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Spectacular is the only word that adequately describes the Garden Spot region of the Chattahoochee Trace. Sun-dappled forests, magnificent displays of native plants and wild flowers combined with the shimmering beauty of one of the Southeast's premier fishing lakes, West Point Lake, make this area a veritable paradise on earth. And yet the work of man is clearly evident in the splendid Greek Revival mansions, ornate Victorian homes, and simple cottages found here. Museums have been established in appropriate localities to preserve forever the artistic and political achievements of men and women whose work has touched the lives of countless people in this region and the nation. A trip along the Garden Spot Tour is an awe-inspiring experience that won't soon be forgotten.

The attractions below may be seen during a period of two days with Pine Mountain and LaGrange, Georgia, or Lanett and Valley, Alabama, serving as the lodging and restaurant base for the tour.

Historic Chattahoochee Commission

Garden Spot Tour

Day 1

1.  Callaway Gardens

Famous vacation resort and gardens. Of historical interest is a 150-year-old log cabin. Restaurant and convention facilities are available. Open daily; admission charged. US 27, Pine Mountain, Georgia. The following sites and attractions may be enjoyed at Callaway Gardens. Hiking, biking, driving and nature trails. Sibley Horticultural Center: a unique indoor/ outdoor complex featuring 18 major floral shows a year. Day Butterfly Center: a glass-enclosed conservatory displaying free-flight tropical butterflies, orientation theater and educational displays. Ida Cason Callaway Memorial Chapel: a picturesque woodland chapel featuring beautiful stained-glass windows and scheduled organ concerts. Four golf courses. Robin Lake Beach provides seasonal swimming, waterski shows and the FSU "Flying High" Circus. Mountain Creek Lake provides fishing for bream and bass. Callaway Gardens Hunting Preserve features seasonal quail hunting and a skeet and trap range. Callaway Gardens also includes a five-star tennis facility. Special events include annual spring festival, fall festival, Columbus Steeplechase and the Masters Waterski Tournament.



Day 2

2.  Harris County Courthouse*
*Listed on the National Register of Historic Places

Completed in 1908, this Neo-classical Revival building features a distinctive six-column façade. Historical marker. US 27, Hamilton, GA.

Location/Contact:
Hamilton, GA
Website: http://www.hwy27.com/harris.html
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3.  Pine Mountain Trail

Twenty-three-mile-long hiking trail which begins at the Callaway Gardens Countyr Store and scenic overlook parking lot. Hikers will see rock-strewn hillsides where trees of oak, plum and hawthorn grow dwarfed and gnarled, much like trees in a bonsai garden. There is beargrass (Yucca) and the lush growth of native azalea, rhododendron, and mountain laurel hugging the creek banks. Not to be missed are waterfalls, beaver dams, ponds, and other interesting sites including the rocky overlook known as Buzzard's Roost.

Location/Contact:
Pine Mountain, GA
Website: http://www.pinemountaintrail.org/


4.  F.D. Roosevelt State Park

Five miles southwest of Pine Mountain off US 27. Facilities include cottages, mobile homes, campsites, dump station, swimming pool, visitors center, concessions, trading post, picnic area, reserved shelters, boat rentals, fishing lake, miniature golf, nature trail and pioneer camping.

Location/Contact:
Pine Mountain, GA
Website: http://www.georgiastateparks.com/
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5.  Roosevelt's Little White House and Museum*
*Listed on the National Register of Historic Places

President F.D. Roosevelt’s Southern vacation home (National Historic Landmark). Museum, exhibits. Open daily; admission charged. US 27A, GA 85 W., Warm Springs, Georgia.

Location/Contact:
401 Little White House Road
Warm Springs, GA 31830
David Burke
Phone: 706-655-5870 » Fax: 706-655-5872

Website: http://www.fdr-littlewhitehouse.org/
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6.  Chipley Historial Center

Housed in the former Chipley/Pine Mountain City Hall* (1906), this local history museum and archives center contains a large collection of photographs, documents and artifacts relating to the city and nearby area. Open daily except Wednesday and Sunday. McDougald Avenue, Pine Mountain, Georgia.

