Iron Horse

Iron Horse (Photo/Gabriella Audi,

Just a short drive from Athens, Watkinsville offers a detour into history and plenty of Southern small-town charm.

What to See and Do

The Eagle Tavern — Once a busy stagecoach stop, now a city museum.

Go Antiquing — A must-visit is Attic Treasures, a Main Street shop crammed with artifacts, ranging from Civil War-era firearms to fine china. Down the road in neighboring Bishop a cluster of shops carry antiques and collectibles.

Explore the Arts — Public art is displayed throughout the town, and galleries such as Sunshine Village Art Gallery carry work by local and regional artists. The Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation operates a center where you can see rotating exhibits by locals.

Where to Eat and Drink

Girasoles — Chef Jose Zambrano dishes up Mediterranean-Mexican fusion.

Pub on Main — In the redbrick courthouse annex this airy space features burgers, grilled cheese and other family friendly lunch fare along with dinner specials such as a daily meatloaf. The list of craft beers and whiskeys is impressively long.

This article originally appeared in the spring 2019 Visitors Guide

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