We’re developing several suggested Town Tours around McDonough, themed for special interests. Watch for the Haunted Tour, a Mayor’s Bowtie Tour and more seasonal tours! Coming soon … with a map!
Take a Historical Tour
The following is a suggested itinerary for a full day in and around historic McDonough.
- Start your morning with a short drive west of McDonough to Nash Farm, a Henry County park and historic site. Nash Farm was the scene of considerable Civil War military activity, including Kilpatrick’s Raid, infantry battles/skirmishes that marked the end of the Atlanta Campaign, as well as the campsites belonging to Confederate General Stephen Dill Lee’s Army Corps. Take yourself back to 1864 and the battles that took place at Nash Farm during regularly scheduled reenactments and special events.
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Guided tours are available and a history museum is scheduled to open soon.
- Next, head back to McDonough for lunch at PJ’s Cafe. The dining room overlooks McDonough’s bustling square and is decorated with an expansive wall mural depicting scenes from the city’s storied past. Chef Paul Gaffney offers a menu of Southern favorites including fried green tomatoes, a shrimp BLT, and homemade meatloaf.
Insider tip: Start your meal with a cup of the lobster bisque.
- Spend your afternoon walking through McDonough’s past with a self-guided history tour. Learn about the town’s founding in the early 1800’s as a relay station on the stagecoach line. Find out how the Camp Creek train wreck in 1900 (read more) changed McDonough forever. Stroll past the stately homes of the city’s founding fathers and explore the City Cemetery where generations of McDonough families are laid to rest.
This walking tour takes approximately three to four hours to complete.
- Complete a beautiful day around town by stopping at Sinclair’s Mercantile in the Buggy Works building, located at 41 Griffin Street. This elegant boutique offers trendy apparel, accessories in an exquisite and quite historical setting. Be sure to ask about the store’s connection with the 1900 Camp Creek train wreck.
RE-TAKING History Tour of McDonough, Georgia:
The historic square and surrounding streets in McDonough have 15 Re-Taking History Markers embedded into the sidewalks. Stand in the same spot as photographers from the past did, which you will see the old photograph in the market in the sidewalk. Then take a new photo of that same view today. Come see what has changed and what has not as you walk past cool shops and great restaurants in the downtown area. There is FREE parking available, just look for the signs. If you park on the Square on weekdays before 6pm you will have to put a few quarters in the parking meter. The Welcome Center located at 5 Griffin Street and all downtown merchants have free walking tour maps.