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GA-Madison’s Holiday Tour of Homes - Thursday through Saturday, November 30 through December 2, 10:00 am to 9:00 pm daily, 118 North Main Street, Madison GA. It’s no wonder General Sherman refused to burn the city of Madison some 150 years ago. A magical southern town of more than 100 antebellum homes and buildings, Madison was described before the Civil War as “The most cultured and aristocratic town on the stagecoach route from Charleston to New Orleans.” Madison has long been famous for its historic homes and gardens. Come see the spectacular tour when the historic antebellum homes are dressed up for the holiday season. Step into a winter wonderland as you move through the Day Tour and Evening Candlelight Tour of Homes. The tours will feature five different historic and private homes not normally open to the public, along with museums and churches. All homes will be beautifully decorated for Christmas. Madison is located on the “Left Wing” historic driving route of the March to the Sea Heritage Trail® (www.civilwarheritagetrails.org/ga-civil-war-trails-map/ga-march-to-the-sea.html). Tickets: $30.00 to $50.00. 706-438-3120, http://visitmadisonga.com/holiday-tour-homes/


GA-38th Annual Hofwyl Plantation Christmas - Friday & Saturday, December 1 & 2, 6:00 to 9:00 pm each evening, Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation State Historic Site, 5556 U.S. Highway 17 North, Brunswick, GA. This magical experience will demonstrate how Christmas was celebrated on a Southern rice plantation during the 1850s. Take a candlelit stroll down the old carriage road and enjoy candlelit tours of an antebellum plantation house. There will be hot wassail and cookies, Civil War reenactors, Christmas carols and a special appearance by Santa Claus. Admission: $5.00 to $10.00. 912-264-7333, http://gastateparks.org/HofwylBroadfield


GA-Gordon-Lee Mansion Candle-light Tours - Fridays & Saturdays, December 1, 2, 8 & 9, 6:00 to 8:00 pm each evening, Gordon-Lee Mansion, 217 Cove Road, Chickamauga GA. The mansion will be lit by dozens of candles in each room. Enjoy the live period music as well as hot cider and cookies served in the warming kitchen. The mansion was occupied by both Federal and Confederate troops at different times during the Chickamauga Campaign. Gordon-Lee Mansion is located on the historic driving route of the Chickamauga/Atlanta Campaign Heritage Trail (www.civilwarheritagetrails.org/ga-civil-war-trails-map/ga-atlanta-campaign.html). Admission: Adults $5.00, Children (ages 12 & under) $1.00. 423-488-0861, www.friendsofthegordonleemansion.org/main.html


GA-Victorian Christmas at Hardman Farm - Saturdays & Sundays, December 1, 2, 8, 9, 15 & 16, 4:00 to 7:00 pm each day, Hardman Farm State Historic Site, 143 Hwy. 17, Sautee Nacoochee GA. Come see the house in period holiday decor and learn about Victorian Christmas traditions from docents dressed in their finest garb from the years immediately following the Civil War. This open house is highlighted by twinkling candle lights and a walk down the Unicoi Road. Guests need to purchase their tickets in the Visitor Center, which will have a special treat each night, including live Christmas music. Guests are advised to bring a flashlight. Admission: Adults: $12.00, Seniors (ages 62+): $10.00, Youth (ages 6 to 17): $7.00, Children (ages 0 to 5): $3.00. 706-878-1077, http://gastateparks.org/HardmanFarm


GA-Christmas Tours of the Old Governor’s Mansion - December 1 through 22, Old Governor’s Mansion, 120 South Clarke Street, Milledgeville GA. Make plans to visit historic antebellum Milledgeville during the most wonderful time of the year! Georgia’s Old Governor's Mansion will be transformed into a Christmas wonderland and open for Christmas tours. Tour hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Sundays from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. Special candlelight tours will also occur on December 9, 16 & 19 at 6:00 and 7:00 pm, with choirs singing in the rotunda. The Old Governor’s Mansion is located on the “Left Wing” historic driving route of the March to the Sea Heritage Trail® (www.civilwarheritagetrails.org/ga-civil-war-trails-map/ga-march-to-the-sea.html). Admission: Adults $10.00, Seniors (ages 60+) $7.00, Students $2.00. 800-342-0471, www.gcsu.edu/mansion/upcoming-events


