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34th Annual Hofwyl Plantation Christmas
6 PM - 9 PM from Dec 4, 2015 until Dec 5, 2015 
This magical experience will demonstrate how Christmas was celebrated on a Southern rice plantation during the 1850s. Take a candlelit stroll down the old carriage road and enjoy candlelit tours of an antebellum plantation house...  $10.00 Adult and Seniors $5.00 Youth (6 - 17) 912-264-7333.
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Pearl Harbor Remembrance
Saturday, Dec 5, 2015 10 AM to 3 PM
Saturday, Dec 3, 2016 10 AM to 3 PM
WWII Veterans on hand for Meet and Greet. FDR portrayer James Fowler will recite the "Day of Infamy" speech declaring that a state of war exists sending the United States into WWII. Performances at 11 a.m., 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. US Signal Corps Pearl Harbor exhibit.  $9-$14. 706-655-5870.
Christmas at the Cabin
Saturday, Dec 5, 2015 10 AM to 4 PM
Gather the family and join us at our 1850s log cabin. Civil War soldiers will be home for the holidays. The cabin will be the setting as period reenactors demonstrate farm life, chores, toys, games and celebrations of the period.  $3.00 - $5.50 770-443-7850.
Val-Kill: A Virtual Tour of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt's Home
Saturday, Dec 5, 2015 10 AM to 10:20 AM
Saturday, Feb 20, 2016 10 AM to 10:20 AM
A digital presentation featuring about the home of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. The presentation will include a virtual tour of the home, ground, and history.  $7-$12. 706-655-5870.
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Billy's Island History Tours in the Okefenokee Swamp
Saturday, Dec 5, 2015 10 AM to 12 PM
Saturday, Dec 12, 2015 10 AM to 12 PM
Saturday, Dec 19, 2015 10 AM to 12 PM
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Join us for a tour to the historic Billy's Island. Once there, we will take a short hike to see artifacts left over from a logging town from the early 1900s, Indian Mounds from 500 AD, and the Lee family cemetery from the late 1800s...  $20 per person $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Antique Steam Engine Demonstration
Saturday, Dec 5, 2015 2 PM to 4 PM
Come “let off some steam” by blowing the whistle atop the Jarrell Plantation ‘Mill Complex’, a signal used to communicate between Jarrell’s manning different work positions throughout the mill’s. Live steam puts into motion this important provider of mechanical energy in America's past.  $4-6.50 478-986-5172.
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Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, Dec 5, 2015 4 PM to 5:30 PM
Saturday, Dec 19, 2015 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Saturday, Dec 26, 2015 12 PM to 1:30 PM
This 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.
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A Colonial Christmas
Saturday, Dec 5, 2015 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.
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Native American Heritage Hike
Sunday, Dec 6, 2015 2 PM to 4 PM
Sunday, Dec 13, 2015 2 PM to 4 PM
Sunday, Dec 27, 2015 2 PM to 4 PM
Join us for a two hour strenuous 1.5 mile hike focusing on the first inhabitants of our area, the Native Americans or American Indians, as we explore the east side which will include a visit to the "Indian Cave". Meet at the Visitor's Center. Reservations recommended.  $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Christmas by Candlelight
Friday, Dec 11, 2015 until Saturday, Dec 12, 2015 5 PM to 9 PM
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...  $5.50 - $6.50 706-695-2598.
Secrets of the Mountain Wilderness Hike
Saturday, Dec 12, 2015 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM
You 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 to head off the trail and explore Panola's hidden cemeteries, whiskey stills, beaver dams, and more. Hike is STRENUOUS, 6+ miles...  $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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“A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens
Saturday, Dec 12, 2015 10 AM to 4 PM
This Victorian favorite will capture your heart as Dickens' characters present scenes from Ebenezer Scrooge’s life in each of the house's rooms. The Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future will present a haunting performance as they guide visitors through the Robert Toombs House.  $8.00 706-678-2226.
Christmas at the Cabin
Saturday, Dec 12, 2015 10 AM to 3 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.
