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Welcome to Georgia!
From urban sophistication to quiet town
squares; breathtaking mountain waterfalls to
gorgeous barrier islands; you will find unexpected
pleasures in Georgia’s diverse natural
landscapes, warm, professional service, and
world class attractions.
Experience the charm of a sun-warmed,
delicious and deeply rooted culture; enjoy
the vibrant diversity of our music and arts;
find unique treasures in unexpected places;
and enjoy the spontaneous warmth of our
3 travel Information
4 Important Numbers
5 Weather Information
8 How Will You Get Here
11 About 511
12 Visitor Information Centers
14 Georgia Motorcoach
19 Travel Regions
20 Georgia Map
22 Atlanta Metro
24 Classic South
26 Georgia’s Coast
28 Historic Heartland
30 Historic High Country
32 Magnolia Midlands
34 Northeast Georgia Mountains
36 Plantation Trace
38 Presidential Pathways
41 Georgia Experiences
42 Gone With the Wind
46 Georgia Student Travel
50 A Culinary Vacation
54 The Civil War in Georgia
56 Georgia Outdoor Adventures
58 Georgia’s African American Heritage
63 Moonlight and Magnolias
66 Lights, Camera, Action
70 Georgia Music On My Mind
73 Beneath the Waterfalls
76 Georgia’s Wine Country
80 Georgia Made Georgia Grown
82 Scenic Cycling Tours
84 Peach State Motorcycle Adventure
86 “Caching” in on Georgia’s
88 Take the Scenic Route
95 Georgia Fun
96 Fun Facts
99 What’s Cooking in Georgia
113 Georgia Symbols
We designed the Georgia Tour Planner to be
informative and easy to use as you plan your
visit to the Peach State. The guide introduces
you to unique experiences, tour services,
transportation options and provides the key
contact information you will need to plan a
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Georgia has a moderate climate year round,
yet a distinct and rich experience each
season. Our summers are warm, our falls
brisk and sunny, our winters mild and our
springs are blooming with dogwoods and
azaleas. Georgia has moderate rainfall each
year and varying snowfall from light in the
Mountains to virtually none in other regions,
especially those south of the Atlanta
Fair & Bright 65-80°
Warm & Sunny 80-95°
Clear & Brisk 55-75°
Mild & Cool 50-60°
Georgia Department of Economic Development
The Georgia Tourism division works to develop travel opportunities, professionalism
and quality, and to communicate all that Georgia has to offer as a premier
travel and tourism destination. Division members are located in the Atlanta headquarters
and throughout the state, with sales support in Germany and the United
Kingdom. For quick access to information about tours, attractions and stays in
Georgia call 1.800.VISIT GA. ExploreGeorgia.org.
What to Wear
Most of the year comfortable slacks, shorts
and casual shirts will carry you through
your entire trip through Georgia. During
the late fall and winter months pack your
coat and sweater, but you may not need it.
Our friendly southern demeanor means it is
“casual Friday” all week long.
Georgia Department of Economic Development
75 5th Street, NW, Suite 1200
Atlanta, Georgia 30308
Georgia Tourism Sales Office
1.800.422.9244 or 404.962.4080
Georgia Travel Information
Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites
Georgia Association of
Convention & Visitors Bureaus
Georgia Department of Transportation (road
conditions) 888.635.8287 (dial *DOT or #DOT
from a cell phone)
Georgia State Patrol
404.624.6077 (dial *GSP from a cell phone)
City of Savannah Motor Coach Permit Office
Georgia is located in the Eastern Standard
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Mileage Chart Albany Americus Atlanta Augusta Brunswick Columbus Gainesville Macon Milledgeville Rome Savannah Statesboro V aldosta Waycross
Albany 37 166 200 180 92 219 113 144 233 216 195 80 113
Atlanta 166 130 139 257 123 53 84 96 68 249 204 248 239
Augusta 200 198 139 203 235 135 124 93 206 125 81 221 177
Birmingham, AL 147 295 144 230 396
brunswick 180 192 257 203 255 316 173 216 325 78 111 120 59
Charleston, SC 350 184 350 332 111
charlotte, NC 244 166 350 291 257
Columbus 92 61 123 235 255 176 113 144 147 255 211 172 198
Gainesville 219 183 53 135 316 176 125 113 99 252 219 280 281
Macon 113 71 84 124 173 113 125 36 152 167 120 154 150
Milledgeville 144 102 96 93 216 144 113 36 169 169 131 190 166
Nashville, TN 253 396 350 332 496
orlando, FL 438 405 384 362 280
Rome 233 190 68 206 325 147 99 152 169 317 272 310 321
Savannah 216 206 249 125 78 255 252 167 169 317 56 165 103
Statesboro 195 168 204 81 111 211 219 120 131 272 56 162 100
Valdosta 80 120 248 221 120 172 280 154 190 310 165 162 61
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how will you get here?
With Georgia’s many airports and interstates it’s easy. Once you’re in
Georgia, our state’s well-connected transportation infrastructure will
help you get around.
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is the busiest airport in the world. It
is generally easy to navigate your way through if you watch for signs. When you are
departing to return home, be sure to arrive two hours before your flight. This will help
ensure you have enough time to check in, get through security and board the plane.
You can also check security wait times on the airport’s website. However, keep in mind
these times may change before you arrive. atlanta-airport.com
Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport
Another key Georgia airport, it is a direct link to Georgia’s coast.
Other Airports or REgional Airports
3952 Aviation Cir., #200, Atlanta, 30336
DeKalb Peachtree Airport
2000 Airport Rd., Atlanta, 30341
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International
6000 N. Terminal Pkwy., Atlanta, 30320
1723 McCollum Pkwy., Kennesaw, 30144
Brunswick Golden Isles Airport
295 Aviation Pkwy., Brunswick, 31252
400 Airways Ave., Savannah, 31408
Augusta Regional at Bush Field
1501 Aviation Way, Augusta, 30906
Athens-Ben Epps Airport
1010 Ben Epps Dr., Athens, 30605
Middle Georgia Regional Airport
1000 Terminal Dr., Macon, 31297
Southwest Georgia Regional Airport
3905 Newton Rd., Albany, 31701
Valdosta Regional Airport
1750 Airport Rd., Valdosta, 31601
Columbus Metropolitan Airport
3250 W. Britt David Rd., Columbus, 31909
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All roads lead to Georgia with four major interstates,
including I-85, I-75, I-20 and I-95, as well
as more than 20,000 miles of federal and state
The Georgia Department of Transportation’s
(GDOT) Intelligent Transportation System
website provides the latest information on
travel conditions pertaining to accidents, severe
weather, roadway debris or stalled vehicles.
The speed limit in most residential areas is 35
mph; on most interstates and highways it is 55
mph or 70 mph – make sure to look for speed
limit signs in the area in which you’re driving. In
Georgia, it is against the law to drive without a
seat belt. Georgia laws also require drivers to
turn on their lights when driving in the rain.
Free real-time traffic information. Georgia 511 is a free phone service that provides you with real
time traffic and travel information, or allows you to request assistance 24 hours a day. Georgia 511
can be accessed from anywhere in Georgia by simply dialing 5-1-1.
Georgia 511 is a free call. However, if you use a cell phone, normal airtime and roaming charges
What 511 tells you
Accurate, up-to-date information on
statewide traffic conditions
Current and planned road and lane closures
AMBER alerts (on missing children)
Report an accident
HERO - call a Highway Emergency
Response Operator for help
MARTA & Transit options
Rideshare (Carpool or Vanpool)
Atlanta and Savannah international airports
Neighboring state 511 systems
(Florida, North Carolina, Tennessee)
If you will be staying in the Atlanta area, the
city’s transit system can save you time and
money. The train system goes across the city,
north, south, east and west. Bus service is also
available. You can find more information about
MARTA and its routes on itsmarta.com.
Taxis are easily obtained at the Atlanta airport
and at most hotels. If you are in the Atlanta area,
restaurants and hotels can call a cab for you.
Otherwise, keep a taxi cab’s phone number with
you at all times. The cab companies vary by
area, so these phone numbers are best obtained
at your hotel.
In the Savannah area, catch the Chatham Area
Transit (CAT) for transit options in Georgia’s
unique coastal communities.
Visit the Georgia Regional Transit Authority
(GRTA) for a variety of options in other regions
to get you where you need to go. grta.org
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Georgia VISITOR INFORMATION CENTERs
Georgia’s 11 Visitor Information Centers provide a warm welcome and the
experience of true southern hospitality for 13 million travelers each year.
Find maps, the state’s official travel guide, calendar of events and brochures
on historical sites, activities, recreation areas and attractions year-round.
Knowledgeable Specialists can assist you with directions and give expert advice
on things to see and do in Georgia. In addition, Information Specialists have
valuable discount coupons and can assist with lodging reservations at Georgia
hotels and campgrounds of your choice.
Visitor Information Centers
Augusta Visitor Information Center
I-20 West, GA/SC Line
Savannah Visitor Information Center
I-95 South, GA/SC Line, Mile Marker 111
Port Wentworth, 31407
Columbus Visitor Information Center
1751 Williams Road
Sylvania Visitor Information Center
8463 Burton’s Ferry Highway
Visitor Information Center
2424 Haddock Road
Lavonia Visitor Information Center
938 County Road 84
Plains Visitor Information Center
1763 U.S. Highway 280
Ringgold Visitor Information Center
2726 I-75 South
Peach Greet Hotline
Tallapoosa Visitor Information Center
I-20 East, GA/AL Line
Valdosta Visitor Information Center
5584 Mill Store Road
Lake Park, 31636
West Point Visitor Information Center
I-85 North, GA/AL Line
West Point, 31833
Planning an itinerary for
a tour group can be quite
a task. Checking mileage,
hotel rooms, attractions
and making time
for “necessary stops” is
all in a day’s work when
planning a tour. Wouldn’t
it be easier if you had a
guaranteed stop you could count on every time
for your group? How about a stop that was easily
accessible, clean, and offered your group a
special surprise? The Georgia Tourism division
would like to take this opportunity to introduce
the Georgia Peach Greet.
The Peach Greet, Georgia’s motor coach intercept
program, was designed to give motorcoach
groups a sampling of Georgia’s well-known
southern hospitality. Georgia’s Peach Greet is
available at our 11 Visitor Information Centers
located throughout the state who welcome more
than 13 million visitors each year and are the
perfect place to stop with any group!
If your group is coming to Georgia or just passing
through, we would love the opportunity to say
“Hey, y’all!” All we request is 48 hours advance
notice so we have time to get ready for your
arrival. Please contact the Georgia Peach Greet
hotline located at the Tallapoosa Visitor Information
Center about the new program and to make
your Georgia Peach Greet reservation today!
For more information, call 770-574-2621 or email
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The Georgia Motorcoach Operators Association (GMOA) is a professional group
with 38 operator members and 201 associate members across Georgia. GMOA
was established in November 2001 to organize bus owners and operators so they
could have a collective voice in promoting bus transportation and set high quality
standards for tours in our state. GMOA holds an annual meeting and marketplace
where all members come together for information sharing and sales.
Alderman Charters & Tours
539 North Blvd.
American Coach Lines
of Atlanta, Inc.
705 Lively Ave.
Atlantic Transportation &
5849 Peachtree Road
3080 Jonquil Drive, Ste B
280 A Arnold Road
Coast to Coast Tours LLC
PO Box 611
Coastal Georgia Charters
4111 Knight Street
Coastline Travel, Inc.
41 Wahlstrom Road
2711 Peachtree Square
Coyote Coach Express, Inc.
PO Box 115587
Daniel’s Charters & Tours
4336 Cornelia Hwy.
Elite Transportation Services
4601 Winters Chapel Road
Free Enterprise of Atlanta, Inc.
1340 Milledge Street
PO Box 91326
East Point, 30344
Friendship Tours, LLC
3250 Harvester Woods Road
Garden City Tours
4103 D 8th Street
Garden City, 31408
Georgia Coach Lines, Inc.
524 Whitehall Street SW
Grace Tours LLC
908 Mill Drive
1160 Allene Avenue SW
Hawkins Charter Service, Inc.
225 Hawkins Lane
His Majesty Coach, Inc.
3005 Rutledge Road
Holiday Tours, Inc.
450 Cobb Parkway North
Kelly Tours, Inc.
2788 Highway 80 West
Garden City, 31408
Kingsmen Coach Lines, Inc.
PO Box 661
Lamplight Tours of Atlanta
P.O. Box 957718
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Legacy Coaches, LLC
608 Stagecoach Trail
Leisure Time Charters and
PO Box 639
472 W. Armuchee Road
Patriot Coach Lines
3780 Old Norcross Road
Pendergrass Charters, Inc.
1106 West Marietta Street NW
Pier 31 Tours Inc.
26 Stoneview Dr.
R & W Motorcoach, Inc.
1294 Carriage Trace Circle
Stone Mountain, 30087
Regal Tours, Inc.
3114 Kelley Chapel Road
3745 Zip Industrial Blvd. SE
Southeastern Stages, Inc.
260 University Avenue, SW
Swept Away Coach and Tours
P.O. Box 22757
T & D Bus Service
2245 Gaines Mill Rd.
Travel Time Charters
3751 Douglas Broxton Highway
* current member listing
supplied by Georgia Motorcoach
Operators Association as of
March 2010 print release.
