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GA-Last Days of Stonewall Jackson - Thursday, March 1, 7:00 pm, Hilton Atlanta Marietta Hotel & Conference Center, 500 Powder Springs Street, Marietta GA. Historian Chris Mackowski 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-Fort Morgan Guided Tours - Tuesdays & Thursdays, March 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27 & 29, 10:00 to 11:00 am, Fort Morgan State Historic Site, 110 State Highway 180, Gulf Shores AL. Living history interpreters will take you on a guided tour of Fort Morgan. 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


GA-Candle Light Tour at Pickett’s Mill Battlefield - Friday & Saturday, March 2 & 3, Pickett’s Mill Battlefield State Historic Site, 4432 Mount Tabor Church Road, Dallas GA. Take a guided candlelit walk through this Civil War battlefield, and then watch cannon and musket firings. Walk the ravine where Confederate General Patrick Cleburne planned a daring night assault to capture the Federal positions. Experience civilians and soldiers being forced from the woods. 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/ga-atlanta-campaign.html). Friday: 7:00 to 9:00 pm, Saturday: 6:00 to 9:00 pm. Admission: $10.00. 770-443-7850, http://georgiastateparks.org/PickettsMillBattlefield


SC-17th Annual Battle for Broxton Bridge Reenactment - Friday through Sunday, March 2 through 4, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm daily, Broxton Bridge Plantation, U.S. Hwy. 601, Ehrhardt SC. Living history and reenactment on the 153rd anniversary of the Battle of Broxton Bridge. Special attractions include the H. L. Hunley submarine traveling exhibit. Living History Day for schoolchildren is Friday. Battle reenactments on part of the actual Civil War battlefield are at 2:00 pm on both Saturday and Sunday. Admission: Adults $10.00, Children (ages 6 to 17) $3.00. 800-437-4868, http://broxtonbridge.com/battle.htm


AL-Road to Freedom Wagon Tour at Old Cahawba - Saturday, March 3, 10:00 am, Old Cahawba Archaeological Park, Orrville (near Selma) AL. 100 years before the 1965 Voting Rights March focused on the Dallas County Courthouse in nearby Selma a brave community of recently emancipated African-Americans gathered around an older courthouse in Cahawba. This wagon tour tells the story of Cahawba’s African American majority and traces their path from slavery to freedom with a special emphasis on how they reshaped Cahawba as they pursued their dreams of equality. From 1819 to 1826 Cahawba served as Alabama’s first capital. Today the Alabama Historical Commission owns and operates this significant archaeological site. Welcome Center Address: 9518 Cahaba Road, Orrville, AL 36767. Fee: Adults $10.00, Children $8.00. 334-872-8058, cahawba@bellsouth.net


SC-History in the Landscape - Saturday, March 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


GA-The History of Indian Springs - Saturday, March 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-Civil War Music Program - Saturdays, March 3 & 24, 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- Conde-Charlotte Museum Learning Lunch - Wednesday, March 7, 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm, The History Museum of Mobile, 111 South Royal Street, Mobile AL. Join Mobile Architectural Historian Cart Blackwell when he tells the winding history of one of the oldest houses in the state: the Conde-Charlotte Museum. Built in 1822 to be the first jail in the city of Mobile, the property became the beautiful Kirkbride home prior to the Civil War. In the early 20th century, it served as a boarding house, and eventually was purchased by the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of Alabama, which turned it into the historic house museum that it is today. FREE admission. 251-208-7569, www.historymuseumofmobile.com/


AL-49th Historic Mobile Homes Tour - Thursday through Sunday, March 8 through 11, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm daily, 300 Leighton Place, Mobile, AL. The tour includes some of Mobile’s finest historic churches, cemeteries and private homes rarely seen by the public. During the spring, Mobile is blooming with azaleas and camellias. Tickets: $35.00 in advance, $40.00 on site. 251-432-6161, www.historicmobiletour.com/


