#216 – New Manchester History Hike – Sweetwater Creek State Park – Hike Through History, Just Outside of Atlanta

Today I welcome my friend, Trevor Beemon, Creative Services Director for the Atlanta History Center, as a guest blogger. Trevor had a wonderful new blog called Southern Sightseeing, which is dedicated to “exploring cool towns, houses, cemeteries, parks, and museums around the South.” I encourage you to check out Southern Sightseeing and subscribe today! You can also become a fan of Southern Sightseeing on Facebook by clicking here.

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Sweetwater Creek State Park, located just 15 miles west of Atlanta, is a paradise for nature lovers and history enthusiasts. The park features miles of walking and hiking trails, a 200-acre lake, museum, and the ruins of the 1850 New Manchester Manufacturing Company (which was destroyed by the Union Army in 1864).

Every Saturday through September 25, the park offers a “History Hike” led by local historians and Park Rangers. The mile-long walk leads visitors along the banks of Sweetwater Creek where you’ll learn about the history of the Sweetwater Creek Valley. Then, visitors are invited to enter the imposing five-story Civil War-era textile mill ruins (which are normally fenced off from the public). The tours begin at 10:00 AM at the Visitor Center/Museum and usually last two hours.

Tickets are only $3 to $4 per person and parking is $5 per vehicle.

For more information about this, and other events at Sweetwater Creek State Park, you can visit: http://www.gastateparks.org/info/sweetwater/

To learn about other awesome parks, museums, and historic sites around the South, check out Trevor’s blog, Southern Sightseeing.

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