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GA-First Day History Hike at A. H. Stephens - Tuesday, January 1, 9:30 to 11:00 am, A. H. Stephens State Park, 456 Alexander Street NW, Crawfordville GA. Get started with your New Year’s resolutions by joining us on a pet-friendly ranger-led hike. We’ll explore the history of Confederate Vice President Alexander H. Stephens and more! Meet at Lake Liberty, in front of our park office. Bring water and wear sturdy shoes. Admission: $5.00 per person, plus $5.00 for parking. 706-456-2602, https://gastateparks.org/AHStephens


GA-New Manchester Mill First Day History Hike - Tuesday, January 1, 10:00 to 11:30 am, and 2:00 to 3:30 pm, Sweetwater Creek State Park, 1750 Mount Vernon Road, Lithia Springs GA. This one mile easy-to-moderate hike will lead us to the five-story ruins of the Civil War era New Manchester textile mill. This hike will include going inside the ruins and seeing the lovely rapids providing great photo opportunities. Admission: $5.00 per person plus $5.00 parking; cash only. 770-732-5871, http://gastateparks.org/SweetwaterCreek


GA-First Day Hike at Hamburg - Tuesday, January 1, 10:30 am to 12:00 noon, Hamburg State Park, 6071 Hamburg State Park Road, Mitchell GA. Join the ranger to walk the Red Trail while enjoying picturesque lakefront views of the Hamburg Grist Mill and a discussion of its history. Please dress for the weather, bring water, and wear sturdy shoes. Afterwards, we will tour the Hamburg Mill and Agricultural Museum. Hamburg State Park is located on the historic driving route of the Jefferson Davis Heritage Trail: https://www.civilwarheritagetrails.org/ga-civil-war-trails-map/index.html. Admission: $5.00 per person, plus $5.00 for parking. 478-552-2393, https://gastateparks.org/Hamburg


GA-Iron Hill First Day History Hike - Tuesday, January 1, 1:00 to 2:30 pm, Red Top Mountain State Park, 50 Lodge Road SE, Acworth GA. Learn about the iron-mining history of Red Top Mountain! This ranger-led hike will explain this historic area and allow you to tour one of our mines. Rangers will point out plants that pioneers would have used for food and medicine. Event may be cancelled due to inclement weather. Admission: $5.00 for parking. 770-975-0055, https://gastateparks.org/RedTopMountain


AL-Fort Morgan’s History Presentations - Wednesdays, January 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30, 2:00 to 3:00 pm, Fort Morgan State Historic Site, 51 Alabama Highway 180, Gulf Shores AL. Our Site Historian will provide insights on various periods of Fort Morgan's history in the outside presentation space. The series will rotate these four topics: 1) Fort Bowyer, 2) Construction of the fort, 3) the Civil War, and 4) the Modern Era. 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-Sherman’s Logistics in the Atlanta Campaign - Thursday, January 3, 7:00 pm, Hilton Atlanta Marietta Hotel & Conference Center, 500 Powder Springs Street, Marietta GA. Historian Greg Biggs 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®: https://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-First Saturday Hike at Pickett's Mill - Saturday, January 5, 9:00 to 11:00 am, Pickett’s Mill Battlefield State Historic Site, 4432 Mount Tabor Church Road, Dallas GA.  Join rangers for a special two-mile hike of the battlefield and see trench systems and rifle pits dug and used by Confederate and Federal soldiers in May 1864. You will also see a natural waterfall and the site of Pickett's Mill. The hike will finish with a Civil War weapons demonstration including cannon firing. Pickett’s Mill Battlefield State Historic Site is located on the historic driving route of the Atlanta Campaign Heritage Trail®: https://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://gastateparks.org/PickettsMillBattlefield


SC-2019 Low Country Civil War Show & Sale - Saturday & Sunday, January 5 & 6, Omar Shrine Temple, 176 Patriots Point Road, Mount Pleasant SC. Show and sale featuring Civil War relics, muskets & swords, historical art & prints, old coins & currency, old newspapers, books, collectibles and much more! Saturday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Sunday until 3:00 pm. Admission: Adults $10.00, Children under age 10 are free with an adult. 770-362-8671, www.americandiggerevents.com


GA-Candlelight Hike to the Mill - Saturday, January 12, 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


SC-Free Admission Days at Fort Moultrie - Monday, January 21, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Fort Moultrie Visitor Center, 1214 Middle Street, Sullivan’s Island SC.  The National Park Service offers FREE admission to ALL parks, monuments and historic sites (whether or not connected to the Civil War) that normally charge an admission fee on the following dates during 2019:

---January 21 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day

---April 20 - First Day of National Park Week & National Junior Ranger Day

---August 25 - National Park Service Anniversary

---September 28 - National Public Lands Day

---November 11 - Veterans Day

These FREE admission days include Fort Moultrie National Monument near Charleston. Admission to Fort Sumter National Monument is always free although there is charge for the private ferry service to/from the fort. 843-883-3123, www.nps.gov/fosu


GA-Free Admission Days at Fort Pulaski - Monday, January 21, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Fort Pulaski National Monument, U.S. Hwy. 80 East, Savannah GA. The National Park Service offers FREE admission to ALL parks, monuments and historic sites (whether or not connected to the Civil War) that normally charge an admission fee on the following dates during 2019:

---January 21 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day

---April 20 - First Day of National Park Week & National Junior Ranger Day

---August 25 - National Park Service Anniversary

---September 28 - National Public Lands Day

---November 11 - Veterans Day

These FREE admission days include Fort Pulaski National Monument near Savannah. Admission to Chickamauga National Military Park, Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park and Andersonville National Historic Site is always free. 912-786-5787, www.nps.gov/fopu/index.htm


AL-Winter Quarters 1862 - Friday through Sunday, January 25 through 27, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm each day, Confederate Memorial Park, 437 County Road 63, Marbury AL. Living historians from the Independent Rifles will host a winter quarters event. Visitors will experience camp life, drill, commissary and other routine duties of the average Confederate soldier. Admission: Adults $4.00, Students, Seniors & Retired Military $3.00, Children (ages 6 to 18 with adult) $1.00, Active Military are free. 205-755-1990, http://preserveala.org/confederatepark