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Allatoona Northeast Mountains
Springs Woodbury Zebulon
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Visitor Information Center
Regional Welcome Center
Dynamic, bustling and surprising, this area has attractions as diverse
as the five million people who call its many communities home. Stroll
historic sites; discover antique treasures or go mall hopping; visit
world-class museums or fine art galleries; enjoy the great outdoors or
an amusement park. visitmetroatlanta.com
Convention & Visitors Bureaus
Acworth Area CVB
4415 Senator Russell Ave
3060 Royal Blvd S., Ste. 145
233 Peachtree St., Ste. 1400
Clayton County CVB
104 N. Main St.
Cobb County CVB
One Galleria Parkway
Coweta County CVB
& Welcome Center
100 Walt Sanders Memorial Dr
Dekalb County CVB
1957 Lakeside Parkway
& Welcome Center
6694 E Broad St.
CVB of Dunwoody
41 Perimeter Center East,
6500 Sugarloaf Pkwy
Henry County CVB
1709 GA Hwy 20 W
Johns Creek CVB
& Trade Association
233 Crogan St. Ste F
Center & Visitors Bureau
4 Depot St.
and Tourism Bureau
5 Griffin St
McDonough, GA 30252
Peachtree City Tourism
10 Planterra Way
Peachtree City, 30269
Historic Roswell CVB
617 Atlanta St
Hospitality & Tourism
6065 Roswell Road Ste, 210
Sandy Springs, 30328
Villa Rica Tourism
571 W. Bankhead HWY
Villa Rica, 30180
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Georgia’s Classic South, located in east central Georgia, is bisected
by Interstate 20, making the region a convenient drive from any city
along this major east-west interstate. Explore picturesque small towns,
Georgia’s second largest metropolitan area or enjoy the vast lakes and
scenic rivers. As the rolling hills of east-central Georgia unfurl gently
toward the coastal plain, they provide the backdrop against which
events, southern heritage and culture come alive. classicsouth.org
Convention & Visitors Bureaus
Chamber of Commerce
112 N. Washington St.
Chamber of Commerce
131 W. Haynes St.
1450 Greene St., Ste. 110
Columbia County CVB
630 Ronald Reagan Dr.
Greene County Chamber
111 N. Main St.
Jefferson County Chamber
302 E. Broad St.
Chamber of Commerce
158 Athens Rd.
County Chamber of
102 S. Main St.
111 Railroad St.
241 E. Sixth St.
29 West Square
Warren County Chamber
46 S. Norwood St.
6745 E. College St.
Jenkins County Chamber
548 Cotton Ave
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The Coast stretches approximately 100 miles between the Savannah
and St. Mary’s Rivers. In this region you can wander isolated beaches,
tranquil marshes and cobblestone streets. Sample low country delicacies
like soft-shelled crabs and Brunswick stew, or sway to the soulful beat
of a Gullah-Geechee song. Barrier islands, mysterious swamps and the
easy rhythm of the coastal culture make for an unforgettable experience.
Convention & Visitors Bureaus
Pierce County Chamber
200 S. Central Avenue
Brunswick and the
Golden Isles CVB
4 Glynn Avenue
Clinch County Chamber
and Welcome Center
23 West Plant Avenue
& Visitor Center
1111 Magnolia Bluff Way, SW
Chamber of Commerce
520 West Third Street
Jekyll Island CVB
1 Beachview Drive
Jekyll Island, 31527
Kingsland Welcome Center
& Visitors Bureau
1190 East Boone Avenue
Liberty County Chamber
& Welcome Center
425 W. Oglethorpe Hwy
of Commerce &
202 West Main Street
Chamber of Commerce
& Visitor Center
175 Bourne Ave
Pooler, GA 31322
(in the Mighty Eighth
Air Force Museum)
Port Wentworth Chamber
7532 Highway 21
Port Wentworth, 31407
Richmond Hill CVB
520 Cedar Street
Richmond Hill, 31324
Savannah Area CVB
101 East Bay Street
St. Marys CVB
406 Osborne St.
St. Marys, 31558
Tybee Island Tourism
Council and Visitor
802 First Street
US Hwy 80
Tybee Island, 31328
Waycross Tourism Bureau
and Visitors Center
315-A Plant Avenue
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From charming towns and authentic antiques to quaint little shops along
scenic byways, the Historic Heartland offers the warmth of yesteryear in
quintessential Southern style. Get your feet wet and catch a mess of fish,
or follow themed trails through the region’s beauty. historicgeorgia.org
Convention & Visitors Bureaus
300 N. Thomas St.
100 Commerce Place
Butts County Chamber
625 W. Third St., Ste. 6
Byron CVB &
100 W. Heritage Blvd.
1184 Scott St.
2101 Clark St.
305 N. Madison Ave.
68 N. Lee St.
Jones County Chamber
161 W. Clinton St.
450 MLK Jr. Blvd.
115 E. Jefferson St.
200 W. Hancock St.
132 E. Spring St.
119 W. Washington St.
Peach County Chamber
201 Oakland Heights Pkwy.
Ft. Valley, 31030
101 Gen. Courtney Hodges Blvd.
38 Wright Ave.
Warner Robins CVB
99 N. First St.
Warner Robins, 31093
22 N. Main St., Bldg. B
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Historic High Country
Immerse yourself in fascinating history, captivating scenery and genuine
hospitality in Northwest Georgia, “the enchanted land” of the Cherokee
Indians. Explore the region’s mystique on numerous driving, walking,
pedaling or riding trails leading you through the area’s Native American
roots, historic districts and homegrown attractions. From Civil War sites
to national forests, discover enriching experiences throughout northwest
Convention & Visitors Bureaus
1 Friendship Plaza
Catoosa County Chamber
264 Catoosa Circle
Carrollton Area CVB
102 N. Lakeshore Dr.
Chattooga County Chamber
44 GA Hwy. 48
Dalton Area CVB
305 S. Depot Street
P. O. Box 6177 (30722)
Great Rome CVB
402 Civic Center Drive
P. O. Box 1837
Woodstock Area CVB
8632 Main St., Ste. 160
Dade County Chamber
111 Railway Ln.
706.657.4488 or 877.871.1386
Fannin County Chamber
152-A Orvin Lance Drive,
Blue Ridge, 30513
Gilmer County Chamber
368 Craig St.
East Ellijay, 30539
300 S. Wall St.
Haralson County Chamber
70 Murphy Campus Blvd.
Chamber of Commerce
26 N. Third Ave.
Paulding County Chamber
455 Jimmy Campbell Pkwy.
Pickens County Chamber
500 Stegall Dr.
Polk County Chamber
604 Goodyear St.
Walker County Chamber
10052 US Hwy. 27 N
Rock Spring, 30739
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Taste a slower, simpler lifestyle along the back roads of Georgia with
a visit to the Magnolia Midlands in southeastern Georgia. The region
provides a backdrop of beautiful scenery for any adventure you might
seek, from outdoor sports to local festivals, from great food to a rich
agricultural history. magnoliamidlands.org
Convention & Visitors Bureaus
305 West Parker
PO Box 537 Baxley, 31515
PO Box 450
1120 W. 12th St.
332 South Main St.
PO Box 1516 (30459)
102 North Second St. Suite A
P.O. Box 305
& Welcome Center
1210 S. Lewis Street
4 N. Duval St.
Douglas Area CVB
211 South Gaskin Ave.
102 Travel Center Blvd.
Chamber & Welcome Center
116 Ninth Ave.
PO Box 550
136 South Veterans Blvd.
Greater Tattnall Chamber
108 Brazell St.
Tattnall County Courthouse
108 N. Lumpkin St.
PO Box 300
95 E. Jarman St.
P.O. Box 546
Long County Community
15 Thorton Dr.
PO BOX 340
PO Box 362
Mount Vernon, 30445
PO Box 104
Screven County Chamber
101 S. Main St.
120 E. Oak St.
PO Box 296
Vidalia Area CVB
100 Sweet Vidalia Onion Dr.
Wayne County Board
PO Box 253
Wheeler County Chamber
P.O. Box 654
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NORTHEAST GEORGIA MOUNTAINS
The northeast Georgia mountain region offers a scenic retreat, with its foothills
serving as the gateway to the southern Appalachian Mountains. While
outdoor recreation is abundant and exciting, the region has other attractions
including wineries, art galleries craft shops, local history museums, roadside
markets and mountain towns filled with great places to shop and dine to
keep you coming back time and again! georgiamountains.org
Convention & Visitors Bureaus
Alpine Helen-White County
CVB & Regional VIC
PO Box 730
Banks County CVB
PO Box 8
Chamber & CVB
PO Box 299
54 GA Hwy 53 East - Old Jail
Elbert County Chamber
PO Box 537
104 Heard St.
Jackson County Area
Chamber of Commerce
270 Athens St
Lake Lanier CVB & Northeast
Georgia Regional VIC
4700 Lanier Pkwy.
Flowery Branch, 30542
Barrow County Chamber
PO Box 456
6 Porter St.
770 867 9444
78 Blue Ridge Hwy.
212 Kelly Mill Rd.
County Chamber, CVB
& Regional VIC
13 Park St., South,
Franklin County Chamber
PO Box 151
165 Athens St.
City of Gainesville
Communications & Tourism
117 Jesse Jewell Parkway
& Visitors Bureau
PO Box 366
668 Business Hwy. 441
Hart County Chamber
PO Box 793
31 E Howell St.
Lavonia Chamber of
1269 E Main St.
Madison County Chamber
PO Box 381
101 Courthouse Sq Ste #1
Rabun County CVB
25 Courthouse Square
Chamber & Regional VIC
PO Box 577
160 North Alexander St.
Towns County Chamber
& Regional VIC
1411 Jack Dayton Cl.
Young Harris, 30582
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The rural southwestern region of Georgia is full of stories in each of its
intriguing small towns, its woodlands and its rivers. Tour plantations
and historic farms and relive Georgia’s historic past. For those with a
more adventurous spirit, a visit to Wild Adventures will provide thrills
and chills. southwestgeorgiatravel.com
Convention & Visitors Bureaus
Chamber of Commerce
100 S. Hutchinson Ave.
& Welcome Center
112 North Front St.
229.317.4760 or 866.750.0840
Chamber of Commerce
238 E. College Ave.
Berrien County Chamber
201 N. Jefferson St.
Cairo -Grady County
Chamber of Commerce
961 N. Broad St.
Camilla Chamber of
212 E. Broad St.
Visitors Bureau &
208 Hancock St.
Fort Gaines, 39851
122 E. Second St.
115 S. Main St.
Chamber of Commerce
111 Valdosta Hwy.
Chamber of Commerce
116 First Ave., SE
302 E. College St.
119 E. Railroad St.,
Chamber of Commerce
211 W. Lee St.
County Visitors Center
144 E. Jackson St
Chamber of Commerce
100 N. Central Ave.
1 Meeting Pl.
Chamber of Commerce
301 E. Franklin St.
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Located in Georgia’s southern rivers district, this 19-county area in
west central Georgia is deeply rooted in American history. Visitors
today soak up reflections from the antebellum era, Civil War years, the
proud heritage of two U.S. presidents and birth of the modern South.
Convention & Visitors Bureaus
County Tourism Association
125 W. Lamar St.
Chamber of Commerce
P O Box 366
900 Front Ave.
Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 158
Dooly County Chamber
PO Box 308
143 North Hill Street
Chamber of Commerce
P O Box 636
PO Box 388
Pine Mountain Regional
Visitor Information Center
Post Office Box 177
Pine Mountain, 31822
Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 1147
416 Thomaston St
Taylor County Chamber
PO Box 27
Chamber of Commerce
213 East Gordon Street
PO Box 827
Warm Springs Area
PO Box 578
Warm Springs, 31830
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“Gone With The Wind”
The most memorable and widely-recognized American novel was written in Atlanta
and can still be experienced in Georgia today. Although the movie premiered 70
years ago, there is no shortage of exciting experiences and sites in Georgia offering
a peek inside the legendary tale.
Road To Tara Museum
Original props, costume reproductions, complete collectible
plate and doll collections, a foreign edition library and an
extensive photo gallery offer a glimpse into the remarkable
writing of the book and making of the movie, “Gone With
the Wind.” scarlett.com
Stately Oaks Plantation
Built in 1839, this Greek Revival plantation home stands
among several authentic outbuildings. The Bethel One-
Room Schoolhouse, Juddy’s Country Store and the original
Log Kitchen are among the historic buildings within this
complex. Costumed docents delight visitors while educating
them about the historic significance of plantations in the
South along with the importance of the Civil War.
“Gone With The Wind” — The Tour
Let your costumed tour guide from Historical & Hysterical
Tours guide you through the streets of Jonesboro – the
Official Home of “Gone With the Wind” – and weave
together the true stories of the people that inspired
Margaret Mitchell to write her Pulitzer-Prize winning novel,
“Gone With the Wind.” scarlett.com
Only three cycloramas (a 360-degree view of a story as a
painting) survive, and Atlanta’s, built in 1921, is considered
the best. Take a stirring journey through time in Atlanta’s
Cyclorama. Sit at the center of a sweeping panorama
of the Battle of Atlanta, fought on July 22, 1864, during
the American Civil War. When you visit the Cyclorama in
Atlanta’s Historic Grant Park you can also see artifacts of
the war displayed in the Civil War Museum and a steam
locomotive known as the Texas, a veteran of the Great
Locomotive Chase of 1862. atlantacyclorama.org
Margaret Mitchell House
Tour the home, which is on the National Register of Historic
Sites, where Margaret Mitchell wrote “Gone With the Wind”
in the 1920’s. You’ll discover how this champion of human
rights came to write the epic Civil War novel that still sells
more than a quarter-million copies each year.
the marietta “gone with the wind” museum:
scarlett on the square
The museum located in downtown Marietta has an extensive
collection of memorabilia. Step back in time with the
sights and sounds of Atlanta during the Civil War and
Reconstruction as told through the eyes of Scarlett O’Hara
and Rhett Butler. The museum is sure to delight and intrigue
any “Gone With the Wind” fan, from novice to aficionado.