GA-Kennesaw Mountain Trails Workday - Saturday, March 10, 8:30 am to 1:00 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 Battles and Campaigns of Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest, 1861-1865 - Saturday, March 10, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center, 3370 LaFayette Road, Fort Oglethorpe GA. You are invited to meet and discuss with author John R. Scales his new book, “The Battles and Campaigns of Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest, 1861-1865.” Nathan Bedford Forrest was one of the most interesting and controversial personalities of the Civil War.  He is either hailed as a hero because of his abilities as a cavalryman or hated because of his post-war association with the Ku Klux Klan. Scales examines Forrest’s wartime activities and how his actions affected the war in the Western Theater. Scales’ extensive study and firsthand sources provide readers with details for each of Forrest’s campaigns. Included in this work are more than 100 maps and terrain information. Scales relies on his own military background to help evaluate Forrest’s command ability and potential as a result of his experiences. Chickamauga Battlefield is located on the Chickamauga Campaign portion of the historic driving route for the Atlanta Campaign Heritage Trail® (www.civilwarheritagetrails.org/ga-civil-war-trails-map/ewExternalFiles/AtlantaCampaignBrochure.pdf). FREE admission. 706-866-9287, mariemaquar@easternnational.org


GA-Living History Weekend at Andersonville - Saturday & Sunday, March 10 & 11, 9:00 am to 4:30 pm each day, Andersonville National Historic Site, GA Hwy. 49, Andersonville GA. Andersonville National Historic Site hosts its annual Civil War Living History Weekend, offering visitors the opportunity to gain a better understanding of what life was like at Camp Sumter, the infamous military prison near Andersonville. Civil War period living historians will portray Union prisoners, Confederate guards and civilians. A variety of programs will be offered on both days, including guard drill and artillery demonstrations. FREE admission. 229 924-0343, www.nps.gov/ande


AL-Battle of Cuba Station Reenactment - Saturday & Sunday, March 10 through 11, 10:30 am to 4:00 pm daily, East Spruce Street (County Road 21) & South Church Street, Gainesville AL. Smell the smoke, feel the thunder of the cannon, and watch the cavalry duel as Civil War re-enactors from gather to recreate historical clashes of the Civil War. Friday is “school day.” There will also be two memorial services: Saturday at the Nathan Bedford Forrest Monument and Sunday at the City Cemetery. Admission: $5.00 per person. 205-499-0944, www.crazycrow.com/site/event/battle-of-cuba-station-reenactment


GA-That Bloody Hill: Hilliard’s Legion at Chickamauga - Sunday, March 11, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center, 3370 LaFayette Road, Fort Oglethorpe GA. You are invited to meet and discuss with author Lee Elder his new book entitled “That Bloody Hill: Hilliard’s Legion at Chickamauga.” It sheds new light on the fighting done by Hilliard’s Legion during the Battle of Chickamauga, a part of Archibald Gracie’s Confederate brigade. Elder shows conclusively that Gracie’s command was never forced from the top of Horseshoe Ridge and that some men from Hilliard’s Legion penetrated to the top of the ridge. A reexamination of the battle’s conclusion highlights the Legion’s role in the final movement. Chickamauga Battlefield is located on the Chickamauga Campaign portion of the historic driving route for the Atlanta Campaign Heritage Trail® (www.civilwarheritagetrails.org/ga-civil-war-trails-map/ewExternalFiles/AtlantaCampaignBrochure.pdf). FREE admission. 706-866-9287, mariemaquar@easternnational.org


SC-Reenactment of African American Women During the Civil War - Friday, March 16, 10:30 to 11:45 am, South Carolina Department of Archives and History, 8301 Parklane Road, Columbia SC. A reenactment of African American women during the Civil War era will be performed by Female Reenactors of Distinction (FREED), an auxiliary organization of the African American Civil War Museum in Washington, D.C., who use drama and storytelling to bring to life untold stories of struggle, strength and success. Their performance will highlight six distinctive voices and characters of the period. Appropriate for general audiences and students in grades 3 thru 8. FREE admission, but registration is required. 843-639-2455, www.surveymonkey.com/r/MNNDM2T


AL-43rd Annual Historic Selma Pilgrimage - Friday & Saturday, March 16 & 17, 8:30 am to 4:00 pm daily, Vaughan-Smitherman Museum, 109 Union Street, Selma AL. Beneath the moss-covered trees Selma opens its doors for the 43rd annual Historic Selma Pilgrimage. Visitors will experience hands-on history through guided tours of homes in many architectural styles including Antebellum and Victorian, four museums, an operating 1860s grist mill, historic church, art shows and more. Admission charged. 334-412-8550, www.selmapilgrimage.org


