Econo Lodge Near Fort Stewart
726 East Oglethorpe Hwy 84
Hinesville, GA 31313
Phone: (912) 368-2275
Fax: (912) 368-5894
Formerly the home of Dr. Louis LeConte, this historic site flourished as one of Georgia's earliest inland swamp rice plantations and is now a natural preserve. Louis LeConte's world-famous 18th century botanical gardens contain a myriad of antique plants and visitors can walk through the cypress forest or walk the interpretative trail along the earthen rice dikes leading through the Bulltown Swamp black-water ecosystem while at this plantation.
A 3,000 acre, privately owned nature preserve that is located on lands that were once part of an old rice plantation and offers opportunities to view birds in saltmarsh, woodland, and creek swamp habitats. The nature center on site offers exhibits, educational programs, and a gift shop, and, for visitors not up for hiking, mule-pulled wagons will take you through woodlands, swamps, historic abandoned rice fields, and along marshes while guides tell the intriguing history of Melon Bluff.
The Dorchester Academy was set up to teach African Americans in the South their rights and to become registered voters by passing the required test. The academy was built in 1935 and was listed as as one of the top most endangered historic sites in the country. This site was added to the National Register of Historic Places on June 23, 1986.
The Savannah-Ogeechee canal stands as one of the main relics in tracing the history of southern canals. It commences with the tidal lock at the Savannah river and the fine waterway goes on past four lift locks. It is a scenic canal site and as it passes through, one can be enchanted with the stunning visuals of Savannah's 19th century industrial corridor, timber tracts, old rice fields, lush river swamp and much more. The canal is famously registered on the National Register of Historic Places.
This 137-mile (220-kilometer) river has its origins in a national forest in northeast Georgia, and its long course through the state offers a spectacular trip by canoe or kayak. Many stretches run past scenic bluffs and through hardwood forests that are quite representative of Georgia's landscape. While Altamaha's expeditions are closed between mid-November and mid-March, the chance to paddle down the Broad is not one to be missed.
It was from these earthwork battlements that a dwindling Confederate force held out for nearly two years before being taken by the marauding General William Tecumseh Sherman. Upon its surrender in 1864, the destructive swath across Georgia known as Sherman's March to the Sea was concluded, and the backbone of the Confederacy lay broken. A small museum, visitor's center and a few trails surround the restored battlements.