The best picture Oscar for
“Gone With the Wind” is in Ted
Turner’s Atlanta office. The
statue came to him when he
acquired MGM Studios in 1986.
“Gone With the Wind” was
not filmed in Atlanta, but the
premiere was held at Atlanta’s
Loew’s Grand Theater on
Peachtree Street. The theater
was made to look like the Twelve
Oaks mansion and featured a
two-story photo of Gable and
Leigh. The Georgia-Pacific
building now is on the site of the
Nearly 1 million people visited
Atlanta for the premiere on
December 15, 1939.
Margaret Mitchell was apparently
black-balled by the Atlanta
Junior League when she danced
“outrageously” at a party. She
subsequently declined to attend
their ball the night before the
Margaret Mitchell’s original
name for her heroine, Scarlett
O’Hara, was Pansy. She never
expected “Gone With the Wind”
to be published.
Although constantly hounded
by the publishing and film
communities, Mitchell refused to
write a sequel to her novel. She
never published another book.
While crossing the intersection
of Peachtree and 13th streets,
Margaret Mitchell was struck
by a speeding automobile. She
died five days later on August
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Civil War and other sites
around Atlanta that may
interest the “Gone With
the Wind” traveler
Patrick R. Cleburne Confederate
Clayton County - The final resting place of
Confederate soldiers who fell during the Battle
of Jonesboro. The defeat resulted in the capture
of Atlanta by Gen. W.T. Sherman.
Stone Mountain Park
DeKalb County - Carved on the world’s largest
exposed piece of granite are the faces of
Confederate heroes Robert E. Lee, “Stonewall”
Jackson and Jefferson Davis. Also in the park
is the Antebellum Plantation and Farmyard,
comprised of original buildings built between
1790 and 1845, and representing an authentic,
pre-Civil War Georgia plantation.
Historic Oakland Cemetery
Downtown Atlanta - Some of Georgia’s most
famous legends are laid to rest in the city’s
oldest and most scenic cemetery. Visit the
grave site of author Margaret Mitchell and
golf legend Bobby Jones. More than 3,000
Confederate soldiers also are buried here.
Walking tours and group tours are available.
Atlanta-Fulton County Public Library
Downtown Atlanta - Has a permanent Margaret
Mitchell exhibit on the fifth floor. Across the
street is a monument dedicated to Atlanta’s
most famous author.
Midtown Atlanta - Margaret Mitchell handed
over her completed manuscript at this Atlanta
landmark hotel, and the party after the
movie’s premiere was held in the ballroom.
Midtown Atlanta - Nine stained-glass
windows are called “The Rise and Fall of the
Atlanta History Center
Buckhead Atlanta - Houses one of the nation’s
largest and most-comprehensive exhibits
about the Civil War.
Roswell - Bulloch Hall is an example of pre-
Civil War Greek revival architecture. Built in
1840, this was the childhood home of Mittie
Bulloch, the mother of President Theodore
Smith Plantation Home
Roswell - Is an 1845 antebellum home
with still-working outbuildings including a
cookhouse, carriage house, springhouse, barn
and slave cabin.
Kennesaw Mountain National
Cobb County - The Confederate Army
soundly defeated the Union Army here on
June 27, 1864.
Southern Museum of Civil War
and Locomotive History
Cobb County - A Confederate conductor’s
chase of the stolen “General” locomotive
almost to Chattanooga is a highlight of this
museum, which also has more than 50,000
Civil War and railroad artifacts. Its affiliation
with the Smithsonian allows for traveling
exhibits throughout the year.
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History & Heritage
Located in the southeastern United States,
Georgia is one of America’s most diverse
states. Georgia is the largest state east of the
Mississippi River, stretching from the Atlantic
Ocean to the Appalachian Mountains.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau (2008),
Georgia’s population is 9,685,744. Atlanta,
Georgia’s capital and largest city developed
as a transportation crossroads and was the
heart of the Old South until it was destroyed in
1865 during the Civil War. Today, the city is the
transportation gateway and home to the busiest
passenger airport in the world. Georgia blends
the best of Old South historic sites and southern
hospitality with new burgeoning business
growth and big city culture.
Southern people, culture, heritage and events
have had an impact on American and World
history through the lives of three former
presidents. Woodrow Wilson, Franklin D.
Roosevelt and Jimmy Carter all have significant
ties to Georgia. Their homes and stories are
found in sites from Augusta to Warm Springs,
Plains to Atlanta.
Georgia’s Civil War
From Chickamauga, the second-bloodiest
battle of the Civil War, to Andersonville,
the most notorious prison camp of the War,
Georgia has a wealth of battlefields, cemeteries,
arsenals, museums, mansions and stories. The
Civil War’s impact on Georgia was greater
than any other event in the state’s history with
some 11,000 Georgians killed and over 100,000
total casualties. The Blue and Gray Trail,
which extends from Chattanooga to Atlanta,
highlights some of the most preserved land and
battle sites of the 1860s.
Educational & Fun
Atlanta - Experience the world’s largest and
most engaging aquarium. With eight million
gallons of fresh and marine water and more
aquatic life than found in any other aquarium!
Tubman African American Museum
Macon - Uncover Harriet Tubman’s remarkable
story at the largest African American museum in
the state. The Tubman Museum represents a key
educational and cultural resource for the state.
Southern Museum of Civil War
& Locomotive History
Kennesaw – Take a trip back in time and catch
a glimpse into the daily lives of soldiers during
the Civil War and to even relive the “Great
National Science Center’s Fort
Augusta – Offers a variety of programs that
emphasize hands-on math, science and
Coca-Cola Space Science Center
Columbus - Your flight directors will prepare
you for your space odyssey. Test your talent to
be an astronaut as you master the controls of
the Shuttle or take the helm of the controls in
the launch pad. Experience a simulated mission
in the Challenger Learning Center.
Georgia Student Travel
From interactive activities to historical landmarks, you’ll find Georgia is full of educational,
enriching and fun experiences. Bring your history books to life by tracing
the steps of heroes across battlefields of human conflict in both war and in peace.
Did you know Georgia has a presidential legacy? Presidents Jimmy Carter, Franklin
Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson have all called Georgia home, and each of their legacies
are here waiting to be discovered. From the history books to the science books,
Georgia works to expand the minds of its youth.
From the battlegrounds of the Civil War to civil
rights, Georgia’s place in the epic struggle for
equal rights is second to none. Native Atlantan Dr.
Martin Luther King, Jr. is buried at the King Center
and his birth home is a National Historic Site.
Travel the scenic route of the Chieftains Trail
through the Appalachian foothills to explore
northwest Georgia’s Native American heritage.
From mysterious rock formations high atop
a wind-swept summit and ceremonial Indian
mounds on the river bank below, to the Chief
Vann House, “showplace of the Cherokee
Nation,” immerse yourself in a time belonging
to three distinct Native cultures: Mississippian,
Creek and Cherokee.
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Inside CNN Studio Tour
Atlanta - Journey into the heart of the world’s
news leader. This 55-minute behind-the-scenes
tour shows you exactly what it takes to deliver
the news available to over 2 billion people
Tifton - Georgia’s Museum of Agriculture and
Living History Museum consists of five areas:
a traditional farm community of the 1870s,
an 1890s progressive farmstead, an industrial
sites complex, a rural town, a national peanut
complex, and the Museum of Agriculture Center.
Over 35 structures have been relocated to the
95 acre site and faithfully restored or preserved.
A Walking Tour of our
Gainsville - This tour begins at the Southeast
corner of the Gainesville Downtown Square
(near the courthouse) at the Sun and ends just
past the tennis courts and American flag where
you will come to Pluto and Alpha Centauri.
Call the Gainesville-Hall County Convention
& Visitors Bureau at 770-536-5209 for more
booth western art museum
Cartersville - This 120,000 square foot Museum
offers main galleries featuring contemporary
Western American art. Other galleries feature
historic Western art, Civil War art, Presidential
portraits and letters, Western movie posters,
and Western illustration. Sagebrush Ranch is an
interactive gallery where children of all ages can
learn about art and Western America.
Stone Mountain Park
Atlanta - This Park is a green oasis where
families and friends can enjoy the outdoors
together. Listed in Frommer’s 500 Places
to Visit with Your Kids Before They Grow
Up, this five square mile park includes
attractions, entertainment and recreation.
Six Flags Over Georgia
Atlanta - Looking for thrills? Here you will find
the tallest, fastest and wildest rides in the
Country! (Including a few record-breakers!)
Fernbank Museum of Natural History
Atlanta - Home to Dinosaurs! Come face to face
with the world’s largest dinosaurs, discover
Georgia’s natural history, make a cultural
connection, enjoy hands-on exhibits and more!
Don’t miss the incredible 5-story experience of
an IMAX film.
New World of Coca-Cola
Atlanta - The new and expanded World has
something for everyone! With a thrilling 4-D
Theater, the world’s largest collection of Coke
memorabilia, a fully functioning bottling line
that produces commemorative 8-ounce bottles
of Coca-Cola, a Pop Culture Gallery and nearly
70 different products to sample you are sure to
please everyone in your group!
Georgia Sea Turtle Center
Jekyll Island - This educational center and
rehabilitation facility offers great opportunities
to learn about endangered sea turtles and
other environmental topics. Activities include
scavenger hunts, turtle walks and tours.
The Center for Wildlife Education and
the Lamar Q Ball Jr. Raptor Center
Statesboro - Located on 5 beautiful acres in
the heart of the Georgia Southern University
Campus, this site provides an opportunity
to view our native raptors in their natural
environment. An amphitheater is used for live
wildlife programs and flight shows.
Wild Adventures Theme Park
Valdosta - One of the top 50 Theme Parks in
North America, discover the largest collection
of rides in the South, hundreds of exotic animals,
amazing daily shows, a refreshing water
park, and all-star concerts. Also, make sure to
visit Splash Island Water Park, located inside,
featuring a 20,000 gallon wave pool, a lazy river
tellus: northwest georgia
Cartersville - Opened on January 12, 2008,
this world class museum is located just north
of Atlanta in Cartersville and is a fun learning
experience for children and adults. Tellus is
the expansion of the Weinman Museum. Come
explore the Earth and search the stars at Tellus.
okefenokee national wildlife refuge
Folkston - One of the oldest and best
preserved freshwater systems in America
is located in the southern part of the state.
Native Americans called it Okefenoka, meaning
“Land of the Trembling Earth.” Now this place,
where earth, air, fire and water continuously
reform the landscape, is preserved within
the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge,
created in 1936 to protect wildlife and for you
to explore. Guided boat tours take visitors
through cypress forests, historic canals and
national infantry museum and
Columbus - This sate-of-the-art immersive
museum will take you through World War I
trenches and Vietnam-like jungles, offering a
fascinating perspective on what it means to
be a U.S. Army infantry soldier. Eight life-like
battle scenes from historical infantry moments
start the tour, preparing you for the six other
in-depth galleries that explain the infantry
experience at different times in history.
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A Culinary vacation
Georgia offers many types of culinary specialties unique to our state…
more than just the peaches for which we are known. Whether you
experience a talented local chef, a local winery or a local favorite restaurant
with some specialties of its own, Georgia boasts a culinary
vacation sure to satisfy your appetite. Here are just a few of the group
friendly restaurants we have available for visitors to enjoy!
Atlanta- Mary Mac’s Tea Room
You don’t have to leave the city for true southern fare. Mary Mac’s sets the standard
for southern cooking in Atlanta. Located at the corner of Ponce de Leon Avenue and
Midtown Atlanta – The Varsity
the World’s Largest Drive-In
The Downtown Atlanta location is on more than two acres and can accommodate 600
cars and over 800 people inside. Two miles of hot dogs, a ton of onions, 2500 pounds
of potatoes, 5000 fried pies and 300 gallons of chili are made from scratch daily.
Experience the food and entertainment at Medieval Times. Take a journey back to the
11th Century with fun, feasting and fighting.
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Good BBQ isn’t just for Tennessee, Texas and
Kentucky. Georgia also has what we feel is the
best BBQ around. Visit Sconyers in Augusta to try
some great Georgia BBQ.
Augusta – The VerandaH Restaurant,
The Partridge Inn
Long famous for outdoor verandah seating,
enticing menu of Southern favorites, premium
steaks & seafoods, outstanding wines and
perennially award-winning Sunday Brunch
have made The Verandah Grill a favorite dining
destination for locals and Masters champions
alike. The adjacent lounge offers many
delights, including evening martinis and jazz on
Friday and Saturday nights on the verandah.
Washington – Down Under Restaurant,
The Fitzpatrick Hotel
The concept of the Down Under is very simple:
Great Food, Great Service, Great Ambiance,
Great Prices. The decor is that of the Fitzpatrick
Hotel: elegant, Victorian, with wood panelling
all around and 14' ceilings, yet not stuffy or
overdone. A wonderful place for a casual
to moderately upscale dining experience.
