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!


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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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Oakleigh/Gordon County Historical Society

Used 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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“The General” Locomotive Display

Secured by The Friends of Resaca Battlefield, Inc., “The General” locomotive train display is housed in the lobby of the Gordon County Sheriff’s Office. With a photographic back scene of Gordon County countryside, the 16-foot long display consists of the locomotive, wood tender, rail cars, and G.I. Joe-sized figures representing the raiders destroying the tracks. Also included are various framed displays showing the route and telling the story of the Great Locomotive Chase. The Great Locomotive Chase occurred on April 12, 1862 and Gordon County played a major role in the 87 mile chase between “The General” and “The Texas” which resulted in the awarding of America’s first Congressional Medals of Honor. The display was a gift to the Friends of Resaca Battlefield by the Georgia Civil War Commission after the closing of the Nash Farm Museum. The public is welcome to visit the display at the Gordon County Sheriff’s Office from Monday through Friday between 8:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M. ...

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Atlanta Campaign Pavilion

The third in a series of five parks built by the Works Progress Administration to identify sites of the Civil War's Atlanta Campaign, the pavilion features a relief map of troop movements and fighting in and around Resaca May 13–15, 1864. It is located on the northern section of the battlefield. The map explains the events at the Battle of Resaca and the Federal flanking movement at Lay's Ferry, which resulted in Johnston's withdrawal south over the Oostanaula River along the Western and Atlantic Railroad to Calhoun and then Cassville....

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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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