Museums & Farms
The Uncle Remus Museum
The Uncle Remus Museum is located in Turner Park, three blocks south of the courthouse on Highway 441 in downtown Eatonton. Turner Park was part of the original homestead of Joseph Sidney Turner, the "Little Boy" in the tales of Uncle Remus. The museum consists of a log cabin made from three slave cabins originating in Putnam County. The cabins are similar to the one occupied by Uncle Remus, the character made famous in the folklore tales of Joel Chandler Harris.
The stories of Uncle Remus are captured in shadow boxes containing delicate woodcarvings of "de critters" humanized by the author. The shadow boxes illustrate twelve of Harris' best known stories. The museum also features painted murals that authentically depict the years surrounding the Civil War during which the Uncle Remus stories are set. A focal point of the museum is the two pictures from the movie "Song of the South" donated by Walt Disney when the museum opened in 1963.
Hours: Summer, March 1 thru October 31
Monday thru Saturday: 10:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m. Closed for lunch 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Sunday: 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Winter, November 1 thru February 28/29
Monday thru Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Sunday: 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Last docent led tour of the day will start 30 minutes prior to Closing Time
Adults: $5.00. Seniors (65+) and Students with ID: $4.00. Children 5-12: $3.00. Children 5 and Under: Free. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Family Rate: $15.00, Includes 5 Family Members. Additional Family Members: $3.00.
Group Rates: (10+) Reservation & Deposit RequiredLocated at 214 Oak Street, Eatonton, GA 31024.
For more information call (706) 485-6856 or visit http://www.uncleremusmuseum.org/.
Old School History Museum
Visitors will step back in time as they enter the Old School History Museum, located in The Plaza Arts Center adjacent to the Chamber of Commerce. Housed in four classrooms of the original 1916 Eatonton School, the museum is able to feature four different, yet historically relevant exhibits for tourists to enjoy. The first exhibit displays a vintage drugstore complete with marble-topped soda fountain, 1940's jukebox, ice cream chairs and tables and period photographs. The next room is a reproduction of turn-of-the-century downtown Eatonton with a variety of storefronts. These "windows in time" feature artifacts and treasures destined to stir childhood memories. The third space reveals a history gallery that relates the rich heritage of Eatonton and Putnam County. Here visitors can follow a timeline and view artifacts from the area's earliest Indians, learn about Sherman's March through Putnam during the Civil War, and be amazed by the famous people who have called Eatonton home.
Finally, a carefully restored early 1900's classroom which boasts its original blackboard, cloakroom, vintage desks and a collection of student memorabilia concludes the Old School Museum.
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Docent Tours, Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Docent Tours, Sunday, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Closed on Holidays
Located at 305 N. Madison Avenue, Eatonton, GA 31024.
Georgia Writers Museum
The mission of the Georgia Writers Museum is to showcase the lives, accomplishments, and works of famous Georgia authors. The museum is located in Eatonton, Georgia and features exhibition rooms devoted to each of three local, pre-eminent writers: Joel Chandler Harris, Flannery O’Connor, and Alice Walker. The museum celebrates the lives and works of these three authors by presenting manuscripts, letters, photos and artifacts for each writer along with interactive tools for visitors of all ages. The museum also hosts a number of community events for all ages, such as poetry readings, creative writing contests, guest lectures, writing workshops, and book signings.
Hours of Operation:
Friday & Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday, 12 p.m.. - 5 p.m.
Tour groups by private appointment Mondays & Wednesdays
Closed on Holidays
Located at 109 S. Jefferson Ave., Eatonton, GA 31024.
For more information call (706) 991-5119 or visit www.georgiawritersmuseum.com
Crooked Pines Farm, Old Fashion Fun on the Farm!
Crooked Pines Farm is a great place to bring your group of family or friends for some fun on the farm. During your visit enjoy hayrides, kid's crafts, petting farm, horseback riding and shopping in the country store. Please call to prearrange your visit.
This 82 acre family farm offers a variety of events in the spring; pick your own vegetables and kid's camps during the summer, a haunted hayride and pumpkin patch during October and a Holiday experience like no other that includes an old-fashioned Christmas tree lot and hayrides through Christmas Town during November and December.
Crooked Pines Farm is dedicated to providing your family with an experience of old fashioned fun on the farm that will bring lasting memories.
For information or to book your group tour call 706-347-0274 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Crooked Pines Farm is located at 355 Harmony Rd., Eatonton, GA 31024, just off of 441 near Rock Eagle. Visit http://crookedpinesfarm.com for seasonal events!
Southern Manor Farms
Southern Manor Farms was a working farm that had been in the dairy business for over 60 years. The 1800's Farm House General Store was the childhood home of Alice Walker, Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Color Purple. To preserve the flavor of the house, one of the rooms is being dedicate to her life and her family. For your enjoyment, the farm is furnished in the early 1800 period with many farm-related items.
The Farm House General Store is open Wednesday - Friday & Sunday from 1 - 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. with many homemade products including farm fresh eggs, homemade soaps, soy candles, local honey, shotgun shell jewelry and split wood. Seasonal items and events will also be available, such as Christmas wreaths and a corn maze.
Located at 621 Wards Chapel Road, Eatonton, GA 31024.
For more information, visit http://www.southernmanorfarms.com.
Old Hudson Plantation
Old Hudson Plantation is a shooting and event venue that hosts various functions such as Corporate Team Building, Bachelor Parties, Quail Hunts, Skeet Shoots and many more. Come out for a day on the range and enjoy shooting on the regulation size range or the large ten bay 5 stand available to accommodate any size group. There is a Pavilion available for rent for your private functions at Lake Oconee. There is also a Game Bird Hatchery with Mature Quail and Day Old Chicks.
Located off Ga. Highway 16 towards Sparta just across Lake Oconee at 229 Skeet Lane, Sparta, Georgia 31087.
For more information, call (706) 467 - 9345 or visit www.OldHudsonPlantation.com.