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Upcoming Events
The Help at Hardman
Saturday, Feb 28, 2015 10 AM to 12 PM
Honor Black History Month by exploring the culture of African American service workers at Hardman Farm and the greater Southeast region. The program will be partially indoors and partially outdoors, viewing the servants' quarters and structures seldom open to the public...  $5. 706-878-1077.
Billy's Island Tours in the Okefenokee Swamp
Saturdays 10 AM - 12 PM – Feb 28, 2015 until Apr 25, 2015 
Join us for a tour to the historic Billy's Island. Once we get 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.
Historic New Manchester History Hike
Saturday, Feb 28, 2015 12 PM to 1:30 PM
Sunday, Mar 8, 2015 4:30 PM to 6 PM
Saturday, Mar 21, 2015 11 AM to 12:30 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.
Handicapped Accessible Third Annual Albert Fendig - Hofwyl Plein Air Affair
Saturday, Mar 7, 2015 9 AM to 5 PM
Bring your plein air gear for fun and camaraderie with lots to paint in this historic setting. No prizes, no judging, just good camaraderie and big fun...  $5.00 Youth (6 - 17) $7.00 Senior (62 and over) $8.00 Adult 912-264-7333.
Native American Heritage Hike
Sunday, Mar 8, 2015 1 PM to 3 PM
Sunday, Mar 22, 2015 11 AM to 1 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.
Soldier's Life
Saturday, Mar 14, 2015 10 AM to 4 PM
Saturday, Aug 15, 2015 10 AM to 4 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaLearn about the life of the common soldier who fought in Georgia. A Park Ranger dressed as a soldier will display the items soldiers carried while marching and fighting in north Georgia in 1864.  $3-$5.50 770-443-7850.
"Bark in the Park" Dog Hike
Saturday, Mar 14, 2015 10 AM to 11 AM
Join a Park Ranger and bring your four-legged companion on this moderate mile long hike to the rapids of Sweetwater Creek and to 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.
American Frontier Days
Saturday, Mar 14, 2015 10 AM to 5 PM
Sunday, Mar 15, 2015 10 AM to 5 PM
Saturday, Nov 21, 2015 10 AM to 5 PM
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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.  Donations accepted. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Handicapped Accessible Native American Heritage Day at Etowah
Saturday, Mar 14, 2015 10 AM to 2 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.
Handicapped Accessible Presidential Libraries and Museums
Saturday, Mar 14, 2015 10 AM to 10:30 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. The presentation will be held in the Roosevelt Memorial Museum.  $7-$12. 706-655-5870.
Handicapped Accessible Scottish Heritage Days
Friday, Saturday & Sunday 9 AM - 1 PM from Mar 20, 2015 until Mar 22, 2015 
All ages will enjoy this showcase of Georgia’s Scottish and colonial history, with weapon demonstrations and cannon firings, re-enactors, blacksmithing, weaving, period cooking and music, and fort tours. Friday is Student Day. A battle reenactment will be 2 p.m. Saturday...  $4.50-$7.50 912-437-4770.
Handicapped Accessible Hills of Iron and Iron Pour
Saturday, Mar 21, 2015 9 AM to 8 PM
The iron industry was one of Georgia's first businesses long before the Civil War. Take guided wagon ride tours of the historic Iron Hill section in the morning. Later that evening, watch molten iron pour from an operating blast furnace at 2800 degrees Fahrenheit... $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Third Saturdays Friends Day
Saturday, Mar 21, 2015 until Saturday, Oct 17, 2015 10 AM to 3 PM
Join staff, Friends of New Echota and volunteers on the third saturdays of themonth (march-october) as the historic buildings and grounds come alive with tours and demonstrations. Enjoy the Pond Overlook Tons of Fun Trail and the New Town Creek Nature Trail.  $5.50-$7 706-624-1321.
6th Annual Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, Mar 21, 2015 1 PM to 3 PM
Tons of FunChildren 10 and under are invited to bring their baskets and join in on our 6th Annual Easter Egg Hunt. There will be separate hunting areas for different age groups with games and crafts before and after the event...  $5.00 Youth (6 - 17). $7.00 Senior (62 and above). $8.00 Adult 912-264-7333.
Candlelight Hike to the Mill
Saturday, Mar 21, 2015 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 down to the Civil War era textile mill ruins of New Manchester alongside the beautiful rapids of Sweetwater Creek. Candle lanterns will be provided. No children under 6 years or dogs permitted...  $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Women in the Shadow of Yonah at Hardman Farm
Saturday, Mar 28, 2015 10 AM to 12 PM
The history told of the Sautee and Nacoochee Valleys and the vicinity is punctuated by male figures. Celebrate Women's History Month looking at the roles of southern women during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Hear stories of local women from every walk of life. Discussion to follow.  $8 includes a tour $7 for seniors 62 and over. 706-878-1077.
