visiting students at the nearby colleges with WiFi, televisions, full kitchens and cozy linens.
Milledgeville also has chain hotels with breakfast buffets, swimming pools, fast Internet, fitness centers and kitchenettes, including the Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Fairfield Inn & Suites and Hampton Inn.
The area also has camping facilities for outdoors lovers. Little River Park Campground & Marina has full hookup RV sites, cabins and marina access to Lake Sinclair. Scenic Mountain RV Park & Campground has campsites with a bathhouse, swimming pool and nature trails.
Where to Eat
There’s no shortage of delicious places to dine in Milledgeville, no matter your palate. Aubri Lane’s is a favorite for special occasions, offering Southern cuisine with a contemporary twist. Their sesame seared ahi tuna was named one of the 100 Plates Locals Love in 2017.
College students and locals alike love The Brick, another pick for 100 Plates Locals Love. The menu is made up of elevated bar food like pizzas, pastas, wings, and sandwiches. Their drink menu features Georgia craft beers.
Right off campus, Gringo's serves Mexican dishes but with a twist with tacos like the Korean-inspired Southern Seoul, Peach Country with pimento cheese and peach salsa, and fried avocado.
Buffington's is a popular bar and grill since 1999 with an extensive craft beer menu and shareable dishes like nachos, fried green tomatoes, and wings. They also host live music from touring bands.
Kai Thai is the area’s Thai restaurant, with authentic dishes like tom yum soup and spicy beef salad. Their menu also has Japanese favorites, including stir fried meats and vegetables and fried rice.
Offering a little bit of everything, Metropolis Cafe takes its inspiration from Greece and the Mediterranean, with items like gyros, kabobs, falafels, and hummus. On Thursdays, they serve Indian food all day and there are nightly drink specials.
Dine with views of the lake at Jackson's on Lake Sinclair, which serves up hand cut steaks and fresh seafood. Live entertainment and weekly specials add to the appeal, along with specialty martinis.
Indulge your sweet tooth at SweeTreats, which serves up ice cream and frozen yogurt with custom blends and toppings like fruit, chocolate, and nuts. For something heartier, their deli has soups and sandwiches.
Plan your trip around one of Milledgeville’s annual events. Deep Roots Festival in October celebrates the arts and culture of the area, featuring regional and national artists and vendors. There’s also live music, an artist market, an antique car show, and a barbecue competition. And every winter, the Old Governor’s Mansion is transformed into a winter wonderland for Antebellum Christmas at the Mansion, which includes candlelit tours and singing groups.