This overnight tour to West Georgia includes tours of FDR’s Little White House, the Little Grand Canyon, Westville (an 1860’s rural town), Andersonville Civil War Prison Site and Callaway Gardens. An evening activity is included at the Coca Cola Challenger Center!
|FDR’s Little White House:Franklin Delano Roosevelt built the Little White House in 1932 while governor of New York, prior to being inaugurated as president in 1933. He first came to Warm Springs in 1924 hoping to find a cure for the infantile paralysis (polio) that had struck him in 1921. During FDR’s presidency and the Great Depression, he developed many New Deal Programs (such as the Rural Electrification Administration) based upon his experiences in this small town.|
|Little Grand Canyon:The massive gullies, as deep as 150 feet, were caused by poor farming practices during the 1800s. The deepest canyons usually have a thin layer of water along the trail, indication of the water table below. Colorful wildflowers, as well as the pink, orange, red and purple hues of the soft canyon soil, make a beautiful natural painting at this unique park. The rare Plumleaf Azalea grows only in this region and blooms during July and August when most azaleas have lost their color.|
|Westville:A working 1850’s town, Westville is a collection of 30 historic buildings assembled from across the state, and arranged as a typical 1850’s town layout with commerce buildings in the center and residences on the outskirts. Buildings include various trades, a school, courthouse, church, store, carriage house, gardens, slave quarters, upscale residences and a farm.|
|:Officially known as Camp Sumter, was one of the largest of many established prison camps during the American Civil War. During the 14 months the prison existed, more than 45,000 Union Soldiers were confined there.|
|Callaway Gardens:A spectacular 35,000-square-foot complex nestled on 13,000 acres in the Appalachian Mountains. Home of the world’s largest azalea display, one of North America’s biggest butterfly conservatories, and a magnificent vegetable garden.|
|Challenger Learning Center:Offering realistic mock-ups of Mission Control and an orbiting space station. Students join teams at computer consoles or onboard the orbiting space lab, rev up their imaginations, and work together toward the mission’s goal, whether it is the launching of a probe or the interception of a comet.|
Starting at $269