Unique Places in Georgia

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    Stone Mountain Park

    by traveldave Updated Oct 16, 2010

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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.

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    Georgia

    by cobrioc Written Feb 25, 2003

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    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
    Plains.

    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.

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    Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotve History

    by goingsolo Updated Jun 13, 2005

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    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.

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    Hiking Providence Canyon

    by MatthewMetcalfe Written Sep 26, 2004

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    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!

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    Bonaventure Cemetery -

    by Marchella007 Written Jun 16, 2011

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    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.

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    Pickett's Mill State Historical Site

    by goingsolo Updated Jun 13, 2005

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    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.

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    The Golden Isles

    by cobrioc Written Feb 25, 2003

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    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.

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    First gold Rush!

    by JREllison Written Mar 8, 2008

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    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.

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    Highest water fall East of the Mississippi.

    by JREllison Updated Mar 8, 2008

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    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

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    Fort Pulaski National Monument

    by goingsolo Written Feb 14, 2006

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    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.

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    Okefenokee Swamp Park

    by Sassy417 Written Jun 4, 2004

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    The wonderland of the Okefenokee is a significant part of America's heritage, a beautifully preserved segment of what was here when America began.  Headwaters of the Suwannee and St. Mary's Rivers, Okefenokee is a National Wildlife Refuge which covers nearly a half million acres. Okefenokee Swamp Park is a convenient point of entry and a magnificent show-window for the "Land of the Trembling Earth."  Each year thousands of people explore Georgia's Natural Wonder..
    Located on U.S. 1 South • Waycross, Georgia

    The Okefenokee Swamp Park entrance
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    Prater's Mill

    by Stephen-KarenConn Updated Nov 30, 2006

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    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

    Directions:
    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.

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    You must go to Macon and take...

    by SuVaHa Written Aug 26, 2002

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    You must go to Macon and take in a Macon Braves game. 2002 is the last season you can catch them in Macon before they move to Rome. It is a chance to see the baby Braves in single A. I saw Andruw Jones(in picture 1995 season), John Rocker, Wes Helms and Rafeal Furcal play in Macon. Luther Williams Field has played host to Pete Rose and Babe Ruth. Even if you are not a baseball fan you will love the Macon Braves game. Tickets are only $6.00 general admission!! Call 478-745-8943 for ticket information or e-mail macon.braves@turner.com

    Andruw Jones in Macon in 1995

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    Cumberland Island National...

    by ladyfisher Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Cumberland Island National Seashore is the largest and southernmost barrier island in Georgia, offering guests over 17 miles of secluded white, sandy beaches. Wild horses and other island wildlife roam freely throughout the ruins and along the beach. Glimpses of the Carnegie lifestyle can be easily imagined throughout the ruins of Dungeness, abandoned luxury vehicles, Plum Orchard, and Greyfield Inn.
    The island is a complex ecological system of interdependent animal and plant communities. A system of foredunes protects the interdune meadow and shrub thickets.
    A canopy of live oak trees stretches out beyond the back dunes that provide protection from the salt spray.In the central and northern sections of the island, pine trees tower over mixed hardwood forests. On the western side of the island, saltwater marshes pulse with the tidal flow.The saltwater marshes support large populations of fish, shellfish, plants, and bird life. They also act as nurseries for the variety of vegetation found on the island. Cradled in the branches of the maritime forest, resurrection ferns spring up above the draped Spanish moss to comfort the lives of such birds as painted buntings, summer tanagers, cardinals, pileated woodpeckers, yellow-throated warblers, and Carolina wrens. Deeper in the forests you may catch a glimpse of the island's numerous whitetail deer, raccoons, bull alligators, and armadillos. On the beach, you can watch shorebirds such as sandpipers, sea gulls, and osprey hunt for their latest meal. Loggerhead turtles have chosen the deserted beaches of Cumberland to come ashore and lay their eggs.

    Plum Orchard is an 1898 Georgian Revival-style mansion built for Carnegie's son and his wife, and was donated to the National Park Foundation in 1971. Plum Orchard still remains an interesting focal point on the island. Greyfield Inn was built in 1901 and remains in the Carnegie family. In the 1960s, Greyfield was opened as an inn and furnished as it was at the turn of the century. Enjoy a luxurious stay as you walk the grounds, have a gourmet picnic under the oaks, learn from the Greyfield naturalist about the island, and dine by candlelight as the sun is setting. Greyfield Inn was selected by Kellogg's, in 1999, as a Country Inn Specialty Cereal known as the ' Greyfield Inn Blend ' .
    In the 1996 edition of Frommer's Best Beach Vacations: Carolinas and Georgia: The 17 miles of undeveloped national seashore of Cumberland Island has been rated A+ for beaches and sand quality.

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    The light house at St Simmons...

    by ladyfisher Written Aug 24, 2002

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    The light house at St Simmons Island.St Simmons is a few min drive . Very well worth the trip.Simons Light
    St. Simons Island, Georgia
    Located just east of Brunswick, Georgia, St. Simons Light marks the entrance to St. Simons Sound. The original tower of 1811 was destroyed by Confederates and was replaced by the present tower in 1872. Malaria plagued the work crews and later the keepers until nearby stagnant ponds were drained. The 104 foot tower still has the original third-order fresnel lens and Victorian keeper's quarters.

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