Americus & Sumter County Travel Guide

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We invite you to discover this incredible area of Georgia known as Americus and Sumter County.  There are a number of historically significant places within this region to enlighten, educate and entertain you.  As you drive through the historic district, the number of beautifully restored antebellum and Victorian houses will amaze you.  Stroll through the Oak Grove Cemetery, which has received an award of Excellence in Rehabilitation from the Georgia Historic Trust in April 2004, containing monuments dating back to the Civil War.  Visit our award-winning historic downtown district for shopping and dining.   Lodging options range from historic bed and breakfast properties to chain motels.  We truly have something for everyone. 

Located in the City of Andersonville you will find the Andersonville National Historic Site where the infamous civil war prison known as Camp Sumter held more than 45,000 Union soldiers, of which 13,000 perished.  Twice daily, at 11:00am and 2:00pm, guided tours of the prison site are offered free of charge.  Take the time to explore the National Prisoner of War Museum dedicated to POWs from all wars involving American soldiers.

  Andersonville National Cemetery continues to be a permanent place of honor for those who have died in military service for our country.  Also in Andersonville, you will find the Andersonville Civil War Village which hosts 2 festivals each year featuring reenactments, craftsmen, music, food and fun.  Memorial Day weekend (the last weekend in May) is the Andersonville Antiques Fair.  The first weekend in October is the Andersonville Historic Fair.  Open all year, you can visit the Drummer Boy Museum featuring authentic Civil War uniforms, firearms, swords, flags and documents.

The Jimmy Carter National Historic Site in Plains is a wonderful interpretation of the influences, which helped to develop the character and political policies of the 39th President of the United States.  You can observe the rural southern culture of Plains, Georgia, that revolves around farming, church and school.  The National Park Service oversees the Historic Site, which is comprised of the Plains Depot, now a museum to the 1976 campaign, Carter's boyhood home in nearby Archery, and the Plains High School Museum and Welcome Center.  In September, folks come from all around the globe for the annual Plains Peanut Festival.  On most Sundays, you can attend Jimmy Carter Sunday School at Maranatha Baptist Church.  Visit their website for the latest schedule for Jimmy Carter's Bible Classes.  Stay for worship services and you may have a photo taken with President and Mrs. Carter afterwards.

Were you aware that the birthplace of Habitat for Humanity was in Americus, Georgia at a biracial Christian community known as Koinonia?  Koinonia Partners was founded in the 1940s and continues its mission of peace.  Plan to visit the farm, enjoy the communal noon meal, explore the museum and learn about the community that inspired Habitat.  Then, visit Habitat for Humanity International Headquarters along with the Global Village and Discovery Center, featuring an interactive exhibit of the work of Habitat around the world.

Nostalgia surrounds you in Americus and Sumter County.  Relax and ride the SAM Shortline Excursion Train with its restored vintage railroad cars from the 1940s.  You can enjoy a full day excursion traveling from round-trip Cordele to Plains, or you can take a half-day trip between Americus to Plains. 

If you plan to visit our area, please visit our "See & Do" page of our website for descriptions and links to all of the above areas of interest at:  www.americusgardeninn.com/seeanddo.html

We look forward to your visit in the near future.

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