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Perhaps no other area in the Chattahoochee Trace contains such a treasure trove of architectural gems as the Historic Landmarks region. Here may be found numerous structures which have been included on the prestigious National Register of Historic Places or designated as National Historic Landmarks. Historic districts are set aside in many cities so that future generations might enjoy these educational links with the past. Other tangible reminders of this region’s heritage may be explored in museums that display artifacts which help interpret the cultural institutions, arts and beliefs so unique to this locality. A visit to the Historic Landmarks region is a must for every visitor who has a romantic interest in the Old South.

The below attractions may be seen during a period of three days with Columbus, Georgia, or Phenix City, Alabama, serving as the lodging and restaurant base for the tour.

Historic Chattahoochee Commission

Historic Landmarks Tour

Day 1

1.  Heritage Corner Tours

A walking tour of five properties including the headquarters of the Historic Columbus Foundation* (700 Broadway); the Walker-Peters-Langdon House*–the oldest house in Columbus; the Pemberton House*–home of originator of the Coca-Cola formula; Period Pieces–a museum gift shop of the Historic Columbus Foundation; and a restored ca. 1820 log cabin. Tours are given at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. EST Monday-Friday and at 2 p.m. EST Saturday-Sunday. Guide fee charged. Tours originate at 700 Broadway, Columbus, Georgia. *National Historic Register)

Location/Contact:
700 Broadway
Columbus, GA
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2.  Springer Opera House*
*Listed on the National Register of Historic Places

1871 Victorian Opera House. It is a National Historic Landmark and the State Theatre of Georgia. Tours 9 a.m.-5 p.m. EST Monday-Friday; admission charged. 103 10th Street, Columbus, Georgia.

Location/Contact:
103 10th Street
Columbus, GA
Website: http://www.springeroperahouse.org/
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3.  Port Columbus National Civil War Naval Museum

Hull of ironclad ram Muscogee* and gunboat Chattahoochee* salvaged from the Chattahoochee River. Features extensive collection of artifacts, weapons and models from the Confederate Navy. Open Tuesday-Sunday; admission charged. 1002 Victory Drive, Columbus, Georgia. (*National Historcic Register)

Location/Contact:
1002 Victory Drive
Columbus, GA
Website: http://www.portcolumbus.org/


4.  Columbus CVB and Trade Center*
*Listed on the National Register of Historic Places

One of the country’s most exciting adaptive reuses of industrial buildings. The complex now features 77,000 square feet of convention facilities in a modern setting which retains the best of the structure’s historic fabric. 801 Front Avenue, Columbus, Georgia.

Location/Contact:
801 Front Avenue
Columbus, GA 31902
800-999-1613
Phone: 706-322-1613
Website: http://www.columbusga.com/ccvb/
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5.  Columbus Museum

Features Chattahoochee Legacy, a regional history gallery; Transformations, a youth-oriented participatory exhibition; and permanent and changing exhibitions of fine and decorative arts. Open Tuesday-Sunday; admission free. 1251 Wynnton Road, Columbus, Georgia.

Location/Contact:
1251 Wynnton Road
Columbus, GA
Website: http://www.columbusmuseum.com
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6.  Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center

This unique facility allows visitors to touch a turtle, measure a tree, see a beaver’s house or soar with a butterfly. It is a learning center where children and adults can see how the environment shapes our lives by focusing on the Chattahoochee River and adjacent wetlands. There are great birding opportunities on the two trails that wind around the wetland habitat. Open Tuesday-Saturday and Monday by appointment. 3535 South Lumpkin Road, Columbus, Georgia.

Location/Contact:
3535 South Lumpkin Road
Columbus, GA
Website: http://www.colstate.org/


7.  Coca Cola Space Science Center

One of 31 Challenger Centers in the U.S., this facility offers simulated space flight, a spectacular planetarium, laser programs and an observatory that will bring the moon, stars and universe to your doorstep. Admission charged for planetarium. Open Tuesday-Friday. Front Avenue near Seventh Street, Columbus, Georgia.

Location/Contact:
Front Avenue
Columbus, GA
Website: http://www.ccssc.org


8.  Heritage Park

A celebration of the industrial heritage of Columbus, Georgia, 1850-1910. Bronze plaques at each venue here identify the various industries and businesses that accelerated Columbus’ early growth and development. Located on Seventh Street between Broadway and Front Avenue in the Historic District, Columbus, Georgia.

Location/Contact:
Seventh Street
Columbus, GA


9.  Chattahoochee Riverwalk

This landscaped twelve-mile-long pathway along the east bank of the Chattahoochee River is routinely enjoyed on foot, bicycles or roller blades. Columbus, Georgia.

Location/Contact:
Columbus, GA


Day 2

10.  National Infantry Museum

Houses one of the most complete collections of military and small arms in the United States. Open Monday-Sunday; admission free. Baltzell Avenue, Fort Benning, Georgia.

Location/Contact:
Baltzell Avenue
Fort Benning, GA
Website: http://www.benningmwr.com/
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11.  Phenix City Riverwalk

This 3,800-foot walking trail follows the west bank of the Chattahoochee River beginning at the Phenix City Amphitheater and meanders north toward the 13th Street bridge. The riverwalk has lights and benches about every 50 feet, observation decks, an angler’s entrance and a boardwalk. Phenix City, Alabama.

Location/Contact:
Phenix City, AL
Website: http://phenix-city.virtualave.net/


12.  John Godwin's Grave

This monument was erected by Horace King, a former slave of bridge builder John Godwin. The marker was placed in "lasting remembrance of the love and gratitude he felt for his lost friend and former master." Godwin’s Cemetery, Phenix City, Alabama.

