Although Lake Oconee is only 80 miles from all the attractions in Atlanta, buyers and visitors want to know what local attractions at Lake Oconee would be interesting to visit and to take guests to visit. Besides the lake activities and the golf courses, there are some historical, shopping, and activity sites that are unique to this Middle Georgia area.
Madison Antique Market
Of course, there are many small quaint stores in which to shop for antiques throughout the Lake Oconee area, this large renovated section of historic cotton warehouses in downtown Madison contains the wares of 75 dealers who offer for sale sophisticated antiques, as well as art and new accessories. People come from miles around to just browse the interesting displays but usually leave with a bag filled with one or more purchases. I always go to Madison Markets for unique and inexpensive gifts and decorative items. It is also fun just to wander around and admire relics from the past. Details
No visit to the Madison area would be complete without stopping by to buy meat or produce and to enjoy lunch at the Farmview Market.
Farmview Market offers a specialty grocery store, butcher shop and farm-to-table cafe. Recently, Farmview has recently added classes in gardening, cooking, and other interesting topics. Farmview has beautiful displays featuring specialty items made locally. To check the weekly offerings of produce, or classes and events at Farmview, go to
3. The Iron Horse
An iconic symbol in Greene County is the Iron Horse sculpture that can be seen in its home on a farm between Athens and Greensboro.
The 12-foot tall abstract sculpture created by artist Abbott Pattison in 1954 first appeared on the University of Georgia campus. The students at the time did not appreciate the Horse and tried to damage it. The structure was moved off campus to a farm in Greene County. The University of Georgia bought the farm in 2011 and renamed it Iron Horse Plant Sciences Farm. The Iron Horse sits in the middle of a field facing south, and can be viewed during the winter from GA highway 15 and is accessible from an easement granted by UGA for visitors.
4. Durhamtown Off Road Resort
Located in Union Point (Greene County), Durhamtown boasts it is the premiere off-road
riding facility for dirt bikes, ATV’s, side x sides, Jeeps, 4×4 vehicles, and rock crawlers. It contains 150 miles of one-way trails suitable for all ages and skill levels of riders. There is on-site lodging and camping, and rental vehicles. Bev’s Kitchen offers food on weekends and holidays. For more information go to the Durhamtown website.
5. Memory Lane Classic Cars Museum
Moving further south in the Lake Oconee area to Putnam County, an exciting attraction is the Memory Lane Classic Cars museum. Filled with over 100 cars, this museum exhibits older restored cars that are in mint condition.
Some highlights are a 2005 Mustang GT 340, a gray 545 hp Shelby GT 500 used in the movie Gone in 60 Seconds. The Memory Lane Museum is open on Thursday through Saturday from 10 AM to 6 PM, and Sunday from 12 noon to 4 PM. Entry is $5.00.
Find more information, check out Memory Lane’s Facebook page.
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