Easter at the Fort and Annual Market Faire
Saturday, Mar 28, 2015 10 AM to 5 PM
Sunday, Mar 29, 2015 10 AM to 3 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaInteract with living historians demonstrating life in the 1790s frontier Georgia. See 18th century craftsman and women demonstrating their trades, frontier camps, Native American warriors, century music, and other unique demonstrations. Children under 12 free.  $5 plus $5 parking. 770-867-3489.
Spring on the Unicoi Trail at Hardman Farm
Saturday, Apr 11, 2015 10 AM to 11 AM
Saturday, May 9, 2015 10 AM to 11 AM
Saturday, Jun 13, 2015 10 AM to 11 AM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaEnjoy a ramble through time on the grounds of the Hardman Farm, Georgia's newest State Historic Site. Explore emerging foliage, flowers, historic landscaping and stories of the families who planted them. Weather permitting.  $5. 706-878-1077.
Story of Wool
Saturday, Apr 11, 2015 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM
The Peachtree Handspinners Guild will showcase spinning wool into yarn on spinning wheels and drop spindles, dyeing the yarn, and using yarn to weave, knit, and crochet. This will be a good hands-on beginner opportunity to learn. The 100 Years of Jarrell Family Textiles will also be on view.  $4-$6.50 478-986-5172.
Handicapped Accessible 70th Commemorative Ceremony for our President
Sunday, Apr 12, 2015 1 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. 706-655-5870.
Cabin Life at Pickett's Mill
Saturday, Apr 18, 2015 10 AM to 4 PM
Saturday, Oct 17, 2015 10 AM to 4 PM
Join 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.
Handicapped Accessible Tools, Weapons and Torchlight Tours
Saturday, Apr 18, 2015 10 AM to 9 PM
Watch the re-creation of ancient Native American tools and weapons. Demonstrators will explain how to make, use, and care for things that were very important for survival thousands of years ago. Complete your evening by seeing an amazing nighttime view of Etowah...  $2.00-$6.00 770-387-3747.
Handicapped Accessible Archaeology and Artifact ID Day
Saturday, May 9, 2015 10 AM to 4 PM
Celebrate Archaeology month by learning about archaeology. we will have someone here to identify your artifacts, so bring them by. Discover how archaeologist learn things from artifacts. Park staff will host games and activities throughout the day.  $2-$6. 770-387-3747.
The 150th Anniversay of the Arrest of Alexander Hamilton Stephens
Saturday, May 16, 2015 11 AM to 2 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, and his homecoming, that took place on October 27, 1865...  $1 - $5. 706-456-2602.
Memorial Day
Saturday, May 23, 2015 10 AM to 4 PM
Join us for an old fashioned Memorial Day. We will have family activities and living history demonstrations throughout the day. Cannon firings and musket demonstrations hourly.  $7.50 Adults, $6.50 Seniors and $4.50 youth. $5 parking. 912-272-2339.
Family Farm Day
Saturday, May 23, 2015 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaThe farm comes to life with volunteers demonstrating crafts and chores of the past. Learn about chores and skills from long ago, such as sewing, blacksmithing, woodstove cooking, gardening, woodworking and other farm activites.  $4-$6.50 478-986-5172.
A Memorial Day Commemoration
Monday, May 25, 2015 10 AM to 4 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaJoin the garrison for a day of artillery drills, musket firings, blacksmithing, and soldier's life activities. Musket and cannon firing demonstrations will be presented throughout the day. Start your summer with a BANG here at Fort King George!  $4.50-$7.50 912-437-4770.
Handicapped Accessible Beyond Rosie: Women in World War II
Monday, Jun 1, 2015 until Friday, Aug 28, 2015 9 AM to 5 PM
Traveling exhibit from Kennesaw State University that honors women in WWII. Rosie the Riveter was the iconic symbol of women's involvement in the war. She is only part of a larger story of how women contributed to the war effort.  $7-$12. 706-655-5870.
151st Battle Commemoration
Saturday, Jun 6, 2015 10 AM to 4 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaArtillery demonstrations held during the day in remembrance of Captain Key's Battery and it's impact on the outcome of the battle.  $3.00 - $5.50 770-443-7850.
Handicapped Accessible Rosie The Riveter and D-Day Remembrance
Saturday, Jun 6, 2015 12 PM to 3 PM
Join actress Carol Cain as she portrays Rosie the Riveter in three performances. Rosie represents the American women who worked in factories during World War II producing munitions, planes, tanks and war supplies.  $9-$14. 706-655-5870.
Day of Discovery and Scavenger Hunt Challenge
Saturday, Jun 13, 2015 10 AM to 4 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaLearn 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.
Cannons Across the Marsh
Saturday, Jul 4, 2015 10 AM to 4 PM
Tons of FunJoin the Garrison for a day of artillery drills, musket firings, and soldier's life activities to honor Independence Day. Free watermelon and lemonade will be served.  $4.50- $7.50 912-437-4770.
Independence Day Celebration
Saturday, Jul 4, 2015 10 AM to 4 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaCelebrate Independence Day like it's 1864. Join us for old fashioned fun. Games, food and fun for all. Living history demonstrations, cannon firings, and musket demonstrations.  $7.50 Adults, $6.50 Seniors and $4.50 Youth. Under 6 free. $5 parking. 912-727-2339.
