Georgia Intriguing State and Cities Historical Sites
Take a trip back in time and experience of how local ancestors lived and surved in the olden days. Visit Georgia State and Cities Historic Sites for a view of Georgia past treasures that you can enjoy today. Click on light blue links for more info.
Chief Vann House State Historic Site - During the 1790s, James Vann became a Cherokee Indian leader and wealthy businessman. He established the largest and most prosperous plantation in the Cherokee Nation, covering 1000 acres of Murray County. In 1804 he constructed a beautiful brick home that was the most elegant in the Cherokee Nation. Visitors can tour the best preserved historic Cherokee Indian home. Featuring beautiful hand carvings, a 'floating' staircase and and fine antiques. Address: 82 Georgia Hwy 225 N, Chatsworth Georgia 30705
Dahlonega Gold Museum State Historic Site - 20 years before the famed 1849 gold rush in California, thousands of prospectors flocked into the Cherokee Nation in north Georgia, marking the true beginning of our country's first gold rush. Their dramatic story is told inside the historic 1836 Lumpkin County Courthouse. It is the oldest courthouse in Georgia. Address: #1 Public Square, Dahlonega Georgia 30533
Etowah Indian Mounds State Historic Site - Home to several thousand Native Americans between 1000 A.D. to 1550 A.D., this 54-acre site contains 6 earthen mounds, a plaza, village area, borrow pits and defensive ditch. Many artifacts show how the natives decorated themselves with shell beads, tattoos, paint, complicated hairdos, feathers and copper ear ornaments. It is the most intact Mississippian Culture site in the Southeast U.S. A nature trail leads to the Etowah River and winds through the forest, See how early Americans used native trees.Address: 813 Indian Mounds Rd SE, Cartersville GA 30120
Fort King George State Historic Site - Georgia's first colonial British garrison, is located at the mouth of the Altamaha river and contains the brick ruins of its early sawmill operation and a small graveyard. Address: 1600 Wayne St, Darien GA 31305
Fort Morris Historic Site - This Revolutionary War fort was captured by the British in 1779 and used again by Americans during the War of 1812. When the Continental Congress convened in 1776, the delegates recognized the importance of a fort to protect their growing seaport from the British. Soon afterwards, a low bluff on the Medway River at Sunbury was fortified and garrisoned by 200 patriots. When the British demanded the fort's surrender, on November 25, 1778, the defiant Col. John McIntosh replied "Come and Get It!" Visit Fort Morris to see what happened. Today, visitors can stand within the earthwork remains and view scenic Saint Catherine's Sound. Address: 2559 Fort Morris Rd, Midway Georgia 31320
Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Historic Site - This beautiful plantation represents the history and culture of Georgia's rice coast. In the early 1800s, William Brailsford of Charleston carved a rice plantation from marshes along the Altamaha River. The family continued to grow rice until 1913. Today, a museum features silver from the family collection and a model of the plantation during its heyday. Tour the 1850s antebellum home and museum. A guided tour shows us the home with family heirlooms, 18th and 19th century furniture and Cantonese china. Address:5556 U.S. Hwy 17 North, Brunswick Georgia 31525
Jarrell Plantation Historic Site -
Nestled in the red clay hills of Georgia, this cotton plantation was owned by a single family for more than 140 years. It survived Gen. Sherman's 'March to the Sea', typhoid fever, Emancipation, Reconstruction, the cotton boil weevil, the advent of steam power, and a transition from faring to forestry. In 1895 a sawmill, cotton gin, gristmill, shingle mill, planer, sugar cane press, syrup evaporator, workshop, barn and outbuildings were added to the Jarrell Plantation farm. Address: 711 Jarrell Plantation Rd, Juliette Georgia 31046
Jefferson Davis Memorial Historic Site- When Confederate President Jefferson Davis and a few remaining staff members crossed the Savannah River into Georgia on May 3, 1865, they were headed for the Western Theater of War where Davis planned to unite rebel forces and continue fighting for the "lost cause." On May 9th, they camped in this pine forest, not knowing that pursuit was so close behind. At dawn, they were surrounded by two independent groups of Union Calvary who were unaware of each other's presence. Davis was taken prisoner. Today, a monument marks the spot where he was arrested. You can tour the 13 acre historic site that includes a museum, short trail, picnic tables, gift shop and group picnic shelter. Address: 338 Jeff Davis Park Road, Fitzgerald Georgia 31750
Lapham-Patterson House Historic Site - This south Georgia house museum is a one-of-a-kind building. Built between 1884-85 as a winter cottage for prosperous shoe merchant, Larmon, from Cincinnat. The house was well equipped with its own gas lighting system, hot and cold water, indoor plumbing and modern closets. There are no right angles in the cottage, and nothing is centered or symmetrical. The 19 rooms have 45 doors and 53 windows. Due to its outstanding architectural significance, the Lapham-Patterson House was named a National Historic Landmark in 1975.
