International Disc Golf Center in Appling, Georgia

4 Ways to Spend Time and Save Money in Georgia's Classic South Region

Georgia’s Classic South region offers lots to do without spending a lot of money. Visit some of the region’s communities to learn more about their notable history (going as far back as America’s birth) and residents (comedian Oliver Hardy was born here), or spend time outdoors trying a different twist on a popular sport.

Here are a few area highlights – all for $5 or less.

Laurel & Hardy

The Laurel & Hardy Museum of Harlem

Visit the birthplace of mustachioed comedian Oliver Hardy – one of the famous entertainment duo Laurel and Hardy – at The Laurel & Hardy Museum of Harlem, one of three museums dedicated to the pair. (The other two are in Ulverston, England, and Solingen, Germany.) See photographs and other artifacts commemorating Hardy’s 25-year comedy career and laugh at the duo’s movies. There are 106 of them. Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Free admission, but donations are accepted.

disc golf

International Disc Golf Center, Appling

Take a swing at the sport of disc golf at the International Disc Golf Center, home of the Professional Disc Golf Association. Test your Frisbee-throwing skills at three disc golf courses at Wildwood Park, or several courses in nearby Augusta and Evans. Open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission: $3 per vehicle. Greens fees: $5 adults, with special rates for military, children 12 and under, Columbia County residents and Professional Disc Golf Association members.

Historic Wrightsboro Cemetery in Thomson

Historic Wrightsboro Cemetery, Thomson

Search for the graves of war veterans at the Historic Wrightsboro Cemetery. Some of the veterans buried in Wrightsboro gave their lives during the Revolutionary War, while others fought in the Civil War battles of Gettysburg, Shiloh or Fredericksburg. Free admission.

Ogeechee River Car Museum in Jewell, Georgia

Ogeechee River Car Museum, Jewell

Stroll down memory lane through the perspective of classic cars from the 1900s to today (including a 1908 Waltham-Ori and a 1966 Ford Mustang Convertible) before drinking up memorabilia in the Coca-Cola room at the Ogeechee River Car Museum. Contact the museum at (706) 465-1385 to arrange for a tour. Free admission.

Published: January 2015
Written by: Roselle Cronan
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