Southern Living Collection Resorts, Artist Studios, Dinner Theater, Pitmaster Champion BBQ, and Civil War History in Historic Adairsville

Listed in its entirety on the National Register of Historic Places , Adairsville offers interesting Victorian architecture, inviting shops, restaurants and B&B inns. Here are just a few of the highlights that attract visitors to Historic Adairsville :

Barnsley Resort
Day visitors to this Southern Living Collection resort will enjoy enchanting Antebellum gardens and ruins of the 1840’s manor house. The Barnsley Historic District Museum tells the Barnsley family story and details the estate’s role in the Civil War. In addition to garden tours, visitors may enjoy casual and fine dining, championship golf, sporting clays, a relaxing spa day and more.
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Adairsville Depot History Museum & Welcome Center
This museum and welcome center located in the W&A Railroad Depot on Adairsville’s Historic Square offers a glimpse into the town’s fascinating history, which included pivotal roles in the Civil War’s Great Locomotive Chase, Georgia’s early peach and chenille industries, and the development and advancement of the Dixie Highway. Visitors may pick up a self-guided tour brochure with insight on Adairsville most historic homes. The depot is open Tuesday-Saturday 11 AM-3 PM. Admission is free.
770-773-1775 or see AdairsvilleOnTheSquare.com .

Public Square Opera House Dinner Theater
Inside the historic 1902 Stock Exchange , this second-floor opera house hosts four historic dinner theater productions annually. Downstairs visitors will enjoy browsing and buying in the antiques emporium and may have a delicious lunch from Maggie Mae’s Tea Room. The 1902 Stock Exchange is open Tuesday-Saturday at 124 Public Square. Call 770-773-1902 for dinner theater details and reservations. 1902 Stock Exchange .

Character’s Famous BBQ
Award-winning BBQ at its finest! Served straight-up with no frills. Fans drive from neighboring states just to eat this BBQ Pitmasters Champion’s food. Find Character’s in a new location on US 41 north of GA 140 – specifically at 6415 Joe Frank Harris Pkwy north. Picnic tables at the Flea Market welcome you to some good eatin’. Hours vary but typically open Wednesday-Friday 11 AM-2 PM and Saturday 11 AM-4 PM. Call ahead 678-481-6701.

Part Time Artist Studio & Gallery
The gallery features paintings and drawings by artist Skip McNutt, whose most noted work is the Great Locomotive Chase mural commissioned through the Adairsville Heritage Foundation and funded by a federal grant. Stop in to learn more from the artist, then step across the street to see the mural on the W&A Rail Depot that depicts Adairsville’s famous role in the chase of Andrews’ Raiders. Part Time Artist is located at 104-A Public Square. Call 770-773-3616 or see PartTimeArtist.com . For more on the artist see Daily Tribune News .

Historic Festivals, Events and Recreation
Visit during the first weekend each October for the Great Locomotive Chase Festival . A three-day tradition since 1968, the festival features carnival rides, concerts, and so much more.

Bargain hunters keep the first weekend in June on their calendars to attend the Dixie Highway 90-Mile yard Sale . Adairsville is a prime location on this annual mega-sale situated at the half-way point. Make Adairsville your house base and benefit from great hotel rates and good food.

After you have filled your days with sightseeing, shopping and touring, stop by Manning Mill Park to wet a hook or take a leisurely lakeside stroll on the recreation park’s 1.5 mile illuminated trail.

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See this video about the displays at and creation of the Adairsville Depot History Museum