What to Do in Washington

Many Georgia residents only see Washington as the central point between Athens and Augusta. They don’t realize the city is a great place to live and visit. Whether you’re planning a weekend getaway in Washington or you’re thinking of relocating here altogether, we want to ensure an enjoyable visit for you and your loved ones.

Here are three of the most popular local attractions, as referenced from the City of Washington.

Callaway Plantation  

Go back in time with a visit to the historical Callaway Plantation. Originally built in 1785 by Job Callaway, the plantation transformed into a brick mansion over the next 80 years. Today, this must-see landmark is owned and operated by the City of Washington.

Visitors are sure to appreciate the plantation’s architecture, especially the Georgia red clay. Despite being around for more than 230 years, the Callaway Plantation has never modernized, so it contains no electricity or indoor plumbing. You will see that many antiques within the mansion are original to the house.

Washington Historical Museum

It doesn’t take visitors long to see the city has an extensive history. The Washington Historical Museum is where all this history is collected, preserved, and interpreted. If you only have a few hours to spend in Washington, be sure to put this museum at the top of your list.

Visitors will find numerous exhibits that tell the story of Wilkes County and the notable people who called Washington home. Trust us when we say there’s something for everyone to enjoy at this restored and furnished antebellum home.

Robert Toombs House

Few other people have made more of an impact on Washington than the late Robert Toombs. A successful planter, lawyer, state legislator, and U.S. congressman, Toombs played an integral role when Georgia seceded from the Union in 1861. Toombs lasted just five months as Confederate Secretary of State before serving as brigadier general in the Army of Northern Virginia.

Despite his tumultuous tenure in office, Toombs remains most known in Georgia for helping create the Constitution of 1877, which wasn’t amended for nearly 70 years. As you create an itinerary for your Washington vacation, be sure to leave time to tour the Robert Toombs House and grounds.   

Book Your Stay at The Fitzpatrick Hotel in Washington

Perhaps you’re spending at least one night in Georgia but you’d rather not drive all the way to Athens or Augusta. If that’s the case, we suggest looking into reservations at The Fitzpatrick Hotel. A Washington staple since 1898, this historic hotel features 17 rooms that allow guests to experience the luxury of a previous era.

Treat yourself to Victorian-style furniture, cozy up by an old-fashioned fireplace, and enjoy a delicious breakfast provided by The Square Cafe. It’s all that you get when you stay at The Fitzpatrick Hotel!

Why spend hours upon hours searching hotels in August and Athens? Stay in the historic Fitzpatrick Hotel and explore everything our wonderful city has to offer!