Do Christmas credit card bills have you skipping some fun family outings because of the cost? If so, here’s some good news! Pencil in Sunday, Feb. 9, on your calendar. It’s Super Museum Sunday, where you and your family can check out a number of Georgia’s State Historic Sites.
The event is part of Georgia History Festival’s statewide celebration.
What can visitors do on Super Museum Sunday? They can learn about buckskin tanning at Kolomoki Mounds, admire FDR’s hand-controlled roadster, watch Jarrell Plantation’s steam engine at work, walk in the footsteps of Revolutionary War soldiers, translate the Cherokee Nation’s first newspaper, browse a sutlers’ row at Wormsloe, climb to the top of an Indian mound or explore many other locations.
Here are some of the attractions offering free admission on Feb. 9.
Georgia’s State Historic Sites by Category
- Dahlonega Gold Museum State Historic Site, Dahlonega
This newly renovated 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.
- 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.
- 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 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.
- Hardman Farm State Historic Site, Sautee-Nacoochee
The house, built in 1870 by Captain James Nichols, is a grand example of Italianate architecture and was originally known as “West End” because it was at the west end of the Nacoochee valley. Best recognized by its gazebo-topped Indian mound and cow pasture, this is a favorite landmark in north Georgia.
- 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” that he was posing for when he died, a film with historic footage and his 1938 Ford roadster.
- 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.
- 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, sawmill and syrup mill.
- Wormsloe State Historic Site, Savannah
A breathtaking avenue lined with Live Oaks leads to the tabby ruins of this colonial estate. A museum houses artifacts excavated at Wormsloe and a film about the founding of the 13th colony.
- A.H. Stephens State 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 Park, Richmond Hill
Nestled among giant live oaks, this is the best-preserved earthwork fortification of the Confederacy and the end of Gen. William 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.
- Magnolia Springs State Park, Millen
During the Civil War, this site was called Camp Lawton and served as “the world’s largest prison.” Today, little remains of the prison stockade; however, the earthen breastworks which guarded it may still be seen. The park’s Camp Lawton Museum tells this gripping story.
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 palisade earthen fort and tabby ruins, tour the museum and hike a short nature trail.
- Fort Morris State Historic Site, Midway
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