Resaca Battlefield history lesson
With all this Corona virus crap going on, Steven and I discussed very early on what we would do in regards to returning to school for 1st grade. DS is VERY sociable and is certainly a "people person" so we could not even imagine him not being able to play normally with his friends. Another thing we were concerned about was the unpredictability and uncertainty of in person schooling. Knowing that he could be in person one week and then home the next, we decided that it was a better choice for our family for him to have an established routine at home.
I very meticulously pieced together our curriculum from a variety of places, but then decided to ask him what he would like to learn about this year. Without hesitation, he shouted "BATTLES!!!!" Luckily, living in Georgia, there is no lack of history that we are able to go and explore first hand with him.
Steven found Resaca Battlefield and it seemed like it would be a bit more stroller friendly than the hike to Marble Mine in James H. Floyd State Park last weekend. Of course we chose the hottest day of the week to go though! We left early in the morning and it was about a 45 minute drive from the hotel in Rome. After a hearty breakfast at Dennys, we passed the caltrops that guarded the gate to the battlefield.
The one thing we wished was a bit more obvious for first time visitors was a map. There were history placard going up the entrance driveway but that wasnt the safest place to start a hike... We found some larger maps that were very interesting to look at because we were able to locate where one of Stevens relatives participated in the battle so while walking the trail, it really brought a new meaning to the experience. We discovered there were 3 trailheads at the park; red white and blue. At the very top of the drive, we found the picnic area and the "blue trail head" that would be about a 2.6 mile walk. There were a couple placards that were dedicated to a kids level of information so DS read those to us before we started the walk.
Once we were on the trail, there weren't any additional placards with information but luckily we brought our own history book... Steven. He was an amazing tour guide telling us how the would have attacked from each side and used cover from the trees and different landmarks. I feel like DS really enjoyed himself not only for the exciting stories of it, but also for the chance to be away from the hotel room and getting repairs organized.
We did chose a very hot day to take the walk but most of the trail was in the woods along the Union and Confederate battle lines so the trees provided a good amount of shade. This did mean though, since we were walking the battle lines through the hill, there was a decent amount of inclines to walk. I would say this trail was more stroller friendly than the Marble Mine trail, next time I would more likely use a carrier or hiking backpack for the baby.
When crossing from the Confederate side to the Union side, there was a decent amount of walking through the direct sun, but that was also when you got to cross the creek and see the cute bridges that span them. This section was very cool to walk because it was actually where the battle turned and the Union overtook the confederate forces. And the part of the walk where Steven's ancestor was stationed in the battle! It was fun to walk through and imagine him coming across the field. He was injured during the battle so we made up our own stories of how it happened knowing what Steven told us about the weapons of the period. We imagined that while shots were being fired from both sides, he was lucky and just got hit with a part of a tree that a cannon hit and sent pieces flying.
We certainly have been enjoying these adventures so far and have been creating a list of places to go walking in Northwest GA and NorthEast Alabama areas. If you are in the area and want to join, let me know!