Easter Egg Hunts in Georgia’s State Parks

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If the little ones in your family are excited about Easter, start the celebration early by joining an egg hunt. Several Georgia State Parks are hosting events where children can fill their baskets with goodies and work off energy on playgrounds. Covered picnic shelters and enclosed group shelters can be reserved for large family potlucks and barbecues. Plus, all of Georgia’s State Parks and many State Historic Sites have picnic tables with pretty views. To find a nearby park, visit GeorgiaStateParks.org.
Middle & South Georgia

Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 19, 10 a.m. to noon
A.H. Stephens State Park – Crawfordville, GA
The Easter Bunny has hidden eggs, and they are waiting to be found. Children can bring their own basket, join the fun and search for a few. Little hunters will have their own small patch; and if we are lucky, there may be a surprise visit by the Easter Bunny. Donations appreciated. $5 parking. 706-456-2602.

Easter Egg Hunt at Florence Marina
Saturday, April 19, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Florence Marina State Park – Omaha, GA
Children can bring their baskets and hunt for eggs and prizes, while the giant Easter Bunny will be on hand. Enjoy our Festival By The Lake with craft vendors, food vendors, games and entertainment. $5 plus $5 parking. 229-838-4706.

Georgia Veterans Easter Egg-Stravaganza
Saturday, April 19, 9 a.m.
Georgia Veterans State Park – Cordele, GA
Come join us for one of the biggest Easter egg hunts around. Over 3,000 eggs will be available for children to find, each with a treat inside. More Easter activities will be taking place throughout the day. $5 parking. 229-276-2371.

Glow-In-The-Dark Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 19, 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
High Falls State Park – Jackson, GA
Eggs hunts are no long for the day. Bring your Easter basket and get ready to search for over 1,000 glowing eggs under the moon light. Donations appreciated. $5 parking. 479-993-3053.

Baskets, Eggs and Rabbits
Saturday, April 19, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Mistletoe State Park – Appling, GA
Ages 3 – 10 will create their own Easter baskets then go on an egg scavenger hunt looking for clues through the woods. We will finish with the 4-H Bunny Club sharing their rabbits. $2 plus $5 parking. 706-541-0321.

Easter at Reed Bingham
Saturday, April 19, 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Reed Bingham State Park – Adel, GA
Celebrate Easter in the great outdoors with a 3 p.m. egg hunt for more than 2,000 eggs. Once all the eggs are found, there will be a live animal show about local egg-laying reptiles. After the animal show, there will be a chance for you to make your very own Easter craft. Some fees plus $5 parking. 229-896-3551.

Easter Egg Night Hunt at Kolomoki
Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 7 PM to 9 PM
Kolomoki Mounds State Park – Blakely, GA
Join us for EGG-citing fun at our Easter Egg Night Hunt held at Group Camp Hicita. There will be 3 age groups and prizes awarded to those who find the golden eggs. Kids, bring your own baskets and flashlights.  $1 plus $5 parking. 229-724-2150.

3rd Annual Easter Egg Roll and Hunt
Easter Sunday, April 20, 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Roosevelt’s Little White House Historic Site – Warm Springs, GA
Bring your Easter basket and camera for a fun day set in the Little White House grounds. The 3-5 year old group will begin at 1 p.m. The 6-8 year old group will begin at 1:30 p.m. The 9-11 year old group will begin at 2 p.m. Following the Easter egg hunt, children can participate in an Easter Egg Roll similar to the one at the White House in D.C. $10 – $14. 706-655-5870.

Coastal Georgia

Easter Blast at Skidaway
Saturday, April 19, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Skidaway Island State Park – Savannah, GA
Bring the whole family for a day filled with hayrides, games and crafts. $3 plus $5 parking. 912-598-2300.

Flashlight Egg Hunts
Friday, April 18, 8 p.m.
Crooked River State Park – St. Marys, GA
Kick off Easter early with evening egg hunts.  Children ages 0 to 5 will hunt at 8 p.m. and older kids will hunt at 8:30 p.m. Limited participation; early wristband purchase available. Entertainment and music will be provided by Camden DJ. $3 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.

