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21 Historic Sites to See in Georgia
From the Georgia coast, to cities like Augusta, Atlanta, and Americus, you'll find a wealth of top historic sites – each providing a unique glimpse into Georgia's past.
Here are 21 sites to help narrow down your itinerary:
1. The Andersonville National Historic Site is an ideal way to experience a small piece of central Georgia history. Enjoy a visit on your trip to Albany.
2. A visit to northern Georgia and the city of Athens should yield some time spent at the T.R.R. Cobb House.
3. Another rock solid choice for history in northern GA is the Founders Memorial Garden.
4. On your tour of Atlanta and the surrounding metro area, be sure to experience the Atlanta History Center.
5. Built to accompany the arrival of the 1996 Summer Olympics, Centennial Olympic Park is one of the most famous parks in Atlanta.
6. With more than 4,500 seats, the Fox Theatre in Atlanta is a monument to architectural design.
Father and son out for a stroll.
7. Don't miss the reflecting pool at Freedom Hall when you tour The King Center for Nonviolent Social Change.
8. An ideal way to experience central Georgia history is with a visit to the Augusta Museum of History.
9. Augusta is also home to Fort Gordon. Make the short drive in from Grovetown.
10. One of the most popular annual events, the Masters Tournament is one of four Major Championships on the PGA Tour. Visit Augusta in mid-April and check it out at the Augusta National Golf Club.
11. Considered to be a top attraction in southern Georgia, the Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Historic Site features guided tours throughout the year.
12. When you have plans to visit and stay in Columbus, be sure to explore the National Civil War Naval Museum at Port Columbus.
13. After your fill of local Civil War history, check out The Columbus Museum for even more central GA history.
14. In Ashburn, treat yourself with a visit to the Jefferson Davis Memorial Historic Site.
15. Another sterling choice for history in Americus is the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site, home of his boyhood farm.
16. Along the Georgia coast in Savannah, be sure to explore Historic Savannah.
A happy family out for a picnic.
17. As you explore Historic Savannah, don't miss out on the very unique attraction, the Squares of Savannah.
18. Continue your tour of the GA coast and visit Kingsland where you'll want to check out the St. Marys Historic District.
19. One of the most iconic – and unique – parks in northern Georgia is Stone Mountain Park. Visit from nearby Stone Mountain.
20. Drive in from Ashburn or Valdosta and tour the Georgia Museum of Agriculture & Historic Village in southern GA.
21. Before you depart from Savannah, don't miss your chance to visit the Tybee Island Light Station and Museum.
Atlanta History Center
Relive history in the Capital City of Atlanta. Visit the Atlanta History Center, north of downtown Atlanta in Buckhead, to view the exhibits, historic gardens and historic houses. This must-see, 1926 Atlanta museum is home one of America's largest collections of artifacts from the Civil War. Schedule plenty of time to also tour the historic Tullie Smith House, the Swan House and the Margaret Mitchell House and Museum.
Stroll through the museum to view the permanent exhibits, including the Metropolitan Frontiers, Turning Point: The American Civil War, Centennial Olympic Museum, Shaping Traditions: Folk Arts in a Changing South and Down the Fairway with Bobby Jones. While at the museum, view the replica of historian Franklin Garrett's office.
First African Baptist Church
Check out a bit of local history in Savannah with a visit to the First African Baptist Church. As you tour coastal Georgia, you'll find a number of different historic sites, each worthy of a visit – be sure to make the First African Baptist Church one of those stops. Regardless of your denomination (if any) the historic significance and architectural design make a visit to the First African Baptist Church well worth the effort.
With a close proximity to Franklin Square, the First African Baptist Church is easy to locate in downtown Savannah, just inland of the Savannah River. The First African Baptist Church holds events throughout the year – many of the fund raising and charitable variety. The origins of the First African Baptist Church date back to 1773, when the original congregation was organized by the Reverend George Leile.
Fort King George
As the oldest remaining English Fort along the Georgia coast, Fort King George is a premier historic site to explore. Plan your next visit to the Peach State and enjoy a day at Fort King George – it's an exceptional way to experience the coast. Located near Richmond Hill in the city of Darien, Fort King George is easily accessed from Interstate 95.
Explore outdoor exhibits, a museum, gift shops, nature trails, canoe and kayak rentals, and more. The site is open from Tuesday through Sunday – plan your visit accordingly. Some annual events at Fort King George include Sights & Sounds of the Sawmills in mid-August, and the A Colonial Christmas at Fort King George, sometime in early to mid-December.
Located on the grounds of the former Hamilton Plantation near Brunswick, the Gascoigne Bluff features two slave cabins listed on the National Register of Historic Places and are open Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Self-guided tours are also readily available for this Coastal Georgia attraction.
Georgia is entrenched in the American South, and as such, it features a wealth attractions focused on early American history and culture. Whether it be any of the Civil War battle sites, or even the Jimmy Carter presidential campaign headquarters, there's much to see and do. Be sure to explore the disc golf course or public fishing pier at the Gascoigne Bluff, one of the premier destinations along the coast.
Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Historic Site
From the early 1800s through 1913, the Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Historic Site was a rice plantation. The home and plantation was kept in the family for five generations until it was donated to the state of Georgia in 1973. The museum showcases a wonderful collection of the family's silver, a film of plantation history, and a tour of the antebellum home.
