Trip Ideas

Guide to Historic Sites

Experience Georgia's rich history, including the Civil War, colonial/pre-colonial days and African American heritage.

  • Augusta Canal

    Built in 1845 to harness the water and power of the Savannah River, the Augusta Canal offers history, recreation and unique experiences.

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  • Bonaventure Cemetery

    Though not Savannah’s oldest cemetery, Bonaventure is its most famous and beautiful, having captured creative imaginations for more than 150 years.

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  • Butler Island Plantation

    One of the largest plantations in the South was the Butler Island Plantation, located south of Darien, across the Darien River.

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  • Cyclorama

    Visit the Atlanta Cyclorama and sit at the center of a panorama of the Battle of Atlanta, fought on July 22, 1864, during the American Civil War.

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  • Dungeness Ruins

    Dungeness was built by Thomas Carnegie and his wife Lucy in 1884; it burned in the 1950s. Today, wild horses and other island wildlife roam freely.

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  • Fort Pulaski National Monument

    Fort Pulaski, built by the U.S. Army before the Civil War, is located near the mouth of the Savannah River.

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  • Jekyll Island Club Hotel

    Founded in 1886, the Jekyll Island Club was once the private winter retreat of America’s wealthiest families like Morgan, Rockefeller and Pulitzer.

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  • Marietta National Cemetery

    The Marietta National Cemetery was established in 1866 to provide a resting place for the nearly 10,000 Union dead from Sherman's Atlanta Campaign.

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  • Tybee Island Lighthouse

    The Tybee Lighthouse has been guiding safe entrance into the Savannah River for over 270 years. The Light Station is one of America's most intact.

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  • Madison

    Madison is Georgia's "authentic Southern town," with an array of ambient local dining options, specialty shops and antique dealers.

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Historic Sites Trip Ideas & Inspiration


  • Civil War Wednesday: Wofford’s Surrender in Kingston May 06, 2015 by Lauren Cleland
  • Civil War Wednesday: Wilson’s Raid April 01, 2015 by Michael Shaffer
  • Civil War Wednesday: Major General John B. Gordon March 04, 2015 by Michael Shaffer
  • Civil War Wednesday: Oakland Cemetery February 04, 2015 by Michael Shaffer
  • Civil War Wednesday: Blackshear January 07, 2015 by Michael Shaffer
  • 11 Ways to Celebrate the 75th Anniversary of “Gone with the Wind” December 08, 2014 by Lauren Cleland

Historic Sites