Suwannee River Visitor Center’s Eggstraordinary Easter
Saturday, April 19, 1 p.m.
S.C. Foster State Park’s Suwannee River Visitor Center – Fargo, GA
The afternoon will be full of games, live animal programs and, of course, an Easter Egg Hunt. The hunt will begin at 2 p.m., but come early to make a milk jug into an Easter basket. $5 parking. 912-637-5274.

Northern Georgia

Glow-In-The-Dark Easter Egg Hunt

NOTE THE DATE:  Saturday, April 12, 8:30 p.m.  (two Saturdays before Easter)
Fort Mountain State Park – Chatsworth, GA
Hunt for glowing Easter eggs in the dark and ride a wagon to the special spot and find your prize. Space limited; to register go towww.friendsoffortmountain.com. Cabins and campsites available.  $5 parking. 706-422-1932.

Fort Yargo Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 19, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Fort Yargo State Park – Winder, GA
Bring the kids and let them search for Easter eggs on our new beginner bike trail. Dress the little ones in appropriate attire in case they get dirty. The trail begins at the multi-purpose courts. Sponsored by Friends of Fort Yargo. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-867-3489.

Earth Day and Spring EGGtravanganza
Saturday, April 19, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
James H. (Sloppy) Floyd State Park – Summerville, GA
Earth Day is just around the corner, so spend the day learning about Mother Earth. Programs include guided hikes, recycled crafts and wildlife presentations.  Stick around that afternoon for an Easter Egg hunt. During the evening we will host a campfire, so bring your best skits, songs and, of course, marshmallows.  $5 parking. 706-857-0826.

Tugaloo Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 19, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Tugaloo State Park – Lavonia, GA
Kids 12 and younger can bring Easter baskets and join us at the beach for hunting treats. Sponsored by Poplar Springs Baptist Church. $5 parking. 706-356-4362.

Run Like Hell 5K at Oakland Cemetery

Runners await the start of Run Like Hell on a beautiful morning at Historic Oakland Cemetery. Credit: Krista Turner

Runners await the start of Run Like Hell on a beautiful morning at Historic Oakland Cemetery. Credit: Krista Turner

Don a bonnet and race through Atlanta’s Historic Oakland Cemetery in a one-of-a-kind event that’s a heck of a lot of fun.

Lace up your running shoes – oh, and don’t forget to don your favorite fun costume – in preparation to Run Like Hell or Run Like Heck through Atlanta’s Historic Oakland Cemetery, April 12, in the one-of-a-kind family-fun event, Run Like Hell: Pushing Up Daisies Edition, presented by the Historic Oakland Cemetery Foundation. New this year – the beloved race has moved from fall to spring and is now an electronically-chipped Peachtree Road Race qualifier!

There’s no better time to feast the eyes on the rolling hills of Oakland’s verdant green paths and soak up the spring blooms of Oakland’s and neighboring Grant Park’s magnificent gardens than during a spring jaunt through one of Atlanta’s most sacred grounds. Push your limits with the Pushing up Daisies edition of the well-loved Run Like Hell 5K, or let little ones Run Like Heck during a 1K fun run.

: Even the smallest runners can enjoy the Run Like Heck Fun Run. Run Like Heck, the annual 1K, begins at 10:30 am on Saturday, April 12. Credit: Krista Turner

Even the smallest runners can enjoy the Run Like Heck Fun Run. Credit: Krista Turner

Fun and free add-on this year: Stay the day and rest your bones post-race with a picnic in the park and savor spring at its best with the whole family. Utilize the convenient picnic basket/cooler check or visit one of the neighboring restaurants for a take-out lunch. Also new this year, present your race bib at Oakland’s Museum Shop and Visitors Center weekends through May 11 for a free guided walking tour. Choose from one of the four regularly scheduled weekend tours which begin at 10 a.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m., and 6:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. See website for tour details.

