Journey with the Georgia Traveler team for a Historic Tour of Georgia. Take a step back in time and enjoy everything from traditional family style dining to an 1850s rural village.
Westville – Lumpkin
Westville is the living history village near Lumpkin, Georgia. Actual historic buildings from the area have been moved to the site to save them from destruction. They replicate a working village of year 1850, complete with appropriate gardens, furnishings and dirt streets. Valarie Edwards decides she wants to join in the fun, so the town folk put her to work. Be sure to catch Val digging her high heels into the old shaving horse…We think you’ll be impressed.
Crime and Punishment Museum & Last Meal Café - Ashburn
Times have changed since the days of chain gangs and hangings, but when you step foot into the Crime and Punishment Museum in Ashburn, Georgia, you’ll get an eerie feeling that may make you a little weak in the knees. David Zelski decides to brave the museum and the old resident chambers and also learns about a place where you can get a “Last Meal”, without committing a crime...or at least a major crime.
The Smith House - Dahlonega
The history of The Smith House goes back to 1895 when a gentleman by the name of Captain Hall purchased an acre of land east of the town square. During excavation and the beginning stages of building his home he was delighted to discover that a very rich vein of gold ore. Some gold remains up in them thar hills, but Phil has found a real treasure in The Smith House dining experience. Don’t miss this incredible display of appetite as Phil delves into traditional family-style dining.
Known as the town Sherman “refused to burn,” Historic Madison boasts one of the State’s largest historic districts. You can’t help but be charmed by the people and places in this jewel of Morgan County. The antebellum homes that escaped the wrath of Sherman’s troops in the March to the Sea are one of the main reasons people visit. Our own David Zelski visited during both the Chamber Music Festival and in May, a tour of homes. Both events were organized by the Madison Morgan Cultural Center, which is a great place to start any visit to Madison. In this segment, you’ll also find great places to stay, like The Brady Inn bed and breakfast and The James Madison Inn, a new boutique-inn in downtown Madison. And of course you know Traveler always finds a great place to eat! In Madison, we visited the Ye Olde Colonial Restaurant for traditional southern fare but were completely “wowed” by the fabulous culinary creations of Chef Francisco de la Torre at Town 220 Restaurant.