City of Americus, Georgia
The Victorian town of
is your next stop. Tour
Habitat for Humanity’s
Global Village & Discovery Center.
Explore cultures from around the world through the home-building, life-changing work of this organization. Fifteen home replicas, videos and exhibits are open to SAM travelers. If you have a group of 10 or more, please contact Global Village & Discovery Center to schedule your tour and discuss rates. Call 1-800-422-4828 extension 7937.
While in Americus, browse all the wonderful and quaint shops. The award-winning 1892
Windsor Hotel & Spa
is the perfect place to turn your train excursion into a relaxing weekend vacation. You can even take in a show at the breathtaking
1921 Rylander Theatre
Habitat for Humanity
- International Headquarters
- Global Village and Museum
Americus Welcome Center
Shopping and restaurants
Hotels, bed & breakfast inns
Souther Field - site of Charles Lindbergh's first solo flight
GA Southwestern University
South Georgia Technical College
City of Americus
About Historic Downtown Americus
Historic downtown Americus is a classic example of the fanciful Victorian commercial architecture of the 1880's and gay 1890's blended with a touch of the 1920's. Designated a Georgia Main Street City in 1983, an on-going revitalization program lends to the vibrance of the central business district. Antique stores, gift shops, art galleries, specialty shops, taste-tempting eateries, and financial and governmental services are just some of the features of downtown Americus. A traditional blend of goods and services is available to shoppers; the small town custom of personal service thrives. This diversified blend assures that you’ll always find action and true southern hospitality in downtown Americus.
Founded in 1832, Americus was a major cotton center in its early days and was the site of three hospitals for confederate soldiers during the War Between the States. At one time, Americus was the eighth largest city in Georgia and one of the first to utilize electric street cars. The historic district has over 370 structures located within its boundaries. Currently, there are over 150 operating businesses in the downtown area. A driving, walking, and trolley tour of the beautiful historic district including the downtown as well as majestic homes featuring Victorian, Greek Revival, and Craftsman cottage styles are available for your enjoyment.
Time stands still when you visit Georgia’s Victorian Secret, The Windsor Hotel. The hotel’s towers, turrets, and terra cotta ornamentation on the exterior is spectacular. The lobby, a three-tiered open atrium, is filled with carved, golden oak and marble. The Windsor first opened in 1892 and was restored to its original beauty and reopened in 1991. This classic southern hotel offers the finest modern amenities to its guests. Located on the ground floor of the hotel is the Americus-Sumter Welcome Center, which is filled with history, information, and hospitality.
Another downtown Americus landmark is the Rylander Theatre, an extraordinary restoration of an early 1900's vaudeville theatre. The Theatre offers regular tours of the facility, film and video presentations, and live performances featuring a host of local touring presentations.
The Americus Main Street is an award-winning destination rich in local history. Come visit and enjoy all our town has to offer!
Also visit the
National POW Museum and Andersonville National Historic Site
, located 11 miles northeast of Americus.
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