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Christmas Comes to Liberty Hall
Saturday, Dec 12, 2015 11 AM to 1 PM
Saturday, Dec 10, 2016 11 AM to 2 PM
Confederate 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.
Jarrell Plantation Candlelight Christmas
Saturday, Dec 12, 2015 5 PM to 8 PM
Experience an 1890's Christmas at night with natural greenery and homemade decorations while visiting two of the Jarrell Family historic homes. Then warm with spiced cider..  $4-$6.50 478-986-5172.
Candlelight Hike to the Mill
Saturday, Dec 12, 2015 6 PM to 8 PM
Saturday, Jan 9, 2016 6 PM to 8 PM
Saturday, Feb 6, 2016 6 PM to 8 PM
This mile-long guided night hike is moderately difficult and goes down to the Civil War era textile mill ruins of New Manchester alongside the beautiful rapids of Sweetwater Creek. Candle lanterns are provided. No children under 6 years or dogs permitted. No reservations possible...  $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Emory Jones Book Signing
3rd Saturday of Month 10 AM - 3 PM from Dec 19, 2015 
Emory Jones, author of "Distant Voices: The Story of the Nacoochee Valley Indian Mound," will read excerpts from his new book "The Valley Where They Danced." This new historical novel features scenes from Hardman Farm. Hear excerpts prior to the tour and then bring back questions for Mr...  Book Signing included with price of tour. Books are available on site and are not part of admission. 706-878-1077 ext. thursdaysaturday.
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Colonial Christmas at Wormsloe
Sunday, Dec 20, 2015 1 PM to 4 PM
Participate in activities such as caroling, burning of the yule log, dancing to live period music, and other holiday observances of the colonial period, including games and refreshments.  $4.50-$10. 912-353-3023.
"Ruins to Rapids" Almost Full Moon Hike
Saturday, Dec 26, 2015 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
This 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. Hikes will continue if it is overcast but will be cancelled if it is raining. A flashlight and sturdy, closed-toe shoes are required...  $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Junior Ranger Day Camp Level I (Deer patch)
Wednesday, Dec 30, 2015 10 AM to 3 PM
This camp is for children ages 6-12 who have not previously been in a Junior Ranger program. This program focuses on attaining the Level I Deer Badge. There will be a nature/history hike to the New Manchester Mill, a live reptile program, and nature-oriented arts and craft projects...  $25 includes Junior Ranger Book and Deer patch (lunch not included). 770-732-5871.
"Bark in the Park" Dog Hike
Friday, Jan 1, 2016 9 AM to 10 PM
Get the New Year started off right in 2016 with you and your dog, we will enjoy a guided hike by a park ranger along Sweetwater Creek and view the exterior of the New Manchester Mill from the recent movie "Mockingjay."  $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
First Day Hikes
Friday, Jan 1, 2016 10 AM to 4 PM
Join us at 10:00am for a 3 mile nature hike with Ranger Rowe on the Redbird Creek Trail. This hike is medium difficulty and requires sturdy shoes and water. At 2:00pm there will be a History Hike in and around the fort...  $3 per person. Children under 5 free. $5 parking. 912-727-2339.
First Day Hike at Fort Morris
Friday, Jan 1, 2016 11 AM to 2 PM
At 11 am and 1 pm, site interpreters will present soldier talks, musket demonstrations and a guided walk around the historic remains of the Revolutionary War fort, Fort Morris (Sunbury Fort).  $3- $5. 912-884-5999.
First Day Avian Loop Hike
Friday, Jan 1, 2016 2 PM
Enjoy an afternoon hike through the marsh. This guided hike will discuss the history of Skidaway Island, marsh plants and local animals. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
New Manchester History Hike
Friday, Jan 1, 2016 3 PM to 4:30 PM
Enjoy a New Year's Day Hike guided by a park ranger, you will view Sweetwater Creek, discuss interpretive signs along the way and see the New Manchester Mill exterior from the popular movie "Mockingjay".  $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
First Day Hike at Fort King George
Friday, Jan 1, 2016 6 PM to 7 PM
Enjoy a twilight "Hike into History" at Fort King George. As the sun sets on the First day of the new year, enjoy a hike into the past. Visitors will be guided through the half mile nature trail as they encounter various historic figures of Fort King George.  $7.50 for adults, $7.00 for seniors, $4.50 for youth 912-437-4770.
