Georgia - My Home

bullet I am a native of the State of Georgia, in the Central Coastal Plain of Georgia, aka Georgia's Historic Heartland.
bullet Georgia is ranked as the 24th largest state at just over 59,000 square miles (Wisconsin is ranked #23 and Illinois is ranked #25). 
bullet The highest point in Georgia is Brasstown Bald (Blue Ridge Mountains), North Georgia, at 4,784 feet.  (Spruce Knob, West Virginia is 4,861 feet and Mount Mansfield in Vermont is 4,393 feet).  On a clear day, you can see the four surrounding states.
bullet The City of Milledgeville was the 4th capital of Georgia for 61 years until 1868, and is one of the few cities built exclusively to be a State Capital city.  In 1861, a special convention voted to secede from the union.
bullet The Creek Indians lived in Northern Georgia and spoke in the Muskogean language.  "Swift Creek" refers to a particular group who made a distinctive style of pottery, noted for its decoration.
bullet The Ocmulgee Indian Mounds date back 12,000 years and was principally used as a meeting place or council chamber.
bullet The largest Confederate military prison during the American Civil War was located at Camp Sumter, in Andersonville.  Almost 13,000 prisoners (out of 45,000) died mostly due to diseases from the poor conditions.
bullet Eliza Frances Andrews was the author of The War Time Journal of a Georgia Girl, 1864-1865
bullet Sara Branham Matthews (1888-1962) discovered the treatment for spinal meningitis and was inducted in 1992 as an Honoree of the Georgia Women of Achievement.
bullet Saint Mary's, Georgia is the second oldest city in the nation.
bullet Macon, Georgia is the Cherry Blossom Capital of the world.
bullet The first F4 tornado ever caught on film was on April 3 1953 and moved through Houston County, killing 19 and injuring 300 in Warner Robins.
bullet Lily May Futrelle, born in Atlanta in 1876, survived the sinking of the Titantic.  Her husband, Jacques Futrelle, had a premonition of disaster 2 weeks before the Titantic sank.  He did not survive.  Mrs. Futrelle died at the age of 91 in 1979.
bullet Wesleyan College was the first college in the world chartered to grant degrees to women.
bullet The Vidalia onion, the sweetest onion in the world, can only be grown in the fields around Vidalia and Glennville.
bullet The official state prepared food of Georgia is grits.
bullet Georgia was the first state to allow women full property rights.
bullet The world's largest kitchen is located at Central State Hospital in Milledgeville, Georgia.  Reportedly able to prepare 30,000 meals a day.
bullet Stone Mountain, Georgia is the largest granite monolith in the world.
bullet Savannah is considered to be the first first planned city in the United States.
bullet Juliette Gordon Low, born in Savannah, was the founder of the US Girl Scouts.
bullet A common name for kudzu is "The Vine that Ate the South".
bullet The Legend of the Cherokee Rose comes from the Trail of Tears when the Cherokee Indians were forced from North Georgia to Oklahoma.  The Cherokee Rose is the State Flower and is a symbol of the "Trail Where They Cried".
bullet The Okefenokee Swamp in South Georgia is the largest swamp in North America.
bullet Doc Holliday was born in Griffin, Georgia in 1851.
bullet The town motto of Warner Robins is "EDIMGIAFAD" - Every Day in Middle Georgia is Armed Forces Appreciation Day.
bullet The kazoo was invented by Alabama Vest of Macon, Georgia and was first publicized at the Georgia State Fair in 1852.
bullet The Georgia Wave - the waving  of the hand back and forth in front of the face, jutting the lower jaw out to blow air over the face, in an attempt to shoo away annoying gnats.
bullet The character of Big Daddy in Tennessee Williams "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” was based on the patriarch of a Macon family with whom Williams spent time during his early writing years.
bullet Every person in Georgia is less than an hour's drive from at least one state park or historic site.

 State Creed

"Accepting, as I do, the principles upon which Georgia was founded, not for self but others; -- its Democratic form of Government, based on 'Wisdom, Justice and Moderation'; --its natural resources; -- its Educational, Social and Religious advantages, making it a most desirable place to live -- I will strive to be a pure upright Citizen, rejecting the evils -- loving and emulating the good.

I further believe it is my duty to defend it against all enemies, to honor and obey its laws, to apply the Golden Rule in all my dealings with my fellow Citizens.

I feel a sense of pride in the history and heroic deeds accomplished by my forebears, and shall endeavor to so live that my State will be proud of me for doing my bit to make my State a better Commonwealth for future generations."

Approved March 4, 1939

State Motto

Wisdom, Justice and Moderation

State Flag

History of the Georgia State Flag

 

Visit This Day in Georgia History

Sources:
Introduction to Georgia

Official State of Georgia Website

Wikipedia

Secretary of State Website

North Georgia Creek History

The New Georgia Encyclopedia

Georgia Tornadoes

Georgia Firsts

Families from Georgia on the Titantic

Georgia History

Georgia History Fun Facts

Fun With Georgia Facts

National Academy of Engineering Fun Facts

The Amazing Story of Kudzu

Georgia Traveler - Fun Facts

Famous Georgians

Georgia Trivia

Facts Abut Georgia

Georgia Trivia & Tidbits

MSN Encyclopedia

TV  Shows & Movies Shot in North Georgia

Facts and Trivia about Macon Georgia

Trivia About Georgia's State Parks & Historic Sites

 

 

 

 

 

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