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Enjoy free history on Feb. 5!

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Years ago, back in the previous millennium (as my kids put it), when I was but a young ‘un, there was a phrase you’d hear from time to time. It was just three words, but whenever they were spoken, you could be sure folks would perk up their ears and listen.
The words were: “the people’s price.”
Back in that long-ago day (well, it wasn’t really that long ago), “the people’s price” was a way of saying that something was free. No charge. Gratis.
In other words, it didn’t cost anything.
Now, let’s be honest here. Stuff that’s really and truly free was pretty rare then and is pretty rare these days, too. And in many cases, when something’s free, you get what you paid for.
But not always. Once in a while a real bargain comes along, and for folks who enjoy not only bargains but also exploring the richness of Georgia’s historic sites, there’s a truly outstandingly good deal coming up on Sunday, Feb. 5.
The occasion?
It’s “Super Museum Sunday,” part of the Georgia Historical Society’s Georgia History Festival.
So you aren’t familiar with the Georgia History Festival? Neither was I. According to georgiahistoryfestival.org, the official website of the Georgia History Festival, the festival “is the signature K-12 educational program of the Georgia Historical Society.” It includes a wide range of public programs, exhibits, in-school events and educational resources designed to “bring history to life for students of all ages and encourage Georgians to explore the richness and diversity of our state’s past.”
On Super Museum Sunday, the State Parks and Historic Sites Division of Georgia’s Department of Natural Resources will waive the usual admission fees at many of the state’s historic sites and will be offering free admission. It’s a see-for-free opportunity that is definitely not to be missed.
What sorts of experiences await you on that people’s price day?
“Visitors can walk in the footsteps of Civil War and Revolutionary War soldiers, tour FDR’s modest cottage, explore plantations, climb to the top of an Indian mound and experience more during this annual event,” according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.
It won’t be hard to find a place to visit, either, as participating sites are scattered across the state from the mountains down to the coast. Some of these historic sites are generally closed on Sundays, but they’ll be open for “Super Museum Sunday.” Here’s a list of participating sites, along with their hours of operation that day:
* Chief Vann House Historic Site (Chatsworth) – 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
* Dahlonega Gold Museum Historic Site (Dahlonega) – 10 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.
* Fort King George Historic Site (Darien) – 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
* Fort McAllister State Park (Richmond Hill) – 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
* Fort Morris Historic Site (Midway) – 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
* Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Historic Site (Brunswick) — 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
* Jarrell Plantation Historic Site (Juliette) – Noon – 4 p.m.
* Kolomoki Mounds State Park (Blakely) -- 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
* Lawton Museum at Magnolia Springs State Park (Millen) – 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
* Liberty Hall at A.H. Stephens State Park (Crawfordville) -- 9 – 5 p.m.
* New Echota Historic Site (Calhoun) – 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
* Roosevelt’s Little White House Historic Site (Warm Springs) – 9 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.
* Travelers Rest Historic Site (Toccoa) -- 9 – 5 p.m.
* Wormsloe Historic Site (Savannah) – 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
There’s no doubt about it. Super Museum Sunday offers an outstanding opportunity for you to take a little road trip, visit one of Georgia’s great historic sites and have a great time while learning about our state’s history too – for free! I’m planning to check out several of the sites myself, and I hope I’ll see you there.
To learn more about the Georgia History Festival and related events and activities, visit GeorgiaHistoryFestival.org.


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