Georgia’s premier tour of historic homes, sites, and so much more!

Save the Date: Americus
October 11-13, 2024

Thank you for a successful event in Athens! Be sure to join us at the Eatonton Expedition, August 17, and the Fall Ramble in Americus, October 11-13.

Packet Pickup Information

Registrants can pick up their tour packets at the following times and locations. Inside your packet, you’ll receive a name badge (which serves as your ticket inside homes, sites and meal venues), detailed event program and maps. Walk-up tickets will not be available at the event. All tickets must be purchased in advance. 

Event is held rain or shine.

There will be NO early packet pick-up at Rhodes Hall. Rhodes Hall will be closed for a private event on Thursday, April 18.

FRIDAY, APRIL 19
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Lyndon House Arts Center
211 Hoyt St, Athens, GA 30601

SATURDAY, APRIL 20
8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
First Christian Church of Athens
268 W. Dougherty St, Athens, GA 30601
*For those who registered for tickets with meals, breakfast will be served until 10 a.m.

SUNDAY, APRIL 21
9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Oak Hall at Hedgerow Farm
4721 Price Mill Rd, Bishop, GA 30621
*For those who registered for tickets with meals, brunch will be served until 11 a.m.

Know Before You Go

Weather/Dress
Temperatures for the weekend should range from the high 70s to mid-80s during the day and low 60s at night. There is a slight chance of rain on Saturday and Sunday, so please bring a raincoat or umbrella. Please dress comfortably and wear walking footwear since many sidewalks along tour sites may be uneven. Men are not required to wear jackets to meals. Flat shoes are highly recommended. 

** Please wear your name badge during meals and tour hours**


Ramble Tips

  • Please wear your name badge throughout the weekend. This serves as your entry into all Ramble sites and meal venues.
  • Street parking is available throughout the weekend. Many of the Ramble sites are in residential neighborhoods, so please be respectful when parking and do not block driveways.
  • For Ramble sites located in downtown Athens, please be aware that there may be a fee for parking. Parking fees vary by parking garage or meter.
  • SCRAMBLE YOUR RAMBLE – to control crowding, we encourage attendees to follow the program out of order.  
  • If you have registered for tickets with meals, Saturday’s lunch will be a boxed lunch pick-up. Grab a lunch to go and continue Rambling! For those who would like to take a break from Rambling, seating is available inside First Christian Church.
  • Please refer to the “Additional Directions” sheet in your registration packet for sites not listed on the map. GPS works for most sites.
  • Event occurs rain or shine.

Explore historic private homes and sites in Athens and Watkinsville

Join us this spring in Athens, where Ramblers will enjoy the rare opportunity to explore the Classic City’s most historic homes and sites. Ramblers will also visit nearby Watkinsville and Oconee County, a first for the Georgia Trust.

Named the “South’s Best College Town” by Southern Living magazine, Athens is the beloved home of the University of Georgia and a legendary music scene. Athens boasts sixteen historic districts, each with a unique character offering a glimpse into the city’s vibrant past. Wander through streets lined with beautifully preserved architecture and rich history and explore the historic landmarks that have shaped Athens into the eclectic city that it is today.

Conclude the weekend in nearby Watkinsville, nestled in the scenic landscapes of Oconee County. Explore historic homes and farmsteads that reflect the area’s rich history.

SOLD OUT! Tickets are no longer available. Walk-up tickets will NOT be available during the event. Join us at the Eatonton Expedition, August 17, and the Fall Ramble in Americus, October 11-13.

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Image by Sarah Folsom Photography

Heritage Reception

A Complimentary Event for Upper-Level Georgia Trust Members ($300+)
Saturday, April 20, 2024

During the Ramble weekend, before Saturday’s dinner, upper-level Georgia Trust members ($300 and up) will enjoy an exclusive private reception at Athens’ only National Historic Landmark, the 1840s Taylor-Grady House. The restored interior is adorned with antique furnishings and historically accurate paint colors. Guests will also enjoy seeing an interpretive boxwood garden. As of 2023, a new chapter is beginning for the Taylor-Grady House and will now be known as Landmark Commons, which will include not only the Taylor-Grady House, but also gardens, original out kitchen, and summer dining room. Landmark Commons aims for inclusive history through education, preservation, and hospitality.


To upgrade your membership to be a part of this exclusive reception, contact 404-885-7818 or membership@georgiatrust.org.

Friday, April 19
TOWN & GOWN

Named the “South’s Best College Town” by Southern Living magazine, Athens is the beloved home of the University of Georgia. Stroll through the landmark Arch onto the original campus of the nation’s first state-chartered university to see an extraordinary mix of 19th and early 20th century architecture. Take a rare look inside the University of Georgia President’s House, one of the oldest buildings in Athens and the official residence of UGA presidents since 1949.

