A. H. Stephens Historic Park

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A.H. Stephens Historic State Park
Stephens Monument.JPG
Alexander Stephens Memorial
A. H. Stephens Historic Park is located in Georgia (U.S. state)
A. H. Stephens Historic Park
A. H. Stephens Historic Park is located in the US
A. H. Stephens Historic Park
Nearest cityCrawfordville, Georgia
Coordinates33°34′13″N 82°53′39″W / 33.57028°N 82.89417°W / 33.57028; -82.89417Coordinates: 33°34′13″N 82°53′39″W / 33.57028°N 82.89417°W / 33.57028; -82.89417
Area1,200 acres (490 ha)
Built1875
Architectural styleColonial Revival, Rustic Style
WebsiteOfficial website
NRHP reference #95000764[1]
Added to NRHPJune 22, 1995

A.H. Stephens Historic State Park is a 1,177 acres (476 ha) Georgia state park located in Crawfordville. The park is named for Alexander Hamilton Stephens, the Vice President of the Confederate States of America, and a former Georgia governor.[2] The park contains Stephens' home, Liberty Hall, which has been fully restored to its original 1875 style. The park's museum houses one of Georgia's largest collections of Civil War artifacts. The park also offers several mill ponds for fishing and nature trails. Bedrock is a complex of granitic gneiss and granite on which deep soils of the Cataula and Cecil series have developed.[3][4]

The park is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as A.H. Stephens State Park. It includes four contributing sites, twelve contributing structures, and one other contributing object. It includes Colonial Revival and Rustic Style architecture.

Liberty Hall[edit]

Liberty Hall in Crawfordville, Georgia

The Liberty Hall, also known as Bachelor's Hall, built in 1834, is one of the structures on the site, and is separately listed on the NRHP.[5] It is currently a National Historic Landmark maintained by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. A.H. Stephens bought the estate in 1845, and lived in its house until 1875, when he tore down the main structure to build Liberty Hall. The two-story "big house" is a traditional 4 × 4 with four rooms on each level.

Many of Stephens' books are housed in a smaller structure behind, where he spent much of his time after the war. After Stephens's death in 1883, Liberty Hall, owned by his surviving relatives, served as a boardinghouse until 1932, when it was donated to the state of Georgia. The vice president's grave is on the front lawn, beneath a marble statue in his honor.

Facilities[edit]

  • 21 Tent/trailer/RV campsites
  • 4 Cottages
  • 30 Horse stables
  • 18 Horse campsites
  • 1 Group camp
  • 1 Pioneer campground
  • 2 Picnic shelters
  • 1 Group shelter

Annual events[edit]

  • Junior/Senior Fishing Rodeos (June)
  • Christmas on Lake Liberty (December)
  • Victorian Christmas Program (December)

References[edit]

  1. ^ National Park Service (March 13, 2009). "National Register Information System – A.H. Stephens State Park (#95000764)". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. Retrieved September 25, 2017.
  2. ^ Krakow, Kenneth K. (1975). Georgia Place-Names: Their History and Origins (PDF). Macon, GA: Winship Press. p. 3. ISBN 0-915430-00-2.
  3. ^ "Geologic map of Georgia: Environmental Protection Division". ngmdb.usgs.gov. Retrieved September 25, 2017.
  4. ^ "SoilWeb: An Online Soil Survey Browser - California Soil Resource Lab". Retrieved July 2, 2016.
  5. ^ National Park Service (April 15, 2008). "National Register Information System – Liberty Hall (#70000216)". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. Retrieved September 25, 2017.

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