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One of the best and cheapest family outings you’ll find is a visit to your nearest National Park. There’s no better way to spend quality time together than exploring our nation’s priceless resources and rich history.
Returning from our most recent trip to Tennessee to visit family, the kids and I stopped off at the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park. It’s on the northern edge of Atlanta, and it’s a mouthful!
I’d like to say a memorable experience, but to be honest, we didn’t have enough time to invest in it to give it a proper assessment. It’s the fourth Civil War battlefield the kids and I have seen over the last year. After a while, they become soggy stew in a person’s brain. It tastes super yum, but you can’t distinguish the individual parts. The kids are getting a good sense of what the Civil War was about—the reasons behind it and the tragedy, yet necessity, that it was. But, I’m afraid, they’ll never remember each of these parks.
We didn’t explore the grounds at all. The heat was oppressive and momma was tired from the long hours of driving. But we did learn that the battle for Atlanta began on Kennesaw Mountain.
To give you a little history and to whet your appetite for a future visit, I've taken from the KMNBP's website:
It was a sweltering, hot and clear Monday, June 27, 1864, when some of the heaviest fighting of the Atlanta Campaign occurred here. Over 5,350 casualties were suffered in the battle fought here from June 19 through July 2, 1864. Today, Kennesaw Mountain NBP preserves the remnants of that battle and offers miles of hiking trails where history peeks out from around every turn.
—taken from the Kennesaw Mountain NBP website.
The visitor’s center was clean and well-stocked and the staff were friendly enough. If you’re a writer and need research material, a national park visitor’s center is always a must!
We got our beloved Passports stamped, and we snapped a photo or two. Maybe one day, if we have some free time, we can go back and pay our proper respects to all the men who died there.
Word to the wise—if you plan to make national parks a regular part of your life, buy a National Park Passport! Have it stamped at every park you visit. Each of my kids has their own. It’s something they cherish and a hobby they can take with them into adulthood.