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Georgia History The Journey.

History is young William Seagrove Smith’s tattered Civil War uniform at Smith Plantation. It’s a gleaming red and black locomotive called The General at the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History and an authentic 19th century gold stamp mill at the Pine Mountain Gold Museum. History in Atlanta METRO is lively, colorful and, in the case of the dinosaur exhibits at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History, of elephantine proportions. History is Margaret Mitchell’s china at The Road to Tara Museum; the books of Eskine Caldwell; a historical marker on Alpharetta’s History Walk into yesteryear; a trolley ride to haunted Civil War cemeteries and Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park; historic courthouses turned museums, a Hindu Temple, old buggies, vintage weapons and more.


Alpharetta History Walk
Pick up a complimentary brochure at the downtown Alpharetta Welcome Center and take a self-guided walking tour back in time of Alpharetta’s 17 historical markers, including the business district, the circa 1907 Webb/Alpharetta Hotel and the circa 1900 Welcome Center.
Address: 20 North Main Street, Alpharetta, GA 30009
Phone: 678-297-0102 or 1-800-294-0923

American Legion Post 201 Walk of Memories
A tribute to veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces, community and friends, the brick walk is inscribed with the names of all Georgia residents killed in service including and following WWII. A separate section is reserved for those who served in the military and survived. Tank and helicopter on display.
Address: 201 Wills Road, Alpharetta, GA 30009
Phone: 770-475-9023

Clayton County

Gone With The Wind Tour
The Gone With The Wind tour gives you the surprising details on Margaret Mitchell’s book and its unique ties to Jonesboro, GA—the fictional setting of one of the bestselling novels of all time. The tour takes 70 minutes and runs on a 14-passenger, air-conditioned mini-bus that hits highlights of the county designated by the Mitchell family as the “Official Home of Gone With the Wind.”
Address: 104 N. Main Street, Jonesboro, GA 30236
Phone: 770-478-4800

Georgia State Archives
The Georgia Archives serves as Georgia’s official repository of official documents from 1732 to the present. The genealogy of your family’s past may be traced through the documents held here. A few of the records held in the Archives include Revolutionary and Civil War records, private manuscript collections and Colonial records.
Address: 5800 Jonesboro Road, Morrow, GA 30260
Phone: 678-364-3700

National Archives SE Region
The National Archives SE is home to the famous, the infamous and the anonymous heroes of the shared past. A center for the study of the history of the South, its holdings narrate the stories of the Native Americans and the first settlers, of African slaves, of Irish, English, Italian, Russian and Cuban immigrants who came later. It is a place where family history can be traced through the records of the federal government.
Address: 5780 Jonesboro Road, Morrow, GA 30260
Phone: 770-968-2100

The Road to Tara Museum
View an extraordinary collection of Gone With The Wind movie and book memorabilia such as original manuscripts, replica costumes, authentic movie props and more. The museum also has a Civil War exhibit that demonstrates the impact of the Battle of Jonesboro during the Civil War.
Address: 104 N. Main Street, Jonesboro, GA 30236
Phone: 770-478-4800

Stately Oaks Plantation
Stately Oaks Plantation, a Greek Revival Antebellum plantation home built in 1839, helps bring history to life with mp3 player and costumed docent tours. See the plantation’s main house, original log kitchen and other historic outbuildings, Bethel Schoolhouse and Juddy’s General Store.
Address: 100 Carriage Lane, Jonesboro, GA 30236
Phone: 770-473-0197

Southern Belles & Whistles Tour
The Southern Belles & Whistles tour narrates more than 100 years of Jonesboro’s history and heritage and the vital role that Jonesboro’s railroad played in the Civil War. The tour takes 70 minutes and runs on a 14-passenger, air-conditioned mini-bus, making stops at several historic sites, including the original 1800s-era county jail where you can stop for a photo op in a cell.
Address: 104 N. Main Street, Jonesboro, GA 30236
Phone: 770-478-4800

Cobb County

Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History
This Smithsonian affiliate houses "The General" locomotive whose chug into history was the subject of the 1956 movie, “The Great Locomotive Chase.” The museum also offers a glimpse into the daily lives of Civil War soldiers, information about Civil War spies in the Museum's Raiders Gallery, plus weapons and locomotive “factory.”
Address: 2829 Cherokee Street, Kennesaw, GA 30144
Phone: 770-427-2117

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park
Kennesaw Mountain Battlefield is a 2,923-acre National Battlefield that preserves a Civil War battleground of the Atlanta Campaign. The battle was fought here from June 19, 1864, until July 2, 1864. Sherman's army consisted of 100,000 men, 254 guns and 35,000 horses; Johnston's army had 63,000 men and 187 guns. Over 67,000 soldiers were killed, wounded and captured during the Campaign.
Address: 900 Kennesaw Mountain Drive, Kennesaw, GA 30152
Phone: 770-427-4686 x 0

