Bill before Congress would expand 3 Georgia historic sites

Fort Frederica National Monument (Courtesy National Park Service)

WASHINGTON - A bill working its way through Congress would expand national historic sites on St. Simons Island, in Macon and north of Atlanta.

The largest public lands bill Congress has considered in a decade passed the Senate and is now pending in the House. It would grow the Ocmulgee National Monument in Macon to roughly 2,800 acres -- four times its current size.

The measure would also allow the Fort Frederica National Monument on St. Simons Island to grow to 305 acres by removing a 250-acre limit Congress imposed in the 1950s. And the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park north of Atlanta would absorb 8 new acres that contain additional historic structures.

Sen. Johnny Isakson said in a news release the bill would help "preserve the rich, historical significance and archaeological heritage of some of Georgia's oldest landmarks."

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