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GA-Full (or Almost Full) Moon Hikes - Tuesday through Thursday, January 30 through February 1, 5:30 to 7:30 pm each evening, Sweetwater Creek State Park, 1750 Mount Vernon Road, Lithia Springs GA. This 1.5-mile hike is moderately difficult and goes to the Civil War-era textile mill ruins of New Manchester and follows the lovely rapids of Sweetwater Creek. A flashlight and sturdy, closed-toe shoes are required. No children under 6 or dogs. Meet inside the Visitor’s Center. Reservations required; hikes to be cancelled if raining. Admission: $6.00 plus $5.00 parking. 770-732-5871, http://gastateparks.org/SweetwaterCreek


GA-The Battle of New Market Heights - Thursday, February 1, 7:00 pm, Hilton Atlanta Marietta Hotel & Conference Center, 500 Powder Springs Street, Marietta GA. Historian Jimmy Price 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/


SC-Hilton Head Island 22nd Gullah Celebration - February 1 through 28, Hilton Head Island SC. The Hilton Head Island Gullah Celebration showcases the rich cultural heritage of the Gullah people and their history on Hilton Head Island. Celebration programming includes a variety of events designed to attract local residents, regional, national and international travelers. 843-255-7303, http://gullahcelebration.com/


AL-Old Cahawba Cemetery Walking Tour - Saturday, February 3, 10:00 to 11:00 am, 9518 Cahaba Road, Orrville AL. Old Cahawba’s three cemeteries tell many stories. Imposing monuments of antebellum social and economic elite, plain memorial stones of Union army prisoners of war, and unmarked resting places of African-Americans all speak to the rich diversity of Alabama’s early state capitol. This tour visits cemeteries and explores the personal sagas of many who lived here before joining the community of perpetual residents. Admission: $8.00. 334-872-8058


GA-“Rides and Rebels” at Fort McAllister - Saturday, February 3, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, Fort McAllister State Historic Park, 3894 Fort McAllister Road, Richmond Hill GA. Connoisseurs of classic cars are encouraged to show off their amazing autos for both the public as well as other automobile enthusiasts. Enjoy a day filled with cool rides, local history, and cannon and rifle firings. Classic cars, hot rods, muscle cars, customs and exotics are all welcome to attend. 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). Register in advance: $8.00. 912-727-2339, http://gastateparks.org/FortMcAllister


AL-Underground Railroad: Journey to Freedom - Saturday, February 3, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm, Burritt on the Mountain, 3101 Burritt Drive SE, Huntsville AL. The Underground Railroad had no tracks or train cars, but it moved thousands of slaves from the South to freedom. Experience following the clues from one “safe” house to the next in our simulation. Hear the music from this era and learn its significance as you create a craft that will remind you of the methods these courageous individuals used to escape slavery and build new lives for themselves. Learn some of the exciting stories of the brave women and men who risked their lives to achieve freedom for themselves and for others. Admission: $8.00 to $10.00. 256-536-2882, https://burrittonthemountain.com/


GA-Civil War Medicine - Saturday, February 3, 1:00 to 2:00 pm, Fort McAllister State Historic Park, 3894 Fort McAllister Road, Richmond Hill GA. Learn about some of the many tonics and remedies that doctors and surgeons used to heal ailments and injuries during the Civil War. Our rangers will use a period-correct doctors pack and show examples of the way surgeons performed amputations, plus the medicines used by doctors to treat anything from a toothaches to snake bites! 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: Adults $9.00, Seniors (62+) $8.00, Youth (6 to 17) $5.00. 912-727-2339, http://gastateparks.org/FortMcAllister


SC-History in the Landscape - Saturday, February 3, 1:00 to 2:00 pm, Hampton Plantation State Historic Site, 1950 Rutledge Road, McClellanville SC. Join a ranger for a 1.1 mile guided hike through the grounds of the plantation. This easy hike will take you through 300 years of plantation history. From the construction of massive rice fields by slaves to Archibald Rutledge's garden, you will learn how the people of Hampton have interacted with the landscape throughout its history. Admission: Adults $7.50, Children (ages 6 to 15) $3.50, or include a tour of the mansion for an additional $2.50 for adults, $1.50 for children (ages 6 to 15). 843-546-9361, https://southcarolinaparks.com/hampton