Coweta County

Buggy Shop Museum
This museum with its weathered-wood exterior evokes the days when the livery stable was a town fixture, right down to the sign on the front stating, “Proprietor W. R. Baggarly, Est. 1890.” The treasures this museum holds include antique buggies and cars, Coca-Cola memorabilia, tools, machinery, player piano and more.
Address: 72 Main Street, Senoia, GA 30276
Phone: 770-304-3426

Eskine Caldwell Museum
The Little Manse is the birth house of this literary giant, a contemporary of Faulkner and Hemingway, whose 1933 classic, God's Little Acre,is one of the bestselling novels of all time. The Museum includes books, movie art, U.S. and foreign versions of Caldwell’s work and a video presentation.
Address: Caldwell Birthplace, P. O. Box 207, Moreland, GA 30259
Phone: 770-254-8657

Male Academy Museum
Period clothing, Indian artifacts, treasured furniture, Civil War artifacts including guns, swords and bayonets as well as early medical instruments, maps, photos and histories are just some of the exhibits in this charming museum housed in a former boys private school dating from 1883. Exhibits change regularly.
Address: 30 Temple Avenue, Newnan, GA 30263
Phone: 770-251-0207

Newnan “The City of Homes”
Known as “The City of Homes,” Newnan has six historic districts, all on the National Register and with some of Georgia’s most beautiful houses, including antebellum and Victorian styles, and commercial buildings. During the Civil War, Newnan was a hospital town for both the Blue and the Gray, with 10,000 soldiers hospitalized there at one time. Self-guided brochures are available at The Male Academy and Coweta County Visitors Center.
Address: 30 Temple Avenue, Newnan, GA 30263
Phone: 770-251-0207

Oak Hill Cemetery Walking Tour
Dating to 1833 when Coweta County was still welcoming pioneer families, Oak Hill Cemetery became the final resting place of Civil War soldiers, including 269 Confederate soldiers buried in 1863-64. Every state in the Confederacy is represented and, due to the local hospitals’ efficiency,  only two men are unknown. Also here: graves of Revolutionary War soldiers and the two governors from Newnan, Ellis Arnall and William Atkinson. Self-guided walking guide is available at the Coweta County Visitors Center, City of Newnan, MainStreet Newnan, and The Male Academy.
Address: 96 Jefferson Street, Newnan, GA 30263
Phone: 770-253-3744

DeKalb County

Fernbank Museum of Natural History
Fernbank Museum of Natural History is Atlanta’s home to dinosaurs. Scientific discovery and exploration await in our exhibits highlighting the world’s largest dinosaurs, the natural history of Georgia, objects of human culture, hands-on exploration of the world and more. Fernbank’s IMAX® films and special exhibitions change throughout the year, so there is always something new to discover.
Address: 767 Clifton Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
Phone: (Info) 404-929-6300 or (Ticket Office) 404-929-6400


Old Douglas County Courthouse Museum
The Old Douglas County Courthouse was constructed in 1956 and was used until 1998 as the County government headquarters. It is now home to the Douglas County Museum of History & Art, which includes permanent and unique changing exhibits of mid-20th century Americana reflecting the era of the Old Courthouse.
Address: 6754 Broad Street, Douglasville, GA 30134
Phone: 770-949-4090

Gwinnett County

BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir (Temple)  
One of metro Atlanta’s most spectacular cultural, architectural and spiritual highlights: The largest Hindu Temple in the U.S., hand-carved and built without steel and created by master mandir carvers, offers both guided/self-guided temple tours. Highlights include viewing of sacred deities and the Aarti ceremony. It is completely etched with intricate carvings, pillars, archways and decorative ceilings. Modest dress code required.
Address: 460 Rockbridge Road, Lilburn, GA 30047
Phone: 404-543-0195

Gwinnett History Museum/Lawrenceville Female Seminary
This National Register of Historic Places circa 1853 building houses the Gwinnett History Museum. Museum exhibits feature farm life, textiles, religion, school and traditional music. Other exhibits include a one-room schoolhouse and bluegrass music exhibit. The Museum features coffeehouse nights, classes and special events.
Address: 455 S. Perry Street, Lawrenceville, GA 30045
Phone: 770-822-5178

Southeastern Railway Museum 
The Southeastern Railway Museum is Georgia’s official transportation history museum and features about 90 pieces of retired/restored railway equipment, including Pullman cars and classic steam locomotives. Ride in a restored caboose or pose on the platform of the private car, “Superb,” once used by President Warren Harding. Effective January, 2009, the caboose train ride is $1 per person per ride. Train rides complimentary with birthday parties, hosted group tours, certain special events.
Address: 3595 Buford Highway, Duluth, GA 30096
Phone: 770-476-2013