GA-Hills of Iron and Iron Pour - Saturday, March 17, 10:00 am to 7:00 pm, Red Top Mountain State Park, 50 Lodge Road SE, Acworth GA. Celebrate the area’s rich 19th century iron mining history! Ranger-led hayrides, pioneer life, history hikes, and an Iron pour fill this exciting day! Ranger-led iron mine hayrides at Iron Hill Trail from 10:00 am to – 12:00 noon; ride leaves every half hour, with last ride leaving at 11:30 am. Some light hiking required to explore iron mine. Scratch blocks on sale at 2:00 pm by Casting Shed behind old Park Office; limit one block per customer, as supplies last. Pour starts at Casting Shed at 6:00 pm. Event will be cancelled in case of inclement weather. Admission: $5.00 parking. 770-975-0055, http://gastateparks.org/RedTopMountain


GA-Shoupade Park Open House – Saturday, March 17, 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm, Shoupade Park, 4757-4779 Oakdale Road, Smyrna GA. Join us for the 6th annual Open House at Cobb County's Shoupade Park. Historian Michael Shaffer will be giving spontaneous tours of this unique Civil War site. This event is subject to weather conditions. FREE admission and family friendly! www.RiverLine.org


GA-The Homefront at Chickamauga - Saturday, March 17, 2:00 to 3:00 pm, Chickamauga Battlefield, 3370 LaFayette Road, Fort Oglethorpe GA. The Battle of Chickamauga sent ripples throughout the country, with 34,000 casualties the battle was felt throughout the country.  This talk will look at the effect of the battle on the lives of those at home. 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-The Battle at Manassas - Saturday & Sunday, March 17 & 18, off U.S. Hwy. 280 between Reidsville and Claxton GA. This 19th annual reenactment will be held at “Fort Wallace-Wood.” Over 400 reenactors expected; battles each day at 2:00 pm. Food and sutlers on site. Signs and flags posts on U.S. Hwy. 280 to give directions to the site. Saturday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Sunday until 3:00 pm. Admission: Adults $5.00, Children under age 11 free with adult. 912-557-6649, www.tattnallcountyga.com/the-battle-at-manassas.cfm


GA-Living History at Panola Mountain - Sunday, March 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 Confederate Battle Flag - Monday, March 19, 6:00 to 8:00 pm, Snelling Center, 3165 Washington Road, Augusta GA. Dr. John M. Coski, Historian at The American Civil War Museum in Richmond, Virginia, will speak on the topic entitled “The Confederate Battle Flag” during the monthly meeting of the Augusta Civil War Round Table. Free admission for first time visitors. 706-736-2909, gfy@gwenfulcheryoung.com


SC-The Confederate Secret Service - Tuesday, March 20, 6:00 pm, South Carolina Department of Archives and History, 8301 Parklane Road, Columbia SC. Join Colonel Harold Mills as he discusses the organization, key officials and functions of the Confederate Secret Service, to include domestic and international espionage, clandestine and covert activities. Recent scholarship provides interesting insight to the Confederate secret money trail that funded intelligence programs and to the patriotic agents who risked their lives for the cause. The presentation includes the colorful stories of some of the most famous Confederate “spies” who operated under the noses of Union officials. Colonel Mills is a retired U.S. Air Force Colonel and a career intelligence officer with over 20 years of active service. Registration fee: $10.00. 803-896-0339, https://scarchivesandhistoryfoundation.org/2018/02/08/spring-speaker-series/


AL- The Mobile Bay Campaign: A Boat, Field & Walking Tour - Thursday through Saturday, March 22 through 24, based in Daphne (near Mobile) AL. Tour through the stunningly beautiful Mobile Bay region, exploring the sites on land and water where one of the Civil War’s last major campaigns occurred. We’ll visit the site where Admiral Farragut famously exhorted his men to “Damn the Torpedoes” and steam ahead as he led his fleet into Mobile Bay under the thundering guns of Forts Morgan and Gaines. We’ll walk over portions of one of the nation’s best-preserved battlefields at Fort Blakeley, where Federal troops made one of the last charges of the war across a three-mile wide front in Alabama’s largest Civil War land battle. We’ll venture by pontoon cruise boat into the tranquil waters of the Mobile-Tensaw Delta for a unique view of the battlefields of Spanish Fort and Blakeley, gateways to Mobile, and visit remote locations where Confederate and Union army and navy forces battled for control of one of the last major cities to remain in Confederate hands. We’ll also visit several sites in historic Mobile itself, where we’ll view incredible artifacts from the city’s Civil War years and relics from the storied CSS Alabama as well as stops at a few of Mobile’s venerable antebellum mansions. Tour led by author and historian Mike Bunn, Director of Historic Blakeley State Park. Tour fee: $495/person (excluding lodging & some meals). 800-298-1861, www.cwea.net


