SENIORS ENJOY STATE OF GEORGIA



Seniors Like Conyers

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Senior travelers locate Conyers, with a population right at 12,500, twenty-four miles east of Atlanta. For starters, do you know the actress Dakota Fanning?  Well, this is her home town.

The history of Conyers and Rockdale County is diverse and dates back over ten thousand years. Early natives known as “The Mound Builders” were one of many groups who visited Rockdale’s gentle hills, lakes and streams.

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Much later, the Creek and Cherokee Nations shared a common border, the “Great Indian Road,” now known as Hightower Trail in northern Rockdale. In the early 1800s, this trail was a main route for white settlers moving inland after the American Revolution.

 Seniors: From A Watering Post To A Vibrant Community

What is now Conyers began as a watering post along this line, named after a Dr. Conyers. By 1845, the railroad was in full operation. By 1854, nearly 400 residents lived around the watering post, and the town of Conyers was incorporated.

Seniors, if you enjoy horses, note that Conyers hosted the equestrian and mountain biking events for the 1996 Olympic Games held in Atlanta. For this, Conyers built the Georgia International Horse Park, a great spot for a visit.

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In the 1970s, parts of the first five episodes of the Dukes of Hazzard were filmed in the town. Remember that show?  The Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, Cherry Blossom Festival, A Taste of Conyers, the Olde Town Fall Festival and the Hometown Holiday are all favorites,  for not only the locals but for senior visitors as well.

Seniors Enjoy The International Horse Park

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And everyone is Irish and wearing the Green for the day in the World’s Fastest Growing St. Patrick’s Day Parade. TripAdvisor has almost a dozen things for seniors to see and do in Conyers, starting with the Monastery of the Holy Spirit.

The Cherry Blossom Festival held annually at the International Horse Park originated as a way to encourage cultural understanding and friendship through international music, dance, games, food and crafts. For you gourmet folks, tickle and tantalize your taste buds at the Taste of Conyers, an annual event that promotes local restaurants in Conyers and Olde Town.

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Thousands of twinkling lights will once again illuminate the Pavilion, the Lewis Vaughn Botanical Garden and the thoroughfare of Green Street bordering Olde Town during the annual holiday Christmas season. In addition, Lemon Bee Festival is a fun-filled day of live music, amazing arts and crafts, and beautiful people right in the heart of Olde Town Conyers.

In 1905 Rogers Steam Locomotive, named “Dinky”, carried freight between Conyers and Milstead until 1961. You can see this locomotive in Conyers.

Seniors, set your GPS, catch some of the festivals and enjoy the variety of  amenities in this fun town. -jeb

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