Factual and entertaining, compact and easy to follow, A Walking Tour of the University of Georgia takes readers on a leisurely tour of the campus, its history and heritage. It is written by Nash Boney, retired UGA professor of history, and published by the University of Georgia Press.
When the Georgia legislature chartered the nation’s first state university in 1785, the town of Athens was a wilderness. The first university classes, in 1801, were held in a log cabin, and no permanent structure was built until Franklin College-now Old College-was completed in 1806.
Since that time, the university has expanded vigorously. The buildings of the University of Georgia-spread over several miles and encompassing many architectural styles-range from the federal style of Demosthenian Hall and the classical design of Brooks Hall to the glass dome and marble of Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall.
A Walking Tour of the University of Georgia guides the reader through campus, offering easy-to-follow maps, photographs and histories of most structures as well as information about former students, college life and the city of Athens.