Savannah - The Lady and Sons
Owned by Food TV’s Paula Deen, The Lady and
Son’s Restaurant serves southern favorites in
beautiful historic Savannah. Reservations are
recommended for large groups.
Savannah - Mrs.Wilkes Dining Room
At 11 o’clock, the doors of 107 open and the
lunch crowd finds seats at one of the large
tables-for-ten shared by strangers. Tabletops
are crowded with platters of fried chicken
and cornbread dressing, sweet potato souffle,
black-eyed peas, okra gumbo, corn muffins
and biscuits. The menu changes daily so
regulars can have something different every
day. Stop by and enjoy the special pleasure of
a meal shared with neighbors and strangers.
St. Simons Island – Crabdaddy’s
The Williams family wanted a restaurant that
provides down home hospitality combined
with Southern charm unique here in the Golden
Isles. Crabdaddy’s not only fulfills this dream
but provides the finest selection of grilled,
blackened, steamed or fried seafood and steaks
in the Southeast.
Social Circle-Blue Willow Inn
Whether dressing for the theatre or casually
touring the area, you are invited to enjoy the
Blue Willow’s Southern feast. No one is allowed
to leave hungry after feasting on a variety of
Southern salads, meats, vegetables, breads
and desserts. Along with your meal, enjoy
sweetened iced tea, the “Champagne of the
South,” and lemonade.
Macon – Tic Toc Room
Elegant casual dining in the heart of historic
downtown Macon featuring modern Southern
fare, piano bar with baby grand piano and live
entertainment. Little Richard, James Brown and
Otis Redding all performed at this original site
of Anne’s Tic Toc.
Athens – Five and Ten
Chef-Owner Hugh Acheson, hailed by James
Beard and Food + Wine magazine, serves
seasonal delicacies that merge soul food
with Old World cuisine. The Atlanta Journal-
Constitution’s Restaurant of the Year 2007
is an inspired choice for an on-your-own
evening meal or for smaller groups looking
for a memorable fine dining experience.
HISTORIC HIGH COUNTRY
Blue Ridge- Mercier Orchard
Mercier Orchard, located in Blue Ridge, GA is a
favorite for individuals and groups alike. Open
year round with goodies from the bakery and
restaurant. Various apple varieties available all
year; shopping includes several vendors located
in the gift shop.
Cartersville - Moore’s
Enjoy a generous helping of gourmet style
Southern cuisine while dining in a quaint upscale
country store setting nestled in Historic
Cartersville’s residential district.
Adairsville - Maggie Mae’s in the
1902 Stock Exchange building in
Historic Downtown Adairsville
This 1902 turn-of-the Century Gallery, formally
N.C. Anderson Stock Exchange, welcomes
patrons to Maggie Mae’s Tea Room and Public
Square Opera House…a living history dinner
theatre, featuring an Antebellum feast and
entertaining performances, 1800’s style.
Metter - Jo Max BBQ
Visit Jo Max off Interstate 16 in Metter to try
some of the best beef and pork BBQ in Georgia.
Jo Max also features traditional sides like hearty
Brunswick stew and creamy potato salad.
Uvalda - Benton Lee’s Steakhouse
If you’re in the mood for a grilled to order
steak, and a big one at that, you don’t want
to miss Benton Lee’s Steakhouse. Located
on the mighty Altamaha, Benton Lee’s has a
reputation of enormous steaks, great sides and
Sylvania - R&D’s Seafood,
Steaks and More
One of the best buffets in Southeast Georgia,
R&D’s has a wide offering of classic southern
favorites like fried chicken, pork chops, neck
bone and rice, vegetables and more. For dinner,
their outstanding steaks and seafood are a true
NORTHEAST GEORGIA MOUNTAINS
Dillard - Dillard House
Enjoy a southern family style meal at the
picturesque Dillard House Restaurant in Dillard,
Georgia. While staying at the Dillard House Inn,
you won’t want to miss the elaborate breakfast
featuring fresh baked pastries, breakfast meats
and specialty meats, eggs, gravy, homemade
preserves and jams, fresh berries and more.
Dahlonega- Smith House
This family style southern cuisine will make you
wonder who made it better…Smith House or
Plains - Mom’s Kitchen
“Mom” herself will treat you like family and cook
up one of the best southern-style meals you
have ever mopped up with a biscuit! Its one of
Jimmy Carter’s favorites!
Montezuma - Yoder’s Deitsch Haus
A Mennonite owned and operated restaurant
that serves up good, down home country
style cookin’ with plenty of everything.
Columbus – Dinglewood Pharmacy
A local favorite…you have got to try their
famous scrambled hot dog which is a wiener
sliced and then topped with chili, oyster
crackers and pickles!
Thomasville - Granddaddy’s Barbeque
There’s nothing like Southern barbeque enjoyed
in a screened-in porch. 2128 Smith Avenue.
Thomasville – Market Diner
Enjoy a classic Southern buffet of fried chicken
and fresh vegetables right from the Farmer’s
FORT GAINES - BIG BAD WOLF SALOON
Relaxed local eatery and neighborhood bar.
Have a great lunch and tour the Sutton’s Corner
Museum. Say hello to “Jack.”
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THE CIVIL WAR IN GEORGIA
The Civil War’s impact on Georgia was greater than any other event in the state’s
history with some 11,000 Georgians killed and over 100,000 total casualties. Visit
Georgia’s Civil War battlefields and notable sites and travel back to a monumental
time in American history. You can almost hear the guns of a divided nation as you
explore our Civil War heritage. In the shadows of Union and Confederate soldiers,
you can walk hidden trails, view earthen fortifications, visit pristine battlefields or
pay silent homage where the Blue and the Gray rest together as comrades of history.
Begin your tour in the northern most corner
of Georgia at Chickamauga Battlefield Park.
Chickamauga was the second bloodiest battle
of the Civil War, after Gettysburg, with 34,000
Union and Confederate casualties. Audio tours
are available of the 5,000 acre park.
Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park
is the most complete battlefield of the 1864
Atlanta Campaign. A short history film and tours
are available, as well as picnicking areas, hiking
trails and recreation areas.
The Southern Museum of Civil War and
Locomotive History in Kennesaw has three
impressive permanent collections including
one that gives you a glimpse into the daily lives
of Americans during the Civil War. Part of the
Smithsonian Affiliations Program, this is a not to
be missed museum.
The Atlanta History Center’s exceptional
museum collection includes thousands of
items that tell the story of Atlanta, the state of
Georgia and the South. Explore the stories of
both Confederate and Federal soldiers, along
with the heartache and hope of loved ones at
home, from the beginnings of the crisis through
the time of rebuilding.
A 20-acre portion of Oakland Cemetery is
home to the Civil War dead. This central area of
Oakland inters nearly 3,000 Confederate and 16
Union soldiers. Generals John B. Gordon, Alfred
Everson, Jr. and Clement A. Evans are buried
in the Confederate Section. Lucius J. Gartrell
and William S. Walker are buried at Oakland
on family lots. The Lion of Atlanta rests over
an undetermined number of unknown soldiers
The Atlanta Cyclorama boasts the world’s
largest painting of the Battle of Atlanta.
Accompanied by music, lighting, sound effects
and narration, the painting brings to life the
story of the famous battle. This is the longestrunning
cyclorama in the country.
Pickett’s Mill, in Dallas, is one of the best
preserved Civil War battlefields in the nation.
Visitors can travel roads used by Federal and
Confederate troops, see earthworks constructed
and walk through the same ravine where hundreds
Head to Columbus and visit the Port Columbus
National Civil War Museum, which features
40,000 square feet of exhibits dealing with
the Civil War at sea. Remains of two original
Civil War Confederate Navy ships anchor the
displays along with full sized reconstructions of
parts of three other famous ships including the
USS Monitor. Visitors get to enter a full sized
ironclad ship and experience a combat scene
from the inside of the nation’s only Civil War
ironclad combat simulator.
For an unforgettable experience visit the
Andersonville National Historic Site near
Americus. This was one of the largest of many
Confederate military prisons established during the Civil
War. It was built early in 1864 after Confederate officials
decided to move the large number of Federal prisoners
kept in and around Richmond, Virginia to a place of
greater security and a more abundant food supply. During
the 14 months the prison existed, more than 45,000
Union soldiers were confined here. Of these, almost
13,000 died from disease, poor sanitation, malnutrition,
overcrowding or exposure to the elements. While here,
be sure and visit the National POW Museum. They are
On May 10, 1865, about a mile from the little town of
Irwinville at the Jefferson Davis Memorial State Historic
Site, federal troops captured confederate President
Jefferson Davis. With his arrest on that spring morning,
the government of the Confederate States of America
ceased to exist. Today, a monument marks the spot
where Jefferson Davis was arrested. Visitors can tour
the 13-acre historic site that includes a museum built by
the WPA in 1939, a quarter mile nature trail, picnic tables
and a group shelter. The site staff offers guided tours of
the capture site along with special presentations by site
volunteers and period re-enactors.
The Blue and Gray Museum in Fitzgerald tells the heartwarming
story of how Yankee and Confederate Veterans
created Georgia’s City of Harmony by settling side by
side after the war. It mirrors the history of Fitzgerald and
showcases a rare collection of Civil War relics and artifacts.
The revised Blue and Gray offers a unique way to
honor America’s Veterans from 1860 to the present.
Head over to the Fort McAllister State Park in Richmond
Hill near Savannah, the home of the best preserved
earthwork fortification of the Confederacy. The sand and
mud earthworks were attacked seven times by Union
ironclads but did not fall until captured in 1864 by Gen.
William T. Sherman during his infamous March to the Sea.
Named for that gallant Pole Gen. Casimir Pulaski who lost
his life in the unsuccessful siege of Savannah in 1779, Fort
Pulaski National Monument was built between 1829 and
the mid-1840’s on Cockspur Island to guard the sea-approach
to Savannah. Occupied by Confederate troops in
1861, the fort fell to Union forces in April 1862 when they
overcame it with rifled cannon, the first used in warfare.
CIVIL WAR Trails
A 90 mile sightseeing loop off I-75
in Southwest Georgia highlighting
Andersonville Confederate Prison
site, Andersonville Civil War Village,
Jimmy Carter’s Hometown of Plains
and Habitat for Humanity’s Global
Village and Discovery Center. This
trail rich in history offers an important
collection of American history
sites, including the cornerstone,
Andersonville, the National memorial
to all American POWs.
This 100-mile trek takes you through
seven communities in central Georgia
that virtually escaped General
Sherman’s March to the Sea. Visit
Milledgeville, the former capital
city, for a tour of the stately Old
Governor’s Mansion. Tour the Hay
House, a National Historic Landmark
in Macon, glimpse the covered bridge
in Watkinsville and see the unique
double barreled cannon in Athens.
The Battle of Chickamauga, fought
September 18-20, 1863, marked the
end of a Union offensive in southcentral
Tennessee and northwestern
Georgia called the Chickamauga
Campaign. The battle was the most
significant Union defeat in the Western
Theater of the American Civil
War. The Chickamauga Campaign
Trail follows the troops movements
through four north-west Georgia
BLUE AND GRAY TRAIL
The roads through northwest Georgia,
from Chattanooga to Atlanta,
follow the paths of some of the most
dramatic events in the Civil War and
include more than 60 battlefields,
national parks, historic sites and
museums. Here lies the route of “The
Great Locomotive Chase” of 1862
and the site of the second largest
battle of the war and the first battlefield
to be designated a National
Military Park at Chickamauga.
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Georgia outdoor Adventures
Awaiting you in Georgia are exciting outdoor adventures such as hiking, hanggliding,
mountain biking and white-water rafting. From our picturesque beaches
and world-renown golf courses to mystical mountains, lakes and rivers, Georgia’s
borders encompass some of the country’s most diverse and beautiful landscapes
offering a variety of eco-friendly outdoor adventures for everyone.
this trail or walk the variety of habitats in this area of
shorelines, salt marshes, old rice fields, woodlands,
tidal rivers and freshwater wetlands.
For your next cycling adventure, discover why cycling
enthusiasts from around the globe come to Georgia
to experience our worldclass cycling. For cyclists
who want to be their best and get the most out of
their ride, visit Georgia and experience our diverse
geography from steep mountain peaks to scenic
Georgia State Parks offer 63 sites including 45
state parks, three state historic parks and 15
historic sites, stretching from the Blue Ridge
Mountains to the Colonial Coast. Together, the
parks and sites have an exceptional variety of
geography and history, including mountains,
canyons, forests, fields, marshes, waterfalls,
lakes, swamps, rivers, battlefields, historic homes
and Native American settlements.
Explore woodlands, wetlands, islands and
swamps in the beautiful Georgia backcountry
that’s any outdoor lover’s dream. Hiking
adventurers are drawn to Georgia for our wide
variety of landscapes providing everything from
challenging mountain climbs to relaxing nature
trails. With options like the Appalachian and
Bartram trails and beautiful destinations like the
awe-inspiring Amicalola Falls and Brasstown
Bald, Georgia’s Mountain region is filled with an
exciting variety of peaks, valleys, rolling hills and
Georgia is a water wonderland with a vast
system of rivers, lakes, wetland marsh, coast and
even a swamp, offering many opportunities for
you to raft, paddle and tube in Georgia. The state
is sprinkled with pristine environments such as
the swamp at the Okefenokee National Wildlife
Refuge, one of the oldest freshwater areas in the
country. In north Georgia, the Chattooga River,
Georgia’s only nationally designated “Wild &
Scenic” river, offers class III to class V whitewater
rafting. In south Georgia, the Altamaha River
Trail, just over 100 miles long, is formed by the
confluence of the Ocmulgee and Oconee Rivers.
