5 Exciting Places You’ll Discover On The Athens Heritage WalkPosted on October 11, 2016
The Athens Heritage walks are back this year for their 7th annual walk. The walks are an exciting time for the Athens community because there is a lot of pride in the history found in the town. The walks are a series of guided tours highlighting historic Athens’ neighborhoods and places. The tour guides are local volunteers that have a love for the town and the history that takes place there.
The walks started back in 2009 to celebrate Athens’ designation as one of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Dozen Distinctive Destinations. The walks were so popular that the foundation decided to continue the guided tours. Take a stroll into the past and discover these 5 exciting places on the Heritage Walk:
- Navy Supply School: In 1860, the University of Georgia constructed Rock College that served the educational needs of Georgia in a variety of roles including as a Confederate military school. The oldest surviving buildings were built during this time period and still remain in use today.
- Cobbham Historic District: In 1834 John Addison Cobb laid out 80 lots of his farmland to begin development of a town that would be known as a “town in the woods.” Today it is one of the premier neighborhoods in Athens where can find some of the finest examples of Greek Revival, Gothic Revival, Italianate, Queen Anne, and Second Empire architecture.
- University Drive Historic Neighborhood: Developed in 1880, University Drive remains one of Athens most distinctive and grand avenues displaying a marvelous and diverse collection of twentieth century residences.
- Through The Arch-A Tour Of The UGA Campus: Founded in 1785, the University of Georgia was the first university in America chartered by a state government. Scattered around the campus you will find some of the oldest and most historically significant buildings, structures and spaces in Athens.
- Oncee Hill Cemetery: The cemetery was established in 1856. It was originally only 17 acres in size and has grown to almost 100 acres. You can find some famous names to be buried in this cemetery such as Lumpkin, Cobb, Church and Hill.
Each tour guide brings a different knowledge to each walk. Being guided through some of the oldest neighborhoods in Athens by locals who have expertise in architectural styles and historic trends and some that have first-hand knowledge of the people who have inhabited their neighborhoods over the years, gives the guided tour and whole different feel. For more information about The Athens Heritage Walks, click here.