SC- 153rd Anniversary of the Battle of Rivers Bridge - Saturday, February 3, 1:30 pm, Rivers Bridge State Historic Site, 325 State Park Road, Ehrhardt SC. Battlefield tour at 1:30 pm followed by two speaker presentations at 3:00 pm. Historians David Smoot will talk about medicine of the Civil War and Dan Bell will speak about his research on the Union casualties from the battle buried in the Beaufort National Cemetery. Meet at the Community Building. Admission: Adults $5.00, Children (16 & under) are admitted free. 803-267-3675, rbridgesp@scprt.com


AL-Sing to Freedom: Music and Stories of the Underground Railroad - Saturday, February 3, 2:00 pm, UAB’s Alys Stephens Center. 1200 10th Avenue South, Birmingham AL. The Center presents Reggie Harris- internationally known singer, songwriter, and teaching artist. Along with his wife Kim, they have developed a multimedia exploration of slavery and the quest for freedom, presented in story, song and narratives. This performance is a dynamic and carefully researched presentation that incorporates interchangeable songs, stories, interactive participation with the audience and an award-winning film segment that highlights important aspects of this powerful historical chapter in America. Tickets: $10.00 to $15.00. www.alysstephens.org/events/sing-to-freedom/


GA-The History of Indian Springs - Saturday, February 3, 2:00 to 4:00 pm, Indian Springs State Park, 678 Lake Clark Road, Flovilla GA. Learn about the history of Indian Springs and how much this area has changed over the years. Take a tour of the park’s museum, sample the spring water and spend the day at Indian Springs State Park. A portion of General Sherman’s army camped overnight at Indian Springs during their March to the Sea (www.civilwarheritagetrails.org/ga-civil-war-trails-map/ewExternalFiles/MarchToTheSeaBrochure.pdf). Admission: $5.00 parking. 770-504-2277, http://gastateparks.org/IndianSprings


GA-Dalton Civil War Show - Saturday & Sunday, February 3 & 4, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Saturday, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm Sunday, Dalton Convention Center, 2211 Dug Gap Battle Road, Dalton GA. Annual Civil War relics show featuring the best in weapons, swords, dug items, uniforms, books and more. Free appraisals. Dalton 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: Adults $10.00, under age 10 are free with adult. 770-630-7296, www.mkshows.com


GA-Dalton Civil War Symposium - Saturday, February 3, 10:00 am to 1:30 pm, Lecture Hall, Northwest Georgia Trade and Convention Center, 2211 Dug Gap Battle Road, Dalton GA. Four prominent scholars will present various topics about the Civil War. Author Gould Hagler will show photos of Confederate memorials in Georgia and Alabama, Sal Cilella will discuss Civil War photography, historian Michael Shaffer will speak on the Civil War in southwestern Virginia, and author Stephen Davis will present insights on Confederate John B. Hood’s defense of Atlanta. Dalton is located on the historic driving route of the Atlanta Campaign Heritage Trail® (www.civilwarheritagetrails.org/ga-civil-war-trails-map/ewExternalFiles/AtlantaCampaignBrochure.pdf). Free admission for registrants of the Dalton Civil War Show.  800-777-1862, www.civilwarnews.com


GA-Solider Saturdays - Saturdays, February 3 & 17, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm each day, Fort McAllister State Historic Park, 3894 Fort McAllister Road, Richmond Hill GA. The fort's plantation house will be open and ready to be explored. A park ranger and a Civil War soldier will entertain topics of conversation ranging from fort history to spinning wool. Brace yourself as two time-tested weapons face off! 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: Adults $9.00, Seniors (62+) $8.00, Youth (6 to 17) $5.00. 912-727-2339, http://gastateparks.org/FortMcAllister


