Each September, the streets are lined with vendors, re-enactors, Civil War buffs and visitors who flock to town for the War Between the States Festival.
This year’s event Sept. 19-20 features living-history demonstrations, arts, crafts, cannon firings, battlefield camps and food.
“It’s a great way to get a flavor for what it was like to be a soldier,” said Chickamauga’s Jim Powell.
Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, 3370 Lafayette Road, Fort Oglethorpe; 706-866-9211; 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, free admission. www.nps.gov/chch. Hike, walk or drive through the battlefield, dotted with more than 1,400 monuments that commemorate the Civil War battle that took place there in September 1863. Use your cell phone to call up the running commentary that guides drivers through the park and directs them to points of interest.
Gordon-Lee Mansion, 217 Cove Road; 706-375-4728; www. gordonleemansion.com. This Greek Revival, white-columned, brick mansion dates to 1847 and is one of the few remaining structures in town that predates the Civil War. The mansion was purchased by the city and is under restoration, but will open for tours next year. Meanwhile, visitors are welcome to wander the grounds and formal gardens.
Lee and Gordon's Mills, 71 Redbelt Road, 706-375-4488. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays; 2-4 p.m. Sundays. $2 adults and seniors; free for children younger than 12. The site of an old mill now incorporates an old-fashioned general store, a war veterans museum and a grist mill.
Walker County Regional Heritage/Train Museum, 100 Gordon St., 706-375-4488. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. $2 adults and children older than 8. www.cityofchickamauga georgia.org. The city took over the old train depot in the 1990s and restored it as a museum filled with Indian and Civil War artifacts from the area. There's also a model train exhibit. The front room features a gift shop that's free to browse.
Gordon Street shops: Chickamauga's main street is lined with shops and boutiques, as well as several places to grab lunch or a snack.
Where to stay
Best Western Battlefield Inn, 2120 Lafayette Road, Fort Oglethorpe, 706-866-0222; www. bestwesterngeorgia.com. This inn is just four blocks from the Chickamauga Battlefield and a few miles from the center of town. Rates start at $59.99.
Captain's Quarters Bed and Breakfast Inn, 13 Barnhardt Circle, Fort Oglethorpe, 800-710-6816, www.cqinn.com. This frame house a few miles outside Chickamauga dates to 1902. A full breakfast is served daily. Rates start at $99.
Econo Lodge, 118 Gen. Bushrod Johnson Ave., 706-375-7007, www.econolodge.com. Free wireless and complimentary continental breakfasts are included in rates starting at $58.99.
Where to eat
Crystal Springs Smoke House, 505 W. 9th St., 706-375-9269. Entrees range from $6.50-$13.99. Start with a breakfast of sausage biscuits and move onto lunch and dinner dishes of St. Louis-style ribs, steaks and seafood.
Los Potros, 109 Gordon St., 706-375-4111. Entrees priced $6.99-$9.99. Authentic Mexican favorites are served in this restaurant on the town's main street.
Scarlett's Tea Room, 105 Gordon St., 706-375-1889, www. scarlettstearoom.com. $3.75-$7.50. Enjoy quiches, croissant sandwiches and a range of tea selections served in a former general store. Homemade cookies, baking mixes and tea paraphernalia are available to take home.