During the guided tour, visitors can see the 18th and 19th century furniture as it was kept years ago. A short walk outside leads to the marsh where the rice once grew. While in Brunswick – the Gateway to the Golden Isles – enjoy classic Southern Georgia hospitality at its best.
Jefferson Davis Memorial Historic Site
Open Wednesday through Sunday, and set in southern Georgia near Ashburn, the Jefferson Davis Memorial Historic Site marks the spot where Confederate President Jefferson Davis was arrested during the Civil War. Travelers and history buffs alike may take advantage of the onsite Civil War Museum – chick-full of film, documents and artifacts – or roam the 13-acre historic site.
At the Jefferson Davis Memorial Park, head down the 1/3-mile Nature Trail, browse through the Gift Shop, or let the kids run loose on the playground. Enjoy lunch at one of the 13 picnic areas, and make your way back to the Best Western hotel in Ashburn.
McIntosh Sugar Mill Tabby Ruins
Take a self-guided tour through the ruins of this Coastal Georgia attraction. Believed to have built in the late 1820's, this sugarhouse features thick walls that were once used to keep in the warmth needed for sugar production.
Located near Kingsland, the tabby ruins are open daily, minus any major holidays. You'll find a wide range of interesting and impressive historic sites across Georgia. From Civil War battle sites to outdoor recreation, there's never a shortage of things to see and do. Make sure you spend at least one of your afternoons at the McIntosh Sugar Mill Tabby Ruins.
Old Fort Jackson National Historic Landmark
Nestled along the Savannah River in Savannah, the Old Fort Jackson is a National Historic Landmark that features cannon firing celebrations and daily interactive programs. Explore its lengthy history, from its service days in the War of 1812 to the battle days of the Civil War.
The site is open seven days a week, and is a popular Coastal Georgia location for special events, festivals, and weddings. Plan your next family adventure through Georgia and be sure to include a day of early American and Civil War History. There a many ways to enjoy Savannah – Old Fort Jackson is one of the best.
A classic example of English Regency architecture in Savannah, this National Historic Landmark features decorative arts collection, American and European artifacts from 1750-1830, and a parterre garden. Plan your next visit to Savannah and the coast of the Georgia, and be sure to include some historic perspectives.
This Coastal Georgia attraction also includes an original carriage house, which was one of the earliest urban slave quarters in the South. The Owens-Thomas House is a National Historic Landmark, and a premier attraction found in Georgia. When you next visit the Peach State, be sure to include a tour of this impressive and important site.
St. Marys Historic District
Plan your next visit to Georgia and head for the coast. St. Marys Historic District is found just east of Kingsland. With the Atlantic just nine miles away, St. Marys Historic District yields ideal views of the scenic landscape of the area. As you tour St. Marys Historic District, keep an eye out for the Washington Oak, the last remaining of the four oaks planted the day George Washington was buried in 1799. Don't miss the 1808 Presbyterian Church and its historic bell cast byt Joseph Warren and Paul Revere.
Continue your historic tour of St. Marys with a tour of Jackson-Clark-Bessent-MacDonnell-Nesbit House, and many visitors enjoy tours of Orange Hall, built in roughly 1838. Be sure to check out St. Marys Submarine Museum, and then head over to the East Meeting Street Boat Launch and enjoy a ride down the Cumberland Island Ferry. Exploring St. Marys Historic District is an ideal way to spend an afternoon in coastal Georgia.
T.R.R. Cobb House
Built in 1842, the T.R.R. Cobb House is a historic home found on the National Register of Historic Places. Set in the Cobbham Historic District of Athens, just 70 miles northeast of Atlanta, the T.R.R. Cobb House is yet another piece of historic architecture in Georgia. From Tuesday through Saturday, this historic home is open to self-guided and public group tours, so take advantage.
Explore the many exhibits of the T.R.R. Cobb House, including the original furniture of the Cobb family from 1852 to 1862 on the Main Floor. For a comfortable time in northern Georgia, enjoy all you can in Athens after your day in T.R.R. Cobb House.
Union County Historical Society
Among the historically significant landmarks and sites across northern Georgia, be sure to make the Union County Historical Society one of the very first ones you visit on your next trip. One of the highlights of any trek into Blairsville, the Union County Historical Society is a many things – a meeting place, a museum, and a living tribute to the early people and industry of Blairsville.
While your trip into northern Georgia may not be completely centered around historical sites – many visitors enjoy the outdoor fun and excitement found in the Chattahoochee National Forest – you'll certainly be able to glean a few interesting tidbits as you explore. At the Courthouse Museum on the Square, you'll find a wealth of artifacts, including the original Court House Bell and Clock. The museum is closed every Sunday, and also on Saturdays in January through April.
Walasi-Yi Interpretive Center
Experience a bit of southern history when you travel across northern Georgia – check out the Walasi-Yi Interpretive Center, south of Blairsville. A small building made of stone, the Walasi-Yi Interpretive Center is neatly tucked away at Neels Gap on the eastern threshold of Blood Mountain. As a man-made structure, it's the only place where the Appalachian Trail passes through something not of nature.
In it's earliest days, the Walasi-Yi Center was built by a logging company as a general use structure. It was rebuilt in its current form in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps. Up to 1965 it had operated as a small diner and inn. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1977. As you explore the northern reaches of Georgia – hiking and mountain biking are popular choices – be sure to stop by the Walasi-Yi Interpretive Center for a piece of authentic Georgian history.