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Handicapped Accessible Fall Guided Tours
Every week 9 AM to 3 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaThe historic Hardman House across from the Nacoochee Indian mound will be open for tours on Thursdays through Sundays in October at 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Learn the secrets and history of this 145-year-old former governor’s farm while on a guided tour...  $8 - $3. Prices increase when site renovations are completed. 706-878-3087.
Ghosts and Legends of Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation
Friday, Oct 3, 2014 6:30 PM to 8 PM
Friday, Oct 10, 2014 6:30 PM to 8 PM
Friday, Oct 17, 2014 6:30 PM to 8 PM
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Get Outdoors GeorgiaTake an eerie journey back in time at Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation. As we stroll through moss laden Live Oak trees hear the stories of plantation owners and the African-Americans who worked here...  $15. 912-264-7333.
Battle of Allatoona Pass Remembered
Saturday, Oct 4, 2014 9 AM to 4 PM
Saturday, Oct 4, 2014 7 PM to 10 PM
Sunday, Oct 5, 2014 9 AM to 2 PM
Civil War History EventWatch rifle and cannon demonstrations, visit the tent city, and tour the hillside and railroad cut through the pass. SATURDAY EVENING ONLY: Special candle-light tour in honor of the 150th commemoration. Register here: 770-975-0055.
Art in the Park
Saturday, Oct 4, 2014 10 AM to 12 PM
Friday, Oct 24, 2014 10 AM to 12 PM
Bring your canvas and paint, clay, camera, or oil pastels for exclusive access to the interior of the five-story New Manchester Mill. Create your own artwork while you enjoy beautiful views of the Sweetwater Creek rapids alongside the dramatic mill ruins in the glory of autumn...  $10 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Skills of the Past
Saturday, Oct 4, 2014 10 AM to 4 PM
Come see demonstrations of primitive skills that were essential to the Native Americans of the Southeast in prehistoric times.  $2 - $6. 770-387-3747.
Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, Oct 4, 2014 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Saturday, Oct 11, 2014 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Saturday, Oct 18, 2014 1 PM to 2:30 PM
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Civil War History EventGet Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunThis mile-long hike (easy to moderate) will lead to the five story ruins of the Civil War-era New Manchester textile mill and focus on the history of the Sweetwater Creek Valley...  $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Antique Steam Engine Demonstration
Saturday, Oct 4, 2014 2 PM to 4 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaWatch a Talbot stationary steam engine in action. This is one of the few working Talbots remaining. See if you can make the whistle blow. All the original equipment -- sawmill, shingle mill, cotton gin, and grist mill -- also on view and other original farm buildings and houses.  $4-6.50 478-986-5172.
Eastside Evening Hike
Saturday, Oct 4, 2014 6 PM to 8 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaJoin us for a strenuous, 3 mile evening hike to the beautiful east side of the park where we will climb the East Ridge, visit the "Indian Cave" and hike to other seldom-visited areas. This hike is open to anyone 16 years and older. Closed-toe shoes are required. Dogs not permitted on this hike...  $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
"Ruins to Rapids" Almost Full Moon Hike
Thursday, Oct 9, 2014 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Thursday, Oct 9, 2014 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaThis 1.5 mile ranger-led hike is rated "moderate" and follows the lovely rapids of Sweetwater Creek to the Civil War-era mill ruins of New Manchester where we will tour inside the mill. Hikes will continue if it is overcast but will be cancelled if it is raining...  $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Secrets of the Mountain Wilderness Hike
Saturday, Oct 11, 2014 9 AM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaYou may have heard about Panola Mountain's unique ecology, but are you ready to discover some of the mountain's lesser-known history? Join our expert tracker and guide Jimi Ellis, and head off the trail to explore Panola's hidden cemeteries, whiskey stills, beaver dams, and more...  $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
American Girl Doll 1800s History Party
Saturday, Oct 11, 2014 10 AM to 1 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaGirls bring their historical doll and learn about girls life in the 1800's with stories, games, picnic, and make a toy for their doll. Then explore 1800s houses for clues to child life in the past. Reservations required. 478-986-5172.  $10. 478-986-5172.
