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Georgia Wilderness Society

Who are we?  A non-profit organization of outdoor recreation enthusiasts who enjoy hiking, camping, canoeing, and other wilderness experiences.  We're based in Macon, Georgia, with members from several states, and travel throughout the Southeastern USA on our trips into nature.  Join us!
The most recent GWS Newsletter is now available online as a pdf file, which most browsers can open.  Please note that the event and trip list available on the website is often more up-to-date than that in the newsletter.  Please click on Upcoming Trips to see the updated trip list. 

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This Month's Newsletter

Vice President



Board Members

Bonnie Gehling

Terry Ross

Dave Farrier

Gus Lane

Margaret Clay
Curt Cole
Cary Hoyt
Bud Queen
Tom Payne
GWS MEETINGS are held on the 3rd Tuesday of February, April, June, October, and December at the Museum of Arts and Sciences in Macon, 7:30pm. 
2014 Officers and Board of Directors
For the GWS meeting on October 21st, Ricky Smith and fellow Civil War reenactors wll discuss the highlights of the war in the Macon area, explain the various Southern flags used during the war, present some recommended books on the conflict, and demonstrate some of the music enjoyed by the soldiers.

Byron native Ricky Smith joined the Lt. James T. Woodward Camp 1399 reenactment group at its inception in 1981. Since that time he has participated in numerous battle reenactments. The group's resume includes depictions of the Gettysburg, Vicksburg, Petersburg, Cold Harbor, and Olustee battles as well as the battles around Georgia and Macon. The unit has reenacted in the films Glory, North and South, and the Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All.  Ricky has served two years as unit commander in the past.  In addition to reenactments, the Lt. Woodward unit conducts memorial services and presents living history demonstrations for Georgia students to acquaint them with the history of our forefathers.