Georgia Department of Natural Resources

Alexander H. Stephens State Park - A Tour

Join historian Martha Neal on a fascinating tour of Liberty Hall, the former home of Alexander H. Stephens. Stephens, Vice President of the Confederacy during the Civil War and former Governor of Georgia, lived in this extraordinary home from 1845-1883.

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America's First Gold Rush

Twenty years before the great California gold rush of 1848, thousands of miners flocked to the mountains of northeast Georgia to seek their fortunes. It was the first major gold rush in the United States - never before had so many people come together so quickly to search for the precious yellow metal. For generations, miners born and bred in the north Georgia mountains, struggled to survive. Day after day and year after year, the promise of striking it rich kept them going. Through conversations with members of these long-time mining families, this video explores the miners’ way of life. Historical photographs and newsreel footage are combined to trace the history of mining in Georgia.

Runtime: 18:00

The Battle of Pickett's Mill

Civil War battlefield photographs, 1860s newspaper engravings, campaign maps and other period illustrations highlight the story of one of the few Federal losses during the campaign for Atlanta. Pickett's Mill Battlefield State Historic Site is one of the best preserved Civil War battlefields in the nation.

Runtime: 16:38

The Cherokee Nation: The Story Of New Echota

In the early 1800s, the Cherokee Indians located the capital of their nation in the foothills of the north Georgia mountains. This video traces the history of this community through 1838, when the Indians were driven out of Cherokee territory.

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Echoes of the Altamaha: The Story of Fort King George

The Altamaha River in coastal Georgia has a rich and colorful history. In 1721, the British established a southern outpost on a bluff overlooking the Altamaha River. The bluff had been occupied for thousands of years prior to that, first by American Indians and then by Spanish missionaries. Echoes of the Altamaha traces much of that history - from the region’s earliest inhabitants in the 1500’s to the European settlers who built Fort King George. Re-enactors portraying British soldiers, bring the story and the time period to life.

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End of a Dream: The Flight and Capture of Jefferson Davis

When Confederate President Jefferson Davis was arrested in Georgia in 1865, the government of the Confederate States of America ceased to exist. This program tells the story of the hardship and challenge of his last weeks as president.

Runtime: 17:56

Exceptional Valor: Ft. McAllister & the Defense of Savannah

Fort McAllister, located on the banks of the Ogeechee River, was built to defend the backdoor to Savannah during the American Civil War. The fort suffered seven naval assaults before it was captured on December 13, 1864 during Sherman’s March to the Sea. Exceptional Valor depicts these historic events and portrays the reality of a soldier’s life – from the boredom of garrison duty to insufferable heat and the assault of mosquitoes.

Runtime: 12:36

Jarrell Plantation

For more than 125 years, Jarrell Plantation was a prosperous and productive farm. This program looks at a way of life that disappeared from the Georgia countryside many years ago.

Runtime: 11:36

Kolomoki Unearthed

Kolomoki Mounds is the oldest and largest Woodland Indian site in the southeastern United States. This 2009 video featuring archeologist Thomas Pluckhahn explains the history of the site providing an overview of how the mounds were used by the Kolomoki people and what their daily lives would have been like He describes the features that are no longer visible, and provides a detailed look at his discoveries of the village areas.

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Lapham-Patterson House: A Tour

The unique Lapham-Patterson house, located in south Georgia, is a monument to Victorian craftsmanship. Join curator Cheryl Walters Watson on a tour of what she calls "the most daring house in Thomasville."

Runtime: 14:18

The People of Hofwyl-Broadfield

From its earliest days as a rice plantation to its later incarnation as a dairy farm, Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation remained in the same family for five generations. In this program, excerpts from letters, memoirs, and diaries combine with dramatic pictures to bring this remarkable story to life.

Runtime: 17:31

Presidential Portrait - FDR at Warm Springs

On April 12, 1945 President F.D. Roosevelt died at his home, the Little White House, in Warm Springs, Georgia. This program narrated by Walter Cronkite features black and white video documenting the life and times of FDR during his 12 year tenure as President of the United States.

Runtime: 13:18

Sapelo: An Island in Time

On Sapelo, vast unspoiled marshes, pristine beaches and maritime forests look much as they did hundreds of years ago. In this program, explore the breathtaking beauty of one of Georgia's undeveloped barrier islands.

Runtime: 16:32

The Sapelo Island Lighthouse

Built in 1820, the lighthouse on Sapelo Island guided ships into port at Darien, a prosperous 19th century seaport on the Georgia coast. This program traces the history of the lighthouse and the area it served. It also documents the restoration of this remarkable structure.

Runtime: 16:41

Sites To Behold - The History of Georgia's State Parks

Produced in celebration of their 75th anniversary this program traces the history of Georgia's state park system beginning with the establishment of Indian Springs State Park; the oldest state park in the nation.

Runtime: 56:46

The Southeastern Indians

For thousands of years, a series of vast and complex civilizations arose and then vanished in the woodlands of the southeastern United States. This program tells the story of the rise and fall of these ancient cultures.

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Sunbury Sleeps

Before the American Revolution, the thriving seaport of Sunbury rivaled nearby Savannah as Georgia's economic and cultural center. This program explores the history of the old town and the reasons for its decline.

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Sweetwater: A Timeless Place

Just 15 miles from downtown Atlanta, Sweetwater Creek State Park is an oasis of wild beauty with a rich history. This 2,000 acre wilderness has nine miles of hiking trails leading to the scenic river and shoals, and to the ruins of an impressive Civil War mill.

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Walking in Two Worlds: The Vann Family and The Cherokee Nation

James Vann, builder of the "showplace of the Cherokee Nation," and his son Joseph were two of the wealthiest and most influential men in the Cherokee Nation. But all their power and money couldn't protect them from the pressures of European colonization. Through the lives of these two men, this program explores a tumultuous time in our country's history.

Runtime: 15:23

Wormsloe: A Noble Beginning

Georgia's first settlers arrived in what is now Savannah on a bleak February day in 1733. Among them were Noble Jones and his family. Jones, a humble London carpenter, would rise to prominence as one of the richest and most respected men in the colony- a carpenter, surveyor, doctor, constable, and ultimately owner of Wormsloe Plantation. Wormsloe would prove vital to the defense of the Georgia colony, and by 1765 Jones would become one of the leading citizens of the state. Wormsloe: A Noble Beginning is the captivating story of Noble Jones and the early days of Georgia's development.

Runtime: 13:38

Walk in the Wisdom of the Past for Widsom of the Future

This video explores the history of Native Americans of Georgia and how they keep their culture alive today through their daily lives. Tribal customs are experienced through a visit to the Footsteps of the Past Indian Festival in Athens, Georgia and include languages, arts and crafts, skills, music and dancing. Interviews and demonstrations stress the importance of respect for the Earth, the circle of life, and all plants and animals.

Runtime: 31.50