Not far from Atlanta, to its northeast, Chateau Elan stands as an unusual and unexpected sight as, from afar, its architecture reminds of certain French buildings. The complex includes a winery, hotel, spa, golf course, real estate and restaurants. Property of the Panoz family who built their fortune in the US and Ireland, they brought a real Irish pub - the interiors - back with them to the US. This is Paddy's where I had good beer and a share of delicious fish-and-chips.
As featured in the movie "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil"
Beautiful and Timeless, very historical and famous people buried there. Not easy to find get good directions from a hotel and write them down or get a map.
Located 16 miles (26 kilometers) east of Atlanta, Stone Mountain Park is the most popular tourist attraction in Georgia, attracting over 3,000,000 visitors per year. Dominating the 3,300-acre (1,336-hectare) park is the 825-foot (251-meter), dome-shaped Stone Mountain, the world's largest outcrop of granite.
Said to be the largest bas-relief sculpture in the world, a carving of Confederate leaders President Jefferson Davis, General Robert E. Lee, and Lieutenant General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson dominates the steep north side of Stone Mountain. It measures 90 feet (27 meters) in height and 190 feet (58 meters) in width. The carving was started in 1923, but due to problems with financing, deadlines, and several sculptors, it was not completed until 1970.
As a youngster I read the book by McKinley Kantor dealing with the Southern Civil War prisioner of war camp named "andersonville". I was horrified that that kind of treatment existed here in the United States, so when I took an assignment to work in Georgia for a couple of weeks and drove past the site of the POW camp I had to stop and see it for myself. Today it is a teastful memorial to all American Prisoners of War. There is a POW muesum, a cementry, and the site of the former camp itself, but it is not the camp that takes the center stage. It is the quite, peaceful spirit that seems to reside hornoring all who have been taken captive during the American Wars.
Southbound on Interstate exit just South of Macon, Ga., onto highway 49. The Historical site is about an hours drive.
Amicalola Falls State Park. Amicalola is Cherokee for "tumbling waters" this serries of falls claims to be the highest east of the mississippi, which may be sttetching the truth a little since it isn't truely a single fall but a serries of falls and and rapids that decend a total of 729 feet. But it is senic! which makes it worth the $3.00 enterance fee and the couple hours it takes to see the falls.
Now if your into hiking stay awhile. The falls are near the south end of the Appalachian Trail and a great place to start that hike.
Located on State Highway 52 about mid way between Ellijay and Dahlonega, Georgia
Check out Dahlonega, Georgia, the site of the first gold rush in the US, back in 1829. Today it's a senic little college town, Hone of North Gerogia College and State University. The Old Court House on the square is now a museum to the gold rush.
This beautiful old water-powered mill on the Coahulla Creek in the mountains of North Georgia was built by Benjamin Franklin Prater in 1855. For its time Prater Mill was a state-of-the-art facility with the latest in grain cleaning, grinding and sifting machinery.
Next to the mill the enterprising Mr. Prater built a cotton gin, a saw mill, a wool carder, a syrup mill, a general store and blacksmith shop. The place was a hub of activity for more than a century. Farmers came from miles around with their mule drawn wagons and lined up before dawn for their turn with the millers.
During the Civil War, the mill was used as a campsite at different times by both Confederate and Union soldiers. Fortunately the mill survived the war. On some Civil War maps, Prater's Mill is listed as Barrett's or Russell's Mill. Barrett was a former owner of the property while Russell was probably a Prater relative hired as the miller.
The Prater family operated the Mill until the 1950's, and other millers ran it until the early 1960's. In 1971 the all-volunteer Prater's Mill Foundation took over the Mill and began its extensive restoration and preservation efforts. Today, the mill is best known for the arts and crafts festivals held twice each year. Throughout the year, the grounds are a popular site for fishing, and picnics.
Prater's Mill is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Address: 500 Prater Mill Road NE, Dalton, GA 30721
Prater's Mill is on GA Hwy. 2, 10 miles Northeast of Dalton and about 30 miles south of Chattanooga, TN. Exit I-75 at Hwy. 201 (Tunnel Hill - Varnell Exit-341). Travel North 4.5 miles to GA Hwy. 2, turn right on GA Hwy. 2 and continue 2.6 miles to Prater’s Mill.
