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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.
Updated Oct 16, 2010
Mother nature has been kind to Georgia. Her glorious presence is in the sights, flavors and aromas of georgia's bountiful crops.
It is seen in the delicate blossoms that burst from the peach trees.
It is smelled in the aromatic peanut fields of
Year round festivals from the spring frolic in March, to a Victorian Christmas in december.
In the southern town of Tifton modeled after a 19th century farm and village, with Lumber Mills, a nostalgic print shop, a Dogrot Cbin, and Victorian Homes, Agrirama is noted for its living history appeal.
Written Feb 25, 2003
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.
Updated Jun 13, 2005
Phone: 770 427 2117
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!
Written Sep 26, 2004
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.
Written Jun 16, 2011
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.
Updated Jun 13, 2005
Phone: 770 443-7850
The history, scenery and recreation of Georgia's Atlantic Coast come warapped in charming little packeges known as The Golden Isles.
The island resorts of St. Simons, Sea Island, Jekyll Island, Little St. Simons and St. Mary's
are a string of subtropical beauties stretching from savannah to the Florida border.
Written Feb 25, 2003
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.
Written Mar 8, 2008
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
Updated Mar 8, 2008
Phone: 706 265-888
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.
Written Feb 14, 2006
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