located about 8 miles northeast of downtown dallas is the pickett's mill battle field historic site. on may 25 th 1864 the union forces of general william t. sherman were defeated at the battle of new hope church. sherman then ordered general oliver o. howard to attack confederate general joseph johnston's right flank at pickett's mill. the confederate right flank was commanded by general patrick cleburne. on may 27 howard attacked cleburne's defenders at pickett's mill. after a fierce battle the confederates held their position which delayed sherman's invasion of atlanta. the battle of pickett's mill was considered a major confederate victory. pickett's mill historic site has a small museum, walking and hiking trails, and a picnic area. see the attached web site for admission and times.
downtown dallas has a very nice historic district that offers a number of shops and restaurants. downtown dallas was the site of the battle of dallas during the civil war. between may 28 th and june 5 th 1864 dallas was attacked by union general john a logan. confederate general william j. hardee defended the town but was forced to retreat to allatoona after the battle. many of dallas' historic homes and buildings were destroyed during the battle.
the paulding county courthouse was built in 1892 in the queen anne style. the courthouse was designed by the architectural firm bruce & morgan. for those interested in architecture the paulding county courthouse is worth a look when in dallas.
1007 Old Harris Road, Dallas, GA, 30132
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the briar patch is an excellent bar-b-que restraurant located just southeast of downtown dallas. good selection of pork, beef, chicken barbeque and ribs. good food moderately priced.
In Hiram just 5 or 6 miles east of Dallas in the "shopping district" you may encounter a lady pushing a grocery card and preaching at the top of her lungs. Her name is Miss Jessie and she will let you know if you are a sinner or not just by looking at you. I have found myself more than once parked at a stoplight with Miss Jessie standing right next to my truck preaching at me and my family. She is not dangerous but can take you by suprise which usally results in great laughter from my family and myself. My best advise is to say hello Miss Jessie and do a quick wave or do nothing at all and ignore her.
The Silver Comet Trail is a paved, multi-use, recreational trail in western Georgia. It begins in Smyrna, Georgia, runs west through Paulding and Polk counties, and connects with Alabama's Chief Ladiga Trail at the Georgia-Alabama border. 61.5-mile (99 km) of the Silver Comet Trail is paved and open for riding bicycles or running and is partoled by the Paulding County Sheriffs dept.
For those of you who are in Dallas or are planning to move there and you are interested in taking up karate or judo, check out McCleary Martial Arts Center. The school openned in January of 2003 and is headed up by good friends of mine. The owner/instructors - Alice and BJ - were trained under the Chuck Norris style and taught with the KickStart (formerly Kick Drugs out of America) program for 9 years.
Equipment: If you have a plain karate or judo gi, bring that. You can borrow one though for your introductory class.