November 5, 2014, MILLEDGEVILLE, GA - The non-profit organization Georgia Civil War Heritage Trails®, the City of Milledgeville and Baldwin County will dedicate the March to the Sea Heritage Trail® at a 9:00 AM ceremony on Saturday, November 22, near the Old Entrance Gate on the campus of Georgia Military College (GMC) in Milledgeville, Georgia. In the event of bad weather the ceremony will occur inside the legislative chamber of the Old Capitol Building at GMC. Occurring on the 150th anniversary of the date when Union Major General William T. Sherman's army reached Georgia's capital city during its "March to the Sea," the dedication ceremony will include several historical presentations and the unveiling of the newest interpretive marker along this historical driving trail. The March to the Sea Heritage Trail winds some 350 miles on many of the same historic roads used by Union or Confederate troops during the March to the Sea. Over 450 colorful Georgia Civil War Heritage Trails roadway "trailblazer" directional signs, featuring an outline of Georgia surrounding a Civil War cannon, mark this historic trail route. Sixty new National Park Service-styled interpretive markers are already installed along the March to the Sea Heritage Trail or will be in coming months.
The Dedicatory Speaker at the 9:00 AM ceremony will be Dr. Robert J. Wilson III, Professor of History at Georgia College & State University. Other speakers are to include the Chairman of the Baldwin County Board of Commissioners and Mr. William R. Elliott, President of the Board of Trustees for Georgia Civil War Heritage Trails.
Other organizations assisting with this special dedication ceremony include Georgia Military College and the Milledgeville-Baldwin County Convention & Visitors Bureau. Both public and private funding for Georgia Civil War Heritage Trails and construction of the March to the Sea Heritage Trail has been provided by numerous individuals, organizations and participating communities, including the State of Georgia, the Governor's Office and General Assembly, the Georgia Department of Transportation, the Georgia Department of Economic Development, the Whitfield County (Georgia) Board of Commissioners and the Rural Economic Development Office of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. For more information visit the Georgia Civil War Heritage Trails website at www.CivilWarHeritageTrails.org.
CONTACT: Linda Bailey
Office Manager - 478-452-4786