Revive the Past at the National Archives in Atlanta
The National Archives house historic records for the entire southeast U.S. (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee). The records are open to the public in microfilm and archival rooms and are useful for genealogical research and historic inquiries. The oldest holdings date to 1716, with minutes from the British Vice Admiralty Court that include conviction records for the pirate Blackbeard. There are also extensive collections of draft registration cards from World War I and records of civil rights cases. Other documents include maps, photographs, and drawings. Just perusing them is an interesting way to spend an afternoon.