GA- Historic New Manchester Mill History Hike - February 3, 4, 18, 19, 24 & 25, Sweetwater Creek State Park, 1750 Mount Vernon Road, Lithia Springs GA. This hike follows Sweetwater Creek to the historic five-story Civil War era New Manchester mill with a Park Ranger. We will go inside the mill, situated alongside the lovely rapids (up to class IV+) of the creek. This walking tour requires a moderate mile-long hike. Dates & times are:

---Saturday, February 3, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm

---Sunday, February 4, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm

---Sunday, February 18, 3:00 to 4:30 pm

---Monday, February 19, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm, and 1:00 to 2:30 pm

---Saturday, February 24, 12:00 noon to 1:30 pm

---Sunday, February 25, 3:00 to 4:30 pm

Admission: $5.00 per person plus $5.00 parking. 770-732-5871, http://gastateparks.org/SweetwaterCreek


GA-“Bark in the Park” Dog Hike - February 3, 4, 10, 19, 24 & 25, Sweetwater Creek State Park, 1750 Mount Vernon Road, Lithia Springs GA. Walk the beautiful trails of the park with your four-legged companion. We'll enjoy a guided hike by a park ranger alongside the rapids of Sweetwater Creek and view the New Manchester Mill that was burned by Federal soldiers during the Civil War. Dates & times are:

---Saturday, February 3, 12:00 noon to 1:30 pm

---Sunday, February 4, 12:00 noon to 1:30 pm, and 2:00 to 3:30 pm

---Saturday, February 10, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm

---Monday, February 19, 10:00 to 11:30 am, and 2:00 to 3:30 pm

---Saturday, February 24, 2:00 to 3:30 pm

---Sunday, February 25, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm

Reservations required. Meet outside the Visitor's Center. Sturdy, closed-toe shoes are required. Admission: $5.00 per person plus $5.00 parking. 770-732-5871, http://gastateparks.org/SweetwaterCreek


GA-Civil War Music Program - Sundays, February 4 & 25, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm each day, Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park GA. Music during the Civil War served many functions. Not only did it help to organize and rally, but also went a long way to boost morale among the soldiers. Join musician and living historian K.D. Sellers as she demonstrates this using the fife. 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). FREE admission. 770-427-4686, www.nps.gov/kemo


AL-Fort Morgan Civil War Tours - Tuesdays, February 6, 13, 20 & 27, 2:00 to 2:45 pm (weather permitting), Fort Morgan State Historic Site, 51 Alabama Highway 180, Gulf Shores AL. A tour of the fort will be given by a uniformed interpreter. An artillery firing will occur during the tour. Admission to the fort: Adults $7.00, Students & Seniors (65+) $5.00, Children (ages 6 to 12) $4.00. 251-540-7127, www.fort-morgan.org/


AL-To the Gates of Atlanta - Thursday, February 8, 6:00 to 8:00 pm, Alabama Civil War Round Table, Vestavia Hills Public Library, 1221 Montgomery Highway (U.S. Hwy. 31), Vestavia Hills AL. Author Robert Jenkins Sr. will speak on his latest book entitled “To the Gates of Atlanta-From Kennesaw Mountain to Peach Tree Creek.” Mr. Jenkins is an attorney in Dalton, Georgia. His first book was entitled “The Battle of Peachtree Creek: Hood’s First Sortie, July 20th 1864.” Copies of both books will be available for purchase at the meeting. FREE admission. 205-980-6148, smfoss@msn.com


GA-Friday at the Forge - Fridays, February 9, 16 & 23, 4:00 to 5:00 pm each day, Fort McAllister State Historic Park, 3894 Fort McAllister Road, Richmond Hill GA. Our fort blacksmiths are going to heat up some metal! Come and learn all about how a blacksmith’s forge works. As we work the hot metal we will also be casting musket balls. 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: Adults $9.00, Seniors (62+) $8.00, Youth (6 to 17) $5.00. 912-727-2339, http://gastateparks.org/FortMcAllister


