As the leaves continue to fall and the weather turns colder, Milledgeville welcome’s winter. From sipping hot cocoa while strolling the historic district to leisurely explorations of Greek-Revival style homes to watching the sunset over the lake while indulging in delicious cuisine, our winter season has plenty of things to see and do around the community. Explore our charming small town and make the most out of your winter season.
Bundle up and stroll the streets of Milledgeville and observe some of the gorgeous houses that lend our town its charm. Established in 1803, we showcase over 200 years of history in Milledgeville! Our famous self-guided walking tour will immerse you in the beautiful architecture of over 40 of our well-preserved Federal-style architecture, enhanced by noteworthy Greek Revival, Victorian and Classic revival houses.
Did you know that we have an entire style of architecture named after our city? That’s right. We’re famous in the architecture world for 'Milledgeville Federal' characterized by side-gabled roofs, spiral staircases, and fanlight front entrances. It’s all thanks to one man: John Marlor. John Marlor created some of the most beautiful buildings in town, five of our favorites are the Masonic Hall, the Stovall-Conn-Gardner House, the Newell-Watts House, the John Marlor Arts Center and the Brown-Stetson-Sanford House. For more information about locations of the walking tour, pick up a brochure in the Visitor's Center, open Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Georgia's Old Governor's Mansion
If you need a break from the cold, head inside for a guided tour of Georgia's Old Governor’s Mansion. Completed in 1839, Georgia's Old Governor's Mansion is one of the finest examples of High Greek Revival architecture in the nation and served as the residence for Georgia's chief executives for over thirty years. This Georgia gem served as a political powerhouse where the complex social issues of the antebellum period including slavery and gender roles were played out and have since shaped our history. Its storied past also includes an overnight stay by General William T. Sherman as his troops entered Milledgeville during Sherman’s March to Sea during the American Civil War.
With camellias in full force, come enjoy the horticulture of Lockerly Arboretum’s gardens and their outdoor walking trails. Lockerly Arboretum embraces the natural beauty and cultural atmosphere of Milledgeville while intertwining a collection of foreign trees and plants, including Blue China Firs and Lacebark Elms. Spend your day relaxing on a picnic blanket or stroll through their 50 acre lot full of Cherokee Cherry’s.
The grounds are free and open to the public January 3, 2022, Monday - Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Listed as #5 on Budget Travel’s 2019 list of “Top 10 Coolest Small Towns in America,” downtown Milledgeville is a great place to spend some time exploring. Making your way through our local shops and restaurants makes for a fun outing with your best pals! Boutiques and antiques are scattered about with little treasures waiting to be discovered inside. Treat yourself with a new scarf or little souvenir as you wander about the quaint city of Milledgeville. Grab a cup of joe and or hot cocoa take it to-go when you visit Blackbird Coffee, it’s a local favorite. If you work up an appetite, downtown is full of mouthwatering meals from brick oven pizza, wings, and burgers to gyro’s, sushi and buttermilk pancakes.
OCONEE RIVER GREENWAY
Looking to enjoy winter’s chilly weather and gentle breezes? Check out the local outdoor hotspot, the Oconee River Greenway. Complete with a dog park, walking trails, and picnic spots, this grassy scene is excellent for a midday stroll alongside the river or a jog with your furry friend. Access to the park is free and dogs are welcome outside the dog park if leashed.
Walk in the footsteps of the famous American author Flannery O’Connor at her home from 1951 to 1964 after being diagnosed with Lupus. Flannery completed the majority of her literary work while she lived at Andalusia. Following her death, the home remained in her family until 2003 when it was made into a museum and later gifted to her alma mater, Georgia College, in 2017. The museum’s mission is to care for, collect, interpret, and exhibit items that illustrate her life on the farm. Also, be sure to check out the Peacock exhibit where Flannery’s favorite birds reside!
Andalusia is open for public tours and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Open Tuesday - Saturday from 10 am - 4 pm with the last tour beginning at 4 pm, Andalusia makes for a great stop on your first visit to Milledgeville!
THE CLUB ON LAKE SINCLAIR
If the weather in Georgia allows for a warmer winter day, perfect your golf swing or show off your skills with a game of golf. Play 9 rounds with your buds at The Club at Lake Sinclair. With beautiful fairways and a fantastic view of Lake Sinclair, this spot is ideal for staying active on nice cool days. After your round, be sure to enjoy a drink and leisurely lunch on the porch of Aubri Lane’s located onsite at The Club at Lake Sinclair. The course is open Tuesday - Sunday from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. and is just 4 miles from downtown Milledgeville.
If you have little ones in tow and looking to introduce your kids to the game, check out our kid-friendly guide.
Central State Hospital Campus
Since its founding in 1842, the Central State Hospital Campus (originally known as the Georgia State Lunatic, Idiot, and Epileptic Asylum) has been one of Milledgeville’s most well-known and intriguing sites. The site gained national recognition during the 1960s as the United States’ largest mental institution with over 12,000 patients, 6,000 employees, and more than 8,000 acres of land. Today, Central State Hospital serves over 200 existing patients and has downsized to roughly 2,000 acres of land. Take a self-guided driving tour that highlights the historic buildings of the campus and mentions important people from its past as well as the significance of certain periods in the Hospital's history.
For those interested in exploring more of the history of the former Central State Hospital campus, a guided trolley tour is your perfect chance. Board 'Milly' the trolley and set out on a guided driving tour through the grounds of Central State Hospital. Learn about the history of the institution as well as the redevelopment of the grounds from a former Central State employee and tour guide. Tours are offered monthly.