West Georgia Trip
From West Georgia to the West Wing: How West Georgia has shaped the Civil War, WWII, and the Presidency
With this trip across West Georgia, students will gain a broad perspective of generations of influence that West Georgia has had on state and national policies and events. Students will have the opportunity to tour three distinct state parks that each held a significant role in both Georgia, and American, history. Students will be able to learn the role that West Georgia played in the American Civil War, during and following World War II, and even up to current executive policies enacted by President Jimmy Carter. This single day trip exposes students to invaluable contributions West Georgia has made over the previous 150 years!
*Each site on this day trip directly connect with state and national standards for Social Studies and English Language Arts*
FDR's Little White House Historic Site and Memorial Museum
Warm Springs, Georgia
Students will begin their tour in Warm Springs where they will visit Franklin Delano Roosevelt's Little White House, one of Georgia's most popular historic sites. FDR built the Little White House in 1932 while still acting as Governor of New York. President Roosevelt visited his vacation home almost every summer from its purchase until his death. During FDR's presidency and the Great Depression, he developed many New Deal Programs based upon his experiences in this small town. Roosevelt suffered a stroke while posing for a portrait on April 12, 1945. He died a short while later. Today, the "Unfinished Portrait" is still housed in the museum. The museum showcases many exhibits, including FDR's 1938 Ford convertible, his Fireside Chats playing over a 1930s radio, his stagecoach and a theater. Students will tour Roosevelt's home, which has been carefully preserved as he left it, the servants and guest quarters, and the nearby pools complex that first brought the future president to Warm Springs.
Columbus State University Dining Facility
Students will get a "taste" of college academia when they stop at Columbus State University to dine at the Cougar Café. Here, students will enjoy a buffet-style lunch and will have the opportunity to tour the University, which is ranked among the top regional universities in the South by U.S. News & World Report. Columbus State offers nationally recognized programs in the arts, education, business, as well as nursing. Students will have the opportunity to tour the campus while visiting.
Tour of Jimmy Carter's boyhood farm, high school and museum
Jimmy Carter, our Nation's 39th President and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, is the only President to have been born in Georgia. On this stop, students will learn of the significance rural Georgia had on both the state and national landscape. Students will visit the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site which includes the farm where he spent his boyhood, the Plains High School he attended, and the train depot that served as headquarters for his 1976 presidential campaign. During this stop on the tour, students will learn of the impact that this rural south Georgia town had on the region and the national landscape as well as how this way of life influenced Carter's presidential campaign and tenure.
Andersonville National Historic Site (Andersonville State Prison/Camp Sumter)
On the final stop of the trip, students will take a tour of Andersonville Prison, A Confederate Prisoner-Of-War camp during the final 12 months of the Civil War. This is a powerful site for students, as Andersonville is an iconic reminder of the horrors of the Civil War. Andersonville was overcrowded by almost four times its capacity and nearly one quarter of all Union soldiers captured and housed in Andersonville Prison died while held. During this tour, students will see the prison grounds, tour the museum and visit the cemetery where Union prisoners were buried. During their time at Andersonville, students will learn about the conditions that led to the creation of large prisons in the Civil War, as well as examine the challenges faced by prisoners at Andersonville. This tour provides an opportunity for students to explore some of the controversies surrounding Civil War prisons.
As always, any itinerary can be adjusted to meet your needs