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Appealing Eatonton

A Small Town for all the senses

Founded in 1808, Eatonton features a historic downtown district, prominent throughout the Civil War. Today, the area boasts two man-made lakes, two Native American effigies, scenic highways, a blooming arts culture, museums dedicated to notable locals, and much more. From local festivals, live music, productions both big and small and everything in between, Eatonton has something for everyone.

Taste: Lake Oconee Bistro sits lakeside and offers unique, comforting dishes. Whether you’re dining morning or night, it is sure to be a delightful experience. In the morning, enjoy a build-your-own bloody mary bar and mimosa specials. In the evening, check out their incredible raw bar or indulge in their Bistro Bang Shrimp or stuffed potato tots. We also recommend grabbing a seat at the bar and sipping on one of the many libations from their curated wine list or one of their 28 draft and craft beers.

Smell: We’re firm believers that there’s nothing quite like being on the water and breathing in the smell of nature. On Lake Oconee in Eatonton, Georgia, immerse yourself in the beautiful smells and sights. A clear, beautiful lake lined with trees. The views are incredible. Whether you’re whipping along in a boat or taking it slow on a paddle board or kayak, it’s inevitable to feel relaxed and free.

Hear: In the heart of downtown Eatonton is the Plaza Arts Center, a unique entertainment center housed in a renovated schoolhouse built in 1916. As you approach, hear the melodies as they drift through the air and the rushing water of the fountain located on the Plaza lawn. Inside, lounge in the large theater and listen to incredible performances or, if you’re here during the spring and summer, enjoy outdoor performances on the lawn. With their packed line-up and a vibrant atmosphere, it’s an experience you do not want to miss.

Feel: At The Artisan’s Village, located in Downtown Eatonton, explore works of local artists including paintings, wood carvings, pottery, photography, watercolors, jewelry, fabrics, and baskets. The talent showcased here is endless. You can also stop in and learn to make your own work of art at one of the many classes hosted by The Artisan’s Village, such as acrylic painting, drawing, and scratchboard. Test your talent at the One Day Paint Out on April 29th which will also feature plein-air workshops taught by award-winning plein-air artists, Keith Burgess and Marsha Hamby Savage.

See: Take a trip to the past when exploring the downtown historic district. Full of historic charm, Greek Revival, Victorian, Queen Anne, Piedmont Plain, and Gothic Revival homes can be seen from every corner of the tree-lined streets. Visit Eatonton’s Historic Walking Tour is a wonderful way to see the architecture and buildings in the area. Stop by the Visit Eatonton Welcome Center to grab a copy of the walking tour, and a cup of coffee and begin your stroll around the historic area.