About this event
Fall Foliage Harold Wilson Memorial Drive
Northeast Georgia Covered Bridges and History
October 22, 2022 10:00 a.m.
Mark your calendar to spend a Saturday driving to four covered bridges in northeast Georgia and enjoying a little Georgia history along the way. The drive will start from the Village Green in Braselton, off I-85 north near Chateau Elan. Anticipate the option to visit up to two museums and other local attractions along the way to a finish in Athens. Braselton itself has a unique recent history. Actress Kim Basinger and a group of investors bought the town of Braselton along with 1,751 acres in 1989 for $20 million with the goal of creating a tourist attraction. Basinger filed for bankruptcy in 1995 after being unable to successfully market the town to tourist. Nearby Chateau Elan, built in 1981 by the Formula One race car manufacturer the Panoz family, succeeded in turning a 3500 acres acquisition into a thriving venue, hotel, spa, vineyard, and residential development.
Expect more Georgia history enroute to Hurricane Shoals, Comer’s Mill, Watson’s Mill, and Howard’s Mill covered bridges. These covered bridges are not on main highway thoroughfares because they were built and originally owned on private land to facilitate forage over streams. A few side diversions will be thrown into the route that have historical significance.
Anticipate concluding for lunch at the new not to miss hot spot in Athens for thirsty and hungry dogs-Cali N Tito’s on Cedar Shoals Road, not to be confused with their Little Five Points original location that is a shack near the UGA campus. Plenty of free parking.
Event fee is $15.00 per vehicle. Same cost regardless of how many folks you can cram into your Mercedes.