Bird enthusiasts can’t miss a trek along the
Colonial Coast Birding Trail. Discover the more
than 300 species of birds that are spotted along
Georgia offers some of the most diverse fishing
opportunities in the Southeast. Whether it’s fly
fishing, deep sea fishing or the unending quest for
the next world record bass, Georgia’s 500,000 acres
of reservoirs and over 12,000 miles of warm water
streams give everyone the opportunity to GO FISH.
Natural Wonders of Georgia
altamaha River – Just over 100 miles long, the
Altamaha River is the largest river system east of
the Mississippi. It has been designated by the Nature
Conservancy as one of the 75 “Last Great Places” in
Augusta Canal – Built in 1845 as a source of
power, water and transportation, it is Georgia’s only
designated National Heritage Area and the nation’s
only industrial power canal still in use for its original
Okefenokee Swamp – The Okefenokee Swamp is
one of the oldest and most well-preserved freshwater
areas in America. It is a National Wildlife Refuge that
covers nearly a half million acres containing numerous
islands and lakes, along with vast areas of nonforested
habitat. Native Americans named the area
“Okefenokee” meaning “Land of the Trembling Earth.”
Amicolola Falls – At 729 feet tall, Amicolola Falls
is the highest cascading waterfall east of the
Providence Canyon – Known as Georgia’s “Little
Tallulah Falls – At 1,100 feet, it is the oldest
natural gorge in the United States and is second in
depth to the Grand Canyon. The longest of Tallulah’s
three waterfalls plunges 700 feet to the canyon floor.
Warm Springs – One of Georgia’s seven known
warm springs, Warm Springs has the largest water
flow, up to 914 gallons per minute, and an average
temperature of 88 degrees year round. In 1924,
President Franklin Delano Roosevelt visited Warm
Springs and discovered the benefits of hydrotherapy
for polio patients.
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Georgia is where you can experience Dr. Martin
Luther King, Jr.’s dream of equality, peace and
prosperity for all, a dream that earned him the
1964 Nobel Peace Prize. The Martin Luther King,
Jr. National Historic Site commemorates the area
of Atlanta where Dr. King was born and raised.
Tour Dr. King’s historic birth home and visit the
famed Ebenezer Baptist Church, where Dr. King
was baptized and later served as co-pastor.
Known as the “Sweet Auburn” district, this
neighborhood was the center of the city’s black
community prior to desegregation and served
as a focal point in the Civil Rights Movement.
Established in 1773, the First African Baptist
Church in Savannah is the oldest independent
black church in North America. Visit the current
structure, erected in 1859 with stained glass
windows of African American figures, and discover
the beauty and history of this landmark.
Savannah, known for its cotton warehouses and
elegant architecture, remains a place where
wide streets and lush green squares invite you
to walk through the nation’s largest registered
Urban Historic Landmark District.
Uncover Harriet Tubman’s remarkable story
at the Tubman African American Museum in
Macon, the largest African American museum in
the state. Visit the Lucy Craft Laney Museum of
Black History in Augusta, which utilizes art and
history to present the life and legacy of Lucy
Craft Laney, a Georgia educator.
In southwest Georgia, visit the Albany Civil
Rights Movement Museum, located in the historic
Freedom District of Downtown. The museum
chronicles Albany and its role in the Civil
Rights Movement in the 1960s. Be sure to take
in the Thomasville Black Heritage Trail Tour.
This venue honors Lt. Henry Ossian Flipper, a
Thomasville native who, in 1877, became the first
African American to graduate from the United
States Military Academy at West Point.
Noble Hill-Wheeler Memorial Center
Cartersville - Built in 1923, this was the first
school in northwest GA specifically dedicated
to the education of African American children.
The Atlanta History Center
Atlanta - Explore the Tullie Smith Farm
featuring a restored 1840s Yoeman Farm
with outbuildings, a cabin and slave garden
exploring the African American experience in
19th Century Northern Georgia.
Atlanta - “From Civil War to Civil Rights:” This
guided walking tour lasts approximately 45
minutes. A historian will lead your group of 11
different historical sites, noting facts and interesting
tidbits on the history of Underground
and the city of Atlanta.
Athens - The corner of Washington and Hull
Streets in Athens was an early center of black
commerce, including the dental offices of Ida
May Hiram, the first African American woman to
pass the Georgia Dental Board exams. Also here
is the The Morton Theatre, one of the oldest
surviving vaudeville theatres built, owned and
operated by African American Monroe Bowers
“Pink” Morton. The theatre hosted such notables
as Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway, Bessie Smith
and Louis Armstrong. Morton was laid to rest at
Gospel Pilgrim Cemetery which can be found on
the National Park Service’s National Register of
Georgia’s African American Heritage
Discover a state deeply rooted in African American heritage, culture and history.
Georgia is where many battles for equal rights began in America. From the early
coastal slave settlements to the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, threads of
Georgia’s vibrant heritage are woven throughout the state into a tapestry of arts
and music, dynamic leaders, enduring icons and rich spirit.
other African American
heritage sites around Georgia
Dalton - The site of Dalton’s first public school
building, this was built in 1886 to address the
educational needs of African American children
between the ages of seven and sixteen.
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Madison - An institution dedicated to
preserving African American heritage and
promoting awareness of the contributions of
African Americans to the culture of the south.
Lucy Craft Laney Museum
of Black History
Augusta - The Lucy Craft Laney Museum is the
only African-American Museum in the Central
Savannah River Area. The museum, which
opened in 1991, is a small house museum that
was the former home of Miss Lucy Craft Laney.
Ms. Lucy Craft has gone down in history as
one of the state of Georgia’s most influential
Springfield Baptist Church and Park
Augusta - The oldest African American
Baptist Church in the nation with continuous
service, it is also the founding home of
Morehouse College. 706.724.1056
Columbus Black History Museum
Columbus - Offering multimedia, authentic
historical items, displays, documents and
photos. Lectures and tours available.
Horace King, Master Bridge Builder
LaGrange - Former slave who built covered
bridges and other structures in Georgia and
Alabama is buried in LaGrange. The Troup
County Archives contain much information
about him and his family. Also, visit the Horace
King historic marker on King Street.
Ray Charles Statue
Albany - A revolving, lighted bronze statue of
Ray Charles sits in the middle of the downtown
plaza. Charles was born in Albany in 1930 and
his version of “Georgia On My Mind” was made
the official state song in 1979.
Jack Hadley Black History Museum
Thomasville - James “Jack” Hadley was an avid
collector and curator of Black History Memorabilia.
His collection traces Black American history
from pre-slavery to the present.
Hog Hammock Community on
Sapelo Island - This community is the last intact
Geechee/Gullah community in the Sea Islands of
Georgia and comprises direct descendants of slaves
brought to Sapelo Island in 1802.
Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum
Savannah - Take the time to walk back into the era
of segregation in Savannah. This museum chronicles
the civil rights struggle of Georgia’s oldest African
American community from slavery to present.
The King – Tisdell Cottage
Savannah - This cottage is an African American
heritage museum named for its African American
owners, Eugene and Sarah King and Robert Tisdell.
This museum of African-American Savannah and the
Sea Islands is owned and operated by the King-Tisdell
Cottage Foundation, which also owns and operates the
Negro Heritage Trail Tours and the Beach Institute on
the corner of Price and Harris Streets.
As you continue to educate yourself
on Georgia’s historic past, you’ll
learn many prominent African
Americans hail from Georgia,
including Jackie Robinson, Andrew
Young, Harriet Tubman, James
Brown and many more. Like
Georgia, they represent a spirit and
desire to overcome adversity and
achieve the highest level of success.
Arts & Culture
From Atlanta to Savannah and from
Athens to Columbus, a variety of
places and events tell the African
American story in the Peach
State. See magnificent theaters
and museums, unique galleries
and experience the rich musical
history in Georgia’s thriving arts &
cultural scene. Scenic back roads tie
visitors to Georgia’s past, guiding
them through colorful countryside
and picturesque main streets. The
National Black Arts Festival in
Atlanta, Sapelo Island Cultural Day,
Sea Islands Black Heritage Festival,
Black Heritage Festival of Southwest
Georgia in Thomasville and the
Gathering at Geechee Kunda in
Riceboro are just a sampling of
annual events across the state.
Museum of Aviation
Warner Robbins - Featuring an Air Force 50th
Anniversary exhibit, “America’s Black Eagles –
the Tuskegee Pioneers…and Beyond,” built to
recognize the Tuskegee Airmen of WWII and the
achievements of black Americans in aviation.
Okefenokee Heritage Center
“From These Roots”
Waycross - A black heritage exhibition focusing
on the contributions African Americans made to
Midway - An African American turn-of-thecentury
community and Dorcester Academy
National Historic Place, Seabrook Village was
founded after the Civil War as a school for
In 2006, Congress designated
the barrier islands and costal regions
along the Atlantic Ocean
as the Gullah/Geechee Heritage
Corridor. The corridor spans the
coast through four states: North
Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia
and Florida. Sapelo Island, one of
Georgia’s barrier islands, is home to
the Hog Hammock Gullah /Geechee
community. Only accessible by
ferry, this Gullah/Geechee community
descends from slaves brought
to the island in 1802. The ruins of
Chocolate Plantation, founded
in the early 1800s, still stand on
Sapelo Island today.
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Moonlight and Magnolias
Georgia is in full bloom with public gardens, estates, resorts
and garden festivals. From her state flower, the beautiful
Cherokee rose, to thriving azaleas, rainbows of flowers erupt
across mountains, plains and the sandy coastline. The Peach
State’s impressive gardening pedigree includes the Ladies’
Garden Club of Athens, the very first garden club in America.
There is a blooming surprise around every corner in the
elegant Atlanta Botanical Garden. Take a journey through
Georgia and discover gardening destinations and events that
delight the master gardener and inquisitive hobbyist alike.
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Begin to stir your senses with a tour of
Barnsley Gardens in Georgia’s Historic High
Country Travel region. Barnsley Gardens,
located just off I-75 in Adairsville, is the
estate of Godfrey Barnsley, an Englishman
who became one of the ten most affluent
men in the South. He carved this estate from
Cherokee wilderness in the early 1840’s.
Today Barnsley’s dream is a luxurious resort
where groups can tour enchanting gardens
inspired by Andrew Jackson Downing and
ruins of the old manor house.
Head south on I-75 to the Atlanta Botanical
Gardens and stroll through the 30 acres of
gardens and woodlands where you can view
one of the world’s largest orchid collections.
Then enjoy lunch with your group at the
Take a southern swing on I-85 to LaGrange
and visit Hills and Dales, the estate home of
the late Fuller E. Callaway, Sr. and his wife
Ida. The mansion overlooks Ferrell Gardens
that were started in the mid-1800’s. The
Callaways expanded the original gardens,
and visitors today can tour the magnificent
1916 estate and gardens before heading
south on US highway 27 to another Callaway
family legacy, Callaway Gardens in Pine
Mountain. Virginia Hand Callaway, an avid
horticulturalist, was instrumental in designing
the original gardens and bringing their
development to fruition. Callaway Gardens
opened in 1952 and still dazzles visitors
today with magnificent banks of azaleas,
a butterfly sanctuary, resort style lodging,
championship golf and inviting lakes.
South Georgia is the home of Thomasville,
known as the “Rose City,” where the
wealthy wintered in the early 1900’s. Visit
the Thomasville Rose Garden, featuring
more than 500 prize winning rosebushes.
After your tour have lunch in downtown
Thomasville, one of the “Great American
Main Street Cities.” The Thomasville Rose
Festival was picked as one of American Bus
Association’s Top 100 Events.
Just off I-75 visit Massee Lane Gardens,
home of the American Camellia Society.
Stroll through the rose garden, the
environmental garden, the Japanese garden
and the sculpture display. Massee Lane
Gardens features some of the World’s finest
Travel east to Milledgeville and visit the Lockerly
Hall and Arboretum. The Arboretum, home to
over 3,000 kinds of plants from around the
world, is a fifty acre living museum with outdoor
and indoor classrooms.
Take the Antebellum Trail (highway 441 north)
from Milledgeville to Athens, home of the State
Botanical Gardens of Georgia. Here you will find
a dazzling three-story tropical conservatory
that dominates this 313-acre preserve. After
your guided tour, stay and enjoy lunch at the
café located at the gardens.
Take highway 441 north from Athens to highway
76 in Clayton and continue on highway 76 to
Hiawassee where you can take in the beauty of
more than 3,000 rhododendrons, azaleas and
wildflowers at the Fred Hamilton Rhododendron
Augusta, the Garden City, is where you
can tour 8 acres of gardens at the Augusta
Botanical Gardens located along the Riverwalk
in downtown. After your tour have lunch in
one of the unique restaurants along Augusta’s
Head south on Highway 25 to Statesboro and
visit the Georgia Southern Botanical Gardens
centered on an early 20th century farmstead.
Georgia Southern Botanical Garden offers
visitors a unique view of the cultural and natural
heritage of the southeastern coastal plain, an
area rich in unique and endangered plants.
The Garden’s nearly 11 acre site, located in
the middle of the growing city of Statesboro,
includes walking woodland trails, the Bland
Cottage Visitor Center, Heritage Garden, Rose
Arbor, Children’s Vegetable Garden, Camellia
Garden, Native Plant Landscape Garden, Native
Azalea Collection and Bog Garden.
