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Visit the Welcome Center at 68 North Lee Street, Forsyth, GA 31029 for brochures on places you can visit or to get a county map.
Stroll around the historic downtown square to see the county’s newly restored Victorian courthouse and 61 other historic buildings. For tours of the courthouse, call 478-994-7000.
Worship in the oldest brick Methodist church in Georgia at the Culloden United Methodist Church, Main Street, Culloden.
Visit the Forsyth Soldiers Cemetery at the City Cemetery off Newton Memorial Drive in Forsyth where 299 soldiers lie, as well as a female nurse who died rendering care to wounded soldiers.
Hike a trail in the Oconee National Forest or take a canoe out on the Ocmulgee River is an excellent canoeing river. In the spring, fish for red-breast sunfish.
Get a bottle (or two!) of homemade wine from Smarr Select Winery. They have traditional flavors but also have blueberry, strawberry kiwi, and peach apricot. Call the Welcome Center for more information.
Get to know the people who protect us by touring the Georgia Public Safety Training Center. Spend some time honoring those who gave their lives for our safety.
Take in locally produced artwork at the Monroe County Arts Alliance gallery on Jackson Street in Forsyth.
Discover a cane-syrup furnace, saw mill, grist mill, smokehouses, wheat houses, steam engines, steam-powered cotton gin, original looms, and farm animals at the 1847 Jarrell Plantation Historic Site, a former cotton plantation 12 miles east of Forsyth. 711 Jarrell Plantation Rd., Juliette, GA 31046 478-986-5172 Jarrell Plantation is open Thursday–Saturday.
Visit the National Historical Hubbard Dormitory from the State Teachers and Agricultural College/Hubbard Training School.
Watch the stage come alive at the Rose Theatre. Go to www.thebacklotplayers.org and check out their schedule.
Delve into history on two wheels at the Old Mill Motorcycle Museum, which displays vintage motorcycles from the 1930s–1960s. 5543 Juliette Rd., Juliette, GA 31046
Kick off spring with the annual Forsythia Festival held annually the second weekend in March. www.forsythiafestival.com. The festival will celebrate 25 years in 2012!
Celebrate the Green Tomato Festival in Juliette, held annually the fourth weekend in October. www.themiddleofeverywhere.com/GreenTomatoFestival.html.
Devour the blue-plate special at Forsyth’s popular Grits Cafe. Located on the courthouse square, Grits Cafe draws visitors from around the South. www.gritscafe.com
Get a great seat for the Hometown Holidays Parade held annually in downtown Forsyth the first Thursday after Thanksgiving. This family-fun event is the only nighttime parade of its kind in Central Georgia.
Shop downtown Forsyth. Visit downtown Culloden. Its historic district is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. While you’re there, get a bowl of banana pudding at Lockett’s Kuntry Kitchen.
Ever wonder about your family’s past? Check out the genealogy room at the Monroe County Historical and Genealogical Museum.
Visit Juliette, a community colorfully sprinkled with a historic grist mill, whistle-blowing trains, antique shops, gift shops, and great Southern cookin’ at the world famous Whistle Stop Café—home of fried green tomatoes and the site chosen to film the hit movie of the same name.
Want something to do on a Friday night? Head over to Jonah’s on Johnston to catch a live show from local musicians. Call 478-994-8844 for a schedule.
Take the ride of your life at the Rocky Creek ATV Trail in Culloden. This facility’s 19.8 miles of dirt trails through woods, creeks, fields, and pastures promises the ultimate in off-road ATV and motorcycle pleasure riding (complete with mud, jumps, creeks, bridges, and more). 4637 GA Hwy 341, Culloden, GA, 888-581-2983 www.rockycreekatv.com
Have a chocolate soda at Twyla Faye’s in Bolingbroke.
Find a treasured antique at a store in Bolingbroke
Enjoy the scenic waterfalls on the Towaliga River and hike to the remains of an early 1800s gristmill at High Falls State Park, 76 High Falls Park Dr. 478-993-3053
Stroll through scenic Juliette and browse for unique gifts or collectibles in the shops along McCrackin Street.
