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  • May 14 at 11:30am

    Things To Do In Georgia : Civil War Tours

    Things To Do In Georgia Civil War Trails of Civil War Battle SitesThe state of Georgia is full of fascinating history and rich in captivating stories.   In Georgia, some of the most enthralling stories of the old South originate in Newton County, which include Covington, Mansfield, Oxford and Porterdale.   The county was named after a soldier who fought during the Revolutionary War, Sgt. John Newton.   He served under the notorious “Swamp Fox”, Francis Marion, during the war.  It was founded on the 24th of December, 1821.  Newton County is known for being the first county in the country to provide free public school transportation.  The 4-H concept of G.C. Adams was brought to life in Newton County back in 1893.

    The County was very active during the Civil War era.  It afforded supplies to the Lamar Things to do in Georgia: Civil War Battle SitesInfantry, which was part of the Cobb’s Legion throughout the war.  In 1864, Union forces under Brigadier General Kenner Garrad marched into Newton County.  The forces made their way to Covington, Georgia where they burned the bridges over the Yellow and Alcovy Rivers.  They made sure to demolish the railroad between the Alcovy and Lithonia.  The Union forces also burnt down the hospital center, all the cotton and commissary supplies.  The destruction waged by the Union, stopped Gen. John Bell Hood’s men from receiving supplies from the Eastern Theater.   The Union forces carried out their orders successfully, in the county of Newton.  Gen. W.T. Sherman came to Covington during his “March to the Sea.”  The men ransacked the shops and the homes of Covington before continuing on their path.

    Civil War Tours are great Tourist attractions in GeorgiaWith all of this rich history in the area, Newton County provides many historic things to do in Georgia.  From historical land marks to tours through the past, Newton County has it all.  Don’t pass by the First United Methodist Church or the “Old Church,” both of which served as hospitals during the Civil War.  Newton County is home to the plantation which inspired Margaret Mitchell to envision Twelve Oaks in Gone with the Wind.   The Twelve Oaks Bed and Breakfast is located in Covington and was built in 1836. While you stay at the bed and breakfast, you could go on the Covington Historic Home Tours, which cover all of the grand antebellum homes in the small town.   Newton County is the ideal destination for history lovers and includes many Civil War tours as well as Civil War battle sites.  Put Newton County on your list of things to do in Georgia!



    June 5, 2013 10:50 am

    Truer words were never more colorfully stated. I am referring to the rich history of this part of GA and other parts, for that matter. I am a Civil War buff. I collect certain items that commemorate the bloodiest war in American history. So visiting this area the next time I have the opportunity only makes perfect sense to me. I look forward to more informative, provocative articles such as this.


    June 6, 2013 11:31 am

    This looks very cool and I love old history and war stuff that is the most interesting thing about history class for me. I bet if I told my parents I wanted to vacation here because of this tour they would flip out. Thank you for posting this though I will send it to my brother who likes this stuff too and we’ll get there you wait and see.


    June 7, 2013 9:33 am

    I’ve done a walking tour in Charleston before and. The guide would walk for over a block leading the way but not saying a word as we passed many interesting sites. I even had to ask about a home that took a direct hit on the waterfront ( learned the info from my previous tour ) and then he said, oh yeah, and proceeded to talk briefly about that history. I hope the Civil War tours in GA are better.


    June 8, 2013 1:39 pm

    I will be taking my 16-year-old son on a trip this April to visit the South. He is a huge history buff, and is very interested in visiting Civil War sites. I also like history, but am more interested in architecture, culture, natural beauty and good food. But, as a good parent, I will happily accompany him to the battlefields. I wonder if any of the Georgia sites have battlefield reenactments as they do in other states.


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