This school year, help bring the history of our region to life for your kids by visiting some of the historical sites and venues in the Chattahoochee Valley.
National Civil War Naval Museum
This is a must-see for Civil War history buffs. The museum is full of authentic Civil War artifacts and contains the largest surviving Confederate warship, the USS Jackson. It also includes a replica of the USS Hartford. Visitors can view a timeline exhibit that walks them through the naval events of the Civil War. portcolumbus.org
Roosevelt’s Little White House
The home in Warm Springs that Franklin Delano Roosevelt built in 1932 has been preserved and is open to the public for tours. FDR suffered from polio and visited Warm Springs to swim in the therapeutic 88-degree spring water. The home has remained very close to the way it looked when it was occupied by FDR for the last time in 1945. gastateparks.org/LittleWhiteHouse
This venue located in Columbus provides an opportunity to experience what life was like in the South in the 19th century. Visitors can walk through a village of 19th century buildings filled with artifacts from that time period. Kids will enjoy seeing the live interpretations of daily 19th century life and demonstrations of 19th century crafts and skills. westville.org.
Springer Opera House
The Springer Opera House, located in downtown Columbus, is Georgia’s oldest professional theater. Built in 1871, the Springer has been designated as a National Historical Landmark. Tours of this beautiful theater are available on Mondays and Wednesdays at 3:30 pm. springeroperahouse.org
The Columbus Museum, located on Wynnton Road in Columbus, was founded in 1953 and is one of the largest museums in the Southeastern US. The museum houses a combination of historical artifacts from around the local Chattahoochee Valley region and American fine art. Kids will enjoy the interactive children’s gallery. columbusmuseum.com