Literary Heritage Attractions

The Alice Walker Driving Tour

Alice Walker, author of the award-winning novel "The Color Purple," was born in Eatonton on February 9, 1944. Take a drive past several important places in Walker's life including the church she faithfully attended, the Cemetery where her parents, Willie Lee Walker and Minnie Tallulah Grant Walker, are buried, and her childhood home. A private or group tour of the sites can be arranged by contacting Larry Moore or the Welcome Center.

The Uncle Remus Museum

The Uncle Remus Museum strives to educate visitors about the life and work of Joel Chandler Harris using historic storytelling, period artifacts, dioramas of the more famous Uncle Remus character, local history during Harris' formative years, and informative tours. Don't forget to request one of our docent's famous storytellins. For more information or to schedule a group tour, visit
open: Monday thru Saturday: 10 a.m. -5 p.m.
Closed for lunch 12 p.m. -1 p.m.
Sunday: 2 p.m. -5 p.m.

The Georgia Writers Museum

The Georgia Writers Museum promotes the rich, literary heritage of the state. Of the 46 authors in the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame, nine are from within 30 miles of Putnam County. Permanent exhibits honor the three most famous local authors, Alice Walker, Flannery O'Connor and Joel Chandler Harris. Works and artifacts of the other authors will be featured in the museum on a rotation basis. For more information visit
Friday & Saturday 10a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m.-5 p.m. or by Appointment ** Please call 706.816.1584 with questions or to schedule an appointment

Old School History Museum

Old School History Museum is a free museum housed in four classrooms of the original 1916 Eatonton School, now the home of The Plaza Arts Center. Visitors will experience a vintage drugstore, a reproduction of turn-of-the-century downtown Eatonton, and a history gallery that guides visitors through early Indian culture, the transition of frontier land to prosperous cotton farms, and the impact of the Civil War and reconstruction.For more information visit
open: Monday thru Friday: 8:30 a.m. -5:00 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. -4:00 p.m.

Antebellum Trail

Walk through Eatonton's historic district and you will find a selection of over 100 Pre-civil war and historic homes. The Eatonton-Putnam Historical society, located in the Bronson House, provides tours and a wealth of information on these homes. A self-guided tour is available at the welcome center. more information about the history of Putnam County is available though
open: Monday thru Friday: 8:30 a.m. -5:00 p.m.

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