Guide to Thomson
Explore the Southern charm of this town near Augusta through its many things to do, places to stay, great restaurants and signature events.
Thomson, in McDuffie County, is a quintessential Southern town, a short drive from Augusta, Atlanta and Athens. Founded in 1837 as a railroad depot, Thomson is nicknamed “The Camellia City of the South.” The historic downtown has a number of funky antique stores and restaurants. It hosts an annual fox hunt and a music festival named for Georgia blues legend Blind Willie McTell.
Things to Do
McTell's 12-String Strut
Learn about Thomson's music history at McTell’s 12-String Strut, a public art project that has hand-painted guitar replicas, each designed by a local artist. It honors the legacy of Blind Willie McTell, a McDuffie-born musician.
MAC on Main Art Gallery
MAC on Main Art Gallery features the best work from McDuffie County and beyond in a restored gallery and studio downtown. It's also a great place to meet the local artists.
Georgia's Little River Water Trail
Novice paddlers can make their way down Georgia’s Little River Water Trail, a river preserve that is home to countless wildlife species, including wild turkey, white tail deer, turtles, otters and fish.
Learn about the region’s history at the McDuffie Museum, which has programs, exhibits and activities. The museum opened on Thomson’s Main Street in 2009 and has featured exhibits on American food, Native American tribes and a local Quaker colony.
White Hills Lavender & Herb Farm
Wander the fields at White Hills Lavender & Herb Farm, a gorgeous farm in nearby Dearing. They have workshops and a gift shop of their items, including herbs, teas and essential oils.
Places to Stay
Thomson has a number of mid-range hotels for visitors.
Hampton Inn & Suites
The Hampton Inn & Suites offers free in-room WiFI, HDTV with more than 100 channels and free hot breakfast. There’s also an onsite fitness room and outdoor pool.
Comfort Inn & Suites
Similarly, the Comfort Inn & Suites has a business center, seasonal pool, laundry facilities, free coffee and daily breakfast. Rooms also have kitchen facilities with microwaves, refrigerators and coffee makers.
White Columns Inn
White Columns Inn has everything you need to make your stay cozy like whirlpool hot tubs, an outdoor swimming pool and a gazebo. There are more than 100 hookups for those traveling with their boats.
If you’ve got an RV, the Raysville Campground is your perfect base, located on the Little River with 55 sites for tents and campers with electric and water. Pets are allowed, as well.
Where to Eat
Chow down at Thomson’s best restaurants suitable for all budgets and palates.
Hogie Joe's Sports Grill
Hogie Joe’s Sports Grill offers sandwiches, wraps, quesadillas, hand-pattied burgers, prime rib and hand-cut ribeye. They have soups of the day and desserts to finish off your meal.
Highrail, Southern Eatery
Highrail, Southern Eatery has a variety of appetizers, salads, entrees and sides, along with specialty cocktails, wine and beer.
Sweet T's Restaurant
Soul food is the draw at Sweet T’s Restaurant, where you’ll find items like baked chicken, mashed potatoes, biscuits and hand pies.
Fernanda's Grill & Pizzeria
Enjoy a slice of New York style pizza at Fernanda’s Grill & Pizzeria, along with other favorites like calzones, subs and pasta.
Habanero's Mexican Grill
If you’re looking for flavors from south of the border, Habanero’s Mexican Grill has all your preferred dishes from fajitas to enchiladas to nachos.
Blind Willie McTell Blues Festival
Plan your visit to Thomson around the annual events, especially the Blind Willie McTell Blues Festival in May. The music festival celebrates the blues and Thomson native Blind Willie McTell, an inductee into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame, along with Southern food and vendors.
Belle Meade Hunt Opening Meet
The Belle Meade Hunt Opening Meet is on the first Saturday of November every year and is a simulated fox hunt with hunters in red coats and hounds.
Classes at White Hills Lavender & Herb Farm
White Hills Lavender & Herb Farm hosts yoga retreats and workshops, like soap-making classes with their homemade essential oils.