Native American Games Day
Saturday, Jul 11, 2015 10 AM to 4 PM
Tons of FunLearn about games that early Native Americans played and how they have influenced modern games and sports.  $2 - $6. 770-387-3747.
Chief Vann House Days
Saturday, Jul 25, 2015 10 AM to 4 PM
Craftsmen will demonstrate 19th century weaving, basket making, quilting, spinning, rug making, blacksmithing, soap making, woodcarving, chair caning, and much more. Several activities will be set up for children including shooting a Cherokee blowgun and making their own butter.  $5.50 - $6.50 706-695-2598.
Labor Day Celebration
Saturday, Sep 5, 2015 10 AM to 4 PM
Join us for some old fashioned family fun. Civil War era games and prizes.  $7.50 adults, $6.50 seniors, $4.50 youth $5 parking. 912-727-2339.
Labor Day at Jarrell Plantation
Saturday, Sep 5, 2015 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaHow better to celebrate Labor Day than learning about old time labor? Enjoy old time handicraft making demonstrations, learn about how household chores were done, and try some yourself.  $4-$6.50 478-986-5172.
Labor Day at Fort King George
Monday, Sep 7, 2015 10 AM to 4 PM
Be treated to musket and cannon firings from 10am-4pm. Also, come and see the various jobs soldiers would "Labor" on as part of their duties.  $4.50-$7.50 912-437-4770.
Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 26, 2015 9 AM to 4 PM
Come help with one or more service projects while enjoying the park. The Friends of Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites is sponsoring volunteer's admissions for the day. 770-387-3747.
Your State Parks Day - Bridge & Sidewalk Refurbishing
Saturday, Sep 26, 2015 10 AM to 3 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaVolunteers are being sought to help pressure wash the bridge and sidewalks on the drive into the Historic Site. We want to enlist your support to help with this project. Equipment will be provided. You may get wet, bring an extra set of clothes or shoes. Come for an hour or make a day of it...  $7-12. 706-655-5870.
Handicapped Accessible Chief Vann "Open Mansion" and Volunteer Day
Saturday, Sep 26, 2015 10 AM to 2 PM
As part of "Your State Parks Day," Chief Vann House will host a volunteer day to assist with cleaning Cherokee structures (including the house itself), taking artifact inventory, and sprucing the grounds in preparation for winter...  $5.50 - $6.50; free for volunteers. 706-695-2598.
Handicapped Accessible Skills of the Past
Saturday, Oct 3, 2015 10 AM to 4 PM
Watch demonstrations of crafts from the past. Learn about the skills Native Americans had that helped them survive their everyday lives.  $2 -$6. 770-387-3747.
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.  $3.00 per person $5 parking. 912-727-2339.
Annual Candle Lantern Tour
Saturday, Oct 10, 2015 7 PM to 9 PM
Join us for our annual guided tour. See the soldiers go about their evening duties. Stop in the barracks for some hot cider and a cookie. Then prepare yourself for some noise as the cannon is fired over the Ogeechee River. This is one of most popular annual events.  $7.50 for Adults, $6.50 Seniors, $4.50 Youth. 912-727-2339.
Syrup Makin' Time on the Plantation
Saturday, Nov 7, 2015 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaHave 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.
Nighttime Hayrides and Storytelling
Friday, Nov 13, 2015 until Saturday, Nov 14, 2015 7 PM to 9 PM
Experience Etowah at night on a hayride and finish the evening with snacks and a fireside story.  $2 - $10. 770-387-3747.
Handicapped Accessible Pioneer Harvest Festival
Saturday, Nov 14, 2015 10 AM to 4 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaCelebrate the history of farm life in the wiregrass region of south Georgia at the parks annual fall festival. The day will include demonstrations of farm life, and arts and craft show, local entertainers, syrup making and more.  $1 plus $5 parking. 912-384-7082.
Fall Candlelight Tours
Friday, Nov 20, 2015 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Saturday, Nov 21, 2015 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaNov 20 & 21,2015 Confederate and Federal soldiers will recreate the night attack of the Battle of Pickett's Mill. During guided tours at 6:30, 7:30,and 8:30 PM, visitors will witness Brig. Gen. Hiram Granbury's Brigade advance into the dark ravine and Capt. Thomas Key's artillery bombardment...  Available October 2015. 770-443-7850.
Battle of Griswoldville 151st Anniversary Commemoration
Saturday, Nov 21, 2015 10 AM to 1 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 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.
Pearl Harbor Remembrance
Saturday, Dec 5, 2015 10 AM to 3 PM
WWII Veterans on hand for Meet and Greet. FDR portrayer 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. WWII Uniforms on display by Ga DNR Archivist. 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.
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.
Christmas Comes to Liberty Hall
Saturday, Dec 12, 2015 11 AM to 1 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.
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 up at a campfire with spiced cider and listen to stories and singing.  $4-$6.50 478-986-5172.
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