Georgia has long been known for the juiciest peaches. However, there really is so much more to Georgia that is just as sweet.
Augusta Canal– An absolute historical gem that is filled to the top with history and culture. The canal was built in 1845. With the building of the canal, it was thought to be a major aspect in capturing the water and power that the Savannah River held. Don’t just take a tour of the river. Instead, enjoy the alternative and spend the day kayaking, biking and canoeing the river. If you enjoy fishing, break out your rod and cast a few for good measure on the banks. Take a peek at the current times and offerings listed next. Hours (April-June)
- Discovery Center Mon – Sat. 9:30-5:00.; Sun. 1-5:00 p.m.
- Heritage Boat Tour Mon. – Sat. 10,11:30 a.m, 3 p.m.; Sun. 3 pm.
- Civil War 150th Canal Tour “Food, Fabric & Firepower” daily 1:30 p.m.
- Music Cruise Friday evenings
- 3-hour Sunset Tour Third Saturday of the month (except May 24th)
Take one or all of these tours, you are guaranteed to come away with a much broader spectrum of the history of the Augusta Canal.
Bonaventure Cemetery– located at 330 Bonaventure Rd. Savannah, GA 31404 (912) 651-6843 (912) 651-4254 (fax). While this cemetery is public, it holds both famous and little know graves. The cemetery may not hold the oldest title, but it does hold the most famous in the state. It has on more than one occasion been associated with books and articles alike. The cemetery first began as a plantation and burial ground for family members. The earliest known plot dates back to 1802. Don’t let the thought of touring a cemetery scare you, rather, enjoy the many creative designs in the stones and statues. Each has a story of its own and each has the ability to capture the imagination of the times.
Butler Island Plantation– Located on US 17 one mile south of Darien. A famous plantation that was the largest rice plantation of the times was owned by Pierce Butler. He was inherently wealthy and owned more than 500 slaves. The demise of his marriage to Ms. Kemble rests solely on the sights she saw while living at the plantation for four months in 1838. Ms. Kemble, could not digest the conditions, treatment or lives of the slaves that they owned. Long after their divorce she penned a book that told of her sights and encounters during those four months. Later, Pierce Butler came upon hard times and lost everything that he once so proudly held. “The plantation site is now owned by The Nature Conservancy, and the land (excluding the house) is open to the public for picnicking, fishing and birding”.
Cyclorama– 800 Cherokee Ave SE – Atlanta, GA 30315 – Grant Park – Phone number (404) 658-7625 – It is a historical piece of art held within the museum. While that may be a simple statement, the effects and dimension that this piece of art invokes go far beyond the here and now. It depicts the rich history of Atlanta, the Civil War, the Confederacy, and History for Art and the art form of the Cyclorama. Its sheer magnitude shows the strength and courage that many faced during the times. It is equally interesting that the painting has held up for such an extended period of time. It is one of the few pieces of that era.
Dungeness Ruins– Was built for dwelling in as a mansion in 1736, this area featured a few homes over the next fifty years that were occupied by several prominent and historical families. The site had first burnt in 1866 and then again in 1959. While the fires destroyed the memories of the families that had lived before, during and after the times, the ruins were bought by the park Service in 1972 and are still preserved today. They have come to depict some of the most troublesome times for America as the Civil and Revolutionary wars came about.
Take your time exploring these wonderful sites in Georgia. We have a bit for everyone and offer everyone a bit to see. Don’t waste another vacation doing the same old thing.