Attractions

Attractions

Paddle the rivers and lakes; hike and bike the scenic nature trails; marvel at the artistry of The Rock Garden’s 50 miniature buildings; play a round of golf, roller skate or bowl. Conveniently located off I-75 between Atlanta and Chattanooga, recreation and adventure await!


history


Battle of Resaca Reenactment

The first major battle of the Atlanta Campaign was fought around the tiny village of Resaca on May 14-15, 1864. Over two days, Union and Confederate forces attacked and counter-attacked, with both armies losing approximately 2,800 men. The reenactment is held the third weekend in May (Saturday & Sunday) on the historic Chitwood Farm, a 650-acre section of the original battlefield. Evident within the property are the original Federal and Confederate entrenchments and the 1864 Western & Atlantic Railroad line. Admission: $2-$5. Click here to read more about the Battle Of Resaca....

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Roland Hayes Museum at the Harris Arts Center

A tribute to this native son, Roland Hayes was a child of former slaves who became the first African-American vocalist to achieve international acclaim. A Gildemeester & Kroeger piano that Roland’s brother played for him while he practiced takes center stage on the museum floor. Learn the details of his remarkable half-century career through photos, stories, records, autographed programs, personal letters and music scores. Open Monday – Friday. Free admission....

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Resaca Confederate Cemetery

The first Confederate Cemetery to be dedicated in the nation and the final resting place of 451 soldiers who died in the Battle of Resaca. During the war, Col. John F. Green and his family were forced to flee their home in Resaca. They returned to dead Confederate soldiers still lying on the battlefield area. Col. Green's daughters Mary and Pyatt were upset by the sight and decided to collect the bodies and give them proper graves. Their father gave them 2.5 acres of land to use as a cemetery. Mary Green started the cemetery in July 1866 without any money. The cemetery was dedicated at the end of October, and all debts were paid by the end of December 1866. Open daily dawn-dusk. Free admission....

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New Echota Cherokee Capital State Historic Site

One of the most significant Cherokee Indian sites in the nation, where the infamous “Trail of Tears” officially began and home of the first Indian language newspaper office. Visitors can tour 12 original and reconstructed buildings, including the Council House, Court House, Print Shop, Missionary Samuel Worcester's home, and an 1805 store; view interpretive exhibits and a 17-minute film. Nature trails lead visitors to New Town Creek and a small beaver pond. Open Tuesday - Saturday from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. & Sundays, April - October, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Admission: $5.50-$7.00. The grounds and trails are pet-friendly, leash required....

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Oakleigh/Gordon County Historical Society

Rumored to have served as General Sherman’s headquarters during the Civil War, this beautifully restored Antebellum residence is now home to the Gordon County Historical Society and available for private rentals. Tours by appointment only. Free admission....

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