Putnam County is home to a rich array of museums and historical sites sure to delight visitors and residents alike. Take the driving itinerary and explore historical sites, see amazing antebellum mansions and more!
Step back in time and embark on one of the most enjoyed activities in Putnam County, Georgia: the historic home tour in downtown Eatonton. Surrounded by beautiful pastures and farms, this middle-Georgia town was incorporated on December 12, 1809, and boasts remarkable historical sites and architectural gems.
Southern Culture is unique. The region’s music, food, and art traditions are distinctive. Great Southern architecture adds to what makes the South the South. See and experience Eatonton’s Southern architecture that will transport you back to a particular place and time. Enjoy the Self-Guided Historic Home Tour featuring over 100 historic homes and buildings at your leisure.
The architecture ranges from the well-known Antebellum and Victorian-era structures to many examples of Greek Revival, Queen Anne, Folk Victorian, and Gothic Revival homes. Antebellum architecture is primarily characterized by Georgian, Neo-classical, and Greek Revival-style homes and mansions. These plantation houses were built in the southern American states roughly the thirty years before the American Civil War, approximately between the 1830s to 1860s. Since many grand homes are on Madison Avenue in downtown Eatonton, it is an easy walk or drive.
The tour will allow you to explore more about the community of Eatonton and its past. As you wander down Madison Avenue, you’ll see homes and historic commercial buildings surrounded by beautiful gardens that are a joy to explore during any season. Of course, my favorite season is the spring, when everything is in bloom, and Christmas with beautifully decorated homes makes you feel like you are part of a Christmas card. But, I love the fall and, yes… even the winter, as I said, an experience for all seasons.
After completing the self-guided Historic Home Tour, stop by the Old School History Museum- also described as a “blast from the past.” It takes visitors back to school classrooms and hot summer days when they were kids. The Old School History Museum is dedicated to collecting, preserving, and interpreting Eatonton and Putnam County history to educate and enrich the present and future generations. There are many highlights, but my favorite is the vintage drugstore, complete with the marble-topped soda fountain, 1946 jukebox, ice cream chairs and tables, and period photographs—a blast from the past.
From history to art to nature, make sure to drop by and pay a visit to this lovely destination, and you might be surprised at the things you will discover!
The best place to learn more about the history of the area is the Old School History Museum. Created in 2009, this interactive museum gives a glimpse into the past of the people who have lived in Putnam County over the years. Located in the Plaza Arts Center on Madison Avenue in downtown Eatonton, it is convenient for visitors to stop in.
The Eatonton- Putnam County Historical Society offers detailed history including genealogy, family data, and cemetery information for Putnam County and the surrounding areas. The historical society owns and is actively responsible for renovating and upkeep the Bronson House, a historic home on Madison Avenue.