The third annual Antebellum Trail Pilgrimage offers patrons the chance to unearth the past with myriad events and activities scattered throughout seven historic communities: Athens, Watkinsville, Madison, Eatonton, Milledgeville, Old Clinton, and Macon. The 100-mile trail zigzags pilgrims from city to city, offering self-guided excursions ideal for self-directed murmurs of informational tidbits. The events, museum visits, private tours of historic homes, and other activities featured in the five-day pilgrimage itinerary give visitors a glimpse of historic Georgia. Pass-holders also have access to authentic battle sites, where they can trace the steps of soldiers and reenact bayonet-limbo contests. Most locations are open, rain or shine, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
As the head winemaker at Courson's Winery, Beau Courson puts more than 20 years of experience to good use while he crafts Southern-style muscadine, scuppernong, and fruit wines. Visitors can head to the tasting room to sip samples and purchase bottles of their favorite wine, or browse supplies for making wine at home. Aside from vino, the winery also keeps its shelves stocked with jellies, salsas, hot sauces, and gift baskets.
Oconee Outfitters eliminates pretty much any reason to stay inside—unless of course a customer needs to buy some more outdoor gear. The store stocks kayaks, bicycles, hammocks, and other items that allow for adventure in the great outdoors. The staff also rents kayaks and tunes up bicycles. Then it's off to hit the surrounding trails or kayak down a river.
Since 1981, the Tubman African American Museum has educated, enriched, and challenged visitors with permanent and special exhibitions dedicated to African American art, history, and culture. The museum, which is named in honor of Civil War heroine Harriet Tubman, showcases a variety of permanent exhibitions, including collections of African American folk art, an inventors gallery devoted to black innovators, and a local-history exhibition focusing on African American culture in Georgia. The fine-art collection showcases opuses spanning from the 1800s through the present day. From Africa to America takes viewers on a visual journey with 55 feet of bright, surrealistic oil and acrylic mural painted by Wilfred R. Stroud, traversing from early Africa to the present day with iconic images of the people and events that shaped today’s world. A special exhibition opening July 22, 2011, Riffing on the Real: Afro-futurism in the Arts explores themes from traditional and contemporary black culture in the forms of fiction, traditional African masks, contemporary studio art, and comics. The museum's calendar delivers details on upcoming exhibitions and events.
Bakers Creek, population: 200. Life passes slowly in this idyllic wooded town—until the virus seeps in and the blood begins to fly. Soul Survivor immerses participants in a full-scale zombie-outbreak scenario, challenging them to cooperate and use their wits to outrun and outsmart a zombie horde. The game begins with a safety and rule briefing, where each participant is issued an ominous white T-shirt. When the zombies begin to roam, they splash blood, "infecting" anyone they hit. Onsite makeup artists help transform the infected with an undead look that even a ghoul as glamorous as Jacob Marley would covet. The remaining humans, meanwhile, dodge zombies on a course that winds through trails and clearings, making stops at stations along the way to gather props and complete required tasks. Each game ends when there's just one uninfected player left standing. The winning human is dubbed the Soul Survivor and receives a cash prize, as does the game's Best Zombie.
Mysterious footfalls and disembodied screams fill the air at F.E.A.R. Institute, where Warehouse 366 dwells and nightmarish scenes and stomach-turning fiends span more than a quarter of a mile. As guests tiptoe through the forsaken dwelling, they slowly unravel a spine-tingling tale about its ghastly denizens. The blood-splattered humanoids, played by live actors, have been locked in the warehouse for years, eager to take out their anger on unsuspecting guests with murderous acts. In order to create this living tribute to humanity's dark side, F.E.A.R. Institute uses strobe lights, loud noises, and fog machines, so guests should arrive prepared for a multisensory experience.