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GA-Living Wreathes - Saturday, December 1, 10:00 am to 12:00 noon, Jarrell Plantation State Historic Site, 711 Jarrell Plantation Road, Juliette GA. Christmas is coming, so it is time to get the house decorated for a visit from Kris Kringle. In this hands-on workshop, assemble your very own live wreath using greenery that will last through the holiday season. Union Major General William T. Sherman’s army visited Jarrell Plantation during their March to the Sea. Pre-registration required by Saturday, November 24. Program fee: $10.00, includes materials and site admission. 478-986-5172, http://gastateparks.org/JarrellPlantation


AL-Belle Mont’s A Plantation Christmas - Saturday, December 1, 1:00 to 5:00 pm, Belle Mont Mansion, 1569 Cook Lane, Tuscumbia AL. The annual event at this impressive antebellum mansion will feature traditional decorations of fresh greenery and fruit. Vocalists and musicians will present period music and dancers will perform vintage ballroom dance at intervals throughout the afternoon. Costumed docents will be on hand to share the history of the house and to serve refreshments. Admission charged.  256-381-5052, http://preserveala.org/bellemont.aspx


GA-The History of Indian Springs - Saturday, December 1, 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-Gordon-Lee Mansion Candle-light Tours - December 1, 7 & 8, 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 Chickamauga Campaign portion of the historic driving route of the Atlanta Campaign Heritage Trail®: www.civilwarheritagetrails.org/ga-civil-war-trails-map/ga-atlanta-campaign.html. Admission: Adults $5.00, Children (ages 12 & under) $1.00. 423-488-0861, www.friendsofthegordonleemansion.org/main.html


SC-Brattonsville Christmas Candlelight Tours - Saturdays, December 1 & 8, 3:00 to 9:00 pm each evening, Historic Brattonsville, 1444 Brattonsville Road, McConnells SC. Light up your family’s holiday as costumed interpreters depict Christmas traditions of the 18th and 19th centuries in family-friendly hands-on activities, theatrical scenarios and more. Admission: Adults $8.00, Seniors $7.00, Children (ages 4 to 17) $5.00. 803-684-2327, http://chmuseums.org/brattonsville


GA-Civil War Music Program - Sundays, December 2 & 9, 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


GA-Paducah and the Civil War - Thursday, December 6, 7:00 pm, Hilton Atlanta Marietta Hotel & Conference Center, 500 Powder Springs Street, Marietta GA. Author John Cashon will speak during the monthly meeting of the Civil War Round Table of Cobb County. The City of Marietta 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: $5.00; first-time guests are free. cobbcivilwarrt@gmail.com, www.cobbcwrt.org/


GA-Kennesaw Mountain Trails Workday - Saturday, December 8, 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® (http://www.civilwarheritagetrails.org/ga-civil-war-trails-map/ga-atlanta-campaign.html). 770-427-4686, www.kennesawmountaintrailclub.org (check beforehand concerning possible cancellation due to cold or bad weather).


GA-Candlelight Hike to the Mill - Saturday, December 8, 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. No children under 6 years or dogs permitted. No reservations. Admission: $5.00 per person plus $5.00 parking; cash only. 770-732-5871, http://gastateparks.org/SweetwaterCreek


GA-Christmas Comes to Liberty Hall - Sunday, December 9, 1:00 to 4:00 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 tour, accompanied by the sounds of the Victorian Era. Refreshments will be served. Admission: $4.00 to $8.00. 706-456-2602, http://gastateparks.org/AHStephens


AL-Pond Spring Christmas Celebration - Sunday, December 9, 1:00 to 5:00 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-Winter Muster and Battle at Fort McAllister - Saturday, December 15, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, Fort McAllister State Historic Park, 3894 Fort McAllister Road, Richmond Hill GA. Skirmishes between Confederates and Federals will be on-going throughout the day. Visitors will be able to explore the fortifications in its most solemn hour as the Confederates attempt to hold off the advancing armies of General Sherman from taking Fort McAllister, and ultimately, Savannah. 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


AL-Wreathes Across America - Saturday, December 15, at cemeteries 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 15, at cemeteries 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 15, at cemeteries 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-Candlelight Christmas at Jarrell Plantation - Saturday, December 15, 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


AL-Alabama Confederate Christmas Ball - Saturday, December 15, 7:00 to 11:00 pm, Cullman Civic Center, 510 5th Street SW, Cullman AL. Step back in time and fill your dance card as you swirl the dance floor to authentic reels, promenades and waltzes popular during the 1860’s. Light refreshments will be served. Period dress is a must for participants and optional for spectators. Tickets: $20.00 to $40.00. 256-998-1661


GA-Living History at Panola Mountain - Sunday, December 16, 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-Volunteer Work Day at Jarrell Plantation - Saturday, December 29, 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-New Year’s Ghosts and Legends of Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation - Monday, December 31, 10:00 pm to 12:30 am, Hofwyl-Broadfield State Historic Site, 5556 U.S. Hwy. 17 North, Brunswick GA. A special New Year’s edition of Ghosts and Legends of Hofwyl Broadfield Plantation. The tour will start on New Year’s Eve and will celebrate the New Year at midnight by ringing the historic Plantation Bell before ending at 12:30 am. Tickets: $15.00; reservations required! 912-264-7333, http://gastateparks.org/HofwylBroadfieldPlantation