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Wisteria Hall

Wisteria Hall is located in picturesque Waynesboro, Georgia, the county seat of Burke County. Waynesboro, named after the revolutionary soldier and Civil War General Anthony “Mad Anthony” Wayne, is rich in history: including a visit from George Washington. Burke County has been the home of numerous governors’, as well as a signer of the Declaration of Independence, Lyman Hall. In 2009, Waynesboro was added to the US National Register of Historical Places and undoubtedly one of the oldest, most beautiful homes in Burke County is Wisteria Hall.


Built in 1900 by Enon Chance, this neoclassical structure stands four stories tall and is the tallest surviving residence of its era. Wisteria Hall was named after the Tiffany window depicting birds in flight and framed by wisteria vines. Wisteria Hall, truly a sight to behold both inside and out.


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Burke County Field Trials

January/February – Waynesboro is not called the “Bird Dog Capital of the World” for nothing. Since 1903, the Field Trials have been a staple for bird dog enthusiasts throughout the country. The Field Trials, hosted at Di-Lane Plantation, include the largest open-shooting dog competition in the world and one of only three derby championships in the nation that qualify a dog for the national championship.


The Masters Tournament

April – Established in 1934, The Masters Tournament, or more commonly The Masters, is one of the four major championships in professional golf. Home to The Masters, the Augusta National Golf Club was designed by the legendary Bobby Jones. It is one of the premier sports events in the United States year after year. There are also two playable courses near Wisteria Hall: the Waynesboro Country Club and Applewood Golf Course.


Boss Hogg Cook-Off

May – Beginning in 2006, the Boss Hogg Cook-Off is a sanctioned, official Georgia state championship cook-off.  It offers cash prizes of more than $10,000. Competitions feature some of the best ribs, barbecue, brisket and chicken in the southeast. Other activities include the King of the Wing Competition, Queen of the Wing Reverse Beauty Pageant, Waynesboro Weiner Hot Dog Eat-Off, Celebrity Cow Milking, and more. For additional information, or to purchase tickets, click here.


Day Lily Festival

June – Featured in the June 2008 issue of Southern Living, the Day Lily Festival features hundreds of varieties of day lilies, with more varieties added each year. Located down the road from Waynesboro in Canoochie, Georgia, it is a must-see for any green thumb.


Splash in the Boro

Summer – Splash in the Boro is located in Statesboro, Georgia, home of Georgia Southern University and Georgia Southern Eagle football. Opened in 2004, Splash in the Boro is a water park operating from mid-May until Labor Day of each year. Featuring nine rides, including slides, a FlowRider, and a lazy river, there is plenty of fun for everyone. With over 100,000 visitors each summer, it is a very affordable way to spend a hot summer day. For additional information or to purchase tickets, visit their website here.


Burke Farm Fest and Racks on the Tracks

September – The Burke Farm Fest is an annual festival sponsored by the Waynesboro Shrine Club in honor of Burke County’s rich agricultural history. The Burke Farm Fest hosts vendors from all around, and includes offerings such as arts and crafts, entertainment, and a parade. There is something to enjoy no matter your age. Additionally, Racks on the Tracks features delicious barbecue, ribs, brisket and much more, at a very fair price.


Christmas on Liberty Square

December –Held each December in downtown Waynesboro, Christmas on Liberty Square is an old-fashioned, down-home Christmas celebration complete with Victorian-costumed locals, familiar carols performed by local musicians, and delicious seasonal fare at street-side cafes and restaurants. Be prepared to find uniquely perfect gift ideas at an array of charming downtown shops and antique stores.  Christmas on Liberty Square is a wonderful way to kick off your holiday season in a truly authentic small-town setting.


Magnolia Springs State Park/Camp Lawton

Located a short drive away in Millen, Georgia is beautiful Magnolia Springs State Park is known for its crystal clear springs through which 7 million gallons of untainted water flow per day.  A boardwalk spans the cool water, allowing visitors to look for alligators, turtles and other wildlife near the springs. A 28-acre lake is available for fishing and boating. 2 group shelters and 8 picnic shelters can be reserved by the day for parties, family reunions, and get-togethers.
 During the Civil War, this site was called Camp Lawton and served as “the world’s largest prison.” Today, little remains of the prison stockade; however, the earthen breastworks which guarded it may still be seen. During 2010, Georgia Southern University archaeology teams uncovered the stockade wall and numerous personal articles from soldiers.  Their discovery has been heralded as one of the most significant finds in recent history. Click here to visit their website.


George L. Smith State Park

Located near Twin City and less than an hour from Waynesboro lays a jewel-in-the-rough known as George L. Smith Sate Park.  With natural beauty, lakeside camping, and cozy cottages, this secluded park is the perfect South Georgia retreat. It is best known for the refurbished Parrish Mill and Pond: a combination gristmill, sawmill, covered bridge, and dam built in 1880.  A group shelter near the bridge can be reserved for family reunions and parties. 
The park’s mill pond beckons anglers and paddlers to explore thick stands of cypress and tupelo trees draped with Spanish moss.  While on the water, nature enthusiasts can look for beaver dams, blue heron, white ibis, and other wading birds.  The park itself rents boats, while nearby outfitters offer guided paddle trips.  Hikers can stretch their legs on seven miles of trails while searching for Georgia’s state reptile, the gopher tortoise. Click here to visit their website.

The Burke County Chamber of Commerce

Our friends, The Burke County Chamber of Commerce, is a member organization that promotes the growth and prosperity of our Burke County. An action agency, the Burke County Chamber of Commerce is designed to meet area needs, promote economic development, and ensure that existing industries and their operations within the county continue in a smooth, productive manner. Click here to check out their website and to gather more information about local events, businesses, or to simply browse their photo gallery.


Coleman’s Lake

Don’t let the alligator warning sign scare you away. This is a hidden gem. An excellent seafood option, Coleman’s offers fare including shrimp, gator tail, oysters, crawfish, crab legs, hush puppies, and much more. You can even get a steak or a salad if you like. Coleman’s also includes a bar and live music on most weekends. Be sure to try one of their chocolate martinis!


Pineland Bakery

Established in 1978, Pineland Bakery features various fresh made pastries, and fresh ground coffee. Pineland Bakery is a local favorite and an absolute must. Click here for additional information.

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