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Plan to visit Stately Oaks during the month of August for the annual Mourning Tours. Come learn the mourning customs, superstitions, and rituals of the 1800s. The house will be draped in black and displayed as it would have been in 1839 after a death in the family. A costumed docent will guide you through the house.
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Benjamin Parks was deer hunting when he first discovered gold in the Dahlonega area in 1828 - twenty years before the Gold Rush of California!
If you've been to Atlanta, you can't help but have seen the gleaming dome of the State Capitol - compliments of Lumpkin County. Gold was donated by the citizens of Lumpkin County to replace the tin dome with a gilding of Georgia gold.
So come and learn about mining history in Georgia, mining techniques and the lifestyles of the prospectors at tow gold mines that operate in the county at the Dahnlonega Gold Museum. The museum is located in the oldest courthouse in Georgia!
The Consolidated Gold Mines were built in the early 1900's. Although most of the mill buildings are gone, the tunnels that run deep below still bear gold bearing rock and you can still pan for gold!
Learning about gold mining in Georgia is fun for the whole family!
Don't miss the Brooklet Peanut Festival on August 21, 2010. This festival celebrates the peanut - it is the leading income producing agricultural crop in Bulloch County. There are approximately 22,00 acres are planted each year in Bulloch County.
* Arts & Crafts * Pageant * Peanut Run * Parade * Live Entertainment *
Come join the fun!
Interesting in birdwatching? Sunbury in Liberty County is home to Melon Bluff Nature Preserve, 2200 acres of woods, marshes and grassy trails. This gorgeous, pristine part of the vanishing Georgia coast offers sweeping river views, mysterious wetlands and majestic moss-draped ancient oaks.
Over the past several hundred years, the land has been influenced by early Native American culture, Spanish occupation, the first introduction of African culture, English settlements and a once-thriving rice culture. It has also withstood the devastation of the Civil War, abandonment and subsistence farming...later contrasted to the glamour, bathtub gin and rum-running days of Prohibition.
Georgia has many sites on the Colonial Coast Birding Trail will that will give you the opportunity to see and enjoy birds while learning about the history of this land and its residents.
More than 300 species of birds (75 percent of the total species of birds seen in Georgia) have been spotted at the 18 sites along the birding trail. The birds you see will depend on when and where you visit. Some birds can be seen throughout the year. Others are migratory and travel long distances from their breeding grounds to wintering areas.
Along the Colonial Coast Birding Trail, you'll find a wide variety of habitats - shorelines, salt marshes, old rice fields, woodlands, tidal rivers, freshwater wetlands.
Each site along the Colonial Coast Birding Trail is unique. Many sites offer visitors the opportunity to watch birds and visit 18th and 19th century historic places. Other sites are located on lands and waters that were once part of early plantations dedicated to growing rice, indigo and cotton. So whether you want to see a bald eagle soaring over a coastal river, an endangered wood stork feeding its gawky young, sanderlings chasing the waves on a sandy beach, or a great egret standing motionless in a placid pond, the Colonial Coast Birding Trail has something for you.
What is it about trains that makes you want to stop and watch - and watch for hours?
Here at the Folkston Funnel you can sit on the viewing platform and watch the trains come in and listen to scanners. There's also a train museum in the depot and picnic area - So come on by - it's free and it's fun!
Did you know that Folkston was established in 1881 because of the need for a railroad station - like so many other towns in Georgia?
The North Georgia Canopy Tours is a zip line journey through the treetops in Lula with adventures up to three hours of aerial and land exploration covering over 100 acres of trees and trails.
Before getting up to 70 feet high, you'll get suited up with harnesses, helmets, and thick work gloves and learn the basics of line-cruising and hand grips just a few feet off the ground. Then the fun starts with the "Fly The Coop" zip, where you'll shoot away from the main grounds onto a wooden platform surrounded by a forest of hickory trees and ponds; from there, you'll land on low ground, stroll through the woods back to higher peaks, walk across 60+ feet high wood-paneled/rope-handled bridges, and continue with additional air-slides such as the tight-between-trees "Thriller".
After your final zip - a 30+ mph ride over a pond from an observation deck), you'll be awarded your certificate of completion. Head out to North Canopy Tours for some high-flying adventures!
When you're in Brunswick and the Golden Isles of Georgia, you're never far away from water! From the vast expanses of the Marshes of Glynn, with its winding creeks and rivers, to the beaches of the Atlantic Ocean, you'll discover an array of fun and informative activities.
Two local vendors - SouthEast Adventure Outfitters and Ocean Motion Surf Company - offer guided kayak tours through the Marshes of Glynn. Each tour begins with an orientation and lesson by your guide who is a trained naturalist. During the tours, you'll see and learn about raccoons, birds, deer and other wildlife that make their home in the marshes.
For more information on the kayak tours, contact SouthEast Adventure Outfitters or contacting Ocean Motion Surf Company at (912) 638-5225.
Visit the Southern Forest World when visiting Waycross, GA. This self-guided museum is dedicated to educating the public about the importance of the forest industry in the South.
There are lots of exhibits. One of the most popular is the "Talking Tree" Climb the replica of the Loblolly Pine. Learn the story of "Stucky", the mummified hunting dog found in the tree.
Other exhibits include a fire tower, a steam-operated logging engine and wagon wheels from logging carts once pulled by mules.
Explore the park where you will find a number of animal species and more than 20 structures in the park. So pack a lunch and take advantage of the picnic area too!
For thousands of years, Sawnee Mountain has stood as a highly visible landmark and an anchor to inhabitants of North Georgia. It is arguably the southernmost summit in the Blue Ridge range, making it the first link in the Appalachian chain, which reaches all the way to Maine.
On the eastern ridge, runoff from boulders balanced on a rock outcropping slowly carved three uniform depressions in the stone. Those boulders eventually weathered, split and toppled down the north face, exposing what we now call the Indian Seats. The seats and the adjacent natural clearing may have served some ceremonial purpose for Native American inhabitants dating as far back as c. 500 B.C.E.
Today my sister and I hiked up Sawnee Mountain and took in the beautiful views from those Indian Seats. The views are some of the most spectacular in the State. You can make out most of the southern ridgeline of the Appalachian Mountain chain. From the observation deck at the top of the Sawnee Mountain Preserve, a diagram points out other interesting sites in North Georgia.
There is a ton of things to see and do at this park besides hiking - just inquire at the Visitor Center!
Lewis Grizzard was one of the most popular and best-known Southern humorists and the town of Moreland has never forgotten him.
The Lewis Grizzard Musuem is just a bump in the road for drivers headed down US 27A about 45 minutes south of Atlanta. The museum occupies half of a weathered gift ship building - it's easy to miss so watch for it!
You can stroll around and see Lewis Grizzard;s high school memorabilia, columns for
the Atlanta newspaper where he was a sports editor for a time, photographs and clothing.
He had millions of fans - but only a few have discovered this museum. For those that remember and delight in Grizzard's humor, a visit to this museum won't disappoint!