Handicapped Accessible Fall Celebration
Saturday, Oct 11, 2014 12 PM to 4 PM
Get Outdoors Georgia $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Quilting Bee at Jarrell Plantation
Saturday, Oct 18, 2014 9:30 AM to 12 PM
Saturday, Nov 15, 2014 9:30 AM to 12 PM
Beginner quilters can learn about hand piecing and stitching in the big frame, and the steps of making a quilt. Also the Plantation Quilters Guild welcomes visitors to their meeting. 478-986-5172.
Geology Hike
Saturday, Oct 18, 2014 1 PM to 3 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaGeologist John Johnston will lead a moderate 2-mile hike identifying rocks and explaining how and when they formed. He will also explain the tectonic events that forced the rock units to be faulted and folded. There will be a short visit inside the ruins of the Civil War-era New Manchester Mill.  $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Paranormal Panola
Saturday, Oct 18, 2014 to Sunday, Oct 19, 2014 6 PM to 9 AM
Saturday, Oct 18, 2014 to Sunday, Oct 19, 2014 6 PM to 9 AM
Looking for a real fright this October? Spend a night camped out in the shadow of the mountain as we investigate Panola's haunted past. Georgia Paranormal Society experts will bring professional ghost hunting equipment. Ages 14 and up. Dinner and breakfast provided...  $40 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Handicapped Accessible Candle Lantern Tour
Saturday, Oct 18, 2014 7 PM to 9:30 PM
Civil War History EventExperience the Fort at night as you are guided into the past by Candle light! Visitors need to pay historic site admission rates at the museum when they arrive. Guided walks through the fort will be held every half hour.  $4.50-$7.50 912-727-2339.
"Bark in the Park" Dog Hike
Sunday, Oct 19, 2014 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Join a Park Ranger and bring your four-legged companion on this moderate mile long hike to the rapids of Sweetwater Creek with a short visit inside the five-story Civil War era New Manchester Mill ruins. Ages 6 years and older. Sturdy, closed toe shoes required. Reservations recommended.  $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Cabin Life at Pickett's Mill
Saturday, Oct 25, 2014 10 AM to 4 PM
Civil War History EventJoin us at the log cabin for this living history event. Discover what life was like on a small farm during the Civil War 150 years ago. Watch people cooking over a fire. Enjoy toys and games...  $3-$5.50 770-443-7850.
Candlelight Hike to the Mill
Saturday, Oct 25, 2014 7 PM to 9 PM
Civil War History EventGet Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunThis mile-long guided night hike is easy to moderately difficult and goes inside the Civil War era textile mill ruins of New Manchester. Candle lanterns will be provided. No children under 6 years or dogs permitted. Meet and register at the Interpretive Center.  $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Handicapped Accessible A Haunted Tour of Liberty Hall
Saturday, Oct 25, 2014 8:30 PM to 11 PM
Come out and enjoy spook filled guided tour of Liberty Hall. Did you know that A.H. Stephens was imprisoned at Fort Warren in Boston, Mass.? Did you also know that the infamous "Lady in Black" roamed the prison halls? It is rumored that this "Lady in Black" followed Mr...  $1 - $5. 706-456-2602.
Native American Heritage Hike
Sunday, Oct 26, 2014 5:30 PM to 7 PM
Join us for a two hour moderate hike focusing on the first inhabitants of our area, the Native Americans or American Indians, as we explore the eastside which will include a visit tothe "Indian Cave". Meet at the Visitor's Center. Reservations recommended.  $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Digging Savannah Hike
Saturday, Nov 1, 2014 3 PM
The popular Digging Savannah Guided Hikes return to the park! The three-mile hikes will be led by Armstrong Atlantic State University archaeologist Laura Seifert and starts at the Big Ferry Trail head. 912-598-2300.
