Inside Rose Hill in Milledgeville, Georgia, decorated for the holidays

Inside Rose Hill at Lockerly Arboretum in Milledgeville, Georgia

Holiday Homes on Georgia's Antebellum Trail

Explore the wonder and the beauty of the Antebellum South this Christmas season with a round-up of classic Georgia historic homes outfitted in their Christmas finery. Georgia's Antebellum Trail links seven historic communities, each boasting their own 19th-century sites, that will be adorned in Christmas splendor. Take a journey back in time and experience Christmases past in Macon, Gray/Old Clinton, Milledgeville, Eatonton, Madison, Watkinsville and Athens.

Cannonball House in Macon during the holidays

Macon: Cannonball House

Built in 1853 as a planter's townhouse, The Cannonball House welcomes the holiday season by decking its halls with traditional Christmas cheer, featuring red and green decorations and brightly burning candles. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the home is a lovely example of Greek Revival architecture, featuring period-appropriate furnishings. Stop by to see the home in all its festive glory in Macon while also enjoying the tale of how the house earned its infamous name.

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Jarrell Plantation in Gray, Georgia

Gray/Old Clinton: Jarrell Plantation

Take a tour of the circa 1847 Jarrell Plantation decorated for the holidays with authentic decor, live music, warm cider and cookies. Through generations of family members, Jarrell Plantation Historic Site in Gray is one of the last remaining examples of a vanishing culture with its authentic 19th and early 20th century plantation buildings typical to Middle Georgia, representing the change from an agricultural to an industrial-based economy. Visit on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019, for a special story time with Mrs. Claus, and send your letter to Santa at the old post office 3-6 p.m. When your afternoon events end, take a ranger-led tour of the plantation after dark by lantern light.

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Entry to Rose Hill in Milledgeville, Georgia

Milledgeville: Rose Hill at Lockerly Arboretum

Rose Hill at Lockerly Arboretum is one of the most magical places in Milledgeville, and the holiday season only emphasizes it! In 1852, Daniel R. Tucker built a new home in the Greek Revival style. The home has since been listed on the National Register of Historic Places. During the holidays, Rose Hill comes to life with decorations and live greenery freshly styled from the beautiful grounds of the adjoining Lockerly Arboretum. Seasonal guests may explore the beauty of the mansion while being charmed by the scents of fresh pine and the sight of hand-crafted magnolia arrangements.

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Magnum House in Eatonton, Georgia, decorated for the holidays

Eatonton: Mangum House

The beauty of the season is abundant in downtown Eatonton's historic district. Visitors strolling the historic district should take special note of the Mangum House, a c. 1856 example of Greek Revival Cottage architecture. Garland-wrapped porches and gently glowing lights welcome visitors to learn more about the original home of Jefferson Adams. In the early 2000s, a complete interior and exterior renovation, including the carriage house, was completed by the current owners, the Mangums. Today, the intricate detailing in the cornice and portico are an unequaled delight to all architecture lovers.

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Holiday decorations inside Heritage Hall in Madison, Georgia

Madison: Heritage Hall

Festive evergreen wreaths adorn every window of the c. 1811 Greek Revival home Heritage Hall. Originally constructed 200 feet from its current location in Madison, the home was moved in 1909 when the owner at the time, Mr. Stephen Turnell, sold a portion of the home's acreage for the construction of a new Methodist church. Heritage Hall was a private residence until 1977. The last private owner was Mrs. Sue Reid Walton Manley, known as "Madison's First Lady" for her gracious financial support of churches, education, the city and numerous weddings, receptions and parties hosted at the home. During the holiday season, visitors will be delighted to discover an exquisite array of period furnishings and antique treasures dressed in Yuletide finery.

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Tour guides inside Eagle Tavern decorated for the holidays in Watkinsville, Georgia

Watkinsville: Eagle Tavern

Celebrate a colonial-style Christmas at Watkinsville's c. 1801 Eagle Tavern. Originally a stagecoach stop on the edge of Creek Indian territories, the Eagle Tavern is one of the area's oldest remaining structures open for tour. During December, the Daughters of the American Revolution bring seasonal magic into the space, filling it with Christmas greenery and candles. Guided tours are offered throughout the season, including a special evening tour after the community's annual Christmas parade!

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Holiday decorations on the mantel at the Church-Waddel-Brumby House in Athens, Georgia

Athens: The Church-Waddel-Brumby House

Holiday traditions come alive as the Church-Waddel-Brumby House is adorned in period-specific holiday décor. Built in 1820, this house is a fine example of Federal-style architecture with period-appropriate furnishings and decorative arts. The house is believed to be Athens' oldest surviving residence. Today, visitors can tour the historic home in all its seasonal glory.

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Published: November 2019
Written by: Bonnie Simmons