Georgia Department of Natural Resources

Alexander H. Stephens State Park - A Tour

From A.H. Stephens State Park

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

From Dahlonega Gold Museum State Historic Site

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

From Pickett's Mill Battlefield State Historic Site

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

From New Echota State Historic Site

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

From Fort King George State Historic Site

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.

Runtime: 10:58

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

From Jefferson Davis Memorial State Historic Site

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

From Fort McAllister State Historic Park

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

Florence Marina State Park

From Florence Marina State Park

Enjoy a visit to this state park located along the Chattahoochee River at the northern end of Lake Walter F. George. This program provides glimpses of the wildlife found at the park and explores the history of the town of Florence in the mid-1800's with historic shots of steamboat travel on the river.

Runtime: 9:54

Jarrell Plantation

From Jarrell Plantation State Historic Site

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

From Kolomoki Mounds State Historic Park

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

From Lapham-Patterson House State Historic Site

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

Okefenokee Swamp

From Stephen C. Foster State Park

One of the largest wetlands in North America, the Okefenokee Swamp is a vast wilderness unlike anywhere else in the world. This program features breathtaking scenery and aerial views, and provides a close-up look atthe abundance of wildlife found there.

Runtime: 10:16

The People of Hofwyl-Broadfield

From Hofwyl-Broadfield State Historic Site

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

From Roosevelt's Little White House State Historic Site

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

Providence Canyon

From Providence Canyon State Park

Providence Canyon State Park, also known as the Little Grand Canyon, provides a striking example of the effects of erosion. Created in the 1800’s as a result of poor farming practices, the scenic canyon is now a popular destination for hikers, photographers and sightseers. The video explores how the canyon was formed and provides a scenic look at the Park’s nine small canyons comprised of more than 40 different colors of sand.

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The Sapelo Island Lighthouse

From Sapelo Island Reserve and Reynold's Mansion

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.

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

From Georgia State Parks and Historic

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

Sunbury Sleeps

From Fort Morris State Historic Site

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.

Runtime: 11:34

Sweetwater: A Timeless Place

From Sweetwater Creek State Park

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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Tallulah Gorge

From Tallulah Gorge State Park

Tallulah Gorge is one of the largest canyons in the eastern United States. From raging waterfalls to towering rock formations, from clear, deep pools to quiet turns in the river, Tallulah Gorge shares a view of the canyon that few people ever see. It examines the variety of animals and plants that live within the gorge's eight distinct ecosystems, including the endangered persistent trillium. It also traces the impact people have had on the gorge, from the tourist trade of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, to the rock climbers and whitewater kayakers who visit today.

Runtime: 15:40

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

From Chief Vann House State Historic Site

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

From Wormsloe State Historic Site

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.

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