Visit Gainesville, Georgia and take a step back in time to explore the history of North Georgia. Learn more about the tragedies and triumphs that we’ve encountered over the last 190 years. We’re proud of our history and all of the influential leaders that have created a culture of success for our community today.
Take a moment to browse through our selection of self-guided tours for you and your family to enjoy at your own speed. Stop and take time to visit local shops and restaurants along your way, all conveniently located in the downtown area.
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Have you ever touched a tornado? Walked through an 18thcentury Cherokee Indian Chief’s cabin? Experienced the North Georgia Sports Hall of Fame? You can do all that and much more with a visit to Northeast Georgia History Center.
Come for a walking tour of Alta Vista Cemetery, the final resting place for numerous Revolutionary War Veterans and over 100 Civil War Veterans. The most visited grave is that of Lt. General James Longstreet.
Green Street is a broad, tree lined street with a predominance of Victorian and Neo-Classical Revival residences dating from the 19thand early 20thcenturies. Begin your journey down Gainesville’s Historic Green Street.
Relive the past of an African American pioneer in education. This is the first museum to focus on African-American heritage in Gainesvilleand Hall County and throughout north Georgia.
Take a tour of the former home of Cherokee Indian Chief White Path.
The Civil War Heart Land Leaders Trail combines both the drama of Civil War battle and the real lives of the leaders and common people who lived during this turbulent period of our nation’s history.
The Piedmont Hotel was opened in 1876 by General James Longstreet and rumored to have been the location where Southern Battered Fried Chicken was invented. The hotel has been renovated and is available for tours.
This is the only park that pays homage to Gainesville’s significant place in the poultry industry. Look high in the sky to see the chicken that rests atop the 25 foot marble obelisk monument.
Visit one of the most significant landmarks in downtown Gainesville. Engine 209 was reportedly built for the Czar of Russia, but the order was cancelled because of the 1917 Russian Revolution.
Founded in 1907, Riverside Military Academy is one of the few remaining all-boys college preparatory military schools. Students hail from 25 states and 15 different countries each year.