2015: 6 Highlights of a great Milledgeville year

As we look forward to planning trips and events in 2016, one has to look back on 2015.  Milledgeville celebrated a lot of successes in 2015. Milledgeville hosted the Annual Georgia Bike Summit, Main Street was selected by the National Main Street Center to be a pilot program for commercial district revitalization and who can forget another epic DeepRoots Festival. To read more articles on Milledgeville, http://www.visitmilledgeville.org/articles/

A few of our favorites include…

Milly 2015 Timeline

January:Old Governor's Mansion, Milledgeville

This January, our very own Old Governor’s Mansion became the first central Georgia Smithsonian affiliate. The mansion’s spectacular Greek Revival architecture and historical archives will be part of a select group of museums used to share resources from the Smithsonian’s archives. For more information on this awesome accomplishment visit:

http://www.visitmilledgeville.org/articles/post/old-governors-mansion-becomes-first-smithsonian-affiliate-in-central-georgia/

Lockerly Arboretum Rose HillApril:

2015 marked the 50th anniversary of Lockerly Arboretum, Milledgeville’s beloved tree sanctuary. Anniversary celebrations included a plant swap, a nature scavenger hunt, orienteering and a hunt for long lost historical items with a metal detector. To read more about the fun day Milledgeville residents had at Lockerly on their anniversary visit:

http://www.visitmilledgeville.org/articles/post/lockerly-50th-anniversary-celebration-and-milledgeville-museum-day/

May:

The Georgia Department of Development Authority awarded $130,000 in grant money between 11 Georgia communities to use towards Tourism Project Development programs. Milledgeville recipients include the Oconee River Greenway Authority and the Milledgeville Baldwin County Development Authority who plans to use the money towards local arts-based tourism assets. To learn more about this grant and how greatly it will affect Milledgeville, visit

http://www.visitmilledgeville.org/articles/post/tourism-product-development-funds-awarded-to-11-georgia-communities/

August:

Wine Cellar at Aubri LanesA local favorite, Aubri Lanes’, earned a spot on Georgia’s Department of Economic Development’s “100 Dishes Locals Love” list. The Crispy Calamari is one of the most popular dishes at the restaurant and business owner, Jason Medders, prides himself on the way sweet and spicy mix in this decadent dish. To make your mouth water over this yummy favorite visit:

http://www.visitmilledgeville.org/articles/post/crispy-calamari-at-aubri-lanes-named-one-of-georgias-100-plates-that-locals-love/

September:

HHL_Madison_Homes002Georgia Antebellum Trail introduced a 170 mile central Georgia bike trail that makes it way through many of our historic neighbors, and our favorite town of them, Milledgeville! Hop on your bike and ride through the history of these historic Antebellum towns. To learn more about the route visit:

http://www.visitmilledgeville.org/articles/post/georgias-antebellum-trial-unveils-new-cycling-route/

November:

Milledgeville Convention and Visitor’s Bureau created a brand new, user-friendly, website this year to house all of our wonderful blogs, photos and tourism content. The website allows tourists and Milledgeville residents to stay aware of upcoming events and happenings in Milledeville! Check out the website at www.vistmilledgeville.org.

Looking forward to a great year of growth, travel and Milledgeville memories in 2016.

Author: Hannah

Meet Hannah. Hannah is a senior Mass Communication student at Georgia College, where she will graduate from in May 2016. She is a dog mom to her sweet rescue, Rocko, coffee addict, foodie and overall lover of fun. You can usually find Hannah working at Gringo’s Taqueria in downtown Milledgeville, running around with Rocko at the Oconee River Greenway or, most likely, licking an ice-cream cone outside of Sweettreats. Hannah has been writing for the Milledgeville CVB since January of 2015 and has loved diving into the amazing history and culture of Milledgeville. She hopes you enjoy reading her blogs just as much as she enjoys writing them!

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