Location/Contact:
Pine Mountain, GA
Website: http://www.stairwell.com/chipley/


7.  Pine Mountain Wild Animal Park

Five-hundred-acre outdoor animal park. Includes Old McDonald’s Farm, petting zoo, serpentarium, monkey house and various species of wild and exotic animals. Open daily; admission charged. 1300 Oak Grove Road, Pine Mountain, Georgia.

Location/Contact:
Pine Mountain, GA
Website: http://www.animalsafari.com/


8.  Butt's Mill Farm

Built in the mid 1800’s, this 80-acre farm has been fully restored depicting both the mill and cotton gin that were operational until the 1940’s. Includes petting farm, playground, horseback riding, hayride, fishing and camping. Open daily. Two miles west of Pine Mountain on Butt’s Mill Road, off US 27.

Location/Contact:
Pine Mountain, GA
Website: http://www.buttsmillfarm.com/


9.  West Point Lake

Outstanding bass fishing and recreational opportunities are available on this 25,900- acre lake. Dam is located 3.2 miles north of West Point, Georgia and Lanett, Alabama. Lanett, Alabama, West Point, Georgia and LaGrange, Georgia are primary access areas.

Location/Contact:
GA
Website: http://sam.usace.army.mil/op/rec/westpt/


10.  West Point Dam Visitors Center & Powerhouse Exhibits Lobby

Fifteen hundred square feet of exhibit space in the visitors center tell the West Point project story and the history of the Valley and the Corps of Engineers. It includes wall exhibits and set-type designs such as woodland areas, slide projections, telephones and panels. The powerhouse has an audio-slide tour of the dam and several exhibits on electricity and water power. US 29, north of West Point, Georgia.

Location/Contact:
West Point, GA
Website: http://sam.usace.army.mil/op/rec/westpt/
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11.  H. Grady Bradshaw Chambers County Library and Cobb Memorial Archives

The library offers a wide variety of materials and programming for children and adults. The archives features regular memorabilia exhibits, tours and programs for school groups and research opportunities for local historians and genealogists. Open Monday-Saturday; admission free. 3419 20th Avenue, Valley, Alabama.

Location/Contact:
Valley, AL
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12.  Bellevue*
*Listed on the National Register of Historic Places

Antebellum home (1855) of Georgia Senator Benjamin Harvey Hill. Many prominent Southerners, including Jefferson Davis, were frequent guests at this imposing mansion. It has been designated a National Historic Landmark. Open Tuesday-Saturday; admission charged. 2 blocks north of Broad Street on Ben Hill Street, LaGrange, Georgia.

Location/Contact:
LaGrange, GA
Website: http://www.lagrangechamber.com/
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13.  LaGrange College

Georgia’s oldest independent (non-tax supported) institution of higher education (1831). Mentioned in Margaret Mitchell’s classic book, Gone With the Wind. On campus is the Lamar Dodd Art Center, a contemporary art gallery and monument to Lamar Dodd, one of Georgia’s greatest artists. Historical marker. 601 Broad Street, LaGrange, Georgia.

Location/Contact:
LaGrange, GA
Website: http://www.lgc.edu/
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14.  Chattahoochee Valley Art Museum

Located in Old Troup County Jail (1892). Contains art exhibits, periodically featuring local, state and national artists. Open Tuesday-Saturday; admission free. 112 Hines Street off Lafayette Square, LaGrange, Georgia.

Location/Contact:
LaGrange, GA
Website: http://www.lagrangechamber.com/
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15.  Troup County Archives

Formerly the LaGrange National Bank, this building was constructed in 1917. Contains local history exhibits and a genealogy and local history library and archives. Open Monday-Saturday; admission free. 136 Main Street, LaGrange, Georgia.

Location/Contact:
LaGrange, GA
Website: http://www.trouparchives.org/
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16.  Fort Tyler

Site of the last fort-land skirmish of the Civil War east of the Mississippi River. Historical marker (West 10th Street and 6th Avenue) and Confederate Cemetery (off US 29 at East 11th Street). West Point, Georgia.

Location/Contact:
West Point, GA


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