Presidential Pathways

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Presidential Pathways This section of the Georgia Tourist Guide will introduce you to the west central part of the state of Georgia. In this region you can discover how the lives and politics of two American Presidents were influenced and how this, in turn, produced long lasting social impacts on our nation and the world. Also there are plenty of trails and sites for nature lovers, and you can visit one of the most splendid gardens anywhere in the world. The Presidential Pathways Tourist Guide can help you plan your visit so that your experience is complete and enjoyable

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Saturday, May 7 from 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Craftin’ & Carvin’ at the Legion (Arts & Crafts Fair and Chainsaw Carving Competition) Arts & Crafts fair, Handcrafted only, Chainsaw Carving competition, Auction, children's activities, family event,

3rd Annual Arts & Crafts Fair & Chainsaw Carving Competition & Auction sponsored by the American Legion Morton-Richardson Post 128 in Richland, Ga. Parade, Children's activities pertaining to crafts. Craft & Food Vendors.

Cost: $5 per adult, $3 12-18 years, 12 and under free. Free Parking in and around area of fair. This is the Post's annual fundraiser and a family oriented event. Funds youth and community programs.

Located 30 miles south of Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga on Hwy 280/520.

No alcohol will be served, sold, or consumed during event.


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Columbus CVB Griffin - Spalding County Chamber

Columbus Riverwalk

Cemetery at Andersonville National Historic Site

Let’s begin in the southern part of Presidential Pathways Region. For nature lovers a trip to Providence Canyon, known as “Georgia’s Little Grand Canyon”, will be quite a treat. Providence Canyon is near Lumpkin and resides in a 1003-acre state conservation park. Please do not miss visiting the Andersonville National Historic Site. More than 45,000 Union soldiers were imprisoned Civil War POW camp and nearly 13,000 died. You can walk the walk the solemn grounds and see how the camp operated. Andersonville now serves as the National Prisoner of War Museum, which honors all American prisoners of war. There is much to see and enjoy, and you’ll find lots of ideas here in the Presidential Pathways Tourist Guide.

Providence Canyon Hiking: Courtesy of the Georgia Department of Economic development

The Jimmy Carter National Historic Site is housed in the old Plains High School where Jimmy and Rosalynn attended school and houses a museum that depicts the early life of the Carters. In nearby Archery you can visit the site of Carter’s Boyhood home. In Americus you can stay at the Windsor, a refurbished old Victorian hotel that is now a dazzling and indulgent resort complete with a spa, exquisite dining, and live entertainment. For a fun and relaxing way to see this area, ride the 68-mile long SAM Shortline Excursion Train, which runs from Cordele to Archery and makes stops at several stations along the way.

Georgia State Parks: Sam Shortline Railway

In the middle part of the Presidential Pathways Region is the beautiful and vibrant city of Columbus. Visit any or all of the first-class museums, including the Columbus Museum for art and the Coca-Cola Space Science Center. The National Infantry Museum at Fort Benning provides a first-hand look at the American infantry soldier over the past two centuries. Stand at the bow of the CSS Jackson and explore Civil War naval actions at the National Civil War Naval Museum. Take in local and international acts, Broadway shows and concerts at the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts. Stroll along the Chattahoochee Riverwalk or down the cobblestone streets beneath the stately oak trees. If you have the opportunity, be sure to catch a show at the glorious and opulent Springer Opera House. Additional information about these locations and attractions can be found under the “General Information” tab of the Presidential Pathways Tourist Guide by simply selecting “Presidential Pathways” plus “Things to Do” and “View Results”.

Columbus Spring Opera House

At the northern part of the Presidential Pathways Region are several highlights for your tour. You could spend several days at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain. This stunning 13,000 acre resort offers mesmerizing beauty, luxurious accommodations, two outstanding golf courses, nature trails throughout the 17 miles of the resort, four distinct gardens with literally thousands of azaleas and flowers (a horticulturist’s delight), fishing, shooting, a butterfly center, and a relaxing spa. Callaway Gardens is more like an experience than a place. Also in Pine Mountain is the Wild Animal Safari, a 500-acre wildlife preserve, where you can have face-to-face encounters with exotic animals from six continents. Just up the road is the F. D. Roosevelt State Park. If you enjoy hiking, you should explore the 23-mile Pine Mountain trail, which offers breathtaking views and crystal-clear streams. In Warm Springs you can make presidential history come alive with a visit to the Little White House, the only house President Franklin Roosevelt ever owned and the place where he died in 1945. The Little White House is Georgia’s most visited State Historic Site. Be sure to visit the charming Historic Village in Warm Springs for shopping at over 60 specialty shops, dining and hotels. In LaGrange visit the Hills & Dales Estate, a 1916 southern masterpiece of a mansion. Nearb
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