Exploring the Historic High Country of Northwest Georgia

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Rich in natural beauties and with a wealth of well-preserved historic sites to discover, the Historic High Country is a popular touristic region in Georgia. Comprising of 17 counties in the north-western area of the state, travellers to this area are spoilt for choice with museums and galleries to visit, outdoor activities to try and plenty of great shopping and dining options. In this blog, we take a look of some of the leading attractions within the Historic High Country, offering a short “must-see” guide for anyone visiting the area.

 

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Funk Heritage Center

Funk Heritage Center is located in the city of Waleska within the Reinhardt University Campus. As an official National Parks certified Trail of Tears interpretation center, the museum is intended to tell the story of the Native American people who were forced to move from their homelands in the south-east during the 1830s. Highlights of the exhibitions include an award-winning documentary film about the tribes of the region, dioramas which demonstrate scenes of Native American daily life, an art gallery and the Hall of the Ancients, which is dominated by an mysterious petroglyph. Outside, there are walking trails and a native garden to wander around, as well as a reconstruction of Appalachian style settler cabins and farm buildings.

 

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Bartow History Museum

Located in the city of Cartersville in Bartow County, the Bartow History Museum is dedicated to providing an insight into 200 years of local history. From the arrival of settlers, to the development of the iron and textile industries which have played a key role in the economy of the region, the museum use a unique collection of artefacts, photos and more to tell the story of the region. The museum also boasts an excellent interactive gallery, where visitors can sit at an old-fashioned school desk, try their hand at textile making and touch objects which once belong to Cherokee and settler families.

 

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Rock City, Lookout Mountain

Located near Chattanooga, Rock City is a family-friendly attraction which was first developed in the 1930s. Perched on top of Lookout Mountain, this extensive park features awe-inspiring natural rock formations, beautifully planted gardens, a waterfall and suspension bridge, as well as a lookout point where it is said you can see over seven states. A final magical touch is brought to the experience by the collection of gnomes and fairy figurines which have been part of Rock City since its early days – the Fairy Caverns at the end of the walking trail are a quirky sight which is truly unforgettable!

 

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Pine Mountain Gold Museum & Scenic Railway

Located within Stockmar Park in Villa Rica, the Pine Mountain Gold Museum and Scenic Railway is a wonderful day out for all ages. There is an extensive museum which tells the story of the Georgian gold rush and a documentary which gives a detailed history of the Villa Rica mines. Visitors can enjoy an outdoor picnic, try their hand at gold-panning and wander the trails to see the historic mill buildings and waterwheel, as well as taking a ride on the scenic railway. The site also has a charming farm animals exhibit with sheep, horses and more.

 

Are you planning a tour of Northwest Georgia or have you already visited the Historic High County. Please let us know what you think.

 

 

 

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