Marietta Gone with the Wind Museum Scarlett on the Square
Revive memories from the most famous movie of all time in this unique museum filled with costumes and jewelry, signed first editions of the novel and contracts belonging to the actors, movie props and scripts, scene drawings, posters, photographs and dolls and the piece de resistance: the Bengaline Gown worn by Vivien Leigh as Scarlett during the movie’s honeymoon scene.
Address: 18 Whitlock Avenue, Marietta, GA 30064
Phone: 770-794-5576

Marietta Museum of History
Tucked into the circa 1855 Kennesaw House (a former hotel where Andrew’s Raiders slept the night before the “Great Locomotive Chase”), the Museum’s three galleries (General History, Homelife and Civil War) narrate the story of Marietta and Northwest Georgia from the days of the Native Americans who inhabited this area before 1838, through the Gold Rush era, critical inventions and U.S. wars to present day.
Address: 1 Depot Street, Marietta, GA 30060
Phone: 770-794-5710

Historic Marietta Trolley
Take a ride through history: Explore Marietta’s historic districts with their grand and gracious antebellum homes, its vibrant Downtown Square, Civil War cemeteries and the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park on a one-hour, narrated tour aboard the Historic Marietta Trolley.
Address: 131 Church Street, Marietta, GA 30060
Phone: 770-425-1006

Root House Museum
One of the oldest frame houses in Marietta offers a peek into the middle class home life of an 1850s merchant—William Root, the town’s first pharmacist—and his family. Highlights are the detached kitchen and the garden with heirloom plants that Root sold in his pharmacy on Marietta Square. Tours are unscripted so each docent gives a unique tour.
Address: 145 Denmead Street, Marietta, GA 30060
Phone: 770-426-4982


Barrington Hall
A Southern Trilogy Site: Barrington Hall (1842) is one of the best examples of Greek Revival Temple architecture in the United States and called one of metro Atlanta's 50 Most Beautiful Homes by Atlanta Magazine. Civil War bullets removed from the Doric columns during the restoration provide evidence that the house was used as Union headquarters. Save on admissions by purchasing a trilogy pass to all three homes—Barrington Hall, Bulloch Hall and Smith Plantation—at the Roswell Visitors Center.
Address: 535 Barrington Drive, Roswell, GA 30075
Phone: 770-640-3253 or 1-800-776-7935

Bulloch Hall
A Southern Trilogy Site: Bulloch Hall (1839), built by Major James Stephens Bulloch, one of Roswell's first settlers, has been described as one of the most significant houses in Georgia and an example of true temple-form architecture with full pedimented portico. Major Bulloch’s daughter, Mittie, was the mother of Teddy Roosevelt and grandmother to Eleanor Roosevelt. Save on admissions by purchasing a trilogy pass to all three homes—Barrington Hall, Bulloch Hall and Smith Plantation—at the Roswell Visitors Center.
Address: 180 Bulloch Avenue, Roswell, GA 30075
Phone: 770-640-3253 or 1-800-776-7935

Heritage Center at Roswell Visitors Bureau
The Heritage Center at Roswell Visitors Bureau houses exhibits showcasing the history of the Roswell Mills and Mill Life. The exhibits are open to the public and free of charge. Download the Roswell Mill Village tour to your MP3player or check one out at the Roswell Visitors Center and enjoy the stories of Roswell Mills and Mill Village life, the Civil War and the Lost Mill Workers of Roswell.
Address: 617 Atlanta Street, Roswell, GA 30075
Phone: 770-640-3253 or 1-800-776-7935

Smith Plantation
A Southern Trilogy Site: Reminiscent of a time when the white of cotton blossoms could be seen for miles swaying in the cool southern breezes, this home exemplifies the life of an affluent farm family in early Roswell. Complete with parson’s room and 10 original outbuildings, including slave quarters and spring house, and filled with artifacts belonging to the original family. Save on admissions by purchasing a trilogy pass to all three homes—Barrington Hall, Bulloch Hall and Smith Plantation—at the Roswell Visitors Center.
Address: 935 Alpharetta Street, Roswell, GA 30075
Phone: 770-640-3253 or 1-800-776-7935

Sandy Springs

Williams Payne House
The Williams Payne House at Heritage Green is currently undergoing renovation. The new space will house Sandy Springs Land and People, a permanent exhibit dedicated to telling the story of Sandy Springs, while two changing galleries will host exhibits focusing on the social, military, educational, religious and natural heritage of the area.  Reopening Fall 2009.
Address: 6075 Sandy Springs Circle, Sandy Springs, GA 30328
Phone: 404-851-9111  

Villa Rica

Pine Mountain Gold Museum
This 4,800-square foot museum shares the story of the discovery of gold on Pine Mountain and of the 1800s mining camp called Pinetown through artifacts found right on the property. Some exhibits date back to 12,000 BC. Activities include a 20-minute historical film, gold and gem panning, over two miles of trails, gold mines on site, grist mill wheel, covered picnic pavilion and grill and covered stage. 
Address: 1881 Stockmar Road, Villa Rica, GA 30180
Phone: 770-459-8455 or 1-866-514-6536

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