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First Saturday Hike
Saturday, Jan 2, 2016 9:30 AM to 12 PM
Celebrate the New Year by going for a short leisure hike around Etowah Mounds. The hike includes a tour of the mounds and nature trail. The hike will be about 1. 5 miles long and takes about 2 hours (depending on the weather, wildlife seen, and the questions asked).  $2-$6. 770-387-3747.
First Day Hike Event
Saturday, Jan 2, 2016 11 AM to 1 PM
Wear comfortable shoes suitable for hiking, no open toe shoes. Hike to the Civil War earthworks of Battery Wimberly. Guided hike with site history.  $4.50-$10 912-353-3023.
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Chocolate Plantation and Shell Ring Tour - Hidden Gems of Sapelo Island
Wednesday, Jan 13, 2016 8 AM to 12 PM
Join us on this exclusive, one day only, trip to the North End of Sapelo Island to tour the ruins of Chocolate Plantation and the mysterious Native American Shell Rings.  Participants should meet at the mainland ferry to purchase their $15 roundtrip tickets at 8:00 AM. The tour is $8 per person. After the tour, the ferry will depart Sapelo Island at 12:00 PM and will return to the mainland dock at 12:30 PM. 912-485-2299.
American Frontier Days
Saturday & Sunday 10 AM - 5 PM from Jan 30, 2016 until Jan 31, 2016 
Meet a trapper. Talk to a soldier. Throw a tomahawk. Walk through time from the mid 1700s to the late 1800s as you see living skill displays from local historians. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
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Colonial Faire and Muster
Friday, Saturday & Sunday 9 AM - 4 PM from Feb 5, 2016 until Feb 7, 2016 
Experience life in Colonial Georgia during the 18th century with a military encampment, Sutler's Row, craft demonstrations, military demonstrations, and period music and dance. Food concessions will be available.  Friday - $4.50 - $10. Saturday and Sunday - Free. 912-353-3023.
Traveling Exhibit: The Tuskegee Airmen
Tuesday, Feb 9, 2016 until Tuesday, Mar 15, 2016 9 AM to 5 PM
"The Tuskegee Airmen" explores the history and heroism of the first African American pilots to fly in combat during World War II. Between 1941 and 1946, what became known as the “Tuskegee experiment” trained more than 1,000 pilots.  $7-$12. 706-655-5870.
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Native American Heritage Day at Etowah
Saturday, Mar 12, 2016 10 AM to 1 PM
Etowah will be hosting a lecture on historic Creek and Cherokee cultures in Georgia. Come learn about how our modern society still carries the past on its shoulders...  $2 -$6. 770-387-3747.
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Remembering Ravensbruck: Women and the Holocaust
Tuesday, Mar 15, 2016 until Thursday, Apr 14, 2016 9 AM to 5 PM
This traveling exhibit created by the Kennesaw State University Public History and German Studies Programs and the Ravensbrück Memorial Site, Remembering Ravensbrück tells the story of the Nazi concentration camp where more than 150,000 women were interred.  $7-$12. 706-655-5870.
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7th Annual 18th Century Market Faire
Thursday, Mar 31, 2016 10 AM to 5 PM
Friday, Apr 1, 2016 10 AM to 5 PM
Saturday, Apr 2, 2016 10 AM to 5 PM
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Interact with living historians demonstrating life in 1790s Georgia. See craftsmen and women demonstrate their trade, frontier camps, native warriors, children's activities and music in the 18th century. Children under 12 free. Thursday and Friday will be open free for school groups...  $5 plus $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Native American Tools & Weapons
Saturday, Apr 9, 2016 10 AM to 4 PM
Learn from an expert how to make, use and care for ancient tools and weapons. See why their uses often meant survival. Also explore the earthen mounds and visit the museum.  $2-$6. 770-387-3747.
