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Maritime-Related National Parks in Georgia
- Augusta Canal helped usher the Industrial Revolution into the South by harnessing Savannah River to power mills and factories, including the Confederate Powder Works. One of the only intact, functioning American nineteenth-century industrial power canal systems and home to diverse plants and animals of the southeastern Fall Line, Augusta Canal National Heritage Area is an oasis for outdoor recreation.
- Today the river valley attracts us for so many reasons. Take a solitary walk to enjoy nature?s display, raft leisurely through the rocky shoals with friends, fish the misty waters as the sun comes up, or have a picnic on a Sunday afternoon. Get outdoors and experience your Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area as you have never done before.
- St. Marys is the gateway to Cumberland Island, Georgia's largest and southernmost barrier island. Here pristine maritime forests, undeveloped beaches, and wide marshes whisper the stories of both man and nature. Natives, missionaries, enslaved African Americans, and wealthy industrialists all walked here. Cumberland Island is also home to over 9,800 acres of Congressionally-designated wilderness.
- Georgia's fate was decided in 1742 when Spanish and British forces clashed on St. Simons Island. Fort Frederica's troops defeated the Spanish, ensuring Georgia's future as a British colony. Today, the archeological remnants of Frederica are protected by the National Park Service.
- For much of the nineteenth century, masonry fortifications were the United States? main defense against overseas enemies. However, during the Civil War, new technology proved its superiority to these forts. The Union army used rifled cannon and compelled the Confederate garrison inside Fort Pulaski to surrender. The siege was a landmark experiment in the history of military science and invention.
Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor (also in FL, NC, SC)
- Designated by Congress in 2006, the Corridor extends from Wilmington, North Carolina, in the north to Jacksonville, Florida, in the south. It is home to one of America's most unique cultures, a tradition first shaped by captive Africans brought to the southern United States from West Africa and continued in later generations by their descendents.
Are you interested in other historic maritime resources in Georgia? We have information about historic lighthouses and light stations.