SC-The Freedom Experience at Mitchelville - Saturday, February 10, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm, Historic Mitchelville Freedom Park, 226 Beach City Road, Hilton Head Island SC (Rain location: St. James Baptist Church, 209 Beach City Road). Take a journey through historic Mitchelville and meet the influential men who were there; General Ormsby Mitchel, who the town was named after, and Reverend Murchison, the first pastor. These important figures were among others in establishing America’s first self-governed town of freedmen. Music by the renowned Lavon Stevens. FREE admission, donations encouraged. http://gullahcelebration.com/gullah-events/freedom-experience-at-mitchelville


GA-Kennesaw Mountain Trails Workday - Saturday, February 10, 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 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).


GA-The Orphan Brigade at Chickamauga - Saturday, February 10, 2:00 to 3:30 pm, Chickamauga Battlefield, 3370 LaFayette Road, Fort Oglethorpe GA. The history of the Confederate “Orphan Brigade” from Kentucky is one of the most storied of any unit of the Civil War and the epitomizes the notion of the war as “Brother Against Brother.” This walking tour will look at their role during the morning of September 20, 1863. Chickamauga Battlefield is located on the historic driving route of the Chickamauga/Atlanta Campaign Heritage Trail (www.civilwarheritagetrails.org/ga-civil-war-trails-map/ewExternalFiles/AtlantaCampaignBrochure.pdf). FREE admission. 706-866-9241, www.nps.gov/chch


GA-Valentine's Day Dinner and Dance at Fort McAllister - Saturday, February 10, 6:00 to 8:00 pm, Fort McAllister Road, Richmond Hill GA. Calling all couples for our annual valentine's day dinner and dance! Enjoy a nice hot meal surrounded by candle light and one of a kind ambiance! Share the evening with someone special in a beautiful, historic setting. After a lovely meal, enjoy period dances and songs with the Civil War soldiers of Fort McAllister. 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: $100.00 per couple; reservations required. 912-727-2339, http://gastateparks.org/FortMcAllister


SC-Civil War Encampment & Battle of Congaree Creek Tours - Saturday & Sunday, February 10 & 11, 12,000 Year History Park on Congaree Creek, 1120 Fort Congaree Trail, Cayce SC. Reproduction of a Civil war soldier camp with era style tents and campfires. Exhibits include Civil War weapons, artifacts and more. Reenactors in period attire will demonstrate life at the camp. At 1:00 pm each day there will be a tour at the site of the Battle of Congaree Creek with our volunteer guides and reenactors. At 6:00 pm on Saturday we'll have the popular Lantern Tour featuring reenactors in Civil War attire at several stops along the trail. Site open Saturday 10:00 am to 7:30 pm, Sunday 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. FREE admission. 803-765-2200, historyparkoncongareecreek@gmail.com


GA-Artillery Demonstration and Training - Sunday, February 11, 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm, Pickett’s Mill Battlefield State Historic Site, 4432 Mount Tabor Church Road, Dallas GA. Our Park artillery crew will be offering artillery training and orientation for all interested. Come out and learn what it takes to load, fire and maintain a Civil War field piece and join our artillery crew. FREE admission (today only). 770-443-7850, http://gastateparks.org/PickettsMillBattlefield


GA-Super Museum Sunday 2018 - Sunday, February 11, 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm, multiple sites in Savannah and throughout Coastal Georgia. Only once a year, from downtown Savannah to Statesboro and Darien, over 60 cultural institutions, historic sites, house museums, art museums and other points of interest in Coastal Georgia and select locations statewide open their doors FREE to the public. Many museums and sites are related to the Civil War period. FREE admission. 912-651-2125, http://georgiahistory.com/


SC-Living History Through the Eyes of the Enslaved - Friday, February 16, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, 3550 Ashley River Road, Charleston SC. School groups and the general public are invited to a day of living history to include period cooking, blacksmithing and storytelling. Admission: Adults $20.00, school groups with proper ID are free. 843-571-1266, www.magnoliaplantation.com/


