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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. Admission: Adults $5.00, Children (ages 12 & under) $1.00. 423-488-0861, www.friendsofthegordonleemansion.org/main.html


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/


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  


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. 770-427-4686, www.kennesawmountaintrailclub.org (check beforehand concerning possible cancellation due to cold or bad weather).


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-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-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