Depart Statesboro and travel to Metter where
you will visit Guido Gardens. The Guido Gardens
feature sparkling waterfalls, shimmering
fountains, babbling brooks, lovely gazebos,
inspiring music and a beautiful Prayer Chapel.
Adjacent to the Guido Gardens is the Sower
Studio, production home of the world-wide
Sower Broadcasts. Visitors can take guided
tours of the Sower Studio. After your tour, make
sure to stop at one of the local soda shops in
the downtown area for an old fashioned lunch
complete with a delicious handspun milkshake!
Depart Metter for Savannah and visit the
Chatham County Garden Center and Botanical
Gardens featuring beautiful gardens and an
1840’s farmhouse located on 10 acres in south
Savannah. After your visit, take a relaxing stroll
through the beautiful downtown city parks and
Georgia’s mild climate and varied regions are
rich in gardening opportunities, each distinctly
defined by differences in elevation, climate, soil
and natural vegetation.
Festival of Camellias, Fort Valley
Forsythia Festival, Forsyth
Valdosta Azalea Festival, Valdosta
Cherry Blossom Festival, Macon
Atlanta Dogwood Festival, Atlanta
Thomasville Rose Festival, Thomasville
Sacred Heart Garden Festival, Augusta
Geranium Festival, McDonough
Yellow Daisy Festival, Atlanta
For more Flower Festivals in Georga,
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lights, Camera, Action
Since 1973, Georgia has served as a backdrop for more than 700 major motion
pictures, indie features and television series. Visitors can see where movie and
television history was made all across the state.
Start your tour of Georgia made movies in
Atlanta. The city of Atlanta has doubled as New
York City in “The Fighting Temptations,” and
“Sweet Home Alabama.” Stop by The Hebrew
Benevolent Congregation Temple to see where
Morgan Freeman drives Jessica Tandy to “The
Temple” in the Academy Award winning Best
Picture “Driving Miss Daisy.”
Take a trip to The Tabernacle, a former church
turned concert venue, used for the Beyonce
Knowles, Cuba Gooding, Jr. feature “The
Fighting Temptations,” as well as the home of
the Democratic National Convention in HBO’s
Emmy Award Winning “Warm Springs,”
Piedmont Park is your next stop. This beautiful
85 acre park was seen in the 2004 film “The
Clearing” starring Robert Redford, Willem Defoe
and Helen Mirren.
After your trip to Piedmont Park, head over to
The High Museum of Art. The 135,000 square
foot building was chosen to be the perfect
insane asylum for Hannibal Lecter in 1986’s
“Manhunter,” the prequel to “Silence of the
Day two takes you to Decatur for a day filled
with movie memories. A ten minute drive from
downtown Atlanta, Decatur has been home
to plenty of filmmaking. The picturesque
Adams Street houses can be seen in the Denzel
Washington film “Remember the Titans.”
A visit to Agnes Scott College reveals the set
of both “Scream II,” as well as Alan Alda’s “The
The nearby Druid Hills neighborhood was also
home to Jessica Tandy’s character in “Driving
Miss Daisy.” The opening and closing scenes
of “Remember the Titans” take place at the
Decatur Cemetery. The Emory University
campus was used for the 2000 film “Road Trip”
as well as for the graduation scenes in the Sean
Penn directed 2007 project “Into the Wild.”
Head south towards the Georgia Coast. Along
the way, visit the Jasper County Courthouse in
Monticello. It is famous for its scenes in the 1991
Joe Pesci, Marisa Tomei, Ralph Machio film “My
You can’t even talk about Georgia film locations
without mentioning Juliette and the film that put
the town on the map- “Fried Green Tomatoes.”
In 1991, Juliette was a kudzu covered town
with only one business remaining. Today, it is
a thriving homage to its film career—from the
Whistle Stop Café to the dozen or so antiques
and “Fried Green Tomatoes” memorabilia stores,
it is well worth a trip to spend a day.
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Continue your trip to Savannah. No list of
Georgia movies is complete without mention
of Savannah and “Midnight in the Garden of
Good and Evil.” Over 85 films have been shot
in Savannah, but “Midnight in the Garden of
Good and Evil” has had the biggest impact
on the city. Visit the Mercer-Williams House
Museum which served as the scene of the story’s
pivotal murder, both in real life and the movie.
After a visit to the famed house stop in to the
“garden,” Bonaventure Cemetery where several
famous Savannah residents are buried, including
characters from “Midnight in the Garden of Good
On the Hull Street side of Chippewa Square, one
will see the original backdrop for the bench
“Forrest Gump” sits on while recounting his
amazing life to anyone who will listen. The bench
is no longer there, but it is now housed at the
Savannah History Museum. Have a meal at Love’s
Seafood Restaurant, which was featured in the
1993 hit. Love’s is located on the banks of the
beautiful Ogeechee River.
While you walk the streets of the historic district,
keep in mind that Robert Redford rolled back
the clock to the 1930’s in the historic city market
area on West Congress for the golf film “The
Legend of Baggar Vance,” starring Matt Damon,
Will Smith and Charlize Theron.
Savannah’s Roundhouse Railroad Museum, a
National Historic Landmark since 1978, was used
in filming the movie “Glory” in 1988. Thirteen
of the original structures survive, including the
blacksmith shop and the brick mason shop.
The tree-lined drive up to Wormsloe Plantation
at 7601 Skidaway Road was featured in the John
Travolta, Madeline Stowe film “The General’s
Day six and seven
Savannah is not the only coastal town that has
hosted film projects. Make your way down the
100 miles of picturesque Georgia coastline to
Brunswick and the Golden Isles of Jekyll Island,
St. Simons Island, Sea Island and Little St. Simons
Island. Spend the next two days exploring these
enchanted islands where movies such as “The
Legend of Baggar Vance,” “Glory,” “Roots” and
the Jon Voight film “Conrack” were shot.
Behind the scenes movie tour
Monticello - Relive a scene from “My Cousin
Vinny” and meet some of the locals who were
extras in the film. Contact the Monticello-Jefferson
County Chamber of commerce in advance to
schedule a visit.
Just a sampling of films and TV
Movies (1973 – 2010):
• Smokey and the Bandit
• The Big Chill
• Driving Miss Daisy
• My Cousin Vinny
• Fried Green Tomatoes
• Forrest Gump
• Midnight in the Garden of
Good and Evil
• Sweet Home Alabama
• The Fighting Temptations
• Diary of a Mad Black Woman
• Stomp the Yard
• We Are Marshall
• Madea’s Family Reunion
• The Joneses
• Get Low
• Due Date
• The Blind Side
• The Last Song
TV Series (1979 – 2010):
• Dukes of Hazard
• In the Heat of the Night
• House of Payne
• Meet the Browns
• Alton Brown’s Good Eats
• Paula Deen’s Home Cooking
• Paula Deen’s Party
• The Vampire Diaries
• Drop Dead Diva
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Georgia music on my mind
Georgia’s musical talents have influenced generations of musicians and can be
heard around the world. The music scene in Georgia is vibrant, growing and full
of history. From musical legends to those still climbing the charts, you’ll find
a community of artists and venues in Georgia like no other. With roots in jazz,
swing, R&B, country, gospel, rock and roll, hip-hop and more, you will experience
our impressive musical traditions and the third largest music recording industry
in the nation.
Explore Atlanta, Macon, Albany, Augusta,
Savannah and Athens and enjoy the sights and
sounds of our vibrant and thriving music scene.
Follow the footsteps of the hundreds of Georgia
artists, songwriters and producers who have
shaped American music. You will learn that
Georgia’s music industry is among the largest
and most diverse in the nation.
Atlanta’s Fox Theatre is one of the country’s best
preserved performance venues and has been
designated a National Historic Landmark. Visit
the Tabernacle once a Baptist Church and now
operated by Live Nation, the world’s largest live
music company. If the B-52’s song “Love Shack”
were to ever find a permanent home, Atlanta’s
Hard Rock Cafe would be the place. With its
southern charm and renowned hospitality, this
location truly gives meaning to the restaurant’s
“Love All Serve All” motto. Situated in downtown
Atlanta’s Cornerstone Building, Hard Rock Café
Atlanta could be considered a cornerstone of
southern rock. ‘Gladys Knight and Ron Winans’
Chicken & Waffles offers the best in southern
cuisine. Founded by the one and only American
R&B/soul singer, actress and author, Gladys Maria
Knight who was born in Atlanta.
Athens has a music vibe that is explosively
energetic with hundreds of bands calling it
home who play jazz, classical, blues, country,
hip hop, rock, and every kind of alternative
genre. It is the home of R.E.M, B-52’s, Drivin’
and Cryin’, Widespread Panic and many more.
Visit the Morton Theater, famous as a stop on
the African-American vaudeville circuit. Tour
Downtown – highlighting clubs and shops like
the 40 Watt and Wuxtry Records – the record
store where two founding members of R.E.M
worked – and the grass roots beginning of the
“Athens Music Hall of Fame.” Enjoy live music
and find out why The New York Times called
Athens “Live Music Central.”
Macon is known as the “Song & Soul of the
South.” Visit the Douglas Theater, where legends
like Otis Redding, Cab Calloway and Little
Richard performed then visit the Georgia Music
Hall of Fame. See a star-studded array of entertainers
from Little Richard, Dr. Thomas A. Dorsey
and R.E.M., to “the Father of Commercial Country
Music” John Carson. Be sure to tour The Big
House – where the Allman Brothers Band lived
and wrote many of their great songs back in the
Head to Albany, birthplace of Ray Charles, and
visit the new Ray Charles Plaza where you can
hear the legendary performer’s music and reflect
at a one-of-a-kind sculpture. The Freedom
Singers tell visitors about Albany’s place in the
Civil Rights Movement.
Head to Augusta (also known as the Garden
City) and take the James Brown Tour featuring
13 Godfather of Soul-related sites. Go for a walk
along the beautiful Savannah River and enjoy
lunch on the Augusta’s River Walk. Located in
downtown Augusta, the thriving industrial area is
Head to Savannah and enjoy a tour highlighting
the legendary Johnny Mercer. Visit the Bonaventure
Cemetery to see the final resting place of
Johnny Mercer and many other noted residents
of Savannah. Relax and enjoy time on your own
on Savannah’s legendary River Street and learn
about the city’s importance in the development
of Jazz and modern music. Savannah is home
to one of the “best events around the world in
2009” according to the London Times, Savannah
Music Festival kicks off in the spring.
Georgia’s music festivals offer visitors a chance
to hear the many sounds of Georgia. The
Savannah Music Festival is Georgia’s largest
musical arts festival, brings a diversity of musical
genres to Georgia’s oldest city. Head to the Blind
Willie McTell Blues Festival in Thomson or spend
Labor Day weekend in Atlanta at the Montreux
Jazz Festival at Underground Atlanta.
Music Made in Georgia:
• Ray Charles
Hit the Road Jack
• Johnny Mercer
Blues in the Night
• B 52’s
• Trisha Yearwood
How Do I Live
• Little Richard
Good Golly Miss Molly
The Way You Move
• Otis Redding
Dock of the Bay
• Curtis Mayfield
People Get Ready
• Kenny Rogers
• Gladys Knight
I Heard it Through
• Allman Brothers Band
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eneath the waterfalls
In Georgia, we have limitless opportunities to venture off the beaten
path and uncover the hidden gems of the state. Discover breathtaking
waterfalls as you explore our beautiful parks and wildlife refuges. Home
to scenic twin waterfalls, the highest single-drop waterfall and the tallest
cascading waterfall east of the Mississippi River - you’ll find adventure
opportunities and the magnificant “tumbling waters” of our native
american ancestors all around the state.
Start your watery adventure at Toccoa
Falls on the campus of Toccoa Falls
College. Just northwest of Toccoa on
Alt 17, you will find a meandering stream
flowing through the lower part of the
1,000-acre, wooded campus from the
base of the 186-foot high waterfall. This
spectacular waterfall, higher than Niagara
Falls, is the highest single-drop waterfall
east of the Mississippi River. Enter
through the gift shop then take a short
handicapped accessible 100-yard path to
Travel north to Clayton and then east
on U.S. 76 to the Chattooga River.
Follow the trail to Bull Sluice, although
technically it is not a waterfall, but a huge
rapid where on any given day, you’ll find
rafters, kayakers and canoeists testing
their skill and luck as they try not to end
up in the water.
Once you’ve satisfied your appetite, head
south to Tallulah Gorge State Park in the
small town of Tallulah Falls, where you’ll
find one of the most spectacular canyons
in the eastern U.S. Tallulah Gorge is two
miles long and nearly 1,000 feet deep.
Visitors can hike rim trails to several
overlooks, or they can obtain a free
permit (limit 100 per day) to hike down
to the gorge floor. A suspension bridge
sways 80 feet above the rocky bottom,
providing spectacular views of the river
and waterfalls. Exhibits in the park’s Jane
Hurt Yarn Interpretive Center highlight
the rich history of this Victorian resort
town, as well as the rugged terrain and
fragile ecosystem of the area. You’ll also
learn about the five waterfalls that are
the jewels of the gorge. Don’t miss the
award-winning film that takes viewers on
a dramatic journey through the gorge.
