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Episode 408


On this week’s episode David Zelski explores Piedmont Park’s rich history which spans from the late 1800’s when it hosted the World’s Fair to today where the annual Dogwood Festival keeps the tradition alive. Augusta gets ready for the Masters....And Bruce Burkhardt explains why in a way, the city has been doing that for 145 years. Plus, in Hawkinsville, Jon Nelson looks up a place where you can trot and pace without running around. It’s the home of the state’s only Harness Racing facility. And finally armed with the latest ghost hunting tools, Kat Carney looks into Savannah's "haunted history", with high hopes of running into one of the city's ghostly residents.

Atlanta Dogwood Festival and Piedmont Park

David Zelski visit’s Atlanta’s Piedmont Park during the annual Dogwood Festival , one of the Nation’s oldest Arts and Crafts festivals. However Piedmont has a history going back to the late 1800’s when Atlanta hosted the 1895 World’s Fair, known as the Cotton States and International Exposition.

Video: Atlanta Dogwood Festival and Piedmont Park


Augusta Masters

Augusta's biggest claim to fame is The Masters Golf Tournament, a spring ritual when the eyes of the sporting world all focus on Georgia's second largest city. But the sheer magnitude of The Masters may sometimes obscure Augusta's other charms and a history that helps explain why this world renowned event happened to end up in Augusta. Bruce Burkhardt, in a prelude to his documentary, Augusta's Master Plan: From Sherman's March to Arnie's Army ,explores the rich history of this charming city on the Savannah River. It brings together two seemingly unrelated storylines: the story of golf and the story of Southern survival.

Video: Augusta's Master Plan


Hawkinsville Harness Racing

Jon Nelson discovers a place in Hawkinsville, where you can trot and pace without running around. It’s the home of the state’s only Harness Racing facility where trainers and owners of horses from the US and Canada can train their horses and celebrate the sport at the yearly Hawkinsville Harness Festival - held for the 38th time this April 15 and 16.

Video: Hawkinsville Harness Racing


Haunted Savannah

Armed with the latest ghost hunting tools, Kat Carney looks into Savannah's "haunted history", with high hopes of running into one of the city's ghostly residents.

Video: Haunted Savannah


BOOKS:

Savannah Hauntings! A Walking Tourist Guidebook
Author: Robert Edgerly

Behind the Moss Curtain. And Other Great Savannah Stories
Author: Murray M. Silver Jr

Haunted Savannah: The Official Guidebook to Savannah Haunted History Tour
Author: James Caskey

SAVANNAH GHOST TOURS:

Cobblestone Tours
http://ghostsavannah.com/

Hauntings Tour
http://www.hauntingstour.com/

The Sorrel-Weed Ghost Tour
http://www.savannahtours.net/

Paranormal Scene Investigations Tour
http://www.psitours.com/

Savannah Fun Tours “Ghosts & Goblins”
http://www.savannahfuntours.com/

The Hearse Tour
http://www.hearseghosttours.com/

Ghosts & Gravestones Savannah
http://www.ghostsandgravestones.com/savannah/