Torchlight Tour
Saturday, Apr 9, 2016 6 PM to 9 PM
Step back in time as you enjoy our guided tour along a torch-lit path at night and explore the illuminated mounds and grounds at night.  $5. 770-387-3747.
71st Commemorative Ceremony for our President
Tuesday, Apr 12, 2016 12 PM to 1:30 PM
We will pay tribute to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt on the anniversary of his death at the Little White House. This event includes a U.S. Marine Color Guard and guest speaker.  $7-$12. 706-655-5870.
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Archaeology and Artifact ID Day
Saturday, May 14, 2016 10 AM to 4 PM
Celebrate Archaeology month by bringing in your artifacts to be identified by professionals. Discover what archaeologists do and how they learn from artifacts. There will be various activities throughout the day.  $2-$6. 770-387-3747.
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Hidden Gem - The Arrest of Alexander Hamilton Stephens
Saturday, May 14, 2016 11 AM to 1 PM
On May 11, 1865 A.H. Stephens was arrested and charged with treason. Come out and experience a live re-enactment of his arrest and his homecoming that took place on October 27, 1865. In addition to the re-enactment, we will have period performers and demonstrators.  $1 - $5. 706-456-2602.
Memorial Day Commemoration
Saturday, May 28, 2016 9 AM to 4 PM
Help us pay tribute to our fellow patriots who served our country throughout the years with a commemoration and reenactment. Cannon and musket firings, Civil War-era demonstrations, and lots of family fun! 912-727-2339.
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Memorial Day Commemoration
Monday, May 30, 2016 11 AM to 3 PM
This coastal fort will present hourly Revolutionary War soldier talks and musket and cannon demonstrations.  $3-$4.50 912-884-5999.
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Rosie The Riveter
Saturday, Jun 4, 2016 11 AM to 3 PM
Actress and teacher Carol Cain will portray "Rosie the Riveter". Also, living history with James Fowler as President Roosevelt reading his D-Day prayer.  $10 - $14. 706-655-5870.
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Presidential Libraries and Museums
Saturday, Jun 11, 2016 10 AM to 10:20 AM
The Presidential Library system was started by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1940. This presentation will cover the history and how the Presidential Library System evolved and what they offer today.  $7-$12. 706-655-5870.
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Day of Discovery and Scavenger Hunt Challenge
Saturday, Jun 18, 2016 10 AM to 3 PM
Learn about Native American life, archaeology, and nature through fun activities like The Scavenger Hunt Challenge where guests get outside to see and do things around the park.  $2 - $6. 706-387-3747.
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Etowah Games Day
Saturday, Jul 9, 2016 10 AM to 1 PM
Learn about games that early Native Americans played and how they have influenced modern games and sports.  $2 - $6. 770-387-3747.
Labor Day Commemoration
Monday, Sep 5, 2016 11 AM to 3 PM
Commemorate Labor Day holiday with hourly soldier talks and musket and cannon firings at this scenic coastal fort.  $3-$4.50 912-884-5999.
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Invasive Plant Awareness - Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 24, 2016 10 AM to 1 PM
Celebrate National Public Lands Day with Etowah and come learn about the invasive plants in your backyard, then participate in a park cleanup project. 770-387-3747.
Skills of the Past
Saturday, Oct 1, 2016 10 AM to 4 PM
Watch live demonstrations of crafts from the past. Learn about the skills Native Americans had that helped them survive in their everyday lives.  $2 -$6. 770-387-3747.
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Nighttime Hayrides and Storytelling
Saturday, Nov 5, 2016 7 PM to 9 PM
Enjoy a hayride tour of the Etowah Mounds at night by torchlight followed by a fun evening of snacks and Native American stories. This is a Friends of Etowah Indian Mounds hosted event.  $5. 770-387-3747.
"Come and Take It!" A Revolutionary War Encampment
Saturday, Nov 19, 2016 10 AM to 4 PM
This American Revolution encampment commemorates Col. John McIntosh's defiant reply to a British demand for surrender. Enjoy colonial demonstrations, musket and cannon drills, musket, blacksmithing and more. 912-884-5999.
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