Building the Barn
March was a busy time around the New Equestrian Barn. We had a couple of volunteers give over 60 hours preparing for the Georgia DNR Equestrian Workday March 9 which was well attended by 25 enthusiastic and energized individuals. The great thing about this group is that the majority camp and ride here and it was good to see folks giving back. These volunteers gave a total of 184.5 hours. We were also thrilled to have a DNR Representative, not from the park, come and work with us, Brian Nichols. In addition, we had representation from the community. These individuals gave a full, hard day! Park Manager, Andre McLendon, and Sr. Ranger, Michael Johnson, were instrumental in all that was accomplished. A special thanks to Camp Host Jerry.
Many groups and organizations were present: Back Country Horsemen of Middle and South Georgia, Back Country Horsemen of North Georgia, CTHA, Kel-Mac, and Friends volunteers at A. H. Stephens Historic Park.
Other goals and tasks of the day included trail maintenance, painting picnic tables, grills to all campsites, work on drainage problems, and hauling, tampering dirt, and cutting and laying mats to ten stalls, ground grooming and the completion of two more campsites.
Magnolia Springs State Park, located in Millen, Georgia, is perhaps best known for its beautiful crystal clear springs and incredible Civil War History. During the Civil War, this site was called Camp Lawton and served as "the world's largest prison." Today, very little remains of this former prison.
--Submitted by Kathy White
Friends volunteers at A.H. Stephens Historic State Park had a very active autumn.
In September, we participated in the Crawfordville Labor Day parade. Our float was well received by all. It gave the full experience of the park, camping, fishing, hiking, outdoor cooking, kayaking, geocaching, bird watching, etc.