Eatonton Expedition
Saturday, August 17, 2024
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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The Georgia Trust invites you to discover the rich history and southern hospitality of Eatonton, Georgia.

The epitome of small town charm, Eatonton is home to a broad array of historic homes and sites sure to delight visitors and residents alike. The city boasts scenic highways, two Native American effigies, and a beautiful historic downtown. Attendees will explore magnificent mansions, historic landmarks, and other fascinating sites that are significant to the history of Putnam County.

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Lunch & Closing Reception*

Guests will enjoy a boxed lunch prepared by one of Eatonton’s local favorites, with the option of eating it at the Plaza Arts Center or taking it with them.

The Expedition ends with a special closing reception at 4 p.m. with drinks and hors d’oeuvres on the gorgeous grounds of the Alexander Sidney Reid House, a historic three-story Greek Revival style home that has been meticulously maintained and preserved.

*Included with Full Registration tickets only

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Lodge on Lake Oconee
930 Greensboro Road
Eatonton, GA 31024
Mention “Georgia Trust Eatonton Expedition” for a special group rate

Just a Few of the Featured Homes and Sites

Expedition Itinerary at a Glance

9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Packet Pick-up
Start your day by picking up your registration packet and exploring the Plaza Arts Center, the crown jewel of the Eatonton Historic District. Once home to the Eatonton School, this 1916 Mission Revival school building has been restored and is now home to a community theater and the Old School History Museum.

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 Eatonton and its local preservation efforts.

11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Eatonton Expedition
Enjoy the rare opportunity to tour some of Eatonton’s most historic houses and sites
including the rarely-open-to-the-public 1814 Wilken-Cooper-Jenkins House, the oldest home on Madison Avenue; Panola Hall, an 1854 Greek Revival Home reportedly haunted by a ghost named Sylvia; and the Walton-Carpenter-McClain House, a 1909 Craftsman style home. Venture out and explore historically significant sites in Putnam County, including Rock Eagle, a prehistoric stone effigy built by Native Americans and the Tompkins Inn, a former stagecoach inn built in 1810.

11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Return to the Plaza Arts Center and enjoy a boxed lunch.

4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Closing Reception
Enjoy a special closing reception on the grounds of the Alexander Sidney Reid House, a historic three-story Greek Revival style home that has been meticulously maintained and preserved.

*Sites and times are subject to change. Event occurs rain or shine.

Special Thanks to Our Sponsors

Eatonton-Putnam Tourism Arts Heritage Partnership

Teresa and Judd Doster

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.

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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.