Fort Pulaski is located about 15 minutes from Savannah. The Fort was constructed as part of the U.S. plan to guard against attacks by sea. It was seized by the Confederates early on during the Civil War to prevent a blockade of southern ships. The Union army battered the fort with rifle canon fire from nearby Tybee Island until it practically crumbled and the Confederates were forced to surrender.
The fort is an interesting place to tour as much for its design as its history, It was constructed by Lee to survive forces of nature such as hurricanes. Today, it is a national monument which preserves remnants of the civil war. For more information, feel free to visit my Fort Pulaski page.
Black Rock mountain is known as Georgia's highest state park. In a state not known for its elevation, that isn't something that would earn this park bragging rights. The park was not my favorite, but it did have some nice views of the surrounding Appalcians and Blue Ridge mountains. There are a few short trails here, including one to a waterfall, and a longer backcountry trail.
Vogel State Park is one of the prettiest parks in Georgia. Its located in North Georgia, about an hour and a half from Atlanta and about 10 miles from Blairsville. The entrance is so inconspicuous that most people drive right by without knowing what they are missing. But, drive up the road, pay the small fee and you'll find yourself next to a beautiful lake with mountains in the backdrop. There is a short trail here that winds around the lake, branching off and leading to some pretty falls. You'll also find the trail to Blood Mountain. For more information, feel free to visit my Vogel State Park page.
Amicalola Falls State Park is located in northern Georgia, about 2 hours drive from Atlanta. There are several trails in the park, the most famous of which is the Appalacian Approach Trail which leads to the summit of Springer mountain and the start of the Appalacian trail. The approach trail is about 8 miles long and contains a bit of elevation gain, but was not too bad of a hike. Of course, those hiking on an extended or through hike of the AT and carrying 50+ pounds of gear may disagree with that.
For more information, feel free to visit my Amicalola Falls State Park page.
I stumbled upon this place one rainy summer afternoon and found it to be unexpectedly interesting. The museum in located in the small town of Kennesaw, near the famous battlefield and its purpose is to explain the role of locomotives in the Civil War. It is divided into two sections. The first traces the history of the civil war and displays clothing and weapons from that period. Next is a series of displays on manufacturing and processing and, finally, a 30 minute film on the great locomotive chase and a display of "the General", a famous locomotive. At least, the museum employees said it was famous. I didn't recognize it or remember hearing about it. Then again, it might be a southern thing.
Many of the items on display at the museum are on loan from the Smithsonian. You wouldn't expect to find such an impressive collection in an out of the way location in a small town. The displays change periodically but all are said to be authentic artifacts from the civil war.
The museum also offers several interpretive programs during the afternoon, where a lecturer explains some facet of civil war history.
The museum's address is 2829 Cherokee Street, Kennesaw. It is located just off the main downtown street of Kennesaw. To get here, take I-75 to exit 273 and head west. Once you are in the downtown area, you will see signs directing you to the museum.
Pickett's Mill was the site of a civil war battle inn which victory went to the South. In keepinng with the local pride for Georgia's Connfeederate "heroes", thte battlefield has been preserved as a historic site.
The battle over Pickett's Mill took place in May, 1864. The Federal Army had been stopped short of Atlanta and sought to outmaneuver the Confederates at Pickett's Mill. The10,000 Confederate troops were outnumbered but held their ground. By morning, the Union suffered three times the losses of the Confederate troops.
For a small fee, you can tour a portion of the area. There aare three hiking trails that loop around the site and pass the trenches dug by Confederate soldiers, an abandoned well, and a field where crops now grow.
Due to its remote location and the popularity of nearby Kennesaw Mountain Battlefield State Park, Pickett"s Mill is largely uncrowded. As a result, the grounds were eerily quiet, as if in somber tribute to those who lost their lives here.
To get to Pickett's Mill, take I-75 to exit 265 and head west on Cobb Parkway to hwy 92 South (Dallas Ackworth Road). From there, follow the signs to the site.
Providence Canyon is located about an hour south of Columbus Georgia near the town of Lumpkin. The Canyon park is on about 1100 acres and offers two hiking trails. A short three mile loop and a longer 7 mile loop. You must register to hike the 7 mile loop. There are plenty of tables and playgrounds for the kids as well as an interpretive center that has a short movie about the canyon.
While you are here, go see Westville, a town where it's always 1850. It's about six miles away from the Canyon!
While travelling look for little mormon houses off to the side (mainly on your way to Savannah). They have the best home grown fruits and veggies and wonderful little pastries. The food is inexpensive and wonderful!
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