As always, awards will be given for best times by age group, and for best costumes – this year featuring a new category:  the “Easter” bonnet.

The event begins at 9:30 a.m. and benefits the Historic Oakland Foundation. Registration cost is $35 for 5K and $20 for 1K available online only at Active.com.

Parking is free but limited. Historic Oakland Foundation encourages runners to take MARTA to the King Memorial Station.

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Fan Photo Friday

Submit your Georgia photos for the chance to be featured:

Paradise Garden in Summerville, Georgia. Photo by Jenni Murphy. Submitted via Facebook.

Paradise Garden in Summerville, Georgia. Photo by Jenni Murphy. Submitted via Facebook.

The Cannonball House in Macon, Georgia. Photo by kennyfan63. Submitted via Flickr.

The Cannonball House in Macon, Georgia. Photo by kennyfan63. Submitted via Flickr.

Kayaking Lake Alatoona in northwest Georgia. Photo by @stouton. Submitted via Instagram.

Kayaking Lake Alatoona in northwest Georgia. Photo by @stouton. Submitted via Instagram.



Free Museums in Georgia

National Infantry Museum in Columbus, Georgia.

National Infantry Museum in Columbus, Georgia.

A collection of free museums in Georgia. List compiled by Long Live Learning. See the original post here.

Marietta Fire Museum, Profession
Anne Frank in the World, Biographical
Atlanta Monetary Museum, Banking & Financial
Georgia Capitol Museum & Tours, Government & History
Museum of History & Holocaust Education, History WWII
David J Sencer Center For Disease Control Museum, Health & Medical
Museum of Aviation, Aviation
Fernbank Science Center, Science
Elberton Granite Museum, Topical
Adairsville Rail Depot Age of Steam Museum, Railroad Transportation
The Columbus Museum,
National Infantry Museum, Military
Robert C Williams Paper Museum, Topical
Antique Funeral Museum, Topical
DeKalb History Museum, Local History
Roswell Fire Museum, Profession
Smyrna History Museum, Local History
Martin Luther King JR Nat’l Historic Site, Biographical & Historical
Heritage Park Veterans Museum, Military
Georgia College Natural History Museum, Natural History
Cotton Museum, Topical
Jekyll Island Museum, Local History
Jimmy Carter Nat’l Historic Site, Biographical
Kingston Women History Museum, Local History
Lowndes County Historical Society Museum, Local History
Museum of Colquitt county, Local History
Thornateeska Heritage Center and Wetherbee Planetarium, Local History & Science
Thunderbolt Museum Society, Local History
Vidalia Onion Museum, Topical
Chik Fil A Headquarters Tour and Museum, Profession/Commercial
Andersonville Nat’l Historic Site & POW Museum, Military
Rome Area History Museum, Local History
Cherokee County Historical Society, Local History
White County Courthouse History Museum, Local History
Macon County Historical Museum, Local History
Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center, Science & Nature

Free on Select Days or under Select Conditions, Links to Admissions Info Provided

  • Tellus Science Museum: Admissions Info, Science
  • Atlanta History Center: Special Offers Bank of America Weekends, General & Local History
  • Booth Western Art Museum: Currently Thurs Free Admissions Info, Art
  • Imagine It! The Children’s Museum of Atlanta: Free Second Tues of Month Target Tues Info, Children/Hands on
  • Center for Puppetry Arts: Free Admission on Thursdays 1-3pm OR Fulton County Residents First Saturdays Info, Arts
  • Atlanta Contemporary Art Center: Free Thursdays Admission Info, Art
  • High Museum of Art: Free Admission for Fulton County Residents Only: 10am – 1pm First Sat of Month Info, Art
  • The Bartow History Center: Free Admission Last Saturday of Month Admission Info, Local History
  • Georgia Children’s Museum: ree First Friday 5:30pm-7pm Macon Residents: free tuesday and second saturday More info
  • Michael C Carlos Museum: Free Admission on Select Dates and Programs Admission Info, General History & Art
  • Albany Museum of Art: Free Admission on Select Dates Admission Info, Art
  • Georgia Southern Museum: Free Admission Last Saturday of Month Admission Info, Science & Nature

candycookCandy Cook is a professional writer & photographer who enjoys adventuring outdoors with her two sons. She draws inspiration from the natural world releasing it through written word and award-winning photography on her blog LongLiveLearning.com, as well as digital & print publications.