If you are ready for an outdoor adventure,
get up early and head to Panther Creek
Falls. Panther Creek Falls Trail (5.5 miles
in length) follows Panther Creek through
stands of hemlock and white pine along
steep, rocky bluffs of the creek. The trail
passes a series of cascades, as well as
Panther Creek Falls. It terminates where
Davidson Creek joins Panther Creek. The
trail is noted for its beautiful variety of
wildflowers and ferns. The stream offers
excellent opportunities for trout fishermen.
Hikers with heavy packs should
be cautious of rocky overhangs. From
Clarkesville, take U.S. 23/441 north for 10
miles to the Panther Creek Recreation
Area. The western end of the trail begins
across the highway from the recreation
area. The eastern end of the trail can be
reached by driving west on Yonah Dam
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Start your day at Anna Ruby Falls, one of the
most outstanding recreational sites in the
Chattahoochee National Forest boasting scenic
twin waterfalls, hiking trails, picnic area, and
visitor center all conveniently situated near
the picturesque alpine town of Helen, GA. The
once Cherokee Indian Territory now consists
of 1,600-acres home to a variety of plant and
animal species. Access to the falls is by way of
a paved 0.4 mile easy to moderate footpath
which leads from the parking lot to the base of
the falls with benches provided along the way.
The Lion’s Eye Trail gives people who are blind
or have visual impairments the opportunity to
experience the environment along Smith Creek
by providing a hand rail and signs in Braille. For
hikers interested in more of a challenge, the 4.6
mile Smith Creek Trail leads from the base of
Anna Ruby Falls to Unicoi State Park.
Next on your tour is Duke’s Creek Falls, located
along the Russell-Brasstown Scenic Byway. At
the parking lot you will find breathtaking views
and a fully accessible restroom. The trail to the
falls is about 0.8 miles one-way and is fully
accessible to the first overlook. The trail then
winds its way into Dukes Creek gorge where it
dead-ends at the observation deck across from
the 300' Dukes Creek Falls.
Wind down at the end of the day in Dahlonega,
site of the first American Gold Rush.
Before heading out into nature, spend some time
exploring the historic town of Dahlonega with its
many shops surrounding the town square. Don’t
miss the Dahlonega Gold Museum.
After lunch at the Smith House, head south
toward Dawsonville where your next stop is Amicalola
Falls State Park.
It’s easy to see why this is one of Georgia’s most
popular state parks. Amicalola, a Cherokee
Indian word meaning “tumbling waters,” is an
appropriate name for these 729-foot falls ~ the
tallest cascading waterfall east of the Mississippi
River. An 8.5 mile approach trail leads from the
park to Springer Mountain, the southern end of
the 2,141-mile Appalachian Trail. However, numerous
other trails are available for shorter journeys.
A beautiful lodge at the top of the mountain is
popular with guests who prefer hotel-type comforts,
while a 5-mile hike leads to more remote
accommodations at the Len Foote Hike Inn. Be
sure to stop by the visitor center to see nature
displays, live exhibits and the gift shop.
Head north and stay in the delightful mountain
town of Blue Ridge. Enjoy a day of hiking, horseback
riding or whitewater rafting in unspoiled
Begin the day at the most popular of the waterfalls
in Fannin County, Long Creek Falls which can
be seen by hiking down a short side trail from
the combined Appalachian/Benton MacKaye
Trail. These falls total about 50 feet in two distinct
drops. A leisurely 30-minute hike to the falls is
uphill on the way in, downhill on the way out.
The upper portion of Fall Branch Falls is a series
of cascades that lead to a single major drop of
some 30 feet, with the water plunging into a
deep pool at the base of the falls. These falls,
along the Benton MacKaye Trail west of Aska
Road are a shorter, although a bit harder walk
than Long Creek Falls. To get the most out of
your day, pack a picnic lunch.
In the early 1800s, the site was a prosperous
industrial town with several stores, a grist mill,
cotton gin, blacksmith shop, shoe factory and
hotel. High Falls became a ghost town in the
1880s when a major railroad bypassed it. Today,
park visitors can enjoy the scenic waterfall on the
Towaliga River and hike to the remaining grist
mill foundation. A campground, picnic areas and
canoe rental are also available. This pretty park in
middle Georgia is conveniently located near I-75
and makes a restful side trip for travelers.
Head over toward Lookout Mountain to spend
Cloudland Canyon State Park is one of the most
scenic parks in the state, offering rugged geology
and beautiful vistas. The park straddles
a deep gorge cut into the mountain by Sitton
Gulch Creek, and elevation differs from 800 to
1,980 feet. The most spectacular view into the
canyon is found near the picnic area parking lot;
however, additional views can be found along the
rim trail. Hardy visitors who hike to the bottom of
the gorge (including a 600-step staircase) find
two waterfalls cascading over layers of sandstone
and shale into pools below. Cottages are located
near the canyon edge, while the park’s walk-in
campsites provide exceptional privacy for tents.
Outdoor lovers should not miss this park’s spectacular
Head south and spend the night in Pine Mountain
or at Callaway Gardens.
On Pine Mountain, in west central Georgia is
Cascade Falls. Located on the Pine Mountain
Trail and adjacent to a rock formation called the
Wolf Den, it was one of U.S. President Franklin D.
Roosevelt’s favorite spots.
Enjoy lunch in downtown Pine Mountain and
don’t miss visiting Franklin D Roosevelt’s Little
Your last stop is Broxton Rocks, located near the
town of Douglas. Sculpted over centuries by the
waters of Rocky Creek into a myriad of fissures
and shallow ravines, Broxton Rocks is a haven
of unique habitats for plants rarely found in the
southern United States. There are more than
500 species of plants native here. The preserve
protects a rugged sandstone outcrop that
extends for approximately four miles in southeastern
Georgia. The rock system is the largest
single extrusion of the Altamaha Grit, a band
of subsurface sandstone that underlies about
15,000 square miles of Georgia’s Coastal Plain.
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Georgia’s wine country
Vineyard acreage in Georgia has more than tripled, in the last five years. Our
award-winning wineries offer memorable experiences to pair with their blossoming
viniculture. Highlights include tastings, tours and our Wine Highway driving trail.
Georgia’s Wine Country stretches from Savannah to Young Harris...here are just a
sampling of Georgia’s wine country experiences. georgiawine.com
We start your tour of Georgia’s Wineries and
Vineyards outside of Savannah at Still Pond
Vineyard & Winery in Arlington. Offering complimentary
tastings of their 11 award-winning wines.
Take a tour of the processing facility, the luscious
vineyards, or the pond that inspired Still Pond.
Visit the gift shop where you’ll find a wide variety
of Muscadine products as well as gourmet
food and cheeses. Don’t miss the custom made
rocking chairs on the front porch that invite you
to sit and enjoy Still Pond.
Enjoy a leisurely drive to Savannah and spend
the late afternoon and evening enjoying the
beautiful gardens, riverfront shops and great
Start your trip at Butterducks Estate Winery
in Guyton, a small farm winery located just
outside of Savannah in Effingham County. At
Butterducks Winery you will find two different
tasting options - a free tasting which includes
sampling three wines of your choice or a deluxe
tasting allowing you to sample six wines with a
souvenir glass. Tank Room tours are available by
Try a local tradition, RJ’s Steak and Seafood in
Statesboro for lunch.
Your next stop is Meinhardt Vineyard and
Winery in Statesboro. Tours and tastings are in
a new facility and are free. Make sure you stay
for “Our Sunset” which includes three types of
cheeses and four types of crackers, grapes and
a bottle of chilled wine of your choice. Enough
for two, this can be a lovely light dinner with
great music, soft lights, a water fountain and
beautiful sunset views.
Courson’s Winery, situated 10 miles from
downtown Sparta is your first stop of the
day. Courson’s boasts 14 different traditional
Southern wines. Starting a new tradition,
Courson’s held its inaugural wine festival in
2004, which drew more than 1,500 connoisseurs.
Enthusiasts and novices alike are invited to
experience the ambiance and sweet tastes of
Courson’s Winery. Courson makes the kind of
Southern table wine his great-grandfather made,
using muscadines, scuppernongs, peaches,
apples, plums, blackberries and blueberries. He
captures the feel of a homemade wine with his
lighter, fruitier, sweeter wines.
Stop for lunch at the famous Blue Willow Inn.
Then head to Chateau Elan Winery & Resort in
Braselton. The grand sight of a 16th century style
French Chateau surrounded by lush vineyards
coming into view from I-85 may conjure up
images of the Loire Valley of France. Opened
in 1985, the full-production Winery inside the
Chateau is the largest producer of premium
wines in Georgia, and recognized by Wine
Spectator for exceptional vintages. The Winery
has two restaurants, Café Elan, a bistro and Le
Clos for fine dining plus an Art Gallery and Wine
Market for shopping.
Château Élan offers a range of winery tours and
tastings. All guests are welcome to tour our
winery; guests younger than 21 are not allowed to
taste wine. Please be aware that during a special
event such as our Vineyard Festival or other
Holiday Events, all Winery tours will be Self-
Guided. A variety of Tours & Tastings are offered.
After a leisurely morning, head over to Tiger
Mountain Vineyards in Tiger. Tiger Mountain
Vineyards is nestled on a hillside high up in
Rabun County, on the rocky, sunny slopes of the
North Georgia Mountains. The vineyard is small,
the vines individually tended and the grapes
hand-picked for quality. The red wines are
barrel-aged 12 to 24 months. Visit the vineyards
and enjoy barrel-room tastings!
Travel westward and have lunch at Brasstown
Valley Resort in Young Harris.
Nestled on rolling hills with the Blue Ridge
Mountains as a backdrop, Crane Creek Winery
is a delightful stop on your tour. Making your
way to the tasting room on a field stone path,
the sense of history can be felt before you reach
the door. Housed in the old Bryson farmhouse,
the tasting room at Crane Creek Vineyards is
intimate and charming. There is something to
please every one of your senses here!
Browse through the many gourmet food items
as you sample Crane Creek’s wines. Pick up
some crackers and dip and enjoy it with a bottle
of your favorite Crane Creek wine on the tasting
room decks. Chat with their knowledgeable staff
about the romantic world of wine making. Shopping
for your favorite wine lover? They carry
many gift items including books, wine carriers,
picnic backpacks, and wine savers and can also
create custom gift baskets.
Backtrack through Hiawassee and head south
on GA 75 to the Alpine village of Helen and
Habersham Winery, the oldest winery in Georgia.
Habersham Vineyards and Winery has been
producing award-winning Georgia wines since
1983 and is one of Georgia’s oldest and largest
wineries. Located one half mile south of Alpine
Helen in Nacoochee Village near the banks of
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the beautiful Chattahoochee River, the winery is
open daily for complimentary tastings and self
guided tours. In addition to a large selection of
Georgia grown and produced wines, the tasting
room also features a gift shop with gourmet
foods and wine specialty gift items.
Start out early for Dahlonega, site of the first
American Gold Rush.
Your first winery of the day is BlackStock
Vineyards. The first of the current vineyards
in the Dahlonega area, it was founded by
formally-trained winemaker David Harris, a 20-
year pioneer in Georgia wine. After a decade
dedicated to evolving a vineyard with wife and
partner Trish, the Harris’ now offer an estate
winery. Their goal in the tasting room is to
provide an educational experience for those
with a passion to learn more about wine, and in
a very relaxed, down-to-earth environment.
Head to Historic Downtown Dahlonega and plan
to enjoy a family style all-you-can-eat lunch at
The Smith House. Don’t miss their exhibit on
the gold mine they discovered under the dining
In the early afternoon, take a short drive to
Frogtown Cellars, a 57-acre wine estate located
at the foot of the Appalachian Mountains equal
distance between Dahlonega and Cleveland,
Georgia. Frogtown encompasses 40 acres of
vineyards and a tri-level gravity flow winery
specifically designed to produce the unique
wines made from Frogtown grapes and is home
to 17 different wine grape varieties, both red and
Located just 5 miles north of Dahlonega is
Wolf Mountain Vineyards and Winery, a 25-acre
family-owned wine growing estate. The European-style
Georgia Winery at Wolf Mountain is
fashioned after a raised Craftsman-Style cottage
and sits atop the Cellar, which is encased
in fieldstone. The Winery is 8,000 square feet
of indoor function space that includes a dance
space, an antique bar area and beautiful fireplaces.
The Winery also houses early French
Head back to the Dahlonega Town Square and
choose among a number of delicious restaurants
including the Cork Screw Café.
In the early afternoon, travel to Three Sisters
Vineyards & Winery, in the “Heart of Georgia
Wine Country” situated on 184 acres of beautiful
North Georgia mountain property north of
In addition to their regular “complimentary
tastings,” Three Sisters features two special
tours & tastings (call in advance). Their special
tours/tastings are generally conducted by request,
unless otherwise scheduled. It is best to
arrive 40 minutes before the day’s closing time
to enjoy the last tastings of the day.
After a beautiful mountain drive, arrive at
Sharp Mountain Vineyards, overlooking Jasper.
From start to finish, Sharp Mountain Vineyard’s
wines are truly hand-crafted in the old-world
fashion. “The result is more than fine wine; it’s
COHUTTA SPRINGS WINERY
Crandall - Nestled on the foothills of the
Appalachian Mountains, this family-ownedand-operated
farm is more than a century old.
Experience the aroma of fine bread and artisan
wine as you tour this unique farm winery.
Your last stop of the day is Georgia Winery
in Ringgold. For over 20 years, Georgia’s first
Farm Winery has been producing award winning
wines that capture the fresh fruity flavor of
the fruit. This unique fresh fruity flavor serves
as their mark of distinction and delights the
taste buds of their customers from across the
nation. Tasting room conveniently located right
on I-75 at Exit 350.
