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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.
Native American Heritage Hike
Sunday, Apr 19, 2015 2 PM to 4 PM
Sunday, Apr 26, 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.
"Bark in the Park" Dog Hike
Sunday, Apr 19, 2015 2 PM to 3 PM
Saturday, May 16, 2015 2 PM to 3 PM
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.
Historic New Manchester History Hike
Sunday, Apr 19, 2015 4:30 PM to 6 PM
Saturday, Apr 25, 2015 3:30 PM to 5 PM
Sunday, Apr 26, 2015 3 PM to 4:30 PM
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.
Secrets of the Mountain Wilderness Hike
Saturday, Apr 25, 2015 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 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.
Handicapped Accessible Beginning Basket Weaving
Saturday, Apr 25, 2015 9 AM to 12 PM
Learn the basics of basket weaving in this fun and unique class. Perfect for a first time project students will learn how to make a napkin basket with basic weaving techniques. Attendees can learn a new skill, experience an age-old tradition and create something uniquely theirs...  $30. 706-695-2598.
Billy's Island Tours in the Okefenokee Swamp
Saturdays 10 AM - 12 PM – 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.
Geology Hike
Saturday, Apr 25, 2015 1 PM to 3 PM
Saturday, May 23, 2015 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...  $6 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.
Spring on the Unicoi Trail at Hardman Farm
Saturday, May 9, 2015 9 AM to 11 AM
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.
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.
Fort King George's National Kids to Parks Day
Saturday, May 16, 2015 10 AM to 4 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaThe name says it all, children across the country are encouraged to explore their neighborhood parks and discover science, history, nature and adventure! Fort King George is making the day extra special by offering the ever popular Imagination Playground (IP)...  $4.50-$7.50 912-437-4770.
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.
Handicapped Accessible Iron Pour and Bluegrass Show
Saturday, May 16, 2015 2 PM to 9:30 PM
See molten iron poured into molds that you can carve with your own design. Afterward, enjoy live bluegrass by Edgar Loudermilk & Jeff Autry. 2 pm: Scratch blocks go on sale behind the Park Office. 6 p.m. Iron Pour. 8 p.m. or when the Iron Pour is over: bluegrass at the log cabin.  Small blocks $10. Large blocks $20. Supplies limited; limit 2 per person. Cash only. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Candlelight Hike to the Mill
Saturday, May 16, 2015 8 PM to 10 PM
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.
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.  $5-$8 plus $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.
War of Jenkins' Ear
Saturday, May 23, 2015 until Monday, May 25, 2015 1 PM to 4 PM
Wormsloe will commemorate Georgia's role in the 1739-1748 war between Britain and Spain. A brief presentation at the Visitor Center will be followed by a walking tour of the site. The program will also include military drills and black powder weapons demonstrations.  $4.50 - $10 912-353-3023.
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 Memorial Day Commemoration
Monday, May 25, 2015 11 AM to 3 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaThis coastal fort will present hourly Revolutionary War soldier talks and musket and cannon demonstrations.  $3-$4.50 912-884-5999.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.  $5-$8 plus $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.
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.
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.  $5-$8 plus $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, and 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.
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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