Address: 626 N. Dawson St, Thomasville Georgia 31792
New Echota Cherokee State Historic Site - In 1825, the Cherokee national legislature established a capital called New Echota at the headwaters of the Oostanaula River. It was the site of the first Indian language newspaper office, a court case that carried over to the Supreme Court. Visitors can see several original and reconstructed buildings, including the council House, Court House, print shop, Missionary Samuel Worcester's home, an 1805 store, outbuildings, smoke houses, corn cribs and barns, and Visitor Center.
Address: 1211 Chatsworth Hwy NE, Calhoun Georgia 30701>
Pickett's Mill Battleground State Historic Site - Visit one of the best preserved Civil War battlefields in the nation. Visitors can travel roads used by Federal and Confederate troops, see earthworks constructed by them, and walk through the same ravine where hundreds died. Address: 432 Mt Tabor Church Rd, Dallas Georgia 30132
Robert Toombs House Historic Site - A legend in his own time, Robert Toombs was a successful planter and lawyer who led a turbulent career as state legislator, U.S. Congressman and Senator. "Defend yourselves; the enemy is at your door!" thundered Toombs in 1860. In 1870, as the Reconstruction Era drew to a close in Georgia, Toombs felt that Georgia should live under a constitution of her own making. His last service to Georgia was helping create the Constitution of 1877, which was not amended until 1945. Visitors are welcome to tour the house and grounds, view exhibits and displays. Enjoy a dramatic film portraying an elderly Toombs relating his story to a young reporter. Address: 216 East Robert Toombs Ave., Washington GA
Roosevelt's Little White House State Historic Site - Franklin D. Roosevelt built this home in 1932, while governor of New York. He came to warm Springs in 1924 to find a cure for polio. Swimming in the warm spring waters brought him no miracle cure, but it did bring improvement. Visitors can tour his home just as it was when he left it for the last time. Includes the servant and guest quarters, the Walk of American Stone and Flats, and the historic pools complex that first brought the future president here. Address: 401 Little White House Rd, Warm Springs GA
Traveler's Rest Historic Site - Traveler's Rest is a stagecoach inn and plantation home. It was built around 1815 by James R. Wylie. He sold the inn to Devereaux Jarrett in the 1830s who doubled the plantation size. Georgia purchased the plantation in the 1950s and opened it to the public as a historic site. Visitors can enjoy a tour of the house, and see many of its original artifacts and furnishings. Address: 8162 Riverdale Rd, Toccoa Georgia 30577
Wormsloe State Historic Site - A breathtaking avenue lined with live oaks leads to the tabby ruins of Wormsloe, the colonial estate constructed by Noble Jones, one of Georgia's first settlers. Jones served as constable, Indian agent, surveyor, and member of the Royal Council. Visitors can view artifacts excavated from Wormsloe and a film about the founding of the 13th colony. Address: 7601 Skidaway Rd, Savannah Georgia 31406