The 3rd Annual Liberty Tree Festival commemorates Dalton as the home of Georgia’s Liberty Tree. This year’s festival takes place October 23rd – 24th in Downtown Dalton. Highlights include “The Spirit of Liberty Bell” (a full-size replica of the original Liberty Bell), a special salute to America’s military heroes, a Kansas City BBQ Society Competition, arts and crafts, live music and more.

Dr. Peter Lillback of the Providence Forum will speak about the history of liberty trees at First Baptist Church on Wednesday, October 20th at 6:30 p.m. and at Dalton State College on Thursday, October 21st at 10:00 a.m. Dr. Lillback is President of Westminster Theological Seminary in Glenside, PA, serving also as Professor of Historical Theology. Peter is also President of The Providence Forum. An accomplished author of 7 books and countless articles, and he is a frequent guest on the Glenn Beck program.

Festivities include field trips by local students as well as Saturday’s outdoor celebration on King Street featuring an arts and crafts show, the Kansas City BBQ Society competition, kids fun zone, downtown merchant specials and an incredible fireworks finale.

Georgia’s Liberty Tree is a descendant of America’s last original colonial-era Liberty Tree, a symbolic gathering place of the Sons of Liberty during the American Revolution. In 2006, 14 descendant saplings were planted, with one going to each of the original 13 colonies and one to Mount Vernon. Dalton was selected to be the home of Georgia’s Liberty Tree.

For more information on Dalton’s Liberty Tree Festival call  706-278-3332 or email


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