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The Other Classic South Communities Tourist Guide can help you plan your visit so that your experience is complete and enjoyable. In a region overflowing with natural beauty and enthralling history it becomes quite a task to set apart a particular area as something spectacular, but that is what puts the classic in the Classic South. Experience the southern variety of the usual touristy carrots such as nature parks, crystal clear lakes, rolling hills, various activities such as hiking, trekking, swimming, museums, shopping, and taste the difference. The touch of the beautiful southern magic takes these ritualistic vacation activities a notch higher and makes you feel reborn. You won't have to listen to the kids go, "Oh, no! Not again!" over and over again, till your animal nature comes to the fore. Everyone loves the classic south and that's a fact.

In Harlem, you get the happy opportunity to introduce your little ones to Laurel and Hardy, at the Laurel and Hardy Museum and Festival. Tell them all about the comic duo who had you in splits when you were their age. In Emanuel County you have the Ohoopee river on the west and the Ogeechee river on the east leaving you literally in the lap of mother nature and it is definitely the time to relax. This spot is famous as a hunting ground, and it is also where the fish just won't stop biting. So you know what to do. There is the George L. Smith Park with a spectacular pond and a grist mill that dates back to the 1800s. There really is no getting away from history while you're here and you may as well pitch tent or rent a cottage to enjoy it all in peace. If you're lucky you might be on time for the Pine Tree Festival which has been celebrated for over sixty years. There are any number of local activities going on all the time and you just have to get hold of a tourist guide to make solid plans.

Jenkins County is hard to beat as far as location is concerned. Situated perfectly amidst mountains and the coast it has the best of both to offer. Rich in history and culture you have plenty to keep you occupied. The Magnolia Springs State park is an exquisite location that has beautiful crystal clear springs and houses Camp Lawton a civil war prison. You can't beat that for variety. The Millen-Jenkins County Museum is of course, where you'd find all information you need to fortify yourself for the trip. The Jenkins County Courthouse and most buildings on Cotton avenue are on the National Register. Besides which there are over ten historic churches that dot the landscape with their awesome presence. When you've had your fill of history and architecture there's always the banks of the Ogeechee where you shift gears and move onto another level of activity. It's small wonder then that every other classic south communities tourist wants to linger on once they hit this particular spot.

The two places you can't miss on your tour of the Classic South would be Washington and Lincolnton. While in Washington do make sure you drop in at the Callaway Plantation which is a history museum with a difference. Rather than walk around reading tiny plaques which don't really tell you much anyway, here you get to relive a page of history. You get to tour plantation houses and actually experience plantation life as it used to be. If you happen to be here around the second Saturday of October you just might be lucky enough to take part in the Mule Day Heritage Festival. The stately mansions of Washington are also a noteworthy attraction and are proud manifestations of an erstwhile glorious past that endures to this day. In Lincolnton the Lamar-Blanchard House, Elijah Clark State Park and Museum, and the Lincoln County Historical Park are visit worthy options. Clarks Hill Lake is where you can work some sport into your vacation and burn off that holiday fat. Since there is so much to do, be sure to use our “Flag This” feature in the Other Classic South Communities Tourist Guide to add items of interest to your “My Travel Ideas” folder, so that you will not have to remember them and can quickly retrieve them.

Be sure to explore the “Cultural” option on the Other Classic South Communities Tourist Guide to discover all of the great cultural sites, exhibits and activities. First Fridays and first Saturdays seem reserved for the good life with plenty of dining and entertainment opportunities at every turn. If you happen to be in Warrenton you get to stroll along the sidewalk and go treasure hunting at the Spring sales, as well as individual Seconds sales where you never know what you may find. The annual Tom Watson Watermelon Festival in Thompson is a roaring affair you just can't miss. There's also the quaint Wash Day in Lincolnton, where you get a hands on history lesson on how laundry was done in the 18th century. This just might blow the mind of some individuals who find even folding clothes a back breaking chore.
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