Visit magnificent private residences in Athens’ historic Five Points neighborhood including the stunning home and gardens of the late UGA football legend Vince Dooley and his wife Barbara. See the Dearing-Wilkins House, which has been lovingly cared for by the University’s Alpha Pi sorority. Explore awe-inspiring homes in the Henderson Historic District featuring excellent examples of Folk Victorian, Queen Anne, and early 20th century Craftsman style design. Step inside the house once owned by Young Harris, who is best known as the early benefactor of Young Harris College, after whom the school was named. Return to UGA’s North Campus to enjoy cocktails and dinner at Herty Field, UGA’s first athletic field and site of the first intercollegiate football game in 1892.

SOLD OUT! Tickets are no longer available. Walk-up tickets will NOT be available during the event. Join us at the Eatonton Expedition, August 17, and the Fall Ramble in Americus, October 11-13.

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Image by Courtney Goldman Photography

Saturday, April 20
EXQUISITE HOMES

Ramble through the historic residential neighborhoods, each with their own unique character, that feature beautifully preserved architecture and historic landmarks. Explore the Cobbham Historic District, considered to be Athens’ first suburb. The neighborhood is known for its well-preserved Victorian and Neoclassical homes. See beautifully maintained residences including the Gordon-Hanks House, the Jester-Downs House, and the Thurmond-Banks-Knowlton House. Don’t miss seeing the home and gardens of the late landscape architecture professor John Linley, which were featured in Garden and Gun magazine. Discover hidden gems in the eclectic neighborhood of Pulaski Heights. Ramblers will also have exclusive access to The Hill, an enclave of historic homes that narrowly escaped demolition. These houses, now situated on a new site, are now home to renowned Southern caterer, Lee Epting. Conclude the day with cocktails and dinner on the grounds of Athens’ only National Historic Landmark, the 1840s Taylor-Grady House.

SOLD OUT! Tickets are no longer available. Walk-up tickets will NOT be available during the event. Join us at the Eatonton Expedition, August 17, and the Fall Ramble in Americus, October 11-13.

View Itinerary & Sneak Peek

Sunday, April 21
WATKINSVILLE

Conclude the weekend in nearby Watkinsville, nestled in the scenic landscapes of Oconee County. Enjoy brunch in Bishop at Oak Hall located on the property of Hedgerow Farm, a historic farm that includes a century-old farmhouse and an early settler’s house. Wander the quaint streets of Watkinsville, the county seat of Oconee County, and explore the South Main Historic District, lined with restored historic homes and buildings.

SOLD OUT! Tickets are no longer available. Walk-up tickets will NOT be available during the event. Join us at the Eatonton Expedition, August 17, and the Fall Ramble in Americus, October 11-13.

View Itinerary & Sneak Peek

Accommodations

The Georgia Trust Spring Ramble
Athens, Georgia
April 19-21, 2024

Please make your reservations right away and remember to mention you are with The Georgia Trust to get these rates. Prices do not include taxes.

Best Western Athens
170 N. Milledge, Athens
706-546-7959
$159/$169 + tax per night
Reservation Cut-Off Date: March 18, 2024
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Graduate Athens
295 E. Dougherty Street, Athens
706-549-7020
$169 + tax per night
Mention Spring Ramble 2024 for the discounted room rate.
Reservation Cut Off Date: March 21, 2024
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Hampton Inn Athens
2220 W. Broad Street, Athens
706-548-9600
$179 + tax per night
Reservation Cut Off Date: March 21, 2024
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Holiday Inn Express Athens
513 W. Broad Street, Athens
706-546-8122
$164 + tax per night
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Homewood Suites by Hilton
Athens Downtown University Area
750 E. Broad Street, Athens
706-548-3500
$159 + tax per night
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Our Partners

 
Our Presenting Sponsors

NEDRA JOHNSON

 
Our Generous Sponsors

BRIAN BRODRICK

What are Rambles?

Rambles feature exclusive tours and social events in historic properties not usually open to the public. Tours of historic homes and buildings are self-guided, and guests provide their own transportation. Maps and programs are provided at packet pick-up. Catered meals are offered as part of registration packages; however, there are tour-only (no meals) options as well.

These trips attract hundreds of participants per Ramble and are offered two weekends each year (fall and spring). Recent Rambles have included Augusta, Thomasville, Macon and Newnan.

For more information, contact the Trust’s Special Events Department at 404-885-7812 or SpecialEvents@GeorgiaTrust.org.

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