A joint effort of the Athens-Clarke Heritage Foundation and the Athens Convention & Visitors Bureau.
The Athens Historic House Museum Association (AHHMA) was formed in 1997 with the following mission and goals:
The mission of the Athens Historic House Museum Association is to provide for a cooperative effort to preserve, interpret, and promote historic resources as vehicles for education, environmental quality, aesthetic appreciation, and heritage tourism.
The goals of the Athens Historic House Museum Association will be to increase the awareness of Athens’ architectural and cultural heritage through interpretation of historic resources, making Athens a primary destination for heritage tourists, students of history and the decorative arts, and a source of pride and education for all Athenians.
In 2000 the Association produced a brochure highlighting eight historic properties throughout the area. After being on hiatus for several years, AHHMA reformed in 2007 and is now focusing on Athens’ four true house museum properties and working to support and promote these properties and to highlight the value of these properties to our community.
- Church-Waddel-Brumby House (c. 1820)
- T.R.R. Cobb House (c.1830)
- Taylor-Grady House (c. 1845)
- Ware-Lyndon House (c. 1850)
In fall of 2007 AHHMA successfully designed and produced a new brochure promoting the Museum Mile tour, which features an extensive tour of all four properties and is offered through Classic City Tours. In 2008 the Association started the Holiday Spirits tour in December which features the four historic house museums and original historical vignettes.
For a town of our size, we are very fortunate to have four fine house museums that each represent a different, but important, time in Athens’ history.