Past Events



Civil War Marker Dedications - April, May 2012
Three prominent marker dedications are scheduled for the spring:
  • Mill Creek Gap, where Gen. Sherman assaulted Confederate defenses in May 18. Speaker: Dr. Richard McMurry
  • Crow Valley, will dedicate the site where Sherman sent Federal forces to test Confederate defenses in May 1864. Speaker: Mr. Vince Dooley.
  • Fort Hill, where Confederates forced the surrender of the 44th U.S. Colored Regiment in Oct. 1864. Speaker: Mr. Michael Thurmond.
Check back for more information on locations, dates, and times.
The Art of War - Winter to Summer 2012
This traveling exhibit makes its way from The National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania to Dalton, GA. The exhibit features the artwork of Civil War soldiers including drawings on hard tack (a simple cracker), bone carvings on a variety of surfaces, letters and sketches. The exhibit portrays the intensity, emotions and loneliness felt by many of the soldiers during a four year period.
Creative Arts Guild - Januarary - February
Tunnel Hill Heritage Center - March - April
Dalton Freight Depot - May - June
Spirit Walk - April 13, 14, 15

Walk through West Hill Cemetery, the resting place of over four hundred Civil War soldiers, and encounter the historic figures from that era. The Dalton Little Theater brings the hugely successful Spirit Walk back for its second year. 

$3.00 off Great Locomotive Chase Tour participants. For more information on discounts, visit

Reservations required. Contact Elizabeth Reeves at (706) 226-6618

The Great Locomotive Chase Tour - April 14, 2012
Trace the route of the Great Locomotive Chase as it passed through the Dalton-Whitfield County area. The tour will begin in the south of the county, where The General was forced to cut short its resupply efforts as the pursuing locomotive Texas approached. The tour will then make its way north, passing through the oldest tunnel in the region at that time; Tunnel Hill. The day will be complete with meals, exploration, and narration from our on-site historian.
For more information, visit:


Sesquicentennial Dalton  



November 2010


Friday November 12, 2010


·        5 pm- 8pm Hamilton House & History Center open house


Saturday November 13, 2010


·        10 am (est.) Veterans Day Parade (kick off of Dalton Sesquicentennial commemoration of the Civil War)


·        12 noon Dedication Ceremony Hamilton House


·        12 noon – 6 pm Hamilton House & History Center Open House


·        3 pm Spirit Walk, West Hill Cemetery


·        7 pm Dr. Fowler Lecture at Freight Depot

1860 Presidential Election


Sunday November 14, 2010


·        3 pm Spirit Walk, West Hill Cemetery


16th Annual Chickamauga Civil War Show and Sale
Northwest Georgia Trade & Convention Center
2211 Dug Gap Battle Road
Dalton, GA  30720
February 5th &6th, 2011
Saturday - 9 am - 5 pm
Sunday - 9 am - 3 pm

Admission:  Adults $8  Children 12 and under FREE

September 11 & 12, 2010
Tunnel Hill, Georgia
9am to 4 pm; Battle begins at 2 pm
    The Tunnel Hill Heritage center will continue its annual reenactments this year on September 11th and 12th. Visitors will have the oppurtunity to walk amongst reenactors in full regalia, visit their camps, tour the Historic Western & Atlantic Railroad Tunnel, and watch the Battle as it unfolds at 2 pm.
The foundation hosts the reenactments to bring attention to the rich Civil War history in Tunnel Hill. During General William T. Sherman’s advance to Atlanta, Union soldiers reached Tunnel Hill on Feb. 23, 1864, and had several skirmishes with Confederate troops. Sherman took over the Clisby Austin House near the battlefield from May 7-12.

For more information, visit

The Bandy Heritage Center

for Northwest Georgia


Dalton State College



The 2nd Annual

Civil War Lecture Series


“A Nation Divided:

The Presidential Election of 1860 ”


Presented by

Dr. John D. Fowler

B.J. & Dicksie Bandy Chair of History,

Director, The Bandy Heritage Center

Dalton State College


Date:   Saturday, November 13, 2010

Time:  7:00 pm

Place:  Dalton Convention & Visitors bureau

            305 S. Depot Street

            Dalton, GA 30720


Free and Open

to the Public



For additional information, contact:

Heather S. Shores, Assistant Director

The Bandy Heritage Center for Northwest Georgia

Dalton State College

Phone: 706-272-4452



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