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Georgia Public Broadcasting has partnered with us in celebrating this anniversary and will unveil a documentary on July 26, 2006.




Sites to Behold: The History of Georgia’s State Parks


In 1931, Indian Springs and Vogel became Georgia’s first state parks, creating one of the oldest state park systems in the nation. As part of the system’s 75th Anniversary celebration, the GPB Original Production “Sites to Behold: The History of Georgia’s State Parks” captures the stories of the people and places associated with Georgia’s 63 state parks and historic sites.

“Sites to Behold” premieres Wednesday, July 26 at 8 p.m. and encores Friday, July 28 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, July 30 at 6 p.m.

“Sites to Behold” captures the natural history of the state parks, which encompasses the tallest waterfall east of the Mississippi River, the largest freshwater swamp in the U.S., spectacular views from Cloudland and Providence canyons, a 100-acre granite mountain, and a nearly-pristine barrier island, not to mention longleaf pine, river, marsh, and wiregrass ecosystems. The stories the parks tell and that “Sites to Behold” shares are those of pre-Colombian explorers, colonial Georgia, the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, of ancient Native American cultures and the Cherokee Nation and the country’s first gold rush

“Sites to Behold” also profiles people who laid down the foundation that made these Georgia wonders possible. The development of Georgia’s state parks system benefited from President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Civilian Conservation Corp program, created to help end the rampant unemployment and economic chaos caused by the Great Depression. The act provided tremendous amounts of money for the development of park facilities. The GPB production crew attended the Civilian Conservation Corps reunion at Vogel State Park to talk with the men who helped build the foundation of the Georgia park system. Among the other stories is one of enduring love from Chatsworth’s Fort Mountain State Park, how Red Top Mountain State Park in Cartersville has preserved the area’s history of mining iron ore; and the story of how Lumpkin’s “Georgia’s Little Grand Canyon” came to be.

Watch Georgia Public Broadcasting on nine stations across Georgia: Atlanta - Channel 8; Albany - WABW/14, Augusta - WCES/20, Chatsworth - WCLP/18, Columbus - WJSP/28, Dawson - WACS/25, Macon - WDCO/29, Savannah - WVAN/9, Waycross - WXGA/8.


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