Civil War prison and cemetery
The home of the 39th President, Jimmy Carter.
Open daily from 7:00 am to 10:00 pm. Two museums are located within the park. The indoor exhibit interpret military actions from the Revolutionary War through the Gulf War. The outdoor exhibit houses aircraft, armored vehicles and guns from World War 1 through Vietnam.
Touching five counties and covering some 8700 acres, Lake Blackshear is a natural habit for many species of fish and wildlife. From fishing to boating and water-skiing, the outdoor enthusiast will find entertainment year-round.Lake Blackshear is a man-made lake on the Flint River in Georgia created by a dam that was constructed from 1925 to 1930.The Crisp County Power Dam, also known as the Warwick Dam, was the first county owned, constructed, and operated power dam in the United States, requiring an amendment to the Georgia State Constitution to make the project legally possible. It came online in August, 1930, under the authority of the Crisp County Power Commission.The lake is approximately 20 miles (32 km) long and varies in width, but is rarely more than one mile (1.6 km) wide; it covers approximately 8,500 acres (34 km2). It was named for David Blackshear, the founder of Fort Early. When the dam was constructed, little effort was made to cut the trees that would soon be underwater. It was believed that the trees would soon die and decompose once submerged. While this was true for many of the trees, there are still many living Cypress trees in the middle of the lake and there are still many dead trees that have not fallen down.
SAM Shortline Excursion Train travels through southwest Georgia in air-conditioned 1949 vintage cars mixing a taste of the old rural South with today's excitement. There are fun and exciting train stops at the Georgia Veterans State Park at Lake Blackshear, the Telephone Museum, Leslie GA, Americus GA, Plains GA, and Archery (Jimmy Carter's childhood home). While in Americus, you can visit the historic Windsor Hotel, Habitat for Humanity's Global Village, or the exciting Rylander Theater.
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