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Upcoming Events
Third Saturdays Friends Day
Daily 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.
Handicapped Accessible Emory Jones Book Signing
Friday, May 29, 2015 until Saturday, May 30, 2015 12 PM to 5 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaEmory 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.
Historic New Manchester History Hike
Friday, May 29, 2015 5 PM to 6:30 PM
Saturday, Jun 6, 2015 6 PM to 7:30 PM
Sunday, Jun 7, 2015 5 PM to 6:30 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.
Native American Heritage Hike
Sunday, May 31, 2015 1 PM to 3 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.
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.
Watson Mill History Hike -- National Trails Day
Saturday, Jun 6, 2015 9 AM to 10 AM
Meet at bridge parking lot to learn the history of the covered bridge and hike to the old power house ruins. $5 parking. 706-783-5349.
Geology Hike
Saturday, Jun 6, 2015 10 AM to 12 PM
Saturday, Jul 11, 2015 10 AM to 12 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...  $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Handicapped Accessible Walk on the Unicoi Turnpike for National Trails Day
Saturday, Jun 6, 2015 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Saturday, Jun 6, 2015 12:30 PM to 2 PM
Saturday, Jun 6, 2015 3 PM to 4:30 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaThis walking tour of Hardman Farm features the Unicoi Turnpike, one of 16 historic trails in the U.S. designated as a "Millenium Trail." The Unicoi Turnpike, completed in 1819, was built over what may be the oldest road in Georgia...  $12 for adults, $10 for seniors 62 and over, $7 for youth 6-17 and $3 for children under age 6, plus tax. 706-878-1077.
151st Battle Commemoration and National Trails Day Hike
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. After witnessing the artillery demonstration, go on a guided interpretive hike and think what it was like to march at Pickett`s Mill during the battle.  $3.00 - $5.50 770-443-7850.
National Trails Day Volunteer Event
Saturday, Jun 6, 2015 10 AM to 1 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaThe Chief Vann House is a certified site along on the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail. In observance of National Trails Day, volunteers can help spruce up the site along Vann's Spring Interpretive Trail... 706-695-2598.
Camp Lawton History Hike and Museum Tour
Saturday, Jun 6, 2015 10 AM to 12 PM
In celebration of National Trails Day, join a park ranger in hiking the Fort Lawton Trail followed by a tour of the Magnolia Springs History Center.  $2 per person 5 and older $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
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. Performances at 12 1:00 and 2:00pm  $9-$14. 706-655-5870.
National Trails Day Rice Fields History Walk
Saturday, Jun 6, 2015 1 PM to 2:30 PM
An introductory presentation that will familiarize participants with the methods of Low Country rice culture. Following the presentation there will be a guided hike to the ruins of the plantation rice mill and the rice fields observation deck...  $5.00 Youth (6 - 17) $8.00 Adult $7.00 Senior (62 and above) 912-264-7333.
National Trails Day Walk
Saturday, Jun 6, 2015 1 PM to 3 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaEnjoy National Trails Day with a guided walk around the earthen remains of Fort Morris between 1 pm and 3 pm.  $3-$4.50 912-884-5999.
National Trails Day
Saturday, Jun 6, 2015 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Tons of FunWhat does Leaf ID, the Tower/Wall/Overlook, Big Rock, and Gold Mine all have in common? They are all special hikes being offered on this special day...  $5 plus $5 parking. 706-422-1332.
Spring on the Unicoi Trail at Hardman Farm
Saturday, Jun 13, 2015 9 AM to 11 AM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaCelebrate Get Outdoors month while enjoying 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.
Get Outdoors Day
Saturday, Jun 13, 2015 9 AM to 5 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTired of nothing to do? Are your children bored? Attend "Get Outdoors Day" where special hikes and wagon rides are planned. Activities include a scavenger hunt, panning for gold and kids crafts. Enjoy the cool mountain air with plenty of sun.  $3/activity. $5 parking. 706-422-1932.
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.
"Bark in the Park" Dog Hike
Monday, Jun 15, 2015 9 AM to 10 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.
Candlelight Hike to the Mill
Saturday, Jun 27, 2015 8 PM to 10 PM
Saturday, Oct 17, 2015 7 PM to 9 PM
Saturday, Nov 21, 2015 7 PM to 9 PM
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Get Outdoors GeorgiaThis 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.
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.  $8.00 per adult and $5.00 per child 6-17 $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
Sunday, Jul 26, 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.
Twilight Time Wagon Ride
Saturday, Jul 25, 2015 6 PM to 8 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaJoin park staff and volunteers on this quaint tour through the park's history in an old-fashioned wagon. Learn about the Civilian Conservation Corps, visit an old black-smith shop, and possibly see or hear the wildlife that call the park home. Space is limited, pre-registration required.  $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Handicapped Accessible Georgia's First Fourth
Saturday, Aug 8, 2015 9 AM to 5 PM
Hear the reading of the Declaration of Independence as it was read in the town of Savannah in August of 1776. Participate in the debate to declare independence or to remain loyal to the king. See musket firings and more.  $4.50 - $10. 912-353-3023.
Soldier's Life
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.
Sights and Sounds of the Sawmills
Saturday, Aug 15, 2015 10 AM to 2 PM
Enjoy a guided tour of the Fort, but with a new focus. This walking tour will guide you through the land as it was during the Sawmill industry of the 19th Century. Learn about how Darien played a role in this huge industry. Cost is regular admission. Tours lasts approximately 30 minutes.  $4.50 - $7.50 912-437-4770.
Handicapped Accessible Tools and Skills that Built a Colony
Saturday, Sep 5, 2015 until Monday, Sep 7, 2015 10 AM to 4 PM
See craft demonstrations such as woodworking, blacksmithing, cooking, spinning, flintknapping, leatherworking, woodsman skills, pewter casting, and more.  $4.50-$10. 912-353-3023.
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.  $8.00 per adult $5.00 per child ages 6-17 $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.
Handicapped Accessible Labor Day Commemoration
Monday, Sep 7, 2015 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.
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.  $5-$8. 912-727-2339.
Cabin Life at Pickett's Mill
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.
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, an arts and craft show, local entertainers, syrup making and more.  $1 plus $5 parking. 912-384-7082.
Handicapped Accessible Times and Places of the Cherokee People at Hardman Farm
Saturday, Nov 14, 2015 10 AM to 12 PM
Celebrate Native American Heritage Month with members of the Sautee-Nacoochee Community Association and musical performers, Women of Heart as they interpret the history of the native people in our area.  $5 for program plus $7 for tour of house. 706-878-1077.
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.
The Debatable Land -- Autumn Encampment
Saturday, Nov 21, 2015 10 AM to 4 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaA wide range of living history presentations will highlight various cultures and people that inhabited our region, long before Georgia was established in 1733. A battle reenactment will take place at 2 p.m.  $4.50-$7.50 912-437-4770.
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.
American Frontier Days
Saturday, Nov 21, 2015 10 AM to 5 PM
Sunday, Nov 22, 2015 10 AM to 3 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.  Donations accepted. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Handicapped Accessible "Come and Take It!" Revolutionary War Encampment
Saturday, Nov 21, 2015 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. 912-884-5999.
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.
Handicapped Accessible 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.
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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