One way to make Memorial Day more significant for your family is to spent time visiting some of the state’s historic sites as a way to honor the nation’s military sacrifices.
Georgia has a number of forts, museums and historic battlegrounds that pay tribute to fighting men throughout the centuries. Among them are:
• Fort King George State Historic Site, Darien: From 1721 until 1736, this fort was the southern outpost of the British Empire in North America. Climb into the reconstructed cypress blockhouse, explore the palisaded earthen fort and tabby ruins, tour the museum and hike a short nature trail. Admission is $3.75-$6.50.
• Fort McAllister State Historic Park, Richmond Hill: This is the best-preserved earthwork fortification of the Confederacy and the end of General Sherman’s March to the Sea. Recently, an original 1864 flag which flew above the fort was returned to Georgia and mounted in the museum. The fort will feature a special program about Confederate soldiers from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 26, as well as musket and cannon firings. Admission is $3.50-$6.50.
• Fort Morris State Historic Site, Midway: This earthen fort on the Medway River protected Georgia against the British in both the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812. A museum describes the colonial port of Sunbury. On Memorial Day, the fort will feature hourly Revolutionary War soldier talks and musket and cannon demonstrations from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $3-$4.50.
• Pickett’s Mill Battlefield State Historic Site, Dallas: Pickett’s Mill is one of the best-preserved Civil War battlefields in the nation, highlighted with a museum, earthworks and wooded trails. The 1864 battle was one of the few Confederate victories during General Sherman’s Georgia campaign. Admission is $3-$5.
• A.H. Stephens State Historic Park, Crawfordville: Liberty Hall, the 1875 home of the Confederate vice president, is fully furnished and open for tours. A museum houses one of the finest collections of Civil War artifacts in Georgia.
• Georgia Veterans State Park, Cordele: Established as a memorial to U.S. veterans, this park features a museum with aircraft (including a Boeing B-29A), armored vehicles, uniforms, weapons, medals and other items from the Revolutionary War through the Gulf War.
Georgia’s state parks and historic sites are operated by the Department of Natural Resources. For more information, including a full list of parks and accommodations, visit www.GeorgiaStateParks.org.