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Georgia Made Georgia Grown
Georgia’s two largest industries, agriculture and tourism, have combined to
create a delicious and authentic travel experience. Georgia’s unique local farm
traditions have become popular among locals and visitors making Georgia Made
Georgia Grown the perfect theme for a group tour.
It is only natural to begin your visit to the Peach
State with a trip to Lane Southern Orchards in Ft.
Valley! Take a trolley tour of the orchards and see
why Georgia is named the Peach State. Stay over
night in Macon, also known as the “Song and Soul
of the South,” and visit their museum district.
Head east for a real Georgia treat at Flat Creek
Lodge in Swainsboro. Their rustic yet elegant
lodge mimics the traditional B&B while offering
a range of activities to its guest from fishing and
hunting to birding. It’s on-site dairy creates some
of the finest butters and cheeses. Be sure to leave
time for an appointment at their luxurious spa.
Arrive in Vidalia to experience one of Georgia’s
most beloved treasures the Vidalia Onion. Only
13 counties and parts of seven other counties in
South Georgia have the proper soil to grow the
world famous Vidalia Onion. Find out the secret
to growing Georgia’s sweet onion. Then head
over to Waycross where the charming historic
Downtown district and the swamplands of the
Check out the sites and sounds of the
Okefenokee Swamp Park in Waycross on a
boat tour or canoe trip through the swamp.
The Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge was
established in 1936 to preserve the 438,000-
acre swamp and its unique ecosystems. Look
for black bears, alligators, otters and more. Take
a ride on the Okefenokee Swamp Railroad and
step back in time on Pioneer Island. Head west
and overnight in Tifton.
Rise and shine in Tifton and make your way to the
Georgia Agrirama. At the Agrirama, experience
everyday 19th century-style farm activities, from
planting and harvesting to cooking, spinning,
quilt-making and more. After you experience
Tifton, head north to Plains where you can see
peanuts, pecans and, of course, President Jimmy
Carter’s Boyhood Farm. The Plains Inn & Antique
Mall is the perfect place to experience true
Southern hospitality and a peaceful nights sleep.
Make your way north to the Rock Ranch in The
Rock. The Rock Ranch is a 1250-acre working
cattle farm, owned by Chick-fil-A founder,
S. Truett Cathy. They offer a wide variety of
“agritainment” opportunities including seasonal
activities for individuals and groups. Whether it’s
navigating their corn maze, visiting farm animals,
relaxing on a scenic hay ride or a concert at the
lakeside amphitheatre, you’ll be sure to encounter
something wonderful. Overnight in Conestoga
Wagon complete with campfire and s’mores!
To complete your rural adventure, continue north
to Canton and stop in at Cagle’s Dairy Farm.
This working dairy farm is open to the public for
events and tours year round. For your final stop
- take a tour of the Atlanta Farmer’s Market in
Forest Park. At 150 acres this market is considered
one of the largest of its kind in the world.
Complete with a garden center, welcome center
and restaurant, the market offers almost any fruit
or vegetable you could want. Hungry? You are in
for a treat at Oakwood Café!
The Georgia Department of Agriculture Markets
Section administers fifteen State Farmers’
Markets which form the network for sales of
fruits and vegetables throughout Georgia and
the Southeast. These facilities maintain a viable
market for Georgia farmers and farm products in
the communities where they are located. State
Farmers’ Markets are responsible for over one
billion in sales each year.
Atlanta Farmers´ Market
Augusta Farmers´ Market
Columbus Farmers´ Market
Macon Farmers´ Market
Savannah Farmers´ Market
Thomasville Farmers´ Market
Albany Farmers´ Market
Cairo Farmers´ Market
Cordele Farmers´ Market
Glennville Farmers´ Market
Jesup Farmers´ Market
Moultrie Farmers´ Market
Pelham Farmers´ Market
Tifton Farmers´ Market
Valdosta Farmers´ Market
Our seasonal markets are located in the growing
areas of the state. Growers from the surrounding
areas utilize these markets during peak harvest
seasons. The markets operate on a limited basis
during shipping periods.
Commissioner Tommy Irvin,
Terry Coleman and the
Georgia Department of Agriculture launched
an agritourism program in the State of Georgia.
Agritourism provides unique opportunities for
tourists to enjoy Georgia’s resources as well as
provide an impact on Georgia’s economy.
Pride and integrity run
deep in Georgia. Our fruit,
vegetable and nut growers
strive to bring you the very best in quality, variety,
dependability, and value.
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Whether you start in Cedartown or Smyrna
just outside of Atlanta, bike the Silver Comet
Trail for 70+ miles of scenic paved trail on this
rails-to-trail route. Or venture into Atlanta for an
easy 3-mile ride around Chastain Park or a more
challenging venture on the Stone Mountain Trail.
North Georgia is the place to find scenic
beauty and variety. Roadies will enjoy the ride
through the Chickamauga National Military Park
in Ft. Oglethorpe, while mountain bikers are
challenged on the Pinhoti Trail near Calhoun,
Raisin Woods in Dalton or on any number of
trails in the Chattahoochee National Forest
surrounding Blue Ridge and Ellijay. Find rest
and relaxation at the Mulberry Gap Bunkhouse,
catering to cyclists with good food and an
available hot tub.
Just a short drive west to Pine Mountain is
Callaway Gardens where the 10-mile Discovery
Bicycle Trail puts you up close to Southern
flora and wildlife. Bicycles and helmets can be
rented here. Make a day of it and visit all of the
Callaway exhibits including the Butterfly Center
and Horticultural Center. Ready for the home
Get ready for some fun in the sun and head
for Georgia’s Coast. On the way you may want
to take an extra day and ride along Albany’s
Riverfront Park or around General Coffee State
Park in Douglas. Once you reach the warm
waters of the Atlantic Ocean at Jekyll Island,
take in the island tour by bike. The trail circles
the entire island featuring stops at the historic
Jekyll Island Club, fishing pier and waterpark.
Enjoy mountain views without spending all your
energy on the climb when you bike the Short
Line Trail at Tallulah Gorge State Park at Tallulah
Falls. Finish your day in Athens for a leisurely
ride along the Riverwalk. Celebrate your
venture with a night out on the town in Athens
and experience good food and entertainment.
Scenic Cycling Tours
From the mountains to the coast, Georgia offers biking opportunities for all ages
and experience levels. Explore flora and fauna while cycling the trails at Jekyll
Island, the Augusta Canal National Heritage Area and beautiful Callaway Gardens.
Take the whole family on a smooth ride down the paved Silver Comet Trail, or gear
down for a mountain bike venture at the Georgia International Horse Park Olympic
mountain bike venue. If you’re up to the challenge, take the path of the pros to the
top of Brasstown Bald, the highest point in Georgia.
This is the day to play Augusta, as a cyclist,
that is. Experience Augusta’s Riverwalk,
stopping to explore the National Science Center
Fort Discovery, Artist Row and any number
of museums in the city. Then head over to
the Augusta Canal National Heritage Area
Interpretive Center. Ride your bike along the
waterway or park it and take the guided tour
Get back to nature at Dauset Trails Nature
Center in Jackson where you will find more
than 17 miles of off-road trails that provide
recreational fun while learning about Georgia’s
early farm life through close and intimate
contact with flora and fauna. Complete your
day with a ride along Macon’s Riverwalk and a
visit to the Georgia Music Hall of Fame.
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Peach State Motorcycle Adventure
The state’s wide diversity of destinations guarantees every visitor an unforgettable
experience. Scenic back roads and driving trails tie visitors to Georgia’s past,
guiding them through colorful countrysides and pituresque main streets. So, hop
on your motorcycle and hit the road!
Begin your Peach State
Adventure in Savannah and
discover Georgia’s early history
or just hang out on the beach at
Tybee Island. Rent a bike from
the Harley location in town.
Head out on the back roads of
Georgia for what is sure to be a
Head on over to Manchester and take the
Meriwether-Pike Scenic Byway loop with a stop
in Warm Springs or the spring/fall festivals in
Gay, then take Hwy. 190 to beautiful Callaway
Gardens. You can then hit the road and head
to Columbus on Hwy. 27 to the Port Columbus
National Civil War Naval Museum along the
Ride south on historic U.S. 17 and experience
the coastal communities of St. Simons Island,
Brunswick and Kingsland before heading west
to Folkston and the Okefenokee Swamp, the
“Land of Trembling Earth.” Ride north into
Waycross for dinner but not before you visit the
Okefenokee Swamp Park where alligators are
free to roam.
Rise early for a ride to Albany and the Flint
River Aquarium before heading north to
Americus and the historic Andersonville Civil
War Prison Camp site. Ride north to Fort Valley
for a stop at Lane Southern Orchards and take
a tour of the orchards and packing line. Since
you’re traveling light, use this opportunity to
have Georgia Made, Georgia Grown products
shipped to your home.
Head north on Hwy. 27 to Summerville
where you’ll see one of the few working train
turntables in the nation, then take Hwy. 48
west to Menlo and Lookout Mountain for
breathtaking views. Take Hwy. 157 north a short
way to Dougherty Gap Rd for hairpin turns to
the valley below. Continue north through scenic
farmland in this mountain cove. Go west on
Hwy. 136 up the mountain again to Cloudland
Canyon State Park before backtracking to Hwy.
189 north to Rock City. Be sure to look for the
hanggliders along the way! Make your way
down the mountain to Ft. Oglethorpe.
Take a leisurely ride through the Chickamauga
National Military Park then follow Hwy. 2
east where you’ll connect with the Cohutta-
Chattahoochee Scenic Byway and over Fort
Mountain to Georgia’s Apple Capital of Ellijay.
Then take Hwy. 52 toward Dahlonega, taking
time to visit Amicolola Falls State Park and also
Dawsonville’s Kangaroo Conservation Center
which is home to the largest kangaroo collection
outside of Australia. Enjoy lunch at the Smith
House, pan for gold and visit Wolf Mountain
Winery. Ride up to Suches to overnight at Two
Wheels Only Motorcycle Resort.
Make your way to Cleveland, home to Babyland
General, the birthplace of Cabbage Patch Dolls;
then satisfy your cultural taste with a visit to
Sautee and the Folk Potters Museum before
moving on to Helen, an Alpine village nestled
in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Finish your adventure with a climb to Brasstown
Bald, Georgia’s highest peak along the Russell-
Brasstown Scenic Byway.
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“Caching” in on
Geocaching (pronounced geo-cashing)
is a worldwide game of hiding and
seeking treasure. A geocacher can
place a geocache (small objects, often
including a log book and pen or pencil,
are hidden in containers) anywhere in
the world, pinpoint its location using
GPS technology and then share the
geocache’s existence and location
online. Anyone with a GPS unit can
then try to locate the geocache.
“Cache” in on the latest craze in
is the ultimate family “hide and seek”
Let your natural sense of adventure have
its way when you start out at the Columbus
Visitors Center: Lat: 32:27:58N (32.46603)
Lon: 84:59:03W (-84.98412) to pick up your
Columbus CacheCard, and set out to see the
area in a whole new way. Discovery of hidden
caches will lead you to the Chattahoochee
Valley’s most scenic and significant treasures
in natural and historic surroundings. Log onto
www.geocaching.com and add your Columbus
adventures to your validated finds
Head south to Albany and find The Rescued
Cache*, Albany’s very first cache. Then venture
into the area’s Native American heritage as you
look for the Thronateeska Trail Cache* along the
banks of the Flint River. Continue your journey
south to Valdosta and wrap up with a search for
Welcome to Valdosta #1*. This is a great place
to start if you plan to extend your visit in this
southern city. Overnight in Valdosta.
The drive north to Augusta features the Canal
Tours Here* cache. Be sure to visit the museum
and take a boat ride on this historic waterway.
Head to the Augusta Visitor Information Center
to get your Gallery Pass to visit nine area
attractions and save 50% off regular admission
Head up to Athens, home to the University of
Georgia, where there are lots of caches to be
found. Take off on a fun family hunt to look for
the Memorial Parks Multi-Micro* cache. Kids
will enjoy the free zoo. Then take off for the
Georgia Mountains and a search for Dawsonville
and Dahlonega caches. By the way, one of
the Dawsonville caches gets you a free prize!
Visit the Kangaroo Conservation Center in
Dawsonville, home to the largest population of
kangaroos outside of Australia. In Dahlonega,
pan for gold at the site of the first major U.S.
gold rush in 1828.
Depart for Savannah to explore the city’s
Jewish heritage through the Third to None*
multi-cache experience. Discover African-
American heritage by looking for the Laurel
Grove South* cache. Civil War buffs may want
to explore the Tragedy of the War* virtual
cache. And for some interesting characters,
look for the Famous Neighbors* cache.
Overnight in Savannah.
Lat: 32:04:46N (32.0795) Lon: 81:06:08W
(-81.10227) Take a break from your treasure
hunt and climb aboard any one of Savannah’s
exciting tours before departing for Statesboro.
Go to the visitor’s center and get the
coordinates for the city’s surprising places
to play the newest game in outdoor fun.
Statesboro Blues: Coordinates: N 32° 26.778
W 081° 46.956. Be sure to discover all the sites
and get a special prize!
Make your way west to check out the
Cartersville caches God, Guns, and Guts in
the Shadow of the Gold Dome*, Cowboys and
Indians in Cartersville*, and Historic Allