National Prisoner of War Museum
496 Cemetery Road
Camp Sumter, commonly know as Andersonville, was the largest, and most infamous, of 150 military prisons used during the Civil War. During its existence, over 45,000 Union soldiers were held prisoner within its walls.
The site later became a National Cemetary for the almost 13,000 who died as prisoners at Andersonville. It is also the location of the National Prisoner of War Museum remembering all American prisoners of war.
Atlanta, GA 30305
The Atlanta History Center has ever-changing exhibits about the history of Atlanta and the South, from folk art to golf. Perhaps, the most exciting addition to their collection is the relocation and reopening of the Battle of Atlanta Cyclorama. Both a historical piece depicting a monumental Civil War battle and an artifact in its own right.
Cycloramas were similar to the Imax theaters of today and gave a larger than life view of events. The Battle of Atlanta is one of only two cyclorama’s existing in the United States, the other being the Battle of Gettysburg in Pennsylvania.
At 49 feet tall and longer than a football field, this 10,000-pound piece of history is sure to impress.
Blue Ridge Scenic Railway, Blue Ridge – For the homeschooler who has seen every episode of Thomas the Tank Engine or can rattle off engine types faster than a locomotive, a ticket on this four-hour round trip ride around the Toccoa River in a vintage rail car will create memories that last a lifetime.
Starting at the historic depot in downtown Blue Ridge, Georgia, riders take a four-hour, 26-mile roundtrip journey along the Toccoa River through the Chattahoochee National Forest. The first leg of the adventure takes riders on a one hour trip to the quaint sister towns of McCaysville, Georgia and Copperhill, Tennessee, nestled deep in the mountains on each state’s line. Passengers enjoy all the towns have to offer during a two-hour layover before taking the one-hour return trip through the scenic forest and back to the depot in Blue Ridge, Georgia
Blue Ridge Scenic Railway
241 Depot Street
Blue Ridge, GA 30513
Rated one of the top attractions in Atlanta, is a fascinating and educational experience for all ages. Using an innovative polymer preservation process, the Exhibition features more than 200 real human bodies and specimens from each system of the human body. Come explore, experience and celebrate the wonder of the human form.
Chestatee Wildlife Preserve and Zoo, Dahlonega – Can your homeschooler list of every species of wild cat? Does he/she dream in zebra black and white? Then your animal lover will be giddy at the idea of visiting native and exotic wildlife from all over the world. Don’t forget to ask about volunteer opportunities if you live close by, too.
Chestatee Wildlife Preserve is home to over 100 exotic and native animals. These animals are rescued due to being orphaned, abused, illegally purchased or just in need of a forever home.
CHESTATEE WILDLIFE PRESERVE & ZOO
469 Old Dahlonega Hwy, Dahlonega, GA 30533
Consolidated Gold Mining Company, Dahlonega – Think you can’t go field tripping on a rainy day? Think again, thanks to this indoor gemstone mine that is open seven days a week. Head 200 feet underground and over 100 years back in time to experience life as a turn of the century gold miner.
Start planning your visit to the largest hard rock gold mine east of the Mississippi and it’s located right here in Dahlonega, Georgia! Founded in 1896, the gold mine focused on removing gold trapped in quartz veins throughout the property. Head 200 feet underground and over 100 years back in time to experience life as a turn of the century gold miner. Your tour guide will demonstrate how miners blasted quartz veins to uncover huge deposits of gold. After your underground tour, our miners will teach you how to pan for gold and you will have the chance to strike it rich. We offer gold panning, gem mining, gem cutting and more year round and rain or shine. So, if you are looking for things to do in Dahlonega, come out to Consolidated Gold Mines, North Georgia’s only underground gold mine tour.
Ranked #1 for Things to do in Dahlonega on Trip Advisor and Yelp!
185 Consolidated Gold Mine Road, Dahlonega, GA 30533
Cartersville, GA 30120
Before English settlers began arriving in Georgia in the 1730s, Georgia was home to indigenous tribes of the Southeast Woodlands people. To learn more about their way of life, you can visit the beautiful Etowah Indian Mounds State Historic Site in Carterville, Georgia.
This site, just 40 miles northwest of Atlanta, was home to several thousand Native Americans from 1000 AD to 1550 AD. The Etowah Indian Mounds are the most intact Mississippian Culture site in the Southeast with 54-acre grounds that includes six earthen mounds, a plaza, village site, borrow pits, and a defensive ditch.
You can climb to the top of the mounds for a view of the surrounding landscape which includes the Appalachian foothills and the Etowah River.
Centuries-old conflict decided on St. Simons Island.
Georgia's fate was decided in 1742 when Spanish and British forces clashed on St. Simons Island. Fort Frederica's troops defeated the Spanish, ensuring Georgia's future as a British colony. Today, the archeological remnants of Frederica are protected by the National Park Service.
Three years after founding Georgia in 1733, Gen. James Edward Oglethorpe established Fort Frederica to defend the fledgling colony against Spanish attack from Florida. In time, long after the British garrison had left and the original townspeople abandoned Frederica the famed Quaker, naturalist William Bartram, would stand on the grounds of Frederica.
Fort Frederica National Monument
6515 Frederica Rd.
St. Simons Island, GA 31522
For much of the 19th century, masonry fortifications were the United States’ main defense against overseas enemies. However, during the Civil War, new technology proved its superiority to these forts. The Union army used rifled cannon and compelled the Confederate garrison inside Fort Pulaski to surrender. The siege was a landmark experiment in the history of military science and invention.
U.S. Highway 80
Savannah, GA 31410
Georgia Southern Museum, Statesboro – Your resident paleontologist will feel immediately at home at this collection on the campus of Georgia Southern University. Look back on millions of years of natural and cultural history in the Coastal Plains area of the state.