The Historic Oakland Cemetery basks in its beautiful gardens, sculptures, and architecture with displays of elegant funerary art. The 90-minute guided walking tour takes the cemetery’s visitors on a serene jaunt through the historic graveyard to see its sights and to listen to stories of its remarkable history. The cemetery forms an outdoor museum of Atlanta’s history, with residents representing all of the area's social classes and ethnic backgrounds. Margaret Mitchell, author of Gone With the Wind, rests in Oakland, along with many other notable people, including Bishop Wesley John Gaines, former slave and founder of Morris Brown College; Ivan Allen Jr., mayor of Atlanta from 1962–1970; and nearly 3,000 unknown soldiers.
The National Civil War Naval Museum takes modern-day visitors through the little-traveled footsteps of the sailors who fought in the Civil War, telling the story of the country's deadliest war from a naval point of view. Exhibits detail the technology and commerce that soldiers encountered, and provide a human backdrop with stories about soldiers and slaves affected by Civil War navies. Guided tours feature uniformed sailors who interpret the history of everyday life aboard a Civil War vessel or tell the story of a ship that served in the war. For a spookier outing, nighttime tours explore paranormal anomalies and analyze evidence from ghost investigations that happened in the museum.
Led by founder Captain Britt, the sea-savvy crew of UnReel Expeditions unlocks the beauty of the rivers and ocean around Savannah aboard their versatile fleet of anglers, speedboats, and luxury cruisers. Dolphin-spotting tours give passengers a hull-side view of the playful cetaceans as they scamper through the water and shout obscenities in their hideous dolphin language. Savannah history tours regale sea goers with stories of the port's venerable past punctuated by gorgeous views of Georgia's oldest city. For long-form aquatic adventures, offshore fishing trips run up to 12 hours, giving anglers a chance to bag such fish as snapper, tuna, sea bass, and sharks. Alternatively, private charters put lovebirds in full face of neon sunsets or let parties customize their own sightseeing tours.
Though The Odyssey has earned acclaim for documenting history’s most iconic journey, Mary Charles Howard has won over her customers by focusing on a more commonplace one—food’s journey from the farm to the table. As the owner of Athens Food Tours, an establishment named the best in Athens by Tripadvisor, she and her team guide gourmands to local eateries such as The Grit, Agua Linda, Kelly’s Jamaican, and Copper Street Brew Pub. Their walking tours send peripatetic palates through specific neighborhoods, such as Prince Avenue, the downtown area, or Normaltown, named for its distinction of being the only area to have successfully banned talking dogs. On each tour, guests mingle with chefs and sample their concoctions, but guides also incorporate factoids on non-culinary topics such as history, local music, and architecture.
The third annual Antebellum Trail Pilgrimage offers patrons the chance to unearth the past with myriad events and activities scattered throughout seven historic communities: Athens, Watkinsville, Madison, Eatonton, Milledgeville, Old Clinton, and Macon. The 100-mile trail zigzags pilgrims from city to city, offering self-guided excursions ideal for self-directed murmurs of informational tidbits. The events, museum visits, private tours of historic homes, and other activities featured in the five-day pilgrimage itinerary give visitors a glimpse of historic Georgia. Pass-holders also have access to authentic battle sites, where they can trace the steps of soldiers and reenact bayonet-limbo contests. Most locations are open, rain or shine, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Many of Roswell, Georgia's oldest residents refuse to leave. Their spirits still wander the halls of antebellum mansions and take really long lunch breaks in abandoned mills. Even the town's founder, Roswell King, can't keep still in his grave at Founders' Cemetery. Those are just some of the tales that make groups shiver during walks with Roswell Ghost Tour's paranormal investigators.
These guides take the world of the paranormal seriously, focusing on tales that came from local residents, business owners, and even past tour attendees. Their expertise has even been tapped by media outlets including the Syfy channel, which featured investigators Joe and Dianna Avena on an episode of Ghost Hunters. The lack of goofy costumes or accents doesn't mean that they won't incorporate an element of fun, though. In fact, some tours even stop for cocktails at a local bar.
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