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The historic State of Georgia is located in the south west of the United States just north of Florida. It was founded in 1735 and became the thirteenth state of the Union. The state’s extensive and geographically varied land offers mighty mountains, exciting white water rafting, and heavily forested ridges in the north; orchards and rich farm lands in the south; mysterious swamplands in the south east; and romantic salt water lees along the Atlantic seaboard.
Like so many other southern states, Georgia has seen many tragic conflicts since European settlers first arrived on its shores. These include the virtual destruction of the native Indian Creek and Cherokee tribes, the abuse of slaves by wealthy cotton plantation owners, and the terrible Civil War that saw the torching of the capital city of Atlanta.
Georgia is renowned today for its southern hospitality and fine period residences as well as its well-preserved culture and history. The climate varies from a sub-tropical climate along the coast to easygoing humidity up in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
There are many popular tourist attractions in Georgia. Try some of these tips for a truly memorable Georgian experience:
Jack Hadley Black History MuseumFor a classic southern experience visit the Jack Hadley Black History Museum in Thomasville, Georgia, where over 2,000 artifacts collected by the African-American historian are on display to illustrate the history and culture of his people.
Georgia’s HeartlandTheatre enthusiasts will rave about the Douglass Theatre in Macon, which used to be about the only place where African Americans could be entertained by early jazz and blue legends and watch newly released movies. The Starcadia Entertainment Park provides six acres of fun filled attractions for children of all ages – there is no admission fee and you just pay as you go for what you enjoy. Something completely different can be experienced at the Big Sandy Creek Dairy Farm in Madison, Georgia. Take the kids along for a tour at a working dairy farm.
Fort OglethorpeThe Sixth Cavalry Museum at Fort Oglethorpe provides insight into the fighting history of a proud unit with a valiant history. Even if you are not interested in war history, the many memorabilia will keep you fascinated for hours. If you are in a more romantic mood, you may prefer to stroll the grounds of Barnsley Gardens Resort near Adairsville, one of the most popular Honeymoon destinations in the entire Unites States.
Kangaroo Conservation CenterThe Kangaroo Conservation Center in the Northeast Mountains boasts a collection of over three hundred Kangaroos covering nine species. While the Australians may question the necessity of this, the fact remains that the Conservation Center has been popular for twenty-four years and has even appeared on several television shows.
Andersonville National Historic SiteThe Andersonville National Historic Site is a five hundred acre park dedicated to the memory of the Civil War soldiers who were imprisoned here and those who sadly died. The first Union prisoners arrived at the camp in February of 1864 – by June of the same year, there were 20,000 men locked away.
Atlanta BravesThe Atlanta Braves are Georgia's official baseball team and you really should time your visit to Atlanta to view this famous team in action on their home ground. The Braves are the oldest continually operating sports franchise in the United States and are one of only thirty major league squads that have fielded a team for every season that professional football has been in existence.
Georgia is home to rolling farmlands set between mighty mountains and if you prefer your own space, you can just get in the car and drive as far as the eye can see. Along the way, you will be sure to find many other interesting things to see and receive a generous dollop of southern hospitality wherever you choose to stop.