The Samuel Elbert Hotel and Conference Center is located in downtown Elberton, a rural community in northeast Georgia. The City of Elberton was founded in 1803 and is in the center of Elbert County, which was created by the State of Georgia in 1790. The county was named for General Samuel Elbert who fought bravely in the American War for Independence.
Elberton is centrally located between Athens, GA and Anderson, SC, and is 110 miles east of Atlanta, 65 miles southwest of Greenville, and 80 northeast of Augusta. Known as "The Granite Capital of the World," Elberton produces more granite monuments than any other city in the world. Elberton is also known for attractions including granite monuments, historic homes and architecture, beautiful lakes, a historic theatre and downtown square, and the 20,000 seat Granite Bowl.
Golfing at its finest can be found 10 miles north of the Samuel Elbert Hotel at the Arrowhead Pointe Golf Course. Designed in 2001 by Bob Walker, Arrowhead Pointe Golf Course is located at Lake Richard B. Russell. This championship 18-hole golf course is located inside the Georgia state park, with 10 of the 18 holes skirting the shoreline of Lake Richard B. Russell. While much of the water does not come into play, it can assure you both a challenge and some of the best views in the state. The elevation changes, doglegs and well placed bunkers will demand that you use every club in your bag. Arrowhead Pointe at Lake Richard B. Russell was named in TravelGolf.com‘s Top 10 Courses in Georgia, alongside such venerable courses as Augusta National, East Lake, TPC at Sugarloaf and Ocean Forest. Arrowhead Pointe is the only public course on the elite list. Our unique golfing opportunity in beautiful Richard B. Russell State Park is truly one of a kind. Whether you come to play over summer vacation or visit us while enjoying the warmer winter weather of Georgia, you will find Arrowhead Pointe to be an exceptional golfing experience.
Located 9 miles north of the Elbert Hotel are the infamous and mysterious Georgia Guidestones. A granite monument erected in 1980, the Guidestones has been described as a modern American Stonehenge. A set of 10 guidelines is inscribed on the structure in 8 modern languages, and a shorter message is inscribed at the top of the structure in 4 ancient language scripts: Babylonian, Classical Greek, Sanskrit, and Egyptian hieroglyphs. One slab stands in the center, with four arranged around it. A capstone lies on top of the five slabs, which are astronomically aligned. An additional stone tablet, which is set in the ground a short distance to the west of the structure, provides some notes on the history and purpose of the Guidestones. The designer and meaning of the Guidestones are unknown, leading to speculation and conspiracy theory.
The Elbert Hotel is located near three beautiful lakes—Hartwell, Clarks Hill, and Richard B. Russell. Lake Russell offers 26,650 acres of some of the state’s finest fishing and boating. Richard B. Russell State Park has facilities which include a beach and swimming area, volleyball, picnic shelters, walking and biking trails, disk golf, canoeing, pedal boats and nature trails.
Bobby Brown Park is a 664-acre outdoor recreation area beautifully situated on a peninsula between the Broad and Savannah Rivers that flow into the upper end of Clarks Hill Lake. Visit Bobby Brown Park for a fun picnic at the lake or a relaxing boating or fishing trip on the largest man-made lake east of the Mississippi River.
If hunting is your passion, you will find deer, turkey, and quail throughout the county.
Entertainment can be found at the Elbert Theatre which reopened for use as a performing arts facility in 2001 and added first-run movies in 2015. Events are scheduled each weekend of the year at the Elbert Theatre.
Visit the Elberton Granite Museum which contains historical exhibits, artifacts, educational displays and materials depicting current and past events in the rich heritage of the Elberton Granite Industry.