GA-2018 RiverBlast! Festival at Port Columbus - Friday through Sunday, March 23 through 25, National Civil War Naval Museum, 1002 Victory Drive, Columbus GA. The RiverBlast! 2018 Festival will explore the role Columbus, Georgia portrayed in the Civil War from a naval perspective. Museum visitors can enjoy a number of creative, family-friendly, and fun programs each day. This educational and fun weekend event includes live entertainment, family activities, cannon firings and Civil War demonstrations. Vendors will be on hand offering food, drink and merchandise, and guests can also tour the museum as a part of their admission. This year’s festivities will include a special FREE living history event on Friday evening, “An Evening with The Generals.” Attendees will enjoy a first person interpretation of the preeminent General Grant and General Lee. Friday 6:30 to 9:00 pm, Saturday, 10:00 am to 8:00 pm, Sunday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Admission on Saturday & Sunday: Adults $7.50, Children (ages 6 to 16) $6.00. 706-327-9798, www.ColumbusRiverBlast.com


GA-15th Annual Civil War Symposium: “Home Sweet Home” - Saturday, March 24, 8:30 am to 12:00 noon, KSU Center, 3333 Busbee Drive, Room 400, Kennesaw GA. The Center for the Study of the Civil War Era will host its 15th annual symposium around the theme of “Home Sweet Home.” Speakers will be Drs. Tracy J. Revels and Brian S. Wills, with music by the renowned Bobby Horton. The Center focuses on providing quality programming that reflects academic inquiry and greater understanding of the causes, nature and effects of the bloodiest conflict in American history. FREE admission; donations encouraged. 470-578-2551, http://cwc.hss.kennesaw.edu


AL-Wilcox Historical Society Spring Pilgrimage - Saturday, March 24, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Camden AL. Join us for a tour of the area’s most loved antebellum homes. The Society is presenting this pilgrimage in cooperation with the historic towns of Furman, Pine Apple and Oak Hill. Churches, schools and Snow Hill Institute will also be open. Tickets: $20.00. 334-682-4929, wilcoxbicentennialsociety@gmail.com


GA-Refugee Encampment - Saturday, March 24, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, Pickett’s Mill Battlefield State Historic Site, 4432 Mount Tabor Church Road, Dallas GA. Experience what it was like for the Pickett family and others to be forced from their homes. Learn how the refugees had to survive and stay away from the fighting. 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/ga-atlanta-campaign.html). Admission: Adults $5.50, Seniors (ages 62+) $3.50, Youth (ages 6 to 17) $3.00. 770-443-7850, http://georgiastateparks.org/PickettsMillBattlefield


AL-24th Annual “Siege at Bridgeport” Reenactment - Saturday & Sunday, March 24 & 25, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm daily, 2361 County Road 255, Bridgeport AL. Bridgeport brings history alive when 1,500 re-enactors thrill thousands of curious visitors and history buffs with their authentic re-creation of this fateful battle of the Civil War. Also included are period music, authentic encampment and vendors of historical objects and clothing. School day on Friday; open to general public on Saturday & Sunday. Admission: Adults $5.00. 800-259-5508, www.siegeatbridgeport.com


SC-The Skirmish at Gamble’s Hotel Reenactment - Saturday & Sunday, March 24 & 25, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm daily, Rankin Plantation, 4789 East Old Marion Hwy., Florence SC. The Skirmish at Gamble’s Hotel depicts an encounter that occurred on March 5, 1865 when 500 Federal soldiers marched into the Florence area to destroy the railroad depot. They were met by Confederate soldiers and 400 area home guards. The Rankin Plantation includes a beautiful antebellum home, with 22 Greek-style, Doric columns on three sides. Events include a “battle” both days, numerous skill demonstrations, a Saturday night dance, Sunday morning church service and more. Admission: Adults $10.00, Students (ages 12 to 18) $5.00. www.23rdsc.com/event/index.htm


GA-Civil War Music - Thursday, March 29, 7:00 to 8:00 pm, Bartow History Museum, 4 East Church Street, Cartersville GA. Musician Laney House, a multi-instrumentalist music historian, will discuss and perform songs from before, during, and after the Civil War, including popular songs of the era, as well as songs and tunes indigenous to the northwest Georgia area. Cartersville is located on the historic driving route of the Atlanta Campaign Heritage Trail®: www.civilwarheritagetrails.org/ga-civil-war-trails-map/ga-atlanta-campaign.html. Museum admission: Adults $6.50, Seniors (65+) & Students $5.50, Active Military & Children (ages 5 and under) are free. 770-382-3818, http://bartowhistorymuseum.org/


