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» Welcome, Educators!

We are proud to assist you in helping educate young people across the state. It is our goal to work with local school systems to teach the new Georgia Performance Standards curriculum. Many topics addressed in the curriculum tie in very well with the interpretive plans found at our many diverse historic sites. Also, each site’s professionally trained interpretive staff is capable of bringing the subject matter to life in a way that will be highly entertaining and meaningful to you and your students. We offer guided tours of our sites that target many specific topics addressed in the standards.

We encourage you to take advantage of the marvelous natural and cultural resources available at one of our many historic sites near you. What better places are there to learn about history than exactly where it took place? We aim to provide you and your students with fun-filled, enduring learning experiences that will help improve test scores and promote greater stewardship among our future generations. You may reserve an educational tour at any site by calling the site’s main telephone number.

» Listing of Historic Sites by Subject

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.

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.

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.


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.

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

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.

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.


Hardman Farm Historic Site, Sautee Nacoochee
An unusually intact early 20th century farm with 19 outbuildings where two term governor, Dr. Lamartine Hardman ran the Nacoochee Dairy. Also on the site are an Italianate Victorian mansion and gazebo atop an ancient Indian mound which were built by Civil War veteran James T. Nichols.

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