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Kayak Touring on Watson Mill Pond
Watson Mill Pond at George L. Smith State Park in Twin City in east central Georgia is ideal for touring by kayak. The three-mile long pond contains ten miles of paddling trails waiting to be explored. A photographer’s dream, every shot has beautiful scenery in the background and the paddlers have broad smiles on their faces. The colors of the cypress trees reflected on the mirror-like water make a great palette for shutterbugs in the fall. The historic covered bridge, circa 1880, is also quite photogenic. Other photo ops include a beaver lodge and fields of white water lilies. There’s a heron rookery that is active in the spring, as well as an osprey nest and many other species of waterfowl. Photos and captions by Wesley Hendley, owner operator of Mill Pond Kayak, LLC.
Georgia Native American Sites
EMILY GÓMEZ, an assistant professor of art and photography at Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, toured the South photographing the sites of former Native American villages, defensive fortifications and burial mounds. Here are some of her images of the Georgia locations.
Children of the Loom
Thanks to Georgia BackRoads publisher Dan Roper for originally publishing these Lewis Wickes Hine photographs in Georgia BackRoads Magazine and for making them available to others on the Brown's Guide website. Read more about Lewis Wickes Hine and his experiences photographing "Children of the Loom" in Georgia textile mills of the early 1900s in the related blog. Photo descriptions by Lewis Wickes Hine edited by Dan Roper.
Georgia Barrier Islands Photos
Photographs of 16 major barrier islands along the Georgia Coast with brief descriptions. Photos are arranged in geographical order north to south. For more detailed information on each island see Barrier Islands In Georgia and the Georgia Barrier Islands Map.
Outdoor Adventures in Dade County
Dade County in the extreme northwest corner of Georgia offers a variety of some of the best and most varied outdoor experiences in the Southeast, including hiking, bicycling, whitewater kayaking, cave exploring, hang gliding, and driving tours, among others.
Foxfire Museum and Heritage Center
Over 40 years ago, a group of high school students took an interest in their mountain heritage and preserved a truly unique American culture by documenting it in The Foxfire Magazine and what has now become 12 volumes of books. The Foxfire Museum and Heritage Center in Mountain City, Georgia, continues to preserve, explain and celebrate that culture through demonstrations, self-guided tours of over 20 log structures, exhibits, annual events, a gift shop, and the continued publication of The Foxfire Magazine and books.
Note that photographs of live demonstrations and costumed participants were taken during Foxfire's two annual events, Living History Days and the Fall Heritage Festival, and do not represent ongoing features of the Museum and Heritage Center.
Beth Young’s Rivers
The remarkable river photographs by Birmingham-based environmental photographer Beth Maynor Young are included in many private and corporate collections across the country. One look at the images here will explain why. The photographer's short descriptions of the photos, sometimes including information on the time of day the pictures were taken or the logistics of transporting photography equipment into difficult-to-navigate natural areas, add another dimension to the images. The pictures here are in two groups. The first is the Chattooga River - images of the Wild and Scenic River that forms the border between Georgia and South Carolina. The second group are rivers in Beth's "Waters of the South" series, a collection of some of her most popular and timeless photographs, including Georgia's Flint and Tallapoosa rivers as well as waterways in Florida, Alabama and Mississippi. The total of 17 images take you on an inspiring river voyage from sunrise on the Chattooga to a full moon on Mississippi's Gulf Island National Seashore.
Senoia Home Tour
Senoia has about 150 Greek Revival, antebellum and Victorian structures, sidewalks, streetlights, interesting restaurants and shops, bed and breakfast inns, and the 2011 Southern Living House.
Margaret Mitchell’s Tara
Margaret Mitchell may have written her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel from a small, first-floor apartment at 10th and Peachtree streets in Atlanta, but the story was born from the red clay backroads that once wound mostly through Clayton and Fayette counties. Browse the photo gallery below to see some of the places in Atlanta, Jonesboro and Fayetteville that tell the story of Margaret Mitchell and Gone With the Wind.
For more about Mitchell and Gone With the Wind, see the Brown's Guide blogs: In Search of Margaret Mitchell's Tara, Tara, Margaret Mitchell and the Flint River, and Where Was Margaret Mitchell's Tara, Really?
