Written by David Rice
History isn't something that lives only in textbooks. It's right in your own backyard. The best part? You can get to all these historic destinations on one tank of gas (or less).
4432 Mt. Tabor Church Rd.
Why Go? One of the best preserved Civil War battlefields in the nation, Pickett’s Mill includes earthworks made by soldiers and a 1800's pioneer cabin that is furnished and open for tours.
Insider Tip: It's only open Thursday through Saturday.
Must Do: Keep an eye out for upcoming re-enactment events. Period actors demonstrate farm life, toys, games and celebrations of the period.
The Fine Print: Admission is $5.50 for adults, $3.50 for seniors and $3 for kids age 6 to 17.
217 Cove Rd.
Why Go? The only surviving structure used by both the Confederate and Union armies during the Civil War that survives, the Gordon Lee Mansion is a fascinating relic of the Battle of Chickamauga.
Insider Tip: Self-guided tours include musical entertainment, homemade cookies and apple cider.
Must Do: Stop by local favorite Crystal Springs Smokehouse in downtown Chickamauga for smoked barbecue plates and sandwiches.
The Fine Print: Open from 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $1 for children 12 and under.
Why Go? Rome boasts a wide array of Civil War heritage sites and forts. Fort Attaway or Fort Norton are two sites that show just how modest forts were during the war. “What you find in Rome is the true southern experience," Executive Director of the Rome Visitors Bureau Lisa J. Smith said. "Whether it's the Civil War, Native American history or modern day history, Rome has an incredible story to tell."
Insider Tip: Visit the village of Cave Spring, which is home to more than 90 historic structures that were once headquarters of the Confederate Army of Tennessee.
Must Do: Rome has several museums that are certainly noteworthy for any Civil War aficionado. In particular, check out Oak Hill and the Martha Berry Museum as well as the Rome Area History Museum.
The Fine Print: Rome’s museums fees are around $5 admission for adults, $3 seniors and $2 and free for the kids, depending on the site.
Why Go? In December of 1987, Adairsville became the first Georgia town listed on the National Registry of Historic Places.
Insider Tip: Just five miles outside Adairsville is Barnsley Gardens Resort, an 1840s estate where today guests can retreat to a luxurious stay that includes golf, a spa and gardens.
Must Do: See the original depot which witnessed the pursuit of the steam locomotive General of the famous Great Locomotive Chase during the Civil War.
The Fine Print: The Public Square Opera House presents six productions each year, many of which accentuate the heritage of Adairsville. Open Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday 1-5 p.m.