Rich with history and Southern charm, Georgia’s mild temperatures and easy-going atmosphere makes it the perfect stop for a weekend getaway or family vacation. Test your American history knowledge and stop by these historic landmarks the next time you’re in the Peach State.
Historic Oakland Cemetery
More attraction than solemn final resting place, Oakland Cemetery has a visitor’s center, gift shop, events and more. Founded in 1850, it was a popular burial spot for Confederate soldiers. After the Civil War, the cemetery became a fashionable location for afternoon strolls and picnics. Besides the multitude of Civil War casualties buried here, you’ll also find Margaret Mitchell, the author of Gone With the Wind, and a wide array of Georgian politicians.
Nancy Hart Log Cabin
While you may not be familiar with Nancy Hart’s role in the Revolutionary War, her story has become more of a tall tale than purely factual over time. Stories portray her as a tough and independent woman who fought off British soldiers and sympathizers while also acting as a spy for the colonists. The cabin, which now stands on what was Hart’s property in Elberton, Ga., was created using some of the property’s original stonework.
Located on St. Simons Island, Fort Frederica and the nearby Bloody Marsh Battle Site are important markers in the history of Georgia before the little settlement even dreamed of being a state. The battle occurred in 1742 as part of the War of Jenkins’ Ear and resulted in the British bringing an end to Spanish rule in the area. You can now visit the remains of both sites.
Located within Magnolia Springs State Park, the historic site of Camp Lawton was a prison camp constructed by the Confederate Army that could hold up to 40,000 prisoners. The discovery of the site was only made in recent years and the archaeological excavation is open to the public. Some of the found artifacts are on display, and more are being added as they’re uncovered.
Ocmulgee National Monument
Home to Native Americans for millennia, this site displays large earthen pyramids and mounds originally built in the 10th century. It’s believed the site was continuously inhabited for close to 17,000 years, beginning during the Ice Age. The site also contains the only spiral mound on the continent, built in the 14th century and accessible only when the Ocmulgee River is low.
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