APRIL 25-27, 2003  



Valdosta is located in South Central Georgia on I-75 just north of the Florida state line, approximately half way between Atlanta and Orlando/Tampa. Valdosta is known as the Azalea City and is rich in South Georgia history and Southern Hospitality.  There are many things to visit and see while in the area.  Some of the local and area attractions include:

·  Lowndes County Historical Society Museum

·  Wild Adventures Theme Park

·  The Crescent

·  The Woman’s Building

·  Moody Air Force Base

·  Valdosta State University

·  Valdosta-Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce

·  Golf & Shopping 


Originally constructed as the Carnegie Library, the museum is filled with artifacts from early Lowndes County families. An interpretive exhibit of Lowndes County (past, present, and future) is housed in the newly renovated basement and gives a thematic view of the county’s evolution. It also houses the Hugh Vallotton Genealogical Library for those interested in doing family research. The Society is a non-profit organization chartered in 1967 for historical, educational, and research purposes. The building, constructed in 1913, was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984. It is located at 305 W. Central Ave. Valdosta , GA. (229-247-4780)

It is free and open to the public M-F 10-5. A special group tour for the House of Jossey-Josey will be arranged for Saturday, April 26.


Wild Adventures is one of America ’s fastest growing theme parks.  It has seven diverse areas featuring over 100 rides and attractions, hundreds of wild animals, spectacular shows, and concerts. It is located on 170 acres and includes 7 roller coasters and 5 water rides.  One of their best entertainment shows of the year is scheduled for April 26, 2003The Beach Boys ( 8 p.m. ). Since it is only a 10-minute drive from Valdosta , some folks may want to attend the concert after the Saturday night banquet. Lawn or portable folding chairs should be taken to the concert.  Admission for the theme park including the concert is:  $32.95 per person plus tax and parking, which includes a two-day pass.  Juniors/Seniors (3-9 & 55+) is only $26.95. Visit the web at for more information.  (229)-559-1330.


The Crescent now serves as the home of the Valdosta Garden Center .  Built in 1898, the house gets its name from its rounded porch.  Attractive features include large mirrored fireplaces, gold-leaf tiled bathroom, ballroom, quaint chapel, octagon-shaped school house, and lovely gardens.  Open to the public M-F 2-5, and by appointment.  It is located at 904 N. Patterson St .

(229) 244-6747.  A tour may be scheduled for the House of Jossey-Josey members on Saturday, April 27.


The Woman’s Building was built in 1925 and is the home of DAR, UDC & Wymodausis Club.  Located at 1409 N. Patterson St. (directly across from Valdosta State University ), the Woman’s Building was listed in 1995 on the National Register of Historic Places by the U.S. Department of Interior.  The Woman’s Building is located next to Drexel Park , an excellent playground for children of all ages.  The Woman’s Building is also the site for our Reunion Banquet Saturday night, April 26.


Moody is located approximately 10 miles north of Valdosta .  Contact Moody AFB Public Affairs (229) 257-3345 for further information.


The University is an intergral part of the community with over 9,000 students.  It offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degree programs along with theater performances, art exhibitions, musical programs, and concerts for year round enjoyment.  It is a beautiful campus of Spanish mission design.  It is located directly across the street from the Woman’s Building, the location of our Saturday night Banquet.


Located in the “Ola Barber Pittman House,” built in 1915 by the second manufacturer of Coca-Cola in the world.  Visitors may obtain community and business information.  A self-guided tour of this historic home is available.  It is located at 416 N. Ashley St. and is open M-F 9-5.  (229) 247-8100.


Two public golf courses are available.  Stone Creek Golf Course is located at 4300 Coleman Rd. ,  I-75 @ Exit 22, (229) 247-2527.  Francis Lake Golf Course is located in Lake Park , I-75 @   Exit 5, (229) 559-7961.  Shopping is available for everyone.  Locations include, Historic Downtown, Colonial Mall - Valdosta , Remerton Mill Village , and over 60 Outlet stores at the Mill Store Outlet Mall  in Lake Park (Exit 5), just ten miles south of Valdosta .


·  Georgia Agrirama

·  Okefenokee Swamp Park


Georgia Agrirama, the State’s Living History Center , first opened to the public on July 1, 1976 . It is located in Tifton , GA , which is 50 miles north of Valdosta on I-75. Today, the Agrirama consists of four distinct areas:  traditional farm community of the 1870’s, progressive farmstead of the 1890’s, industrial sites complex, and a rural town.  Over 35 structures have been relocated to the 95-acre site and restored or preserved as they appeared at the turn of the century. It includes a logging train ride, a railroad depot, sawmill and turpentine still.  The main street includes a Feed and Seed Store, the Print Shop, and Drug Store with an original marble top soda fountain.  It is open Monday-Saturday 9:00am – 5:00pm .  Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for 55+, and $6 for children 4-16.  The Marketing Director has agreed to reduce the admission prices listed above by $1 for all members of the House of Jossey-Josey.  So, if you visit the Agrirama, please let them know you are a member of the Jossey/Josey family.  Visit the web site for additional information or call (229)-386-3344.


The Great Okefenokee Swamp, one of America ’s most fascinating natural areas, is the largest Swamp in North America .  “Okefenokee” which Seminoles called “ Land of Trembling Earth ” is approximately 700 square miles located in the southeast corner of Georgia .  The Okefenokee is crisscrossed by over 120 miles of canoe trails. It is filled with beautiful scenery of moss-laced cypress trees reflecting off the black swamp waters.  It also home to many fascinating creatures, including alligators, turtles, raccoon, black bear, deer, 223 species of birds. Walking along the lakeshore and nature trail, visitors may see carnivorous pitcher plants, the shy gopher tortoise, numerous oak varieties, saw palmettos, yellow-bellied flickers, warblers, owls and great blue herons. Access can be gained at Waycross and Folkston , GA – both of which are less than 70 miles east of Valdosta .  For additional information, please visit  or


For additional information about the above activities and other options, please visit the official Valdosta Tourism web site, The site has been recently updated and includes a wealth of information about Valdosta and the surrounding area.