Tourism

Eatonton-Putnam Chamber Of Commerce & Visitors Center

The Plaza Arts Center

305 North Madison Avenue

Eatonton, GA 31024

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 4088 Eatonton, GA 31024

Phone: 1.706.485.7701

Fax: 1.706.485.3277

Chamber Website: www.eatonton.com/chamber

Tourism Website: www.eatonton.com/visit

The Eatonton-Putnam Chamber Of Commerce promotes economic prosperity and tourism for the community.

Visit the Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center or online at the tourism website for information regarding the areas’ attractions.

 

Georgia Writers Museum

109 South Jefferson Avenue

Eatonton, GA 31024

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 3429 Eatonton, GA 31024

Phone: 1.706.991.5119

Hours:

  • F – Sa (10:00am – 5:00pm)
  • Su (1:00pm – 5:00pm)

The Georgia Writers Museum focuses on promoting the rich, literary heritage of the state.  Of the 46 authors in the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame, nine are from within 30 miles of Putnam County.  Permanent exhibits honor the three most famous local authors: Alice Walker, Flannery O’Conner, and Joel Chandler Harris.  Works and artifacts of the other authors will be featured in the museum on a rotation basis.

 

Memory Lane Classic Cars

170 Scott Road

Eatonton, GA 31024

Phone: 1.706.991.1835

Hours:

  • Th – Sa (10:00am – 6:00pm)
  • Su (2:00pm – 6:00pm)

Admission:

  • General Admission: $5
  • Children (10 & under): Free

Memory Lane Classic Cars is a museum that features over 100 top quality cars.  The cars range from a 2005 Mustang GT 340 to “Eleanor,” which is the gray 545 hp Shelby GT 500 used in the movie “Gone Ins 60 Seconds”

 

Old School Museum

305 North Madison Avenue

Eatonton, GA 31024

Hours:

  • M – F (9:00am – 5:00pm)
  • Sa (10:00am – 4:00pm)
  • Su (2:00pm – 4:00pm)

Admission: Free

The Old School History Museum is housed in four classrooms of the original 1916 Eatonton School, now the home of the Plaza Arts Center.  Exhibits include a vintage drugstore complete with marble-topped soda fountain, a reproduction of the turn-of-the-century downtown Eatonton, a history gallery that guides visitors from the early Indian culture of the area of 20th Century history, and a historic classroom restored to its early 1900’s condition.

 

Uncle Remus Museum

214 South Oak Street

Eatonton, GA 31024

Phone: 1.706.485.6856

Website: www.uncleremusmuseum.org

Hours:

  • November 1st – February 28/29th
    • M – Sa (10:00am to 4:00pm)
    • Su (1:00pm – 4:00pm)
  • March 1st – October 31st
    • M – Sa (10:00am to 5:00pm)
      • Closed for lunch from 12:00pm – 1:00pm
    • Su (2:00pm to 5:00pm)

Admission:

  • Adults: $5.00
  • Seniors (65+) and Students with ID: $4.00
  • Children (5-12): $3.00
  • Children (4 & under): Free
  • Family Rate: $15.00 (includes 5 family members)

The Uncle Remus Museum strives to educate visitors about the life and work of Joel Chandler Harris using historic storytelling, period artifacts, dioramas of the more famous Uncle Remus character, local history during Harris’ formative years, and informative tours.

 

Rock Eagle Mound

350 Rock Eagle Road

Eatonton, GA 31024

Website: www.rockeagle4h.org

Shaped like a prone bird, the Rock Eagle Mound is a stone effigy.  The mound was believed to be built 2,000 years ago by Native Americans.  In 1978, the U.S. Department of the Interior listed the mound on the National Register of Historic Places.

Rock Eagle may be viewed at the Rock Eagle 4-H camp which has picnic tables and an observation tower to view the effigy.

 

Rock Hawk Effigy & Trails

Website: www.rockhawk.org

Rock Hawk is located 12 miles east of downtown Eatonton on Georgia Highway 16.  The Rock Hawk Effigy is a mound of milky quartz that is in the shape of a hawk believed to have been created by Native Americans.

In addition to the effigy, there are 25 miles of trails at Rock Hawk.  Other recreational opportunities include camping, boating, fishing, archery (3-D & static plus limited hunting), beach, hiking and biking, and nature walking.