GA-Labor Behind the Veil - Fridays, February 16 & 23, 3:00 pm, Old Governor’s Mansion, 120 South Clarke Street, Milledgeville GA. Join us as we present a tour to highlight the lives of African Americans who toiled under the veil of slavery. The Old Governor’s Mansion is located on the “Left Wing” historic driving route of the March to the Sea Heritage Trail®, at interpretive marker # L14 (http://www.civilwarheritagetrails.org/ga-civil-war-trails-map/ga-march-to-the-sea.html).  Admission: Adults $8.00, Students $4.00. 478-445-4545, www.gcsu.edu/mansion


AL-Alabama Authors Day - Saturday, February 17, 11:00 am, Historic Blakeley State Park, 34745 Alabama Hwy. 225, Spanish Fort AL. This special celebration showcases the work of accomplished writers throughout the state, with an emphasis on Gulf Coast authors and those who explore topics associated with regional history and natural heritage. This year’s lineup includes Dr. Matthew Downs of the University of Mobile, Glenn Wills, independent historian and photographer, Sharon D. Marsh, author of “The First Florida Union Cavalry Volunteers in the Civil War: The Men and Regimental History” and Gary Mullen, Professor Emeritus at Auburn University. Admission: Complimentary with regular park admission of $4.00 for adults and $3.00 for children ages 6 to 12. 251-626-0798, www.blakeleypark.com


GA-19th Century Father/Daughter Dance - Saturday, February 17, 6:00 to 8:00 pm, Cannonball House, 856 Mulberry Street, Macon GA. Come spend a special evening dancing 19th century dances in our historic parlors; for girls K-12th grade and their fathers. Games and a scavenger hunt will be part of the evening's activities. Attire: semi-formal. Light refreshments will be served. Reservations required. Admission: $20.00 per couple, $5.00 for extra person. 478-745-5982, http://cannonballhouse.org/


GA-Lift Every Voice: African-Americans in Civil War Navies - Saturdays, February 17 & 24, 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm, and 2:30 to 4:30 pm each day, National Civil War Naval Museum, 1002 Victory Drive, Columbus GA. The museum will be offering this special interactive tour with first person living history interpretations. It offers patrons a variety of stories, highlighting the Navy experience through the eyes of African American nurses, pilots, sailors and engineers. Admission: Adults $7.50, Military & Seniors (65 and up) $6.50, Students $6.00, Children age 6 and under are free. 706-327-9798, www.portcolumbus.org


GA-African-American Experiences at Chickamauga, 1860 to 1945 - Sunday, February 18, 2:00 to 4:00 pm, Chickamauga Battlefield, 3370 LaFayette Road, Fort Oglethorpe GA. This two hour car caravan tour will explore the experiences of African Americans who fought, lived, and worked at Chickamauga Battlefield from the Civil War through World War II. Chickamauga Battlefield is located on the historic driving route of the Chickamauga/Atlanta Campaign Heritage Trail (www.civilwarheritagetrails.org/ga-civil-war-trails-map/ewExternalFiles/AtlantaCampaignBrochure.pdf). FREE admission. 706-866-9241, www.nps.gov/chch


GA-Living History at Panola Mountain - Sunday, February 18, 2:00 to 4:00 pm, Panola Mountain State Park, 2620 GA Hwy. 155 SW, Stockbridge GA. Learn about Panola Mountain's rich history through hands-on living history demonstrations at the Parker House that depict everyday family life during years prior to the Civil War. Participate in activities including candle making, butter churning, cooking, making rag dolls and other period games, all from guides in historic period clothing. Stockbridge is located on 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 per person plus $5.00 parking. Reservations recommended. 770-389-7801, http://gastateparks.org/PanolaMountain