See a movie at the Rose Theater.
Stop off at the Culloden Cemetery and Culloden Museum to learn about the Battle of Culloden, which was fought after the surrender at Appomattox, then go visit the battle site, which is marked by a historical marker.
Kayak at High Falls State Park. Take the family camping at High Falls State Park or Lake Juliette (Dames Ferry) 9546 Hwy. 87, 478-994-7945.
Check out the Historic Train Depot, which houses a museum, gift shop, and genealogy room, all in one of the oldest train depots in Georgia. You can also see the desk that Joel Chandler Harris used when he worked at the Monroe Advertiser in the 1870s.
Savor the flavors of some of the South’s finest fare, from Southern-fried chicken to shrimp and grits, all available in Monroe County.
Practice your aim at the Meadows National Gun Club, a sporting clays facility in Smarr, at I-75 exit 181. Call 478-994-9910.
Get wet at the High Falls Water Park, a great place for a birthday party. Open Seasonally; Memorial Day–Labor Day. 478-994-1717.
Hear toe-tapping tunes at the Juliette Opry House on McCrackin St. in Juliette. 478-256-1560. 1st and 3rd Sat., 7–9 p.m.
Play miniature golf at High Falls State Park.
Head out to the Rum Creek Wildlife Management Area, 116 Rum Creek Dr., 478-994-2439, 6,000 acres available to Georgians for hunting, fishing, boating, and sailing. While you’re there, look for bald eagles soaring above the lake.
See the Cadillac of power plants in the US, Monroe County’s coal-fired Plant Scherer, the biggest of its kind in the US. Tours may be scheduled Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Call 478-993-3861.
Catch a large mouth bass at Lake Juliette.
Canoe down the Ocmulgee River, and stop for a picnic at the county park in Juliette (just don’t go over the dam).
Eat a plate of fried green tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café.
Dress in gold and black and cheer the Mary Persons Bulldogs football team at Dan Pitts Stadium, one of the best high school venues in Georgia. Pitts was the second “winningest” football coach in Georgia high school history.
Pick blueberries at Wach’s Blueberry Farm on Estes Road in Bolingbroke. Call the Wachs at 478-994-1120 for more information.
Pick fresh strawberries while your kids play on the giant playground or visit the petting zoo at Twin Oaks Farms on Johnstonville Road. In the fall, check out their amazing corn maze and grab a pumpkin while you’re there. Visit www.twinoaksfunfarm.com for more information.
Fish or boat on High Falls State Park’s 700-acre lake, spend memorable moments beside the spectacular waterfalls, and explore two scenic hiking trails leading to the ruins of the 1880s gristmill. 76 High Falls Park Dr., Jackson, GA 30233, 478-993-3053
Play doubles tennis in the pick-up matches at the Mary Persons High School courts at 7 p.m. each Thursday and Sunday night.
Play a round at Forsyth Golf Club.
Pick a gallon of muscadines at the musicadine farm on Old Union Gin Road. Call 478-994-1273 or 478-994-3514.
Get the current edition of the Monroe County Reporter and head over to Kool Beans to enjoy a cup of “joe” and catch up on the news.
On Thursdays, check your knowledge by competing in Trivia Night at Jonah’s on Johnston.
Take the kids after school to Castleberry Drug and enjoy an old-fashioned vanilla Coke from the soda fountain.
Pick out your Halloween pumpkin at the Forsyth United Methodist Church pumpkin sale.
Catch the Independence Day fireworks show at the Monroe County Recreation Department, sponsored by Better Hometown.
Pack a picnic and bring your folding chairs and dancing shoes to the courthouse square for the Forsyth Alive concert series and street party. For more info, go to www.cityofforsyth.net/fbht_newevents.php.
Get fresh at the farmer’s market May–August each Friday from 12–6 p.m. in the vacant lot behind Farmers Bank.