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Sherman’s Necktie

06/17/14

Sherman’s Necktie

Two days before the Battle of Atlanta in July 1864, Gen. William T. Sherman ordered that railroad tracks be destroyed to disrupt the Confederacy’s transportation network. Under the cover of night, Union soldiers heated and twisted the rails, bending them around trees and telegraph poles. Left to cool, the now-useless rails became known as Sherman’s Neckties. In 2011, Stone Mountain unveiled a new work of public art that replicates one such necktie. It stands at the approximate location of the start of Sherman’s March to the Sea, near Shermantown, the historically African-American neighborhood named in honor of the night the general and his troops spent in the area before beginning their march in November 1964. To learn more about the Civil War in Georgia...

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Let's Talk Midtown

06/13/14

Let's Talk Midtown

Midtown Atlanta has been going through a real renaissance, with new high-rises, pop-up art, sustainable restaurants and boundaries that now stretch from Westside to Poncey Highlands. With growth projections for the city skewing toward walkable districts, it's an opportunity for Midtown, said Midtown Alliance President Kevin Green at the May 28 panel discussion, “Midtown Dialogues: The Urban Experience.” Public art, an expanding Piedmont Park and public safety investments are reconnnecting neighborhoods, as more Atlantans choose to walk and bike around the city. “We have 300 acres of greenspace and several higher education institutions [SCAD-Atlanta, Georgia Tech], all in a 1.2-square-mile walkable district,” said Green. “The Midtown Alliance has...

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High-Tech Scavengers in Columbus

06/10/14

High-Tech Scavengers in Columbus

Visitors to Columbus can channel the city’s namesake explorer by discovering hidden treasures. Instead of navigating by the stars, they use a handy GPS to locate 31 containers on the RiverWalk GeoTour. “It’s a high-tech scavenger hunt,” says Peter Bowden, president and CEO of the Columbus Convention & Visitors Bureau, noting that people from as far away as Europe and Hawaii have participated. Bowden says Columbus became the first city in the world to launch a geotour in May 2012, though others have since followed in its wake. Looking for ways to promote its whitewater course, Bowden says that “with limited marketing dollars, we couldn’t speak to a true international audience.” Groundspeak, an organization based in Seattle,...

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Step Back in Time

06/06/14

Step Back in Time

Visit Fairburn for a taste of the 16th century at the 29th annual Georgia Renaissance Festival. June 7 and 8 make up the last weekend of this year's event, which features skilled artisans, strolling minstrels, mead, turkey legs, jousting, Maypole dancing and more. Increasingly, it has become a "cosplay" event, with the visitors sometimes out-costuming the professionals. For more information see http://www.garenfest.com/

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Pack Your Cannons – Sherman’s Coming Again!

06/03/14

Pack Your Cannons – Sherman’s Coming Again!

One hundred fifty years ago this month, Union and Confederate forces faced off across Cobb County in battles large and small, including Kennesaw Mountain, one of the most important battles of the Atlanta Campaign. A number of commemorative events are happening in the Cobb area this month, and events continue in Georgia over the next year as the Civil War sesquicentennial winds down. Learn more about the Civil War in Georgia in this month’s feature stories. And find information about everything from reenactments, tours and ceremonies to musical performances, educational opportunities and lists of Civil War sites at the following websites. The Atlanta Campaign Atlanta History Center B*ATL Battle of Kennesaw Mountain 150th Anniversary Civil War Trust Civil...

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