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
Historic Trolley Tours
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.
Rose Hill & Lockerly Arboretum
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.
Old Governor's Mansion
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
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
The Reel Grill
There's no shortage of delicious places to dine in Milledgeville, no matter your palate. The Reel Grill is a favorite for special occasions, offering Southern cuisine with a contemporary twist.
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.
Just a little taco shop with a BIG imagination! Bollywood Tacos, located in downtown, serves up some of the most exciting cuisine in the area. Bollywood is known for its fusion of Mexican and Indian flavors that bring some absolutely delicious dishes to the table. This place also has Taco Tuesday, so make sure you venture their way and grab a taco!
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.
Whether you prefer a hamburger or shrimp tacos and a frozen beverage straight off a day of fun on the lake, or a nice night out with steak, seafood, and a glass of wine, Ole' Chobys is the place for you! Enjoy dinner in the newly renovated dining room, or join them on the lounge and deck for a more laid back, casual experience.
The Velvet Elvis & Amici Cafe
Plan your trip around one of Milledgeville’s annual events.
Deep Roots Festival
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.
Antebellum Christmas at the Mansion
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.