Monday, August 12, 2019

DayTripping from Americus - Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park

While my sister was visiting from Tucson, we made time to go on a couple of day trips from Americus.  One of them was to Ocmulgee Mounds National Historic Site, formerly known as Ocmulgee National Monument.  It was a beautiful 90 minute drive through the Georgia countryside.
With over 17,000 years of continuous human habitation, Ocmulgee is a prehistoric American Indian site.  In the early 1930s, Ocmulgee Mounds had the largest archeology dig in American history with over 800 men working under the supervision of Dr. Arthur Kelly.   
During the Ice Age, the Paleo-Indians lived in this area.  Around 900 C.E., the Mississippians arrived. 
The Muscogee (Creek) Nation followed and refer to this area as their ancestral homeland.
Ocmulgee's Earth Lodge allows visitors the opportunity to experience the inside of a ceremonial mound.
The Earth Lodge has been open to the public since 1937.
 The Earth Lodge, a Mississippian Council House, has been carbon dated to the year 1015.
The Great Temple Mound also dates to the Mississippian era.
Check out the maze of stairs to get to the top.
The National Park offers 702 acres of history, nature and hiking trails.
There is so much to explore and we did not realize that we could easily have spent an entire day and still not seen all of it.
When we first arrived, we went into the visitor's center to get an idea of what we might find at Ocmulgee.  After spending hours in the heat, it was a great respite to enter the air-conditioned museum to learn more.
There is so much to learn about our American journey in Southwest Georgia.  Most people think about the Civil War historic sites and, of course, Jimmy Carter.   It is definitely worth the time to dig a little deeper and explore the lives of those who lived here first.

So, the next time you are planning a trip in this direction, you might want to take the opportunity to discover a little more about the history of Georgia and our country.

Thanks for visiting the Americus Garden Inn B&B blog.  We look forward to hosting your visit in the near future.
Susan and Kim

Monday, May 20, 2019

DayTripping Around Americus - Andersonville History Lesson

Andersonville  - A History Lesson. 
For those of you unfamiliar with Andersonville, it was the most infamous Civil War Prison.  It is now home to the Andersonville National Historic Site and National Cemetery.

Following the end of the Civil War, the burying ground for Andersonville prison was designated a national cemetery on July 26, 1865.  The 12,920 men who died at the prison camp are buried in the cemetery.

Three years after the Civil War ended, on May 5, 1868, the head of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR),   an organization of Union veterans, established Decoration Day as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers. Maj. Gen. John A. Logan declared that Decoration Day should be observed on May 30. It is believed that date was chosen because flowers would be in bloom all over the country.

In 1971, Memorial Day was declared a national holiday by an act of Congress and  placed on the last Monday in May.  It was at that time that Memorial Day was expanded to honor all those who have died in all American wars.

Since 1899 monuments and memorials have been placed at Andersonville to remember the men who suffered and died here, as well as American POWs from other conflicts.

Please click on the top photo and scroll through the monuments honoring our fallen American brothers and sisters.

Please take a few moments to honor the ultimate sacrifice made by these brave men and women. 
Wishing you a peace-filled Memorial Day.

Susan and Kim

Monday, March 4, 2019

DayTripping In Americus - Habitat for Humanity Global Village & Discovery Center

Habitat for Humanity International was founded right here in Americus, Georgia.   Quite a few years ago, Habitat constructed the Global Village and Discovery Center, located just a short distance from our historic downtown shopping district.  This 6-acre "village" showcases the construction practices utilized by Habitat in many of the countries they are active.  The photos in this post were used with permission from The Long Long Road.

The first area you enter demonstrates substandard poverty housing.  All dwellings are life sized to give a visitor a true sense of what exists in the world around us.

Then, you enter the village of hope - what Habitat would build using indigenous materials.   So, you can visit the world, right here in Americus.   This is Botswana.

This is the Democratic Republic of Congo.

This is Haiti.

This is India.

This one is Mexico.

This is Papua New Guinea.

This is Sri Lanka.

This is Tanzania.

This one is Zambia.

Hope you enjoyed your world adventure without leaving your home.  Seriously, you should come see this for yourself.  When you actually walk into these structures, you can feel what "home" feels like.   The Global Village and Discovery Center is open Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm (year round) and Saturdays 10am - 2pm (March - mid-November).

Very special thanks to The Long Long Road for sharing these awesome photos.  

Thank you for visiting the Americus Garden Inn blog.  Hope to see you in person very soon.


Monday, January 21, 2019

DayTripping from Americus - Massee Lane Gardens, Home of the American Camellia Society

With the current government shutdown, the National Historic Sites are closed.  Visitors to our area have been asking what else they can do.  This time of year is THE TIME to visit Massee Lane Gardens, Home of the American Camellia Society in nearby Fort Valley.  Less than an hour away from Americus, there is always something blooming at Massee Lane Gardens.  But, right now, the camellias are definitely the stars of the garden.

Although these photos were taken a few years ago, they give you an idea of what you can see when you visit the Gardens.

Please click the photos to see them full size as a slide show.

Beauty is everywhere.

This was the first time I had seen rosemary in bloom.  Now, one of our own rosemary plants has flowers, too.
Besides the outdoor garden areas, the indoor Boehm porcelain collection is truly worth taking the time to visit.

This is just one of the wonderful local attractions you should consider visiting when you travel to our area.  There are some really beautiful camellias just a short stroll from the inn in Oak Grove Cemetery, if you don't have the time to drive to Fort Valley.

Thanks for checking out our latest Americus Garden Inn blog entry.  We're looking forward to sharing our home with you.