Tourism

Bicycle Getaway Weekend

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Visit Fitzgerald for a Bicycle Weekend Getaway!  

For more information and detailed bike routes please visit the Georgia Bicycle Adventures website.

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Fitzgerald View from the Caboose

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Located on the CSX mainline in Fitzgerald GA train watchers will be amazed at the number of trains passing throughout the day.

Situated on the grounds of the Blue and Gray Museum, this restored caboose has authentic identification numbers and is coated in its original camera-ready pumpkin orange.

Fire Engine Museum

 "The arriving engines, the hoarse shouts, the nimble stepping and daring,
The strong command through the fire-trumpets, the falling in line,
the rise and fall of the arms forcing the water..."
 - Walt Whitman, "The Songs of the Broadaxe", Leaves of Grass

 

 

 

Come slide down the antique fire pole, don a fire helmet and learn the evolution of fire fighting from the 1890’s to the present. Manned by real members of the Fitzgerald Fire Department, this museum will bring back your childhood awe of racing engines, clanging bells, and heroic firemen in action.

The Fire Engine Museum

315 East Pine Street
(229) 426-5030

Chief Jay Whitley

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Blue and Gray Museum

"History never looks like history when you are living through it."
- John W. Gardner (1912 - 2002)

 

 

DepotLocated in a historical railroad depot, the entire space of the Blue & Gray Museum has been renovated and redesigned to reveal the remarkable founding story of Fitzgerald and its roots in the Civil War. More than 1200 objects, photographs, household items, memorabilia and rare artifacts are now displayed in new and refinished cases and in specially fabricated sections. Each item has been carefully coded to help the visitor understand its historical significance. Many important artifacts are on display for the first time.

The Hall of Honor - Literally the heart of the Museum, this section represents a Shacktown tent where early pioneers lived. Inside, you will find the names of the pioneer Civil War Veterans who founded the City and a beautiful over-head display of rare swords and canes. In addition, you may choose to participate in history by having your photograph made with your state flag and displayed in the Hall of Honor.

Marching as One - This professionally produced documentary is shown in a dedicated room in the Museum. The film is narrated by Beth Davis, the Blue & Gray's founder, and Wilbur Fitzgerald, a professional actor, who tell the harmony founding story of Fitzgerald through rare archival photographs of the earliest years of the City.

 

congresmedl3.jpgFitzgerald Veterans of All Wars are honored in new ways - Especially significant is the refurbished section celebrating the life of Fitzgerald-born veteran General Raymond Gilbert Davis, USMC (Ret.), the nation's most highly decorated Marine. General Davis, who served in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam died in 2003. He was nominated for the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian award.

 

Colony Days Gallery is a particularly delightful bonnetsection displaying clothing, china, glassware, cooking utensils and other memorabilia telling the lives of the women who "landed on the grounds" of the Colony in its struggling first years. Another case is brimming over with Victorian valentines, fans and postcards reminiscent of the City's early times.

 

Extend your visit to the Blue & Gray with a tour of Fitzgerald, which reveals its history on every corner - from its blue and gray sidewalks reflecting Civil War colors, the Grand Plaza Park with planned topiary sculptures, and streets named for Yank and Reb Generals. Visit Evergreen Cemetery and discover the interesting lives of its Yank and Reb "residents, resting side by side". Or take the Architectural Treasures Tour and enjoy the city's Midwestern-styled houses, unique in South Georgia. Pick up a copy of the new Visitors Directory with a coded map to the eateries, shops, lodging and points of interest.

 

Explore the Jefferson Davis capture site just 9 miles away.southcross4.jpg

Open: Tuesday - Saturday 10 am - 4 pm & Sunday 1 pm - 5 pm ** (Tuesday-Friday we close for lunch)
Admission: $5.00 per adult, $2.00 per student.

Directions: I-75 to Exit 82 (Fitzgerald). East on Hwy 107 for 3.3 miles. BEAR RIGHT. Go 17 miles. Hwy 107 turns right onto the bypass. DO NOT TURN. Continue 2.6 miles to Merrimac Drive. Turn right. Go 3 blocks. Turn left at traffic light. Go 5 blocks. Turn left on N. Jackson St. Go 1/2 block Museum will be on the right before railroad tracks.

 

 

 

 

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(229) 426-5069

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1-800-386-4642

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Grand Plaza Park

 "The enjoyment of scenery employs the mind without fatigue and yet exercises it; tranquilizes it and enlivens it."
 - Frederick Law Olmstead

 

 

The Grand Plaza is an oasis in the middle of downtown featuring a fountain, mosaic tile topped tables, an open lawn and an amphitheatre stage with a large chess/checker board design. Game pieces are available for use. Architectural features including original steel supports from the building that formerly occupied the space now form an arbor over the brick walkway. The park is often the site for weddings and community gatherings as well as a focal point for community festivals.

 

The brick arch is a faithful recreation of the side entrance. The arbor trusses were salvalged from Monitor High, which closed when the schools were intergrated in the sixties. The ornate signposts originally lit the entry to Fitzgerald's first high school which survived 94 years before succumbing to arson. Glass block,neon and ice cream parlor tables evoke the art deco era of the Grand Theatre across the street from the Park, while the fountain maintains the motif of the double-arched second story downtown windows. An original hitching post and granite benches made from Fitzgerald's first curbing further recall the past.



Flowers, trees and greenery, including topiaries depicting Union and Confederate generals shaking hands and the Burmese chickens, signify the rich quality of life for which Fitzgerald is known.

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The Grand Plaza is available for private functions.
Contact:
The Grand Theatre
119 South Main Street
Fitzgerald, GA 31750
(229) 426-5090

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