Augusta Canal Photo Gallery
Built in 1845 as a source of power, water and transportation, the Augusta Canal is the only intact industrial canal in the American South in continuous use. Today, canal boat tours, hiking, biking and paddling opportunities, and the Interpretive Center at Enterprise Mill bring the Augusta Canal to life in the 21st Century.
Main Street Gallery
In 1985, Jeanne Kronsnoble and an artist friend opened a studio in Clayton, Georgia, where they could create and display their own artwork. Before long, Jeanne’s interest in the local folk art became a passion and she began traveling the back roads throughout the Southeast to meet artists, hear their stories, and collect their work. In 1996, the gallery moved into a larger historic storefront space to showcase the work of these self-taught artists. Main Street Gallery has evolved over the years into one of the premier folk art galleries in the United States and has been featured in such publications as Southern Living, Better Homes and Gardens, and The New York Times. This Brown's Guides Gallery contains five of many artists represented by Main Street Gallery. The works, including contemporary folk art and fine art paintings, papier mache, and gourd sculpture, are grouped by artist. The description under the first image in the series of five contains a brief biographical sketch of the artist.
Fitzgerald: Remembering to Forget the Civil War.
Unique in all of America, the City of Fitzgerald was founded as a place of reconciliation between veterans of the Civil War, Union and Confederate. Indianapolis lawyer and newspaper publisher Philander H. Fitzgerald, a former drummer boy in the Union Army, worked with Georgia state government, including then Governor William J. Northern, to select a site on the Ocmulgee River and "Georgia's Colony City” was born.
Mark of the Potter Photo Shopping Tour
Building on the considerable strengths of high-quality work by regional craftspeople and a location in an authentic grist mill on banks of the scenic Soque River, the Mark of the Potter has become the oldest craft shop in Georgia operating out of the same location. Browse the photo gallery below to shop for pottery and other fine crafts, including metal, ceramic jewelry and hand blown glass by more than 30 artists.
Macon’s 1842 Inn
The 1842 Inn exudes romantic Southern charm with its 17-columned wrap-around veranda, cozy tables for two in the garden, fireplaces and whirlpools in many of the 19 guest rooms, complimentary breakfast served served in your room, courtyard or parlor. The house, built in 1842 by John Gresham, is a fine specimen of Greek revival architecture. Mr. Gresham, a former mayor of Macon, attorney, judge and cotton merchant, lived in the home until 1900 when it was purchased by the B. F. Adams family. The Adams family made significant changes, which include extending the front porch and erecting columns as well as installing parquet floors and Victorian tile insets on the fireplaces. The Victorian Cottage, which sits across the courtyard from the main house, was moved onto the almost 2-acre property to supplement the main house in 1983. The Cottage consists of nine fully furnished guest rooms with 12-foot ceilings, original heart of pine flooring and a large front porch overlooking the courtyard. The inn now consists of 19 guest rooms, hospitality parlors and service facilities, as well as a courtyard and porches for entertaining.
Exploring the Altamaha River Bioreserve
Experience sea kayaking adventures with Altamaha Coastal Tours in the Altamaha River Bioreserve, one of the most beautiful and remote areas in the Southeast. Located near St. Simons 45 minutes South of Savannah, the Altamaha River BioReserve is a world of wilderness and natural wonder.
Kayaking and Canoeing on the Broad River
The Broad River outpost rents kayaks and canoes for beginning whitewater and scenic slow water adventures on the Broad River near Athens. The two basic trips offered are the upper 5 miles ( 2-3 hours) or 10 miles ( 3-6 hours) of moving water and the lower 6.5 miles of class II beginner whitewater ( 3-4 hours). Times will vary depending on water levels, skill levels and attitudes. Located in northeast Georgia, 23 miles from Athens on Ga. Hwy 281, the scenic Broad River has 70 miles of continuous navigable water.
Scouting the South Fork of the Broad River
Expert Georgia canoeist (he has canoed the Broad River over 250 times) and University of Georgia professor Roger Thomas, and Broad River Outpost owner Michael Moody canoed the South Fork of the Broad River on August 19, 2009, to photograph and record GPS readings. Here is a selection of photographs taken during their trip beginning at Watson Mill Bridge State Park. The photos are arranged in down-river order. The photos are part of an interactive map accompanying Suzanne Welander's canoeing guide to the South Fork Broad River that includes this section of the river as well as a 5.3 mile section above it. All photos and photo descriptions are by Michael Moody.