Monroe Expedition
August 13, 2022
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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The Georgia Trust invites you to explore the historic homes and sites of Monroe, Georgia.

Discover one of Georgia’s best kept secrets! Nestled between Atlanta and Athens, Monroe boasts a vast collection of historic houses and a thriving downtown full of small town charm. Explore grand historic homes, magnificent mansions and other fascinating sites significant to the history of Walton County during a day-long, self-guided tour.

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*Walk-up tickets will not be available during the event. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

COVID-19 Safety Protocols

To ensure the well-being of guests, homeowners, volunteers and staff, the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation has instated Safety Measures and Procedures. Proof of a COVID-19 vaccination OR negative COVID-19 test result, obtained within 72 hours of the event, will be required to attend. Proof of having received a Booster will no longer be required but is highly encouraged.

Masks will be required prior to entry to all private residences. For all public sites, please follow the guidance put in place by each individual site.

*Subject to change based on local community transmissibility levels.

See Safety Measures and Procedures

Lunch and Closing Reception

Guests will enjoy lunch from their choice of participating downtown eateries with a $10 lunch voucher that is included in the ticket price.*

The Expedition ends with a special closing reception with drinks and hors d’oeuvres at the Wayfarer Music Hall, a Georgia Trust Preservation Award winner. Originally used to house horses, the beautifully rehabilitated building has been transformed into an event space that respects and celebrates its architectural past.

Ticket prices:
Member: $50
Non-Member: $60
Tour Only: $35

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*Tour Only tickets do not include lunch or closing reception.

Expedition Itinerary at a Glance

9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Packet Pick-Up
First Baptist Monroe
202 McDaniel Street
Monroe, GA 30655
Start the day by picking up your registration packet at the historic First Baptist Monroe, one of the city’s finest remaining historic church buildings.

10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Welcome and Orientation
After picking up your tour packet, stick around for a brief presentation to learn about the rich history of Monroe and its diverse historic architecture.

10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Monroe Expedition
Explore some of Monroe’s most historic private homes, sites and buildings. The historic city proudly claims the honor of being the “City of Governors,” having furnished seven men to act as Governor of Georgia.

11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Lunch in Downtown Monroe
Enjoy lunch at your choice of charming, one-of-a-kind restaurants located in Downtown Monroe. A $10 lunch voucher will be included in your registration packet.

4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Closing Reception
Wayfarer Music Hall
114 N. Broad Street
Monroe, GA 30655
End the day with a special closing reception with drinks and hors d’oeuvres at the Wayfarer Music Hall, a Georgia Trust Preservation Award winner. Originally used to house horses, the beautifully rehabilitated building has been transformed into an event space that respects and celebrates its architectural past.

*Sites subject to change. Event takes place rain or shine.

A Sampling of Featured Homes & Sites

About the area

Walton County was laid out by the Lottery Act of 1818, was organized in 1819, and named in honor of George Walton, one of the three Georgians who signed the Declaration of Independence.

The City of Monroe was settled in 1818 and incorporated in 1821. Originally known as Cow Pens for the large herds of cattle that grazed there, Monroe was re-named in honor of U.S. President James Monroe during his second term in office.

Monroe became a bustling cotton town with several textile mills during the early half of the 20th century. Today, former textile mills give way to premiere antique markets, event spaces, and other unique retail spaces.

The charming, historic town has been home to seven Georgia governors and is known as the “City of Governors.”

Special Thanks to Our Sponsors


Safety Measures and Procedures

The safety of our guests, property owners, volunteers and staff is our number one priority. As such, the following protocols will be in place.

Expedition Attendance Procedures:

  • Proof of a COVID-19 vaccination OR negative COVID-19 test result, obtained within 72 hours of the event, will be required to attend. Proof of having received a Booster will no longer be required but is highly encouraged.
  • Masks will be required prior to entry to all private residences. For all public sites, please follow the guidance put in place by each individual site.

    *Subject to change based on local community transmissibility levels.

If you are vaccinated and have not yet sent in your proof of vaccination, please do one of the following options:

  1. Email a copy of your Vaccine Card or Vaccine Record to specialevents@georgiatrust.org (preferred method due to postal delivery being unreliable), or
  2. Mail a copy of your Vaccine Card or Vaccine Record to: The Georgia Trust, 1516 Peachtree Street, NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30309, or
  3. Fax a copy of your Vaccine Card or Vaccine Record to: 404-875-2205, or
  4. Bring a copy of your Vaccine Card or Vaccine Record to Rhodes Hall at 1516 Peachtree Street, NW Atlanta, Georgia 30309, between 9-4, Monday-Friday, or
  5. Bring a copy of your Vaccine Card or Vaccine Record to the Expedition Packet Pick-Up location. (We highly encourage attendees to send proof of vaccination prior to the event to streamline the registration process.)

If you are unvaccinated:

  1. Bring Negative COVID-19 test results to the Expedition Packet-Pickup location. The test must be taken at least 72 hours of attending the Expedition.

Expedition FAQs

There are no paper tickets. If you make your reservation online, you will receive a confirmation email that will be automatically sent to your email address. This email is for your records only, you do not need to bring this with you. When you arrive at registration, you will pick up your tour program, map and name badge.

Yes. Please call our Special Events office 404.885.7812.

Tours are done at your own pace and require a good amount of walking, often over uneven streets and sidewalks. Wear flat, comfortable shoes. You will follow your program and map to each of the sites. You do not have to do the sites in their numbered order.

A full-registration ticket includes a $10 lunch voucher that you can use at your choice of participating downtown restaurants and admission into the closing reception, where you can enjoy drinks and light hors d’oeuvres.

Please dress comfortably. Flat, comfortable shoes are a must both for your comfort and for the protection of historic hardwood floors. Guests in high heels or shoes that could damage floors may be required to remove their shoes prior to entering a private property.

These tours take place in private residences, rather than public spaces, and therefore are not often handicapped accessible. Some, but not all, guests with mobility limitations have felt the tours met their expectations.

Tours go on rain or shine and tickets are not refundable. Please keep in mind that hurricane season is from June 1–November 30. If the Expedition area is under an official NWS-issued tropical storm warning, advising evacuation, the event will be canceled.

What is an Expedition?

A Georgia Trust Expedition invites members and guests to explore a Georgia town located off the beaten path. These day-long, self guided tours are designed to reflect a town’s unique history and development by including a variety of historic sites, from vernacular homesteads to historic industrial sites to grand homes, as well as historic landscapes and natural features. Expeditions educate participants about Georgia’s small town heritage while celebrating ongoing preservation and revitalization efforts.

Tours are self-guided, and guests provide their own transportation. Maps and programs are provided at packet pick-up.

For more information, contact specialevents@GeorgiaTrust.org.