So, in case you were unaware, there’s a big football game coming up this Sunday. But hey, it doesn’t start until the evening, so you’ve got plenty of time during the day to get free tours at area museums during Super Museum Sunday!
We’ve got four museums that are participating and it’s the perfect time to take advantage of free admission. Here, you’ll find stories of liberty from the Revolutionary War, Colonial era, Gullah-Geechee heritage and Civil Rights history all in one community. Here’s the info you need to know before you go!
Midway Museum-The museum is a replica of a Colonial cottage and contains numerous artifacts from the Colonial, Revolutionary and Civil War eras. Standing beside it is the the Midway Congregational Church, which was rebuilt in 1792 after being burned by the British. Across the street, you can wander through the Midway Cemetery, established in the 1700s by Puritan settlers. Many famous Liberty Countians are buried there, including Revolutionary War Generals James Screven and Daniel Stewart.
491. N. Coastal Hwy. in Midway
Geechee Kunda-This site is an interpretive center dedicated to preserving the Gullah-Geechee heritage and educating visitors. The traditions and cultural achievements are thriving under the tutelage of owners and directors Jim and Pat Bacote. It’s located on lands where the rice, cotton and indigo producing Retreat Plantation once stood. Exhibits feature artifacts from Africa and the lowcountry, some dating back to the 1700s. including authentic slavery artifacts, Geechee relics and Jim Crow memorabilia.
622 Ways Temple Road in Riceboro
Fort Morris State Historic Site-When the continental Congress convened in 1776, the delegates recognized the importance of a fort to protect Georgia’s coast from the British navy. Fort Morris was built and served the Georgia low-country during the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812. Today, visitors can stand within the remaining earthworks of the fort and view scenic St. Catherines Sound. In the museum, exhibits describe the once bustling colonial port at Sunbury that at one time rivaled Savannah. Bonus: Fort Morris is part of the Georgia’s Colonial Coast Birding Trail.
2559 Fort Morris Road in Midway
Historic Dorchester Academy– The former school, which was founded by the American Missionary Society soon after the Civil War to educate African-Americans, operated until 1940 and then became a center a cooperative to help area residents with farming, economic and household issues. It’s most recent historical role was as a site for civil rights movements. The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. planed his campaign to integrate Birmingham during meetings there in the 1960s. The room where he stayed has been preserved and the museum beside the Academy houses artifacts and historical information from the days of slavery through the Civil Rights Movement.
8787 E. Oglethorpe Hwy in Midway
The price is right (it’s all FREE) so before you settle down on the couch for the Super Bowl, do a little exploring around Liberty County. You never know what treasures you’ll discover!
-Amanda Scott, Program Manager for the Liberty County CVB
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