GA-The Confederacy’s European Problem - Monday, February 19, 6:00 to 8:00 pm, Snelling Center, 3165 Washington Road, Augusta GA. Paul Quigley, History Professor at Virginia Tech University, will speak on the topic “The Confederacy’s European Problem” during the monthly meeting of the Augusta Civil War Round Table. Free admission for first time visitors. 706-736-2909, gfy@gwenfulcheryoung.com


SC-Defending Carolina: Civil War Battlefields Tour- Tuesday to Thursday, February 20 to 22, Santee State Park, 251 State Park Road, Santee SC. During the first months of 1865, Confederate forces readied themselves to defend against the invading army led by Union Major General William T. Sherman. As the Northern army advanced toward Columbia, it had to cross well defended positions along several rivers. Join expert guides at two of these well preserved battlefields along the line of advance, at Rivers Bridge State Historic Site and at Congaree Creek. Well preserved earthworks at both sites will provide a better understanding of what the Union Army faced and how the Confederate defenders hoped to delay them. The program includes two nights in the lakeside cabins at Santee State Park, two guided battlefield tours, and transportation from Santee State Park to the sites and back. There will be walking involved at both field sites up to about a mile and it will also involve walking on uneven terrain through wooded areas. Cost: $129/person (double occupancy), $225/person (single occupancy). 803-854-2408, http://discoversouthcarolina.com/products/10004541


GA-AmeriCorps Homeschool Friday at Pickett's Mill Battlefield - Friday, February 23, 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, Pickett’s Mill Battlefield State Historic Site, 4432 Mount Tabor Church Road, Dallas GA. Join AmeriCorps Rangers at Pickett's Mill Battlefield for a History Hike & Stream Ecology. Program appropriate for grades 3 to 7. Must preregister and prepay by calling the Visitor Center on a Thursday through Saturday between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm. Park admission: $3.00 to $5.50. 770-443-7850, http://gastateparks.org/PickettsMillBattlefield


SC-24th Annual Battle of Aiken Reenactment - Friday through Sunday, February 23 through 25, 1210 Powell Pond Road, Aiken SC. See history come alive with cannon, cavalry and living history experts. For three days, reenactors eat, sleep, live and fight in a painfully recreated version of the world in 1865. This War Between the States event has grown from a few hundred men with muskets to a full-blown Civil War festival. In addition to battle reenactments, there are authentic 19th-century military encampments, living history presentations, reproductions of medical facilities, an engineer and signal service, musicians, and civilian portrayals. Food is available for purchase. Friday: free admission for school groups with reservations although a donation of canned goods is encouraged. Saturday & Sunday: open to the general public 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Directions: I-20 to Exit #18, SC Hwy. 19. Turn south toward Aiken. Turn left onto Powell Pond Road and follow signs. Admission: Adults $12.00, Children (ages 6 to 12) $6.00, under age 6 are free. 888-378-7623, www.battleofaiken.org/


SC-African American Heritage at Hampton Plantation - Saturday, February 24, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, Hampton Plantation State Historic Site, 1950 Rutledge Road, McClellanville SC. Experience first-hand the life of Hampton Plantation’s enslaved and their contributions to Hampton Plantation and to South Carolina history. There will be traditional story telling by Dontavious Williams, portraying Adam, an enslaved run away, the history of slavery in South Carolina as told by Christine Mitchell and emancipation as told by Joseph McGill. Visitors can also take specialized tours focusing on the lives of the enslaved at Hampton, and participate in indigo dye demonstrations and rice processing demonstrations. Admission (which includes a house tour and access to the program) Adults $15.00, Children $7.50. 843-546-9361, https://southcarolinaparks.com/hampton


GA-“Your Excellency, We Need Your Help!” - Monday, February 26, 7:30 pm, Historic Second Baptist Church, Bobo Road, New Hope community (near Dallas) GA. Historian Phillip Whiteman will look at how Confederate state governors handled the numerous and complex problems of running a state government during war time while fighting not only the enemy forces but also their state legislatures, the national Confederate government and their own divided citizenry. FREE admission. wdwcsa@aol.com