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Fairfield Plantation outside Atlanta

A March 2003 trip to Atlanta by DAB JJB

Quote: Our first visit to the Atlanta area was accompanied by the couple who introduced us on our blind date over 40 years ago.

Fairfield Plantation outside Atlanta

Overview

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Our unit at Fairfield Plantation had just been refurbished - we were only the second occupants. We were very impressed with the accommodations. The window treatments were unusual, allowing for about 180 degree visibility out onto the community lake. The white vinyl blinds opened in the usual way, but also swung open like French Doors or slid like sliding glass doors. Outside each bedroom's sliding glass doors was a screened-in porch which would have been used much more except for the chilly temperatures in early April. There was also a surprise loft with twin beds at the top of the circular staircase. Each bedroom had its own TV and there were three phones in the unit. The staff was ...Read More

Wyndham Resort at Fairfield Plantation

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Hotel | "Fairfield Plantation"

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Best Things Nearby:Convenience of the WalMart Plaza to pick up items from groceries to car parts and cold medications. We were only 45 minutes from Atlanta and traveled into the big city three times in the week we were there.Best Things About the Resort:We were pleasantly surprised to find the loft area of this unit at the top of a spiral staircase. The open-air feel provided by the generous windows was wonderful. A screened in porch was right outside sliding glass doors from each of the main floor bedrooms. Four TV's were available though we didn't make use of all of them. We were also able to plug our digital movie camera into the TV...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 14, 2003

Wyndham Resort at Fairfield Plantation
1602 Lakeview Parkway
Villa Rica, Georgia 30180
(770) 834-7781

Atlanta History Center

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Attraction

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Admission $7 adults, $5 seniors and students age 18 or older, $4 children age 6-17; under age six free. General admission includes the museum and gardens. House tour tickets $1 each additional for the Swan House and the Tullie Smith Farm, free for children under age six. Metropolitan Frontiers - 1835-2000 show displays that range from Indian settlements and the railroads through the Civil War and the Civil Rights movement up to and through the 1996 Olympic Games. There is a permanent display devoted to the American Civil War delving into the causes of the devastating war in which more than 670,000 died. This is one of the largest and most comprehensive exhibitions about one of the most...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 23, 2003

Atlanta History Center
130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta, Georgia 30305
+1 404 814 4000

Atlanta Cyclorama & Civil War Museum

Attraction | "Atlanta Cyclorama & Civil War Museum"

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In the south section of Atlanta is historic Grant Park (not named after Ulysses S. Grant - but for an officer of the Confederacy who donated the land to the city of Atlanta). In Grant Park is both the Zoo and Cyclorama situated next to each other. We walked down to the Cyclorama. Inside there were many displays relating to the Civil War and we saw a short movie describing events leading up to Civil War battles in early July, 1864. We then were led upstairs to theater style seating in front of the Cyclorama, a 42-foot-high cylindrical oil painting--358 feet in circumference (on about 16,000 sq. ft. of canvas)--which depicts in meticulous detail the events of the Battle of Atlanta, July 22, 1864. It...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 21, 2003

Atlanta Cyclorama & Civil War Museum
800 Cherokee Avenue
Atlanta, Georgia 30315
(404) 658-7625

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We didn't even get to the IMAX Theater -- there was so much else to see. When the Great Hall was designed, it was meant to one day be the home of a large-scale permanent dinosaur exhibition, and in 2000, Fernbank became the only place in the world to see a complete mounted skeleton of an Argentinosaurus, the largest dinosaur ever found. The dramatic permanent exhibit Giants of the Mesozoic features the 90-foot-long plant-eater as it defends its nest of eggs against the 45-foot-long Giganotosaurus, the largest meat-eater ever classified. Hovering above in the 86-foot-tall Great Hall are two flying pterosaurs. Dinosaurs just don't get any bigger than this, and it's a little hair-raising to wal...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 21, 2003

Fernbank Museum of Natural History
767 Clifton Road NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30307
+1 404.929.6300; +1

Stone Mountain Park

Attraction | "Georgia's Stone Mountain Park"

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Their website at "www.stonemountainpark.com" describes all that is available. We enjoyed 7 hours here and I'm not sure we sampled everything. A monolithic gray granite outcropping (the world's largest) carved with a massive monument to the Confederacy, Stone Mountain is a distinctive landmark on Atlanta's horizon and the focal point of its major recreation area. It's Georgia's number-one tourist Mecca and one of the 10 most visited paid attractions in the United States. You can ride the Skylift to the top, where you have an incredible view of Atlanta and the Appalachian Mountains. Visitors who are part mountain goat can take a walking trail down its moss-covered slopes, especially lo...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 21, 2003

Stone Mountain Park
Highway 78 E
Stone Mountain, Georgia 30086
(770) 498-5690

Etowah Indian Mounds

Attraction | "Etowah Mounds"

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Etowah Mounds is one of the most significant archaeological sites in North America, offering a view of life as lived some four centuries ago. It was most impressive to learn the history of the Indians who created a community here so long ago. Three mounds are set up for viewing from the top. Mound "A" was believed to be the Chief's mound because it was the highest. Mounds "B" and "C" were not as high, but provided prominent elevation for other dominant members of the community (i.e. doctor, warrior, priest). Signs point out the village site which probably housed about a thousand people. The village was located next to the Etowah River where some fish traps are still in place. Signs describe ho...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 23, 2003

Etowah Indian Mounds
813 Indian Mound Road Se
Cartersville, Georgia 30120
(770) 387-3747