Civil War Wednesday: “Grant’s Strategy”

Lieutenant General U.S. Grant, Courtesy Library of Congress, LC-DIG-pga-01054

Lieutenant General U.S. Grant, Courtesy Library of Congress, LC-DIG-pga-01054

U.S. Congress approved restoration of the rank of lieutenant general, and President Abraham Lincoln quickly sent for his top commander in the west – Major General Ulysses .S. Grant. The officer soon arrived in Washington City, and after meeting with the president, and receiving the rank of lieutenant general – the first to hold this permanent grade since George Washington – Grant made plans to travel to Nashville for a consultation with Major General William T. Sherman. The two officers spent a few days discussing military strategy for the upcoming campaign season; 1864 also served as a reelection year for Lincoln, and the president needed success on the battlefield to sustain, and perhaps renew enthusiasm in the North for the war effort. Military victories might transfer to the ballot box, producing votes, which Lincoln desperately needed! His chances of winning another four years in the White House seemed virtually impossible, as he readily admitted. Grant and Sherman clearly understood the nature of things, politically and militarily, as they poured over maps in Nashville, the fog of war replicated in their quarters as both men continuously smoked cigars.

Grant needed to return east in order to converse with Major General George Meade and other subordinates regarding his military intentions. With maps, Sherman, and an ample supply of stogies in tow, Grant boarded a train for Cincinnati. During their session at the Burnet House in the “City of Seven Hills,” Grant and Sherman finalized what military strategists would later term a ‘Concentration in Time’ strategy. Grant articulated his plan, one, which called for a simultaneous movement of multiple armies against various Confederate forces, in an April 4 letter to Sherman. “It is my design, if the enemy keep quiet and allow me to take the initiative in the spring campaign, to work all parts of the army together and somewhat towards the centre.”[1]

Major General William T. Sherman, Courtesy Library of Congress, LC-DIG-cwpb-07136

Major General William T. Sherman, Courtesy Library of Congress, LC-DIG-cwpb-07136

The future impact upon Georgia began to form, as Grant summarized his plan of action, noting, “Sherman was to move from Chattanooga, Johnston’s army and Atlanta being his objective…[George] Crook the Virginia and Tennessee Railroad to be his objective…[Franz] Sigel was to advance up the [Shenandoah] valley, covering the North from an invasion through that channel…[Benjamin] Butler was to advance by the James River, having Richmond and Petersburg as his objective.”[2] Sherman acknowledged receipt of Grant’s private and confidential letter, and soon began making needed preparations to execute his portion of the plan, specifically,“…to move against Johnston’s army, to break it up and to get into the interior of the enemy’s country as far as you can, inflicting all the damage you can against their war resources.” On the battlefield, March may have exited as a lamb, but soon, the lions from the North would roar into Georgia.

[1] U.S. Grant, Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant (Old Saybrook, CT: Koenecky&Koenecky, 1992), 412.

[2] Ibid., 412-14.

shafferMichael K. Shaffer is the Assistant Director and Lecturer for Kennesaw State University’s Civil War Center , a Civil War historian, newspaper columnist, and author of ‘Washington County, Virginia in the Civil War.’ He is a member of the Society of Civil War Historians, Historians of the Civil War Western Theater, Georgia Association of Historians, and the Civil War Round Table of Atlanta. Michael also serves on the boards of the Civil War Round Table of Cobb County and the River Line Historic Area, andas a Civil War consultant for the Friends of Camp McDonald.

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