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It’s Sunday… and the weather is a 10! Looking for a nice little drive? Here are six Sunday drives, each a little different but all within a few hours of home. From backroads and small Southern towns to the affluent city neighborhoods of old Atlanta, these drives are full of history, lovely scenery, and interesting sites to explore if you choose. Enjoy—after all, the drive is the destination!

 

 

U.S. Route 29 from Newnan to LaGrange

Before I-85, there was U.S. route 29. the highway, which runs north-south from Baltimore, Maryland, to Pensacola, Florida, cuts diagonally across Georgia through Atlanta. Experience a 35-mile segment of this once busy thoroughfare by driving it from Newnan to LaGrange. The highway parallels I-85 as well as the railroad track that historically linked small Georgia towns to Atlanta.

 

   Catch U.S. 29 at the Newnan Square and head south to Moreland. Located along the railroad tracks, Moreland began as a crossroads settlement of farm families. Today, it’s known as the hometown of two writers, novelist Erskine Caldwell and Southern humorist Lewis Grizzard.

 

   The next town along U.S. 29 is Grantville, a small town chosen as a location in the AMC series The Walking Dead because of the number of faded and dilapidated buildings that make it look post-apocalyptic. Tourism based on the television series has given Grantville’s economy a shot in the arm; but recently, nine downtown buildings were listed for sale on eBay.

 

   A few miles south hugging the railroad tracks and U.S. 29 is Hogansville. Incorporated in 1879, Hogansville began as a plantation whose owner deeded right-of-way to the railroad. Historic homes line the town’s downtown neighborhoods, while antique stores, restaurants, and shops line the gaslit sidewalks of its main street.

 

   From Hogansville, U.S. 29 takes you to the LaGrange Square. LaGrange, long known as the “City of Elms and Roses,” has a lovely downtown, where generations-old stores stand beside new shops and restaurants. Historic homes, including the Fuller E. Callaway estate, Hills and Dales, grace the surrounding neighborhoods.

6 Sunday Drives

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BY SHERRI SMITH BROWN | APRIL 16, 2015

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