EXPLORE NORTH AMERICA'S HISTORIC, CULTURAL AND NATURAL PLACES
Road Trip Story is a free online travel video series about North America's historic, cultural and natural places. It was created and produced by James Romeo and Joseph Caylor. Each video allows you to share in the experience as you join us in exploring and discovering the stories that make each place unique. We hope you will be inspired to plan your own road trip to great places near you, either by yourself or with your friends and family. It is not expensive and many places near you can be experienced in a day or a weekend. Road Trip Story allows you to discover places you may not have known, helping you to better plan your next road trip and providing an opportunity to share your experience with others.
CHICKAMAUGA & CHATTANOOGA NATIONAL MILITARY PARK
FORT OGLETHORPE GEORGIA
Joseph Caylor - Veterans of both Confederate and Union of the American Civil War saw the need to save battlefields they fought in across the country near the end of the 19th century. The largest o…
Joseph Caylor - Veterans of both Confederate and Union of the American Civil War saw the need to save battlefields they fought in across the country near the end of the 19th century. The largest of these, and the first designated, is situated on several sites in and around Chattanooga, Tennessee and over the state line in North Georgia. It is now a national park free for anyone to enjoy. I can't begin to tell you of the epic story of what happened at this preserved land from September-November 1863. The foresight of these veterans now make it possible through extensive monuments (over 1,000 in the park), trails, and designated signage to tell the story of how in Chickamauga, the Confederacy won its greatest battle in the Western Theater; and in Chattanooga, how the Union won the upper hand and the "Gateway to the South" was theirs, leading to ultimate victory. Only by visiting it yourself, can you grasp the magnitude of what went on here. Reading about it can only do so much, but standing on Snodgrass Hill where General George Thomas earned the name 'The Rock of Chickamauga' to the lesser known stories of soldiers and generals from both sides is amazing once you actually go there. If you do anything at this park and don't have a lot of time, start at he visitor center at Chickamauga Battlefield, which has an extensive collection of firearms to view. Next, visit the Wilder Brigade Monument (it's like a mini-castle!) also at Chickamauga, and tour Point Park atop Lookout Mountain (another mini-castle too, the shape of the Army Corps of Engineers logo!). Although the park is spread throughout and around Chattanooga itself, this park is amazing for any history buff, photographer, or anyone who wants to escape for a day and be in nature on very hallowed ground.
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James and JosephAt the heart of Road Trip Story are two friends, both artists, with a passion to inspire others. James and Joseph met while they were attending the Savannah College of Art and Design in Joseph's home State of Georgia. With common interests in art, film, history and travel, they soon became friends. In the past, both had independently enjoyed visiting cultural places, parks and historic sites. James had once taken a trip across most of his home country of Canada, from Toronto to Vancouver, along the Trans-Canada Highway. He moved to Georgia to pursue an education in film and digital media. In 2008, Joseph set a goal to visit all 63 State Parks in Georgia and by the end of the year, he had accomplished this endeavor. He invited James on quite a few of those trips and together, they set about discovering more of the beauty and history of Georgia with each trip. After visiting all 63 Georgia State Parks, Joseph began planning trips to neighboring states.
How it beganThroughout 2008 and 2009 they each traveled as much as possible, always expressing a passion to share their great experiences with others. Thus, was the birth of Road Trip Story. There are beautiful places around us all, so breathtaking to behold, that it energizes an innate desire to share it with the people around us. Walking on the grounds of historic places, learning about the people who walked there before us, connects us to the past in a way that touches the soul. To imagine the way of life in times before us, the stories of the challenges they faced, their times of victory and loss, can help us to see our own lives in a new way.
In the early months of 2010, James and Joseph began filming their travels and developing the look of Road Trip Story. The name honors the tradition of oral storytelling and the freedom of travel offered by the automobile and National Highway System.
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