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McDuffie Museum

McDuffie Museum's programs, exhibits and activities enable members and visitors to relive history, become inspired and create a connection with the past.The McDuffie Museum offers excellent educational and interpretive programs, advances and promotes public knowledge and appreciation of McDuffie County's heritage and the importance of a local history museum in general.If any group desires to visit during non-business hours, a private tour can easily be arranged. We will be glad to accommodate you and your group.

121 Main St.
Thomson, GA 30824


Hours of Operation:
Tuesday-Friday: 12 – 5 p.m.
Saturday: 12 – 3 p.m.

White Hills Herb Farm

Meander up the driveway of an 1890s pale yellow farmhouse in Dearing, Georgia, and happen upon one of the area’s best kept secrets. A spry blond-haired Lisa Kessler greets you cheerfully at the helm of the farmstead, eager to relay tales of the land and share insight into the healing and culinary powers of the plants and herbs that thrive here. Kessler is cottage-industry licensed and committed to growing sustainably. Tour the fragrant lavender fields as Kessler rambles off scientific names for each variety of the species, along with the individual nuances of each –“this one is perfect for composing a tea,” “this one is best in a mild climate.” A tour of the land is as educational as it is breath-takingly beautiful. With endless fields, blue skies, the heavenly aroma of herbs everywhere and a picturesque farmhouse complete with an outbuilding – chandelier and all – where many a wedding party has celebrated well into the night – this must be God’s country. The land itself is healing for the soul, but Kessler invites visitors in to take a class, educating attendees in crafting field-to-product balms or lavender-infused oils. Sit a spell in the kitchen as Kessler walks you through creating the perfect herb rub for seasoning poultry or for adding to olive oil to use as a dipping sauce for bread or perhaps even for steeping a calming pot of tea. Her past as an instructor at the Medical College of Georgia equips Kessler with just the right delivery to relay information in a memorable manner – especially memorable when the student is perched, like an old friend, at Kessler’s kitchen table, sipping tea while looking out at rolling fields through the vast kitchen windows. The products here are top-notch but the real treat is Lisa, an endless spring of information and knowledge. Her science-based farming methods provide a unique approach to an even more unique experience. Events are ongoing. Visit to register for a session focused on making your own spa products or natural fabric dying, to make plans to attend an open tea, to schedule a visit or to simply browse product offerings.

1419 Fort Creek Road
Dearing, GA 30808


Wrightsborogh Historic District

McDuffie County’s roots go back to the 1768 settlement of Wrightsborough, one of Georgia’s only Quaker settlements and the southernmost point of Quaker migration in North America. In 1768 Joseph Maddock, an English Quaker from North Carolina, founded in Georgia the Quaker community of Wrightsborough (named for James Wright, the royal governor of Georgia). Maddock and other families had been thriving in Hillsboro, North Carolina, until the British representative there established a heavy tax system. Subsequently, he and another prominent Quaker, Jonathan Sell, organized the group of forty families who moved to Georgia. Governor Wright gave them 12,000 acres, on which the Quakers built homes, gristmills, and a meetinghouse. Wrightsborough survived as a village until the 1920s, but little remains physically of the settlement in modern McDuffie County. Self-guided tour of church and cemetery available. Group tours are available of the area by appointment. 706-597-7422.

Pine Top Farm

Pine Top Farm is a premier eventing site listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Visit the farm during it’s ongoing horse trials to see the excitement of Olde English-style equestrian events, scheduled on selected dates in February through April and in September, November and December;  and an autumn roundup with wagon train, cattle drive and cookout. Facilities include sand dressage arenas, cross country courses that utilize 200 acres of open pasture land and permanent event stabling. The eighth generation family managed farm is historic,too: It sits on a British land grant dating to the 1770s.

1393 Augusta Rd., Thomson, GA 30824

Hickory Hill

This 1865 estate, home of U.S. Senator Thomas E. Watson, father of Rural Free Delivery (a rural mail service for the nation), has been richly restored to its 1920s appearance and includes Watson heirlooms. The 270-acre gardens and arboretum, originally designed by Watson, may be explored. Tours by appointment; self-guided garden tour available.

502 Hickory Hill Dr., Thomson, GA 
706-595–7777, 877-595–9777




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