You'll find a pleasant diversion at LaGrange, which lies 70 mi southwest of Atlanta via Interstate 85 and 27 mi northwest of Pine Mountain. A major cotton-growing region before the Civil War, the town's relative isolation from the battlefronts made it an ideal location for hospitals and convalescent centers. This was also home to the "Nancy Harts," the only all-female militia unit to serve in the war.
LaGrange Art Museum. Set in lovely LaFayette Square, this small but impressive museum's permanent collection focuses on art by regional contemporary artists. Special exhibitions showcase local, national, and sometimes international artists and their work. 112 LaFayette Pkwy., 1 block off Sq.30240, 30240. 706/882–3267. www.lagrangeartmuseum.org. Tues.–Fri. 9–5, Sat. 11–5.
A stately, colonnaded 1850s home listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Bellevue is considered one of the finest examples of Greek Revival architecture in Georgia. Guided tours showcase the unique architectural features of the home, its period furnishings, happenings during the Civil War, and the history of Senator Benjamin Harvey Hill and his family who first resided here. 204 Ben Hill St., 30240. 706/884–1832. $5. Tues.–Sat. 10–1 and 2–5.