Attractions

Attractions

Paddle the rivers and lakes; hike and bike the scenic nature trails; marvel at the artistry of The Rock Garden’s 50 miniature buildings; play a round of golf, roller skate or bowl. Conveniently located off I-75 between Atlanta and Chattanooga, recreation and adventure await!


history


Atlanta Campaign Pavilion

The third in a series of five parks built by the Works Progress Administration to identify sites of the Civil War's Atlanta Campaign, the pavilion features a relief map of troop movements and fighting in and around Resaca May 13–15, 1864. It is located on the northern section of the battlefield. The map explains the events at the Battle of Resaca and the Federal flanking movement at Lay's Ferry, which resulted in Johnston's withdrawal south over the Oostanaula River along the Western and Atlantic Railroad to Calhoun and then Cassville....

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Battle of Resaca Reenactment

The first major battle of the Atlanta Campaign was fought around the tiny village of Resaca on May 14-15, 1864. Over two days, Union and Confederate forces attacked and counter-attacked, with both armies losing approximately 2,800 men. The reenactment is held the third weekend in May (Saturday & Sunday) on the historic Chitwood Farm, a 650-acre section of the original battlefield. Evident within the property are the original Federal and Confederate entrenchments and the 1864 Western & Atlantic Railroad line. Admission: $2-$5. Click here to read more about the Battle Of Resaca....

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“The General” Locomotive Display

Secured by The Friends of Resaca Battlefield, Inc., “The General” locomotive train display is housed in the lobby of the Gordon County Sheriff’s Office. With a photographic back scene of Gordon County countryside, the 16-foot long display consists of the locomotive, wood tender, rail cars, and G.I. Joe-sized figures representing the raiders destroying the tracks. Also included are various framed displays showing the route and telling the story of the Great Locomotive Chase. The Great Locomotive Chase occurred on April 12, 1862 and Gordon County played a major role in the 87 mile chase between “The General” and “The Texas” which resulted in the awarding of America’s first Congressional Medals of Honor. The display was a gift to the Friends of Resaca Battlefield by the Georgia Civil War Commission after the closing of the Nash Farm Museum. The public is welcome to visit the display at the Gordon County Sheriff’s Office from Monday through Friday between 8:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M. ...

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New Echota Cherokee Capital State Historic Site

One of the most significant Cherokee Indian sites in the nation, where the infamous “Trail of Tears” officially began and home of the first Indian language newspaper office. Visitors can tour 12 original and reconstructed buildings, including the Council House, Court House, Print Shop, Missionary Samuel Worcester's home, and an 1805 store; view interpretive exhibits and a 17-minute film. Nature trails lead visitors to New Town Creek and a small beaver pond. Open Tuesday - Saturday from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. & Sundays, April - October, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Admission: $5.50-$7.00. The grounds and trails are pet-friendly, leash required....

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Oakleigh/Gordon County Historical Society

Rumored to have served as General Sherman’s headquarters during the Civil War, this beautifully restored Antebellum residence is now home to the Gordon County Historical Society and available for private rentals. Tours by appointment only. Free admission....

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