Welcome to Thomson-McDuffie County,land of outdoor adventure and festival fun in east-central Georgia. Surrounded by natural beauty, this historic area is classic and Southern from its antebellum homes to its homespun music to its small-town festivals and lends itself to a variety of recreational pursuits: fishing, horseback riding, golfing, geocaching, hiking, hunting, camping, cattle driving, boating, picnicking and more. And with some two dozen festivals and events crowding the annual calendar, you can be sure there is always something fun going on in Thomson.
Blind Willie Blues Festival
The event is held each year to bring great music and musicians to the rural South and to pay tribute to country blues legend McTell, a Thomson native son, born and buried in the Happy Valley area of McDuffie County. The small-town feel and exceptional quality of the music presented year in and year out makes the McTell Festival a special event indeed. The organizers strive to feature artists who offer the best in American music, focusing on the styles of Americana, folk, gospel, rock, blues and all its variations…players that our smaller market can support; music played by folks at the top of their game.
Aonia Pass MX Park
AMA-sanctioned Motocross track1.7 miles, 25-feet wide in most sections, professionally built and maintained. Mulchy corners and straights to hold in moisture. Groomed every few days. Watered and tilled every weekend. This is one of the premier tracks in the southeast and you can ride it any day of the week. Aonia Pass also holds
Loretta LynnArea Qualifier and Regional Youth Qualifierwhere the best riders in the country come to compete for a chance to go to the Regionals and hopefully on to the Loretta Lynn's Amateur Championships at Hurricane Mills, TN.
Aonia Pass offers a full riding facility including hot showers, full bath, concession stand, snack bar, a huge property, open seven days a week (except for bad weather, race weekends or other special events), when in doubt, call first 706-678-3737
Pine Top Farm & Equestrian Center
Pine Top is one of the USA's premier eventing (nee combined training) sites. Its gently rolling fields consist of stone-less, clay-less, well-drained sandy loam soil. Furthermore, the soil supports thick, deep-rooted turfgrass. The soil is naturally well-drained, and the owners' lifelong familiarity with the land has guided grading work in key spots to handle excess runoff from heavy rains. The result is a combination of footing, turf and drainage that can withstand heavy rain and still provide good going.
McDuffie Arts Council
The McDuffie Arts Council (MAC) is a non-profit organization established in 2008, as a vehicle for artisans of the Greater McDuffie County area to showcase their work, and for patrons to celebrate the local wealth of talent here. McDuffie County claims, as its own, several accomplished artists who bring to the area a diverse mix of artistic and cultural experience. In addition to these great artists, there are many talented and undiscovered artists...
MAC on Main Art Gallery
MAC on Main Art Gallery and Studio is located in a near century old building on Main Street in Downtown Thomson, Georgia that had been abandoned for many years. A seven month long renovation was accomplished with the hardwork and dedication of MAC members and community volunteers. The end result was nothing short of remarkable. MAC on Main has become the home of The McDuffie Arts Council where works by member artists including painters, potters, woodworkers, sculptors, and photographers are on display and are available for purchase. MAC on Main also plays host to numerous receptions throught the year as well as weekly art classes and events.
McDuffie Museum started several years ago when a group of visionary citizens saw a great need for the preservation of history in their county. They all agreed that a museum would be the best way to collect and archive history, but a building was needed. In 2000, SunTrust Bank donated their old buildings on Thomson’s Main Street, to this group (that later became the museum board) with the understanding that they’d be used for the public good. The two buildings were originally the “First National Bank of Thomson” (c. 1899) and “Thomson Drugs” (c. 1904).
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