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Old 01-31-2013, 09:45 AM   #1
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Civil War Trip in Georgia

This summer I'm going to take the in-laws down south where folks think they won.

We would like to make Top of Georgia Airstream park a "base camp", then travel from there.

I'm looking for suggestions for the best places to visit within 3 or 4 hours drive. Kennesaw is on the list already. I understand Columbus has some neat places.

I've been to Stone Mountain, but the over-touristy crap has turned me off.

Any advice or experience would be great!
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Old 01-31-2013, 09:58 AM   #2
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Being also interested in civil war sites, I've always wanted to take a look at Andersonville on one of our trips but have yet to make it there!

I guess it would be stretching things for you from Helen Ga. Probably a good four hours drive.

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PS - you'll find things pretty touristy at Helen Ga if you have not been there before! A fun place to visit though, we stopped in there last year and stayed at Top of Georgia.
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Old 01-31-2013, 11:04 AM   #3
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We've been to Andersonville and to Chickamauga.

My great grandfather was a chaplain, ministered to the dead and dying at Chickamauga. He saved the life of his Captain, who had been left for dead.

Sobering experiences, well worth the time.


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Old 01-31-2013, 11:08 AM   #4
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Being also interested in civil war sites, I've always wanted to take a look at Andersonville on one of our trips but have yet to make it there!

I guess it would be stretching things for you from Helen Ga. Probably a good four hours drive.

Brian

PS - you'll find things pretty touristy at Helen Ga if you have not been there before! A fun place to visit though, we stopped in there last year and stayed at Top of Georgia.
I agree with everything here!
I personally think that Helen is too far for a base camp.

Do you like museums or historic sites or both?

Andersonville National Cemetery is a good place to visit. Marietta, Georgia also has a National Cemetery.

Some Atlanta area GA Civil War sites we love:
Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park
The Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History -This place is home to "The General." Have you heard of 1956 movie "The Great Locomotive Chase?" The train from the actual event is here. The other train involved in the chase is at the Cyclorama (next to the zoo.)
Gone With the Wind Museum- I readily admit that this is a bit of a stretch, but thought I should include it. I still haven't been here yet. If this really is your thing, then there's also the Margret Mitchell House. Speaking of Margret Mitchell, she's buried at the Historic Oakland Cemetery. There are civil war graves here as well. I would be remiss to omit the Atlanta History Center.

A recent favorite of ours:
Jarrell Plantation Georgia State Historic Site- a little out of the way but "worth it" in my book. This southern plantation tells one family's story of endurance. This homestead was razed during the Civil War and then rebuilt. They have a cotton gin!

Columbus GA:
National Civil War Naval Museum- We haven't been in a few years but we we think this place is a jem!
National Infantry Museum- This isn't specifically Civil War. There are sections for every war.

Savannah Area:
Two we've been to and enjoyed:
Fort Pulaski- love this one!
Old Fort Jackson- pre-Civil War but still used during the Civil War

I'll let you know if I think of anything else...
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Marietta square is nice and there is a trolley tour that takes you around to different historical sites. The Historic Marietta Trolley Company

Loretta mentioned the Gone with the Wind Museum but right next door is the Marietta History Museum Marietta Museum of History » Preserving the history of Marietta and Cobb County Both in the square too.

There's a farmers market every Saturday morning - you may want to go or avoid the area at that time depending on your interests.

Kennesaw Mountain Battlefield National Park is about 5 minutes from the square by car.

There's a cupcake shop on the square - Miss Mamie's Cupcakes and Cake - which I think won "Cupcake Wars" in the recent past. Also a fabulous fusion taquiera restaurant, Taqueria Tsunami Latin Asian Kitchen, that we like as well as a tea room - The Vineyard Cafe - a nice respite on a busy day. Also, can't beat the Marietta Pizza company for an interesting menu of pizza and beers and outdoor seating.

Here's a link to info on Marietta Square. The Marietta Welcome Center - Home - Home

It will be hot down here in the summer so you may want to plan your outdoor activities in the morning or late afternoon.

Have fun!

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You didn't mention if you were doing any stops along the way, but Shiloh National Park would be on your way. I am headed there in April for a visit.
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Old 02-04-2013, 08:54 PM   #7
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We will be driving straight from cincy down 75 probably to Stone Mountain campground. That looks like a better "base camp".

Thanks everyone for the great suggestions!
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Old 02-09-2013, 04:49 PM   #8
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Dan,

I will second the recommendations of the Cyclorama and Andersonville. Andersonville is also home to the National POW museum, and there is a very impressive museum for POWs. We were there last month while enroute to the CanOpener, and we had the place to ourselves except for the funeral service taking place at the National Cemetery.

There is an RV park off I-75 called Atlanta Marietta RV Resort Park. It's far more convenient to anything in Marietta and Kennesaw than Stone Mountain, which would save you 1+ hour per day commuting while seeing those sights. You'd also save some time when commuting down to Columbus as well.

If I were considering more than a day in the Columbus area, I'd stay in a park down there.

Enjoy your trip!
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lot of history in and around savannah we live about 20 miles from savannah
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Old 02-09-2013, 06:52 PM   #10
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We did'nt win???
All mentioned above are great!! Been to most. My great, great, grandfather is buried in the Confederate Memorial Cemetary south of Montgomery Al. He was wounded at the battle of Peachtree GA. He was also present at Appomatox for the surrender. His father was in the same unit as him but I could not find anything about him except where he is buried in Southern AL. I spent one summer tracking my ancestors and their contributions to the Confederacy. Seems like they and I was only ones on the losing side. They in the Civil War, me in Viet Nam!
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Hello from Kennesaw ... we are on th enorthwest side of ATL. We have a man made lake nearby admined by Army Corps of Engineers and a nice state park.

Check out: 1) McKinney Campground or any Army Corp around Lake Allatoona. Also Georgia Park, Red Top Mountian.
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Just a quick observation.... come to see, come to learn... the truth will shock you... about how the 'winner' behaved both before, during and after the war. Also, there was a lot of bad stuff done by the Confederacy.... so not dodging any blame...

Bottom line, things that divide us, have a tendency to weaken us... isn't it time to heal?
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i note that it is now Fall. How was the trip?
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i note that it is now Fall. How was the trip?

Yes, inquiring minds want to know!
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