 

Putnam County Veterans Wall

306 West Marion Street

Eatonton, GA 31024

Phone: 1.706.484.2331

Website: www.putnamcountyveteranswall.webs.com/

Facebook: www.facebook.com/putnamcountyveterans

Completed and dedicated on Veterans Day, November 11, 2014.  The Putnam County Veterans Wall features over 1,500 tiles engraved with the names veterans whose families live or have lived in Putnam County.

If you’re interested in purchasing a brick for a member of your family, visit the website listed to download an order form.

 

Scenic Byway Tour

Website: www.scenicbyway.org

The Scenic Byway of Putnam and Hancock Counties consists of sites located off of Georgia Highway 16.  Along the route, drivers either pass through or are very close to national forests, wildlife management areas, scenic farmland, large recreation lakes, large rivers, historic buildings, hundreds of old cemeteries, Native American archaeological sites, parks, campgrounds, trails, internationally acclaimed golf courses, horseback riding, hunting and fishing.

 

Downtown Eatonton Walking Tour

Website: www.eatonton.com/visit

The Visitors Center offers self-guided walking tour brochures, which showcases over 75 historic homes and buildings throughout Eatonton.

 

The Alice Walker Driving Tour

Website: www.eatonton.com/visit

Alice Walker, author of the award-winning book, “The Color Purple,” was born in Eatonton, on February 9, 1944.  The Alice Walker Driving Tour takes you past important places in Alice Walker’s life, including the church she attended, Wards Chapel A.M.E., the Wards Chapel Cemetery where her parents are buried, her childhood home which has been developed into Southern Manor Farms, a farm store with homemade products for sale.  The driving tour brochure is available at the Visitors Center.

 

The Plaza Arts Center

305 North Madison Avenue

Eatonton, GA 31024

Phone: 1.706.923.1655

Website: www.theplazaartscenter.com

The mission of The Plaza Arts Center is to promote interest and participation in the visual, performing and literary arts by providing programs and facilities for community and regional involvement, education and enjoyment.  The Plaza Arts Center hosts a variety of events and shows throughout the year.  Visit their website for seasonal listings.

 

The Dairy Festival

Website: www.putnamcountydairyfestival.com

The Dairy Festival is an annual event coordinated by the Pilot Club of Eatonton.  As a tribute to the dairy industry and local dairy families, the festival acknowledges the success of Putnam County as a leading dairy county in Georgia.  The Dairy Festival is held the first Saturday of June each year.

Each year, the Festival includes the “Torture Trail” Road Race and Fun Run (sponsored by the Farmers and Merchants Bank), a parade, vendor booths, and entertainment.

 

The Briar Patch Arts Festival

Website: www.eatontonmainstreet.com

The Briar Patch Arts Festival is an annual event coordinated by Eatonton Main Street.  The event features specialty arts and crafts vendors showcasing various items including pottery, woodworking, paintings, jewelry, bath and body products, photography, glassware, plants, children’s items, and more.

There is also live music and Uncle Remus storytelling throughout the day.  The festival is the last Saturday in October each year.

 

Christmas In The Briar Patch

Website: www.eatontonmainstreet.com

The Christmas in the Briar Patch is Eatonton’s annual Christmas Bazaar hosted by Eatonton Main Street.  It’s held annually on the first Saturday in December.  The Bazaar includes arts and craft vendors, downtown shops open later, a lighted Christmas parade, and free photos with Santa.

 

Community Easter Egg Hunt

Website: www.eatontonmainstreet.com

The Community Easter Egg Hunt is held each year on the Saturday before Easter Sunday.  The event is hosted by the Putnam County Recreation Department and Eatonton Main Street.  The event runs from 10:00am to 12:00pm and includes many activities for children and egg hunts for four age groups: 3 and under, 4-6, 7-8, and 9-10.

 

Seuss On The Loose Festival & Fun Run

Website: www.facebook.com/pcferstfoundation

 If you enjoy games, crafts, prizes, food and lots of fun, look no further than the Seuss on the Loose Festival, which is held each year on the first Saturday in March.  The event includes a one-mile fun run at 9:00am and activities for children from 10:00am to 12:00pm.  This fundraiser benefits the Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy.

 

The Tiny House Festival

Website: www.georgiatinyhouse.com

 

Annual Photography Show & Contest

Website: www.theplazaartscenter.com

The show is held at the Plaza Arts Center and runs the first Saturday in April through the following Friday.  For more details and entry information, visit The Plaza Arts Center website.