GA-Friday at the Forge - Friday, March 30, 4:00 to 4:30 pm, Fort McAllister State 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’ll 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: $5.00 to $9.00. 912-727-2339, http://gastateparks.org/FortMcAllister


GA-Avenue of Flags at Andersonville - March 30 through April 11, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm daily, Andersonville National Cemetery, GA Hwy. 49, Andersonville GA. The Avenue of Flags is a display of American flags arrayed on both sides of the principal avenue that leads from the main entrance into Andersonville National Cemetery. The Avenue of Flags reinforces patriotism, national pride and represents a visible, bold and proud display of flags. It is arrayed five times each year for several days around various national holidays and events. FREE admission. 229-924-0343, www.nps.gov/ande/index.htm


GA-“Birding the Battlefield” - Saturday, March 31, 7:30 to 10:00 am, Chickamauga Battlefield, 3370 LaFayette Road, Fort Oglethorpe GA. The battlefield gets the added experience of having migratory birds fly through from time to time. Ranger and volunteers will help meld the birding experience today with soldiers’ experiences in 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


AL-Miss Annie Wheeler’s Heirloom Plant Sale - Saturday, March 31, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, Pond Spring, 12280 AL Hwy. 20, Hillsboro AL. Visit Pond Spring, The General Joe Wheeler Home, and take home a piece of his daughter’s historic garden. Special to the sale are boxwood propagated from the English Dwarf variety that Miss Annie planted on site nearly 100 years ago. Other plants available for sale include English ivy, vinca, daffodils, irises, daylilies, spider lilies and more – all harvested from the historic gardens. Proceeds help fund future restoration efforts on the Wheeler home and 50-acre site. Admission: Adults $8.00, Students, Seniors (65+) and Military $5.00, Children (ages 6 to 18) $3.00. 256-637-8513, http://ahc.alabama.gov/properties/pondspring/pondspring.aspx


GA-“Bark in the Park” Dog Hike - Saturday, March 31, 10:00 to 11:30 am, 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. 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-Volunteer Work Day at Jarrell Plantation - Saturday, March 31, 10:00 am to 12:00 noon, Jarrell Plantation State Historic Site, 711 Jarrell Plantation Road, Juliette GA. Lend a helping hand by assisting staff members with various projects such as housekeeping, gardening, decorating and by participating in special events. 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. In exchange for their hard work, volunteers will receive FREE admission for the day. 478-986-5172, http://gastateparks.org/JarrellPlantation


GA-Soldier Saturday - Saturday, March 31, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Fort McAllister State 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! The atlatl or the Civil War musket, who will win? 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-Washington-Wilkes Spring Festival & Tour of Homes - Saturday, March 31, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Register at First Baptist Church, 105 West Robert Toombs Avenue, Washington (Wilkes County) GA. Visit antebellum homes, churches and historic sites, Tiffany windows at Mary Willis Library, the Robert Toombs House, Washington-Wilkes Museum and Washington’s timeless square filled with music and artisans. The City of Washington and Wilkes County are located on the historic driving route of the Jefferson Davis Heritage Trail (www.civilwarheritagetrails.org/ga-civil-war-trails-map/ga-jefferson-davis.html). Tour tickets: $30.00/person, available at First Baptist Church, includes shuttle service to homes, museums and churches. 706-678-2013, www.wwtourofhomes.com


GA- Historic New Manchester Mill History Hike - Saturday, March 31, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm, 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. Admission: $5.00 per person plus $5.00 parking. 770-732-5871, http://gastateparks.org/SweetwaterCreek


GA-Author John Scales Discusses Nathan Bedford Forrest - Saturday, March 31, 2:00 to 3:00 pm, Visitor Center, Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, 900 Kennesaw Mountain Drive, Kennesaw GA. Author John Scales discusses and fields questions on his book, ‘The Campaigns and Battles of General Nathan Bedford Forrest: Kentucky to Chickamauga, 1861-1863.” The book examines the campaigns and battles in which Forrest participated during the first two years of the war. . 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/


GA- “Once in a Blue Moon” Full Moon Hike - Saturday, March 31, 7:30 to 9:00 pm, Sweetwater Creek State Park, 1750 Mount Vernon Road, Lithia Springs GA. This 1.5-mile hike is moderately difficult and goes down 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 dogs, or children under age 6. Meet inside the Visitor's Center. Reservations required. Admission: $6.00 per person plus $5.00 parking. 770-732-5871, http://gastateparks.org/SweetwaterCreek