Not far from LaGrange’s historic LaFayette Square is Hills and Dales Estate and Gardens, a 1916 neoclassical mansion forming the centerpiece of the Callaway family’s beautiful gardens, originally laid out in the early 1830s, and meticulously cared for by successive generations until the house became a museum in 1998. Kids will love chasing butterflies through the boxwood paths cultivated by Ida Callaway, mother of Cason Callaway, who eventually founded Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain. After spending some time outdoors, visit The Explorations in Antiquity Center, soon to be renamed The Biblical History Center, an educational center detailing what life was like for real people living in ancient Israel, and examine the artifacts in the Biblical Life Gallery, featuring over 250 antiquities from both Old and New Testament times displayed in replicas of their original settings to give context to the Bible, the Torah and the Quran.
Plan to visit during one of LaGrange’s special events, such as: March’s Azalea Storytelling Festival, featuring nationally-acclaimed storytellers sharing their gifts at LaGrange College. It’s kids-only at July’s Sweet Land of Liberty Parade, celebrating its 32nd year in 2016. Kids from anywhere can participate by riding a non-motorized vehicle as long as they register the morning of the event (so come into town early to hold your kids’ spot!). In October, the nearby town of Hogansville hosts its Hummingbird Festival, a Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 Event for the second year in a row. And when Christmas comes to town, some 15,000 spectators will travel from far and wide to see LaGrange’s popular holiday parade, always the first Thursday after Thanksgiving.