Nighttime Hayrides and Storytelling
Friday, Nov 7, 2014 until Saturday, Nov 8, 2014 7 PM to 9 PM
Experience Etowah at night on a hayride and finish the evening with snacks and a fireside story.  $2 - $8. 770-387-3747.
American Frontier Days
Saturday, Nov 8, 2014 10 AM to 5 PM
Sunday, Nov 9, 2014 10 AM to 5 PM
Meet a trapper. Talk to a soldier. Throw a tomahawk. See living skills displays from local historians. Walk through time from the mid 1700's to the late 1800's. Held on the baseball field across from the Liberty Bell Pool on Hwy 354. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Syrup Makin' Time on the Plantation
Saturday, Nov 8, 2014 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Tons of FunHave you ever sipped fresh sugar cane juice, or tasted fresh cane syrup on a biscuit? Find out how in times past farmers made their own. Come experience syrup makin' day in the country. Plus craft making demonstrations throughout the farm.  $4-$6.50 478-986-5172.
Wormsloe Lantern Tours
Saturday, Nov 8, 2014 6 PM to 8 PM
Ever wanted to see Wormsloe at night? This is your chance to see Wormsloe in a whole new light. Guided tours by lantern take you to the Tabby Ruins where you will meet Noble Jones himself. The Colonial life area will be aglow with a lively village celebrating the arrival of Spring.  $4.50-$10.00 912-353-3023.
Autumn Encampment 2014
Friday, Nov 14, 2014 until Saturday, Nov 15, 2014 10 AM to 4 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaA wide range of living history presentations will be given highlighting all the various cultures and people that inhabited our region before Georgia was established in the 1730's. A battle re-enactment will take place at 2pm.  $4.50-$7.50 912-437-4770.
Civil War Living History Event at High Falls
Saturday, Nov 15, 2014 8 AM to 5 PM
Civil War History EventThis day long event will include educational presentations on U.S. Gen. Kilpatrick's troops, cooking demonstration, firing demonstration, and camp life of the soldiers.  Free but donations accepted $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
Handicapped Accessible Pioneer Harvest Festival
Saturday, Nov 15, 2014 10 AM to 4 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaCelebrate the history of farm life in the wiregrass region of south Georgia at the parks annual festival. The day will include demonstrations of farm life, and arts and craft show, local entertainers, and more.  $1 plus $5 parking. 912-384-1581.
Handicapped Accessible Iron Pour
Saturday, Nov 15, 2014 2 PM to 7 PM
Come discover the art of casting metal as we pour molten iron into scratch blocks that you've designed.  Scratch blocks sold at event. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Battle of Griswoldville 150th Anniversary Commemoration
Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Civil War History EventLearn about the hastily planned attempt by Georgia militia to halt Union General Sherman’s March to the Sea in November 1864. Civil War soldier life portrayals and Union and Confederate encampments followed with a noon memorial service and battlefield tours... 478-986-5172.
Handicapped Accessible "Come and Take It!" Revolutionary War Encampment
Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 11 AM to 4 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaThis American Revolution encampment commemorates Col. John McIntosh's defiant reply to a British demand for surrender. Enjoy colonial demonstrations, musket and cannon drills, a skirmish and more. Free admission. 912-884-5999.
33rd Annual Plantation Christmas
6 PM - 9 PM from Dec 5, 2014 until Dec 6, 2014 
Civil War History EventThis magical experience will demonstrate how Christmas was celebrated on a Southern rice plantation during the 1850s...  $5-$8. 912-264-7333.
A Jarrell Plantation Christmas
Saturday, Dec 6, 2014 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaGreenery from the woods decorates the 1847 plantation house and 1895 farm house. Learn to make simple paper decorations. Enjoy homemade spiced cider cooked on the wood burning stove and old style cookies, and warm up by the fireplace for music and stories.  $4-$6.50 478-986-5172.