Location/Contact:
Phenix City, AL
Website: http://phenix-city.virtualave.net/
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13.  Fort Gilmer*
*Listed on the National Register of Historic Places

Originally known as "Fort No. 5," this fortification contained gun emplacements behind pentagonal-shaped breastworks on a hill crest. It was designed to protect Columbus, Georgia from attack by Union forces during the Civil War. Historical marker. US 431, Phenix City, Alabama.

Location/Contact:
US HWY 431
Phenix City, AL
Website: http://phenix-city.virtualave.net/


14.  Old Russell County Courthouse*
*Listed on the National Register of Historic Places

Former Russell County Courthouse when county seat was at Seale (1866-1943). Third oldest extant courthouse in the State of Alabama and the oldest in the eastern section of the state (1868). Historical marker. 14 miles south of Phenix City, Alabama, off US 431, Seale, Alabama.

Location/Contact:
P.O. Box 151
Seale, AL 36875
Website: http://phenix-city.virtualave.net/
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15.  Fort Mitchell County Park

Site of Fort Mitchell, a National Historic Landmark. The 1813 fort was erected as a staging center for operations against the Creek Indians. After abandonment the fort was rebuilt in 1825 and later served as an assembly point for removal of Indians to the West. Historic sites are interpreted by a series of markers. Park amenities include picnic tables, grills and a pavilion. AL 165, Fort Mitchell, Alabama.

Location/Contact:
AL HWY 165
Fort Mitchell, AL
Website: http://phenix-city.virtualave.net/


16.  Fort Mitchell National Cemetery

This beautiful 280-acre tract of land is often called "The Arlington of the South" and is a final resting place for veterans of the United States military forces. Open daily. AL 165, Fort Mitchell, Alabama.

Location/Contact:
AL HWY 165
Fort Mitchell, AL
Website: http://phenix-city.virtualave.net/


17.  Chattahoochee Indian Heritage Center

Celebrate the culture of the Native Americans who inhabited the Chattahoochee Valley. Includes stick ball field, sacred fire sculpture, interpretive trail and plaques that list the names of the Indians recorded in a special 1832 census. Open daily, sunup-sundown; admission free. Fort Mitchell County Park, AL 165, Fort Mitchell, Alabama.

Location/Contact:
AL HWY 165
Fort Mitchell, AL
Website: http://phenix-city.virtualave.net/


18.  Apalachicola Fort*
*Listed on the National Register of Historic Places

Spanish fortification (1689-1691) on the banks of the Chattahoochee River. National Historic Landmark. Historical marker. AL 165, Holy Trinity, Alabama.

Location/Contact:
AL HWY 165
Holy Trinity, AL
Website: http://phenix-city.virtualave.net/


Day 3

19.  Florence Marina State Park

Features a boat ramp, protected boat slips, fishing pier and air conditioned cabins. The Kirbo Interpretive Center showcases the native wildlife of Lake Eufaula/George and colorfully depicts the history of Florence, the town that was once located where the park is now situated. GA 39, Omaha, Georgia.

Location/Contact:
GA HWY 39
Omaha, GA
Website: http://www.georgiastateparks.com/
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20.  Providence Canyon State Conservation Park

Known as Little Grand Canyon of the Southeast. Park facilities include a day-use park/picnic area and a visitors center. 7 miles west of Lumpkin via GA 39 connector.

Location/Contact:
Lumpkin, GA
Website: http://www.georgiastateparks.com/
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21.  Bedingfield Inn*
*Listed on the National Register of Historic Places

1836 residence and former stagecoach stop. It is now a furnished 1840 house museum. Open Tuesday-Saturday 10 AM - 5 PM (ET); Closed for lunch 12 PM - 1PM (ET). Admission charged. US 27, GA 27, Courthouse Square, Lumpkin, Georgia.

Location/Contact:
US HWY 27/GA HWY 27
Lumpkin, GA
Charles Ledford
Website: http://www.westville.org/
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22.  Hatchett Drug Store*
*Listed on the National Register of Historic Places

Outstanding collection of drug store artifacts housed in old drug store building (circa 1900). Open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 AM - 5 PM (ET); closed for lunch 12 PM - 1 PM (ET); admission charged. US 27, GA 27, Lumpkin, Georgia.

Location/Contact:
US HWY 27/GA HWY 27
Lumpkin, GA
Website: http://www.westville.org/
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23.  Old Stagecoach Trail

A drive along Lumpkin’s well marked Stagecoach Trail provides an exterior view of over 20 homes built in the Lumpkin area before 1850. Lumpkin, Georgia.

Location/Contact:
Lumpkin, GA


24.  Westville

A working village of relocated, authentically restored original buildings and environment depicting the handicrafts and culture of 1850 Georgia. Open Tuesday-Sunday; admission charged. 1 mile south of Lumpkin, Georgia, US 27, GA 27.

Location/Contact:
P.O. Box 1850
Lumpkin, GA 31815
Phone: 912-838-6310
Website: http://www.westville.org/
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25.  Jimmy Carter National Historic Site

This 77-acre site includes the Old Plains High School*, Carter’s boyhood home and present home, as well as the Railroad Depot* in which Carter’s presidential campaigns were based. US 280, GA 27, Plains, Georgia. (*National Historic Register)

Location/Contact:
US HWY 280/GA HWY 27
Plains, GA
Website: http://www.nps.gov/jica/


Historic Landmarks Tour Tour road plan.