Local area events for this year

WAYS TO ENJOY SUMTER COUNTY THIS FALL:


Americus

  • Stop by the Visitor Center for a copy of the Historic Homes Driving Tour
  • Order take-out from any of our local restaurants and have a picnic at Rees Park
  • Explore two historic cemeteries
  • Visit the place where Charles Lindbergh took his first solo flight
  • Play disc or footgolf at Americus KOA
  • Take a self-guided walking tour of the Historic Windsor Hotel or Rylander Theatre
  • Shop Saturday morning at Lenny’s Market (Farmers Market)

Plains

  • Pick up a homemade Peanut Butter Ice Cream cone from Bobby Salter’s Plain Peanuts
  • Shop in the beautiful antique & boutique shops on Main Street
  • Pick up take-out and have a picnic at the Plains Visitor Center
  • Explore Jimmy Carter National Historic Site grounds
  • Walk the streets where a former president lives!

Andersonville

  • Explore Pioneer Farm and Drummer Boy Civil War Museum
  • Grab take-out and head to Andersonville National Historic Site for a picnic
  • Shop the local antique shops and grab some ice cream
  • Visit the national cemetery and grounds of the former POW camp

Leslie/DeSoto/Cobb

  • Explore the towns and stop by the Georgia Rural Telephone Museum
  • Take the boat out to Lake Blackshear and relax on the water
  • Take a drive down the winding roads through beautiful pecan orchards
  • Head to SAM Shortline at Lake Blackshear and take a ride on the train!


SEPTEMBER

4, 25
SAM Shortline – Sumter Explorer
9:30 AM
Call 1-877-GA-RAILS for more information on these unique Friday rides that include an extended stop in Americus.

4
First Friday Americus – “Back 2 School Bash”
5 PM-8 PM
Remember to “mask up” and practice social distancing as First Friday returns downtown for the first time in months.  A limited number of shops will be open and free trolley rides will make a return. For more information, call Americus Main Street at 229-924-4411, Ext. 235 or 247.

5
SAM Shortline – Presidential Flyer
10 AM
Call 1-877-GA-RAILS for more information.

12, 19
SAM Shortline – Plains Express
10 AM
Call 1-877-GA-RAILS for more information.

26
SAM Shortline – Presidential Flyer
10 AM
Call  1-877-GA-RAILS for more information.


OCTOBER

2
SAM Shortline – History Explorer
9 AM
Call 1-877-GA-RAILS for more information.  

2
First Friday Americus – “Flashback Friday”
5 PM-8 PM
Come out and enjoy the shops and restaurants in downtown Americus for this second return of First Friday, following a long layoff. A limited number of stores will be open late, and free trolley rides will be offered. Due to the pandemic, remember to wear your mask, and social distance! For more information, contact Americus Main Street at 229-924-4411, Ext. 235 or 247.

3, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 28, 29, 30, 31
Americus Haunted History Tour – Downtown Americus
7:30 PM
The thrill is back for this popular tour as Halloween approaches. Due to the pandemic, crowds will be limited to 10 people per tour and social distancing is mandatory. Face masks must be worn at all times. Cost is $12 for adults and $1 for kids ages 4-11. Not recommended for small children. For more information, call the Americus Visitor Center at 229-928-6059.

3, 17
SAM Shortline – Presidential Flyer
10 AM
Call 1-877-GA-RAILS for more information.

3-4
2020 Andersonville Camp & Battle Portrayal
This event takes the place of the annual Andersonville Historic Fair, which will not take place due to the current pandemic. But re-enactors have been invited to camp out and perform their battle re-enactments and a “living history” demonstration. There will be a battle both days. For more information, call Lee Wayne Murdock at 478-986-5290 or the Andersonville Welcome Center at 229-924-2558, or follow Andersonville Civil War Village on Facebook.

30, 31
SAM Shortline – Halloween Express – Lake Blackshear
5 PM, 6:30 PM, 8 PM
Join friends aboard the historic SAM Shortline for this hourlong train ride. The train departs from Georgia Veterans State Park at Lake Blackshear. Candy will be handed out during the trip.
Everyone is encouraged to dress up!
Coach: Adult $25;
Children (ages 2-12) $15;
Deluxe (for all ages) $30.
For reservations or more information, call 229-276-0755 or visit www.samshortline.com.


NOVEMBER

7
SAM Shortline – Plains Express
10 AM
Call 1-877-GA-RAILS for more information.

20
SAM Shortline – Sumter Explorer
9:30 AM
Call 1-877-GA-RAILS for more information on these unique Friday rides that include an extended stop in Americus.

21
SAM Shortline – Presidential Flyer
10 AM
Call 1-877-GA-RAILS for more information on these unique Friday rides that include an extended stop in Americus.  




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