Archaeology programs at Callaway Gardens, Pine Mountain, Georgia

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The Preserve at Callaway Gardens is offering archaeology programs again this year. The Preserve at Callaway Gardens encompasses thousands of acres of land west of Callaway Gardens in Harris County. It is dedicated to the wise stewardship of our natural resources and to offering new, exciting, environmental education programs. Of all of Callaway’s land, this parcel is in the most natural state. The land is a demonstration area for ecosystem restoration, sustainable forestry, watershed protection and habitat improvement for wildlife. The Preserve has conducted archaeological surveys and workshops over the last decade devoted to identifying and protecting Native American and historic sites with the overriding goal of connecting man and nature.

There are three types of programs planned. First, on Saturday, April 25, a hike is scheduled through the beautiful Preserve to several archaeological sites. Then, each Tuesday morning beginning June 2 and running through August 4, an archaeologist and biologist will lead hikes through the Preserve during the Summer Family Adventure Program. Finally, this Fall there will be an all day workshop where registered individuals can work along side archaeologists as they excavate an archaeological site. See below for more details and contact information for the Spring and Summer hikes. The Fall workshop time will be announced at a later date.

Farmstead Hike with an Archaeologist

The Preserve at Callaway Gardens, Pine Mountain, Georgia
Saturday, April 25, 2009 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Join us on a special hike with a registered professional archaeologist who has conducted surveys and excavations of Native American and historic period archaeological sites on the Callaway Gardens Property for the past 10 years. We’ll hike through the Preserve to the ruins of a farmstead site from the 1800s. Directions to the hike location will be sent with the confirmation letter.

Age limit: 10 years and older
Length: 2.5 miles; moderately easy
Fee: $7.00 for members and $8.00 for non-members
Space is limited. Pre-registration is required. To pre-register, call 706-663-5153 or email

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Callaway Gardens Summer Family Adventure Program

Discovery Program: Archaeology—Amazing People, Amazing Places Hike

Tuesdays, 9:30AM – 12:30PM

Meander down the trail with a professional archaeologist from Southern Research and a biologist from the Callaway staff as you explore the beautiful woodlands of the Preserve at Callaway Gardens. See evidence of the amazing people who lived on this land from the Native Americans through early settlement times. Along the way, discover how we manage the land today to create an amazing place for the native wildlife and plants of this region to thrive. This moderately strenuous hike covers about 2 miles, is in an area accessible to visitors only during guided programs and is suitable for ages 10 and older. Please wear sturdy walking shoes and bring drinking water.

This hike is part of the Summer Family Adventure Program at Callaway Gardens. The popular Summer Family Adventure is available in 7-day or 4-day packages and Mini Break Packages for 1, 2, and 3-day stays. To get started with the planning of your summer escape, check out the Summer Adventure Guide. Call 1-800-CALLAWAY. Or, for more information just about the hike call 706-663-5153 or email

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