Pearl Harbor Remembrance
Saturday, Dec 6, 2014 11 AM to 1:30 PM
FDR portrayer will recite the "Day of Infamy" speech declaring that a state of war exists sending the United States into the Second World War. Performances at 11 a.m., 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. WWII Uniforms on display. US Signal Corps Pearl Harbor exhibit.  $9-$14. 706-655-5870.
Handicapped Accessible A Colonial Christmas
Saturday, Dec 6, 2014 5 PM to 8 PM
Get away from the over-commercialization of the holidays and visit Fort Morris for a more peaceful celebration. Join park staff for colonial refreshments, a yule log, bonfire, 18th century music, caroling, dance and firing of the Christmas guns... 912-884-5999.
Christmas by Candlelight
Friday, Dec 12, 2014 until Saturday, Dec 13, 2014
In 1805, Cherokee Chief James Vann opened his new brick mansion to the Moravian missionaries to hold one of the first Christmas celebrations in the Cherokee Nation...  $4 - $6. 706-695-2598.
Handicapped Accessible Colonial Christmas at Fort King George
Friday, Dec 12, 2014 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Join the garrison for a traditional dinner in the soldier's barracks and an evening of colonial-style Yule Tide jollification. Menu consists of traditional colonial Christmas fare. Event ends with a cannon firing!  $35 for dinner. Reservations required. 912-437-4770.
Handicapped Accessible 150th Winter Muster
Saturday, Dec 13, 2014 9 AM to 4 PM
Civil War History EventCome join us on the actual date -- 150 years since General Sherman ordered his troops to take Ft. McAllister. Watch as we reenact this significant moment in our country’s history. Help us make this 150th Winter Muster the greatest one yet...  $4.50-$7.50 912-727-2339.
Handicapped Accessible Christmas at the Cabin
Saturday, Dec 13, 2014 10 AM to 4 PM
Yuletide celebrations of the 1800s come to life as demonstrators take you back in time to Christmas at the Vaughan cabin. Santa will be avaliable for photos and Christmas visits. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Victorian Christmas
Saturday, Dec 13, 2014 10 AM to 2 PM
Visits Georgia’s last standing stagecoach inn while halls are decked with decorations reflecting the Victorian Era. Historical interpreters dressed in period style clothing will be on hand to help you experience the inn as an 1830s visitor. Free hot cider and teacakes will be served.  $3-$5. 706-356-4362.
Christmas Comes to Liberty Hall
Saturday, Dec 13, 2014 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Civil War History EventConfederate Vice President Alexander Stephens' home, Liberty Hall, will be decorated with styles of the Victorian Christmas past. Come enjoy Victorian Era games, Music, role players, our Confederate museum, and we promise a great time will be had. Refreshments will be served.  $1.00 - $5.00 706-456-2602.
First Day History Hike
Thursday, Jan 1, 2015 10 AM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaJoin a park ranger for a journey through time. Discover the history of Indian Springs State Park, sample the famous spring water, and tour the park museum. This moderate hike will involve some steps and hills. Participants meet at the park museum at 10am. $5 parking. 770-504-2277.
Colonial Cook-Off
Saturday, Feb 21, 2015 10 AM to 4 PM
In teams of one or two, research a historical recipe and cook it, for the first annual colonial cooking contest. Participants can be dressed in historical reproduction clothing, or professionally. Recipes must be submitted...  $25. 912-437-4770.
The 150th Anniversay of the Arrest of Alexander Hamilton Stephens
Saturday, May 16, 2015 11 AM to 1:30 PM
Civil War History EventGet Outdoors GeorgiaOne Hundred and Fifty years ago, On May 11, 1865 A.H. Stephens was arrested and charged with treason. Come out and experience a live re-enactment of his arrest, along with his homecoming, that took place on October 27, 1865.  $1 - $5. 706-456-2602.
History Under Our Feet
Saturday, Oct 10, 2015 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Local Archaeologist, Jessie Larson will present a program about archaeology in our area. She will talk about local archaeology finds, how archaeologists know where to dig, and what tools they use. This informative talk and demonstration will be great for adults and older children.  $3 plus $5 parking. 912-727-2339.
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