There is nothing better than a summer road trip. The feel of the fresh air gently blowing through your hair as you breeze down the highway with no exact destination in mind brings forth a great sense of freedom. If that appeals to you, then you surely must take a road trip through Georgia and stop in at some of the most magnificent historical sites.
Fort Pulaski National Monument – Visitor Center open 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Fort open 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Bridge gate closes by 5:15 PM. There is a small entrance fee of $5 for anyone 16 and older. Your admission fee is good for 6 days. However, if you are lucky and schedule your road trip well, you can catch one of the many free days offered during the year. The site is rich with history and culture. It is surrounded by an active moat that is home to alligators and other marine life. “Park rangers and volunteers present three daily musket firing programs. Cannon firings are presented every Saturday. Fort Pulaski National Monument, Georgia”. There are not enough words to describe all the history available here.
Jekyll Island Club Hotel– located at 371 Riverview Dr Jekyll Island, GA 31527 – Phone number (855) 535-9547. This famous historical site was once a hotel that served only the elite in society. It has since been named a historical place of interest. From the shinning handcrafted features of the hotel and rooms to the beautiful Oak filled grounds, the views are magnificent. They are definitely worth it for the photography loving visitors. Stop in at the bike rental shop and take in even more views as you tour the grounds and surrounding areas. Stay for a meal and experience the true value of a five star meal.
Sunday – Thursday 11:00 am – 4:00 pm and 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, Friday 11:00 am – 4:00 pm and Sat
11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Marietta National Cemetery – located at 500 Washington Avenue in Marietta, GA 30060- Phone: (866) 236-8159 – FAX: (770) 479-9311. Visiting hours are daily from sunrise to sunset. There is an office onsite that is open Monday thru Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This national cemetery is one of five “monumental masonry archways that originally served as the formal entrance to national cemeteries found in the South”. The significance of this national cemetery dates back to the civil war and the desecration of the town and over ten thousand union soldiers that lost their lives. The property encompasses twenty three acres. While new sites are not available, there are times that a site may become available if family decides on a different cemetery. The sheer size of this beautiful place of rest for so many who fought to save our country reminds us that freedom has never been free.
Tybee Island Lighthouse – located at 30 Meddin Ave Tybee Island, GA 31328 – 912-786-5801. The Lighthouse gives way to the most beautiful scenery around. Surrounded by the fastness of water and the beauty of the trees and birds, one can truly get lost in the feelings. The lighthouse offers visitors special tours a few times a year for a minimal cost of $25. While many may believe that a light house is a lighthouse, think again with this one. It offers over 270 years of history and culture dating back to the early to mid 1700’s. It is one of the rare ones that still offers most of its original buildings and structures on its five acres.
Madison, Georgia – Developed and settled in 1907, Madison was named for the then president James Madison. Madison is most appreciated for its antebellum architecture homes that have been preserved over the years. It has a history rich in years past as well as art galleries and museums. One of the most interesting museums would be that of The Bruce Weiner Microcar Museum and the Madison Museum of Fine Art. The entire town encompasses only 8.9 square miles but is certainly a must see for cultural and historical buffs.