Warm Up to Winter at Georgia’s State Historic Sites
The weather outside may be frightful, but inside it’s so delightful at Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites, where there are plenty of places to escape cabin fever and find fun, fascinating activities. From visits to Native American and colonial sites, to unique historic homes, there’s a park or historic site with indoor activities suitable for every age and interest. Even the primarily outdoor sites have a welcome center, museum or learning center where it’s possible to warm up.
Many families and educators have treated school children to “accidental learning” at Georgia’s state parks and historic sites. Rangers and historians are dedicated to teaching about their sites, and many provide educational material that can be used at home or in the classroom. The sites have educational resources that parents and educators can use in teaching about Georgia’s rich history, culture and environment, including downloadable videos, field trip guides, events and more. Educational Tour Curriculum at Historic Sites
Below is a roundup of Georgia’s State Historic Sites and what to explore at each. To learn more, visit GaStateParks.org/history or call 1-800-864-7275 for a free brochure.
Roosevelt’s Little White House State Historic Site, Warm Springs
F.D. Roosevelt built this house in 1932 so he could seek therapy in the nearby warm springs used by polio patients. Today, visitors will see the famous “unfinished portrait” which he was posing for when he passed away, a film with historic footage and his 1938 Ford roadster.
Robert Toombs House State Historic Site, Washington
This stately home is located in scenic Washington, Ga., known for its lovely architecture. The story of Senator Robert Toombs’ participation in the Civil War is told in his restored and furnished home.
Traveler’s Rest State Historic Site, Toccoa
This 1833 plantation home was expanded to accommodate the growing number of travelers passing through northeast Georgia in the mid-1800s. Most furnishings are original antiques.
Lapham-Patterson House State Historic Site, Thomasville
This 1884 home is a monument to the imagination, creative engineering and craftsmanship of the Victorian Era when Thomasville was a bustling resort town. The house had its own gas lighting system, hot and cold running water and indoor plumbing.
Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation State Historic Site, Brunswick
A forgotten empire comes alive at this scenic rice plantation set among live oaks near the Altamaha River. Tour the antebellum home furnished with antiques and the museum showcasing fine silver.
Jarrell Plantation State Historic Site, Juliette
This middle Georgia plantation features 20 buildings dating from 1847 to 1945, including a three-story barn, smokehouse, cane press, cotton gin, blacksmith shop, saw mill and syrup mill
Wormsloe State Historic Site, Savannah
A breathtaking avenue lined with live oaks leads to the tabby ruins of this colonial frontier home. A museum houses artifacts excavated at Wormsloe and a film about the founding of the 13th colony. On February 6 – 8, 2015 the site hosts its annual colonial living-history celebration with a military encampment, Sutler’s Row, craft demonstrations, military demonstrations, and period music and dance.
Etowah Indian Mounds State Historic Site, Cartersville
These mounds were home to several thousand people more than 400 years ago. Climb the tallest mound and imagine aboriginal life between 1000 – 1500 A.D.
Kolomoki Mounds State Historic Park, Blakely
Seven mounds built during the 12th and 13th centuries by Swift Creek and Weeden Island Indians are protected at this southwest Georgia historic site.
New Echota State Historic Site, Calhoun
New Echota was the Cherokee capital from 1825 until 1838 when the Cherokee were uprooted from their land and removed westward during the Trail of Tears. Today, visitors can tour the Supreme Courthouse, the Council House, Vann’s Tavern and the print shop where a bilingual newspaper was produced after Sequoyah developed their first written language.
Chief Vann House State Historic Site, Chatsworth
Called the “Showplace of the Cherokee Nation,” this brick mansion was built by Chief James Vann in 1804. Decorated with beautiful carvings and natural hues, the home features a cantilevered stairway and fine antiques.
Camp Lawton at Magnolia Springs State Park, Millen
Camp Lawton was once the world’s largest prison, built to relieve overcrowding at Andersonville Prison. Items such as a pipe, coins, a ring, buttons and buckles are displayed in this museum which opened in 2014.
A.H. Stephens State Historic Park, Crawfordville
Liberty Hall, the 1875 home of the Confederate Vice President, is fully furnished and open for tours. A museum houses one of the finest collections of Civil War artifacts in Georgia.
Fort McAllister State Historic Park, Richmond Hill
Nestled among giant live oaks, this is the best preserved earthwork fortification of the Confederacy and the end of General Sherman’s March to the Sea.
Pickett’s Mill Battlefield State Historic Site, Dallas
Pickett’s Mill is one of the best preserved Civil War battlefields in the nation, highlighted with a museum, earthworks and wooded trails. The 1864 battle was one of the few Confederate victories during Gen. Sherman’s Georgia campaign.
Jefferson Davis Memorial State Historic Site, Fitzgerald
A monument and museum mark the spot where Confederate President Jefferson Davis was captured by Union cavalry in 1865.
Coastal Forts & Colonial Georgia
Fort King George State Historic Site, Darien
From 1721 until 1736, this fort was the southern outpost of the British Empire in North America. Climb into the reconstructed cypress blockhouse, explore the palisaded earthen fort and tabby ruins, tour the museum and hike a short nature trail.
Fort Morris State Historic Site, Midway
This earthen fort on the Medway River protected Georgia against the British in both the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812. A museum describes the colonial port of Sunbury; a nature trail and picnic sites are available.
Dahlonega Gold Museum State Historic Site, Dahlonega
This museum in the former Lumpkin County Courthouse tells the story of how our nation’s gold rush began in Georgia and ultimately led to the Trail of Tears.