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Georgia has 18 significant historic sites and historic parks. There are many opportunities for both adult and family volunteers to become involved with a local historic site. Volunteers dress up in period clothing and serve as hosts to help interpret the history of the Revolutionary or Civil War, plantation life or even the gentle times of the Victorian period.  Other volunteers serve behind the scene to catalog and archive historic artifacts or assist as museum docent volunteers to offer visitors information and education opportunities. Volunteers can serve on a one-time or extended basis.

History buffs can save money with the purchase of a Historic Site Annual Pass. This pass gives unlimited admission to all of Georgia’s state historic sites. Passes may only be bought at historic sites and are $35 per family (limit 6 people), $20 per adult and $15 per youth (17 and younger). Senior citizen discounts are not available on Historic Site Annual Passes.

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Unique Homes

Lapham-Patterson House Historic Site, Thomasville
This 1884 home is a monument to the imagination, creative engineering and craftsmanship of the Victorian Era when Thomasville was a bustling resort town.  The house had its own gas lighting system, hot and cold running water and indoor plumbing.   

Little White House 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" which he was posing for when he passed away, a film with historic footage and his 1938 Ford roadster. 

Traveler's Rest 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. 

Robert Toombs House Historic Site, Washington
This stately home is located in scenic Washington, Ga., known for its lovely architecture.  The story of Senator Robert Toombs' participation in the Civil War is told in his restored and furnished home. 


Plantations

Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation 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 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, saw mill and syrup mill

Wormsloe Historic Site, Savannah
A breathtaking avenue lined with live oaks leads to the tabby ruins of this colonial frontier home.  A museum houses artifacts excavated at Wormsloe and a film about the founding of the 13th colony. 
 

Native Americans

Etowah Indian Mounds 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 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. 

Chief Vann House 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. 


Civil War

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.   

Jefferson Davis Memorial Historic Site, Fitzgerald
A monument and museum mark the spot where Confederate President Jefferson Davis was captured by Union cavalry in 1865. 

Pickett's Mill Battlefield 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.

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 General Sherman's March to the Sea. 


Coastal Forts & Colonial Georgia

Fort King George 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 palisaded earthen fort and tabby ruins, tour the museum and hike a short nature trail.

Fort Morris Historic Site, Midway
This earthen fort on the Medway River protected Georgia against the British in both the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812.  A museum describes the colonial port of Sunbury; a nature trail and picnic sites are available


Gold Rush

Dahlonega Gold Museum Historic Site, Dahlonega
This 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. 


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