The Getaway

A replica of a biblical-era house is featured at the Explorations in Antiquity Center in LaGrange, Ga.

If you want to stand where Jesus stood, you have to go to Israel. If that journey is out of reach, though, try the Explorations in Antiquity Center in LaGrange, Ga., about a three-hour drive to the southwest.


The center offers replicas of life in Israel during biblical times. Visitors can walk through tombs like the one Jesus lay in, see what a Jerusalem city gate looked like, and learn about the cultures of pagans, Christians and Jews.

The center's garden features some plants and trees mentioned in the Bible, including fig, pomegranate, ficus and almond.

Through Saturday, a shepherd's world will be portrayed in an exhibit called The Good Shepherd. All the trappings are there; a goat's-hair tent and a temporary sheepfold to corral the animals are near a "desert" oasis.

Visitors can eat like shepherds by making bread on a campfire.

For $30, you can eat a period meal, while reclining around low tables. The meal consists of four courses -- soup, salad, main course, dessert -- and includes a beverage of grape juice, wine or water.

A sunrise service will be held at 7 a.m. Easter Sunday in the center's Scripture Garden.

-- Lisa Kaylor, staff writer

Re-creation of life in biblical times

WHERE: LaGrange, Ga.; take Interstate 20 west to Atlanta, then I-85 south about 56 miles to Exit 14. Turn right, then turn left at the first traffic light. Turn right at the fourth traffic light and the site is on the left.

COST: $10 for adults and $6 for ages 4-12.; half-price through Saturday.

HOURS: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday

LEARN MORE: (706) 885-0364 or visit