- An hour south of Atlanta, this well-preserved national monument is dedicated to the cultures that once lived on the Macon Plateau. Explorer Hernando De Soto is said to have recorded the first Christian baptism here in the waters of the Ocmulgee River in 1540. There are several ancient ceremonial mounds remaining on the site, some surrounded by prehistoric trenches, and one ceremonial lodge has an earthen floor dating back 1000 years. An on-site museum offers detailed accounts of the civilizations that once peopled these fertile regions. Admission is free. Visit website for more info.
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