SC-Xanthus Smith and Civil War Maritime Art - December 1 through 30, South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum, 301 Gervais Street, Columbia SC. The Civil War redefined the nation on multiple levels, including forever changing American art. Instead of the early 19th century scenes of untouched natural beauty, artists began recording the new technologies and realities of warfare. Xanthus Smith was a Philadelphia-based landscape artist of growing reputation when he enlisted in the Union Navy. Stationed in Port Royal, South Carolina, he used his talents to produce dozens of drawings and paintings of the ships that were a part of the Atlantic fleet. Of equal importance, however, are his sketches of camp life amidst the natural setting of the South Carolina coast. This special exhibit features 47 of his stunning paintings and sketches, along with his paint palette and artists box. It reveals the talents of this artist who spent his entire Civil War service in South Carolina, and examines how he turned those experiences into a successful career as a painter of war time naval battles. This exhibit has been EXTENDED TO DECEMBER 30TH, Tuesdays through Saturdays 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, plus the first Sunday of each month from 1:00 to 5:00 pm. Closed most state holidays. Admission: Adults $6.00, Military & Seniors (ages 62+) $5.00, Youth (ages 10 to 17) $3.00. Everyone admitted for $1.00 on first Sunday afternoons. 803-737-8095, www.crr.sc.gov/


GA-Marsh House Candlelight Tours - Saturdays & Sundays, December 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 & 17, 6:00 to 8:00 pm each night, The Marsh House, 308 North Main Street, LaFayette GA. The Marsh House will be open for candlelight tours on three weekends during the holiday season. The house was occupied by Federal troops during the Civil War and is adjacent to historic Chattooga Academy (aka John B. Gordon Hall). Both are located on the historic driving route of the Chickamauga/Atlanta Campaign Heritage Trail (www.civilwarheritagetrails.org/ga-civil-war-trails-map/ga-atlanta-campaign.html). Admission: $5.00. 706-638-5187, www.marshhouseoflafayette.com/index.html


GA-Dahlonega Gold Museum Holiday Open House - Sunday, December 3, 10:00 am to 4:45 pm, Dahlonega Gold Museum State Historic Site, 1 Public Square, Dahlonega GA. As a holiday gift the museum will be beautifully decorated and admission fees will be waived. Dahlonega Gold Museum is housed in one of oldest existing courthouses in Georgia. It was built in 1836 and was siezed by the Confederate government at the beginning of the Civil War. FREE admission. 706-864-2257, http://gastateparks.org/DahlonegaGoldMuseum


AL-A Plantation Christmas - Sunday, December 3, 1:00 to 5:00 pm, Belle Mont Mansion, 1569 Cook Lane, Tuscumbia AL. Join us at this historic antebellum mansion and enjoy traditional decorations, music, entertainment and refreshments. You'll see Belle Mont staff and others in period style clothing. Admission: Adults $8.00, Children $4.00. 256-381-5052, http://ahc.alabama.gov/properties/bellemont/bellemont.aspx


GA-Confederate Sharpshooter, William E. Simmons - Thursday, December 7, 7:00 pm, Hilton Atlanta Marietta Hotel & Conference Center, 500 Powder Springs Street, Marietta GA. Historian Joseph Byrd will speak during the monthly meeting of the Civil War Round Table of Cobb County. Admission: $5.00; first-time guests are free. cobbcivilwarrt@gmail.com, www.cobbcwrt.org/


GA-Christmas Tour of Homes - Friday & Saturday, December 8 & 9, Washington GA. Join us Friday evening (6:00 to 10:00 pm) for a cocktail party and dessert soiree, then tour both antebellum and other historic homes -- as well as free art venues and evening Christmas parade -- on Saturday (10:00 am to 8:00 pm). Washington is located on the historic driving route of the Jefferson Davis Heritage Trail (www.civilwarheritagetrails.org/ga-civil-war-trails-map/ga-jefferson-davis.html). Tickets: $25.00 to $50.00. 706-678-5001, www.historyofwilkes.org/events.html


AL-Pond Spring Christmas Celebration - Saturday, December 9, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, Pond Spring, The General Joe Wheeler Home, 12280 AL Hwy. 20, Hillsboro AL. Tis the Season! Pond Spring, the General Joe Wheeler Home, invites you to a very special event…Christmas at Wheeler! Tour the museum adorned with live greenery and decorations. Enjoy refreshments of sweet treats and hot cocoa while children take “sleigh rides” in a horse drawn buggy and families enjoy choral concerts featuring local school and church choirs. Admission: Adults $8.00, Seniors, College Students & Military $5.00, Children (ages 6 to 18) $3.00. 256-637-8513, pondspringdirector@gmail.com  


AL-Annual “Christmas Through the Ages” at Fort Gaines - Saturday, December 9, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Fort Gaines, 51 Bienvile Boulevard, Dauphin Island AL. Experience a Christmas of “Days Gone By!” This is a living history day for the whole family. See soldiers from the 1700s through the 1900s and their families as they celebrate a non-commercial Christmas. Children will have the chance to make a seashells ornament and other decorations. Admission: Adults (age 13+) $8.00, Children (age 5 to 12) $4.00. 251-861-6992, http://dauphinisland.org/fort-gaines/


GA-Christmas at Traveler’s Rest - Saturday, December 9, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, Traveler's Rest State Historic Site, 4339 Riverdale Road, Toccoa GA. Come join us and bear witness to holiday traditions prior to the Civil War.. Enjoy lively and festive music, hot apple cider and teacakes made with a traditional Jarrett family recipe, all while basking in the warm and comforting glow of candle light and good company. Admission: $3.00 to $5.00. 706-356-4362, http://gastateparks.org/TravelersRest


GA-Christmas at the Cabin - Saturday, December 9, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Pickett’s Mill Battlefield State Historic Site, 4432 Mount Tabor Church Road, Dallas GA. Gather the family and join us at our 1850s log cabin. Experience the sights and smells of a pioneer pre-Civil War Christmas. Help our civilian reenactors decorate the Christmas tree. There will be a fire in the fireplace with something good cooking on it. There will be period toys and games for children plus Santa and Mrs. Claus. There will be musket firings, cabin tours and interpretive displays for adults. Listen to soldiers talk about life during the winters of the Civil War. Pickett’s Mill Battlefield State Historic Site is located on the historic driving route of the Atlanta Campaign Heritage Trail® (www.civilwarheritagetrails.org/ga-civil-war-trails-map/ewExternalFiles/AtlantaCampaignBrochure.pdf). Admission: $3.00 to $5.50. 770-443-7850, http://gastateparks.org/PickettsMillBattlefield


GA-Winter Muster and Battle at Fort McAllister - Saturday, December 9, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, Fort McAllister State Park, 3894 Fort McAllister Road, Richmond Hill GA. Soldiers will be skirmishing throughout the day while Civil War civilians present programs and activities to guests. The day concludes with the final assault of the fort. Fort McAllister is located at the termination of the “Right Wing” historic driving route of the March to the Sea Heritage Trail® (www.civilwarheritagetrails.org/ga-civil-war-trails-map/ga-march-to-the-sea.html). Admission: $5.00 to $9.00. 912-727-2339, http://gastateparks.org/FortMcAllister


GA-Kennesaw Mountain Trails Workday - Saturday, December 9, 11:30 am to 4:00 pm, Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park GA. Kennesaw Mountain Trail Club is a volunteer organization designed to assist with trail maintenance at Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park. Trained crew leaders lead teams of volunteers on trail work projects throughout the park. Trail building experience is not necessary. Meet at the new parking lot on Old Highway 41. The Park provides all necessary tools and safety equipment. Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park is located on the historic driving route of the Atlanta Campaign Heritage Trail® (www.civilwarheritagetrails.org/ga-civil-war-trails-map/ewExternalFiles/AtlantaCampaignBrochure.pdf). 770-427-4686, www.kennesawmountaintrailclub.org (check beforehand concerning possible cancellation due to cold or bad weather).


SC-Newberry Christmas Tour of Homes - Saturday, December 9, 4:00 to 8:00 pm, Newberry SC. The annual evening Newberry Christmas Tour of Homes will include an antebellum home (at 1217 Walnut Street) beautifully decorated to reflect Christmas traditions from the 1830’s to the present. It will include beautiful music by the “Joyful Harps” (http://www.civilwarheritagetrails.org/civil-war-music/the-young-volunteer.html) and a historic military camp on the front lawn. Tickets: $30.00, available at the Newberry County Chamber of Commerce (1209 Caldwell Street). 803-276-4274, www.newberrycountychamber.com/


GA-Candlelight Christmas at Jarrell Plantation - Saturday, December 9, 6:00 to 8:00 pm, Jarrell Plantation State Historic Site, 711 Jarrell Plantation Road, Juliette GA. Take a leisurely stroll by candlelight and enjoy an old-fashioned Christmas. See two of the historic homes gently dressed in natural greenery and homemade decor and enjoy warm cider and cookies alongside a campfire. Union Major General William T. Sherman’s army visited Jarrell Plantation during their March to the Sea. Directions: Located southeast of Juliette, 18 miles from I-75 Forsyth exit #185 or 18 miles north of Macon exit #171. Admission: $4.00 to $6.50. 478-986-5172, http://gastateparks.org/JarrellPlantation


GA-Candlelight Hike to the Mill - Saturday, December 9, 6:00 to 8:00 pm, Sweetwater Creek State Park, 1750 Mount Vernon Road, Lithia Springs GA. This one mile-long guided night hike is moderately difficult and goes to the Civil War era textile mill ruins of New Manchester alongside the beautiful rapids of Sweetwater Creek. Candle lanterns are provided. Closed-toe shoes are required. Space is limited. No children under 6 years or dogs permitted. Admission: $5.00 per person plus $5.00 parking; cash only. 770-732-5871, http://gastateparks.org/SweetwaterCreek


GA-A Candlelight Christmas at Liberty Hall - Saturday, December 9, 6:00 to 9:00 pm, Liberty Hall, A. H. Stephens State Park, 456 Alexander Street NW, Crawfordville GA. Confederate Vice President Alexander Stephens’ home, Liberty Hall, will be decorated with styles of the Victorian Christmas past. Come enjoy crafts and a candlelight tour, accompanied by the sounds of the Victorian Era. Refreshments will be served. Admission: $4.00 to $6.00. 706-456-2602, http://gastateparks.org/AHStephens


GA-Behind the Scenes Tour - Saturday, December 9, 10:15 am, Hay House, 934 Georgia Avenue, Macon GA. Tour all seven levels of this 1850s National Historic Landmark, including the newly restored cupola with its spectacular 360-degree view of Macon! Moderate walking and stair-climbing involved. Tour lasts approximately two hours. Admission: $25.00 (ages 8+ only); reservations required. Directions from I-75: Take I-16 east to Exit #1A, turn south on Spring Street and cross the Ocmulgee River. Hay House is directly ahead at the top of the hill.  478-742-8155, http://www.hayhousemacon.org/museum-tour/behind-the-scenes/


GA-Victorian Christmas at the William Harris Homestead - Saturday, December 16, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, William Harris Homestead, 3636 Georgia Hwy. 11, Monroe GA. “Historic Christmas Food for Thought!” is the theme for Victorian Christmas at the William Harris Homestead. Clarissa Lynch Clifton, our Open Fire Pit cooking historian, will be preparing dishes popular in the 1800s, demonstrating methods, implements and recipes handed down to there through the years. She is planning on roast pork, “meager” soup and a “real” fruit cake. Doc Watson and his blacksmithing apprentices will be hammering out Christmas tunes on the anvil, making beautiful wrought iron implements for unique Christmas gifts. Docents, dressed in the style of the day, will be on hand to talk about customs and traditions of times long ago. Make a cotton angel or corn husk doll or other ornament using natural supplies from the Harris woods. Bring the kids, enjoy the festive day! Admission: $6.00, Seniors (ages 60+) $5.00, Children under age 6 are free with adult. 770-267-5844, www.harrishomestead.com


AL-Wreathes Across America - Saturday, December 16, across Alabama. “Wreaths Across America” is a program to remember and honor our military veterans. Sponsored wreaths are laid on grave sites in cemeteries across the country. To learn more about the program, or if you, your family, organization or business is interested in sponsoring a 20” Frasier Fir wreath with a red velveteen bow, go to www.wreathsacrossamerica.org. Participating Alabama cemeteries with a significant number of Civil War veterans include:

--Maple Hill Cemetery, Huntsville

--Mobile National Cemetery, Mobile


GA-Wreathes Across America - Saturday, December 16, across Georgia. “Wreaths Across America” is a program to remember and honor our military veterans. Sponsored wreaths are laid on grave sites in cemeteries across the country. To learn more about the program, or if you, your family, organization or business is interested in sponsoring a 20” Frasier Fir wreath with a red velveteen bow, go to www.wreathsacrossamerica.org. Participating Georgia cemeteries with a significant number of Civil War veterans include:

--Alta Vista Cemetery, Gainesville

--Andersonville National Cemetery, Andersonville

--Fayetteville City Cemetery, Fayetteville

--Marietta Confederate Cemetery, Marietta

--Marietta National Cemetery, Marietta

--Milner Confederate Cemetery, Milner

--Myrtle Hill Cemetery, Rome

--Old Roswell Cemetery, Roswell

--Patrick Cleburne Confederate Cemetery, Jonesboro

--Resaca Confederate Cemetery, Resaca

--Riverside Cemetery, Macon

--Roswell Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Roswell

--Stonewall Confederate Cemetery, Griffin

--West Hill Cemetery, Dalton


SC-Wreathes Across America - Saturday, December 16, across South Carolina. “Wreaths Across America” is a program to remember and honor our military veterans. Sponsored wreaths are laid on grave sites in cemeteries across the country. To learn more about the program, or if you, your family, organization or business is interested in sponsoring a 20” Frasier Fir wreath with a red velveteen bow, go to www.wreathsacrossamerica.org. Participating South Carolina cemeteries with a significant number of Civil War veterans include:

--Beaufort National Cemetery, Beaufort

--Florence National Cemetery, Florence

--Sumter Cemetery, Sumter

--Sunset Hill Cemetery, North Augusta

--Unity Presbyterian Cemetery, Fort Mill

--Woodside Cemetery & Veterans Memorial, Clover


GA-A Fort McAllister Christmas - Saturday, December 16, 5:00 to 8:00 pm, Fort McAllister State Park, 3894 Fort McAllister Road, Richmond Hill GA. Spend an evening in the fort after-hours with our interpretive staff and enjoy a delicious period correct meal and dessert. We’ll offer a private fort tour, cannon firing and a special guest speaker. . Fort McAllister is located at the termination of the “Right Wing” historic driving route of the March to the Sea Heritage Trail® (www.civilwarheritagetrails.org/ga-civil-war-trails-map/ga-march-to-the-sea.html). Tickets: $50.00. 912-727-2339, http://gastateparks.org/FortMcAllister


GA-Guided Tour of Jarrell Plantation - Saturday, December 23, 9:30 to 11:00 am, Jarrell Plantation State Historic Site, 711 Jarrell Plantation Road, Juliette GA. Learn about the Jarrell family, the agricultural operation, and how the switch to industry kept the plantation afloat. Guides may be requested in advance for group tours. Union Major General William T. Sherman’s army visited Jarrell Plantation during their March to the Sea. Directions: Located southeast of Juliette, 18 miles from I-75 Forsyth exit #185 or 18 miles north of Macon exit #171. Admission: $4.00 to $6.50. 478-986-5172, http://gastateparks.org/JarrellPlantation