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Athens Local History

Athens was a trading settlement on the banks of the Ocoee River during the late 1700's. On 27 January 1785 the University of Georgia was chartered as the first state supported university. John Milledge purchased 633 acres of land and donated it to the university. The land was named Athens in honour of the Greek city that is the center of culture and learning during the ancient times.

Athens was established as a leader in the cotton industry by 1923. The city was the second largest manufacturer of cotton in the state and stayed that was through the 1950's. During World War II the city was named as one of five naval pre flight schools. Thousands of men filled the city and helped to build new buildings and recreational facilities and gave the airport its first paved runways.

In the 1970's, the music scene in Athens began to gain momentum, and the city was recognized as one of the hot spots for music. Bands such as R.E.M and the B-52's became big success stories, and started their careers in Athens.

Athens Attractions

Athens Shopping

Archipelago Antiques Located at 1676 South Lumpkin Street, Athens. This store has items, which range from the truly elegant, to the absolutely outrageous. There are items such as estate furniture and jewelry, art, glass, pottery, botanical prints, metal military and civilian miniatures. This is truly as shop that needs to be walked though to appreciate its uniqueness.

J & J Flea Market Located at 11661 Commerce Road, Athens. This flea market has over 750 tables, which are outside and 400 tables, which are inside and are loaded with bargains, antiques, crafts and collectibles. There are also three restaurants and entertainment. J & J Flea Market is a great way to spend some time. You will definitely find something to remind you of your visit to Athens.

Caudles Tole Located at 3700 Atlanta Highway, Athens. Caudles is a quaint little shop that has a variety of collectibles to make a perfect gift for someone you care about. The are Cherished Teddies, Seraphim Angels, Ty Plush, Boyd's Bears, Folkstones and many more to choose from.

Civil War Store Located at 190 Park Avenue, Athens. This is a little store that specialises in a variety of Civil War memorabilia, which includes flags, collectibles, souvenirs, antiques, books and artwork.

Athens Activities

Watson Mill Bridge State Park Located at 650 Watson Mill Bridge Road, Athens. This Park is one of the most picturesque state parks in Georgia. The bridge covers 229 feet across the South Fork River was built in 1885. The is a five acre pond, picnic shelters, hiking trails, bicycle trails, horseback riding trails, canoe and pedal boats are available for rental and of course you can enjoy a day of fishing for catfish, bass and bream.

ENSAT Centre Located at 205 Old Commerce Road, Athens. This centre is 11 400 square feet, and provides science and natural science education for all ages, and highlights energy saving and green technology, construction and architecture. This centre is a hit with the kids.

Skate-A-Round USA Located at 3030 Cherokee Road, Athens. This is a large skating ring that offers games and good times for everyone. This rink is a huge hit with the kids.

Athens Parks & Gardens

Sandy Creek Nature Centre This nature centre offers 200 acres of woodland and marshland and several animal exhibits. The various facilities available to visitors include a beach, fishing, shelters for picnics; playgrounds for children, softball and volleyball facilities, paddleboats and canoes can be rented. The park is open from April to September from 7am to 10pm from Thursday to Tuesday during peak season, and in the off-season, the hours are from Thursday to Sunday from 7am to 7pm.

The State Botanical Garden of Georgia Located at 2450 South Milledge Avenue, Athens. The botanical gardens comprises of 313 acres of land used as a teaching and research facility. There is a three-story conservatory, which features displays of tropical and semi tropical plants. There are 5 miles of nature trails through diverse ecosystems with many of the plants labeled, as well as about 12 speciality gardens. Admission to the gardens is free and is open daily from 8am to sunset. http://www.uga.edu/botgarden.com

Founders Memorial Garden and Houses Located at 325 South Lumpkin Street, Athens. This garden was founded in 1891 by 12 Athens women, and is set on 2 half acres with varying landscapes and seasonal foliage of a Southern garden. The garden is exceptionally beautiful when the seasons change, and delightful in the spring when the garden is in bloom. Admission to the garden is free of charge and is open during daylight hours.

Athens Restaurants and Bars

Athens Restaurants

Chef Wolfgang's European Cuisine Located at 1074 Baxter Street, Athens. This restaurant is open from Monday to Saturday 9am to 10pm. This restaurant prepares fabulous foods with a European flair. There is a cosmopolitan staff, which will take your order in a professional and friendly way. Wolfgang is one of the top tier chefs in Athens, and has even prepared lavish banquets for the Queen of England. On Friday and Saturday nights there is a string quartet to entertain the guests.

East West Bistro Located at351 East Broad Street, Athens. This bistro is open From Sunday to Thursday from 11am to 10pm and on Friday and Saturday from 11am to 11pm. Upstairs is a formal dining room where the cuisine is prepared with an Italian flare. Downstairs is a more comfortable setting, which is less formal and rigid and serves a large selection of tapas, Capriccio and even a Thai ratatouille crepe.

Harry Bissett's New Orleans Cafe & Oyster Bar Located at 279 East Broad Street, Athens. Harry's is a favourite for both students and faculty because of its close proximity to the University of Georgia. In the front of Harry Bissett's New Orleans Café & Oyster Bar is a bar with tables, and in the rear is a formal dining room. Cajun and seafood dishes are the speciality and the food is generally full of favour and even zesty. Harry Bissett's are open from Tuesday to Sunday from 11:30am to 3pm and Monday to Sunday from 5:30pm to 11pm. http://www.harrybissetts.com

Athens Bars & Clubs

40 Watt Club Located at 258 West Washington Street, Athens. This famous club launched the B-52's and R.E.M. You can still hear up and coming bands play here, but mainly this club is geared at the national bands. There is a disco that takes place several times a week as well.

The Georgia Theatre Located at 215 Lumpkin Street, Athens. This club was a former movie theater, and now plays homage to the local college rock bands, there are even some bands that play blues and Southern rock.

Boneshakers Located at 433 East Hancock Avenue. Boneshakers is a techno and retro dance club, and plays mostly disco and 80's music. The bar closes at 2am, but the dancing goes on much later than that.

The Globe Located at 199 North Lumpkin Street. This bar seems almost out of position; it seems more like a bar in New York, than in the student town of Athens. The clientele are a mixed group, from students, an occasional filmmaker to a door-to-door salesman. This bar has the largest selection of exotic beers in Athens with more than 150 brands to choose from. There is also a collection of 30 kinds of single malt whiskies. This is definitely like no other bar in Athens.

Athens children's activities

Watson Mill Bridge State Park Located at 650 Watson Mill Bridge Road, Athens. This Park is one of the most picturesque state parks in Georgia. The bridge covers 229 feet across the South Fork River was built in 1885. The is a five acre pond, picnic shelters, hiking trails, bicycle trails, horseback riding trails, canoe and pedal boats are available for rental and of course you can enjoy a day of fishing for catfish, bass and bream.

ENSAT Centre Located at 205 Old Commerce Road, Athens. This centre is 11 400 square feet, and provides science and natural science education for all ages, and highlights energy saving and green technology, construction and architecture. This centre is a hit with the kids.

Skate-A-Round USA Located at 3030 Cherokee Road, Athens. This is a large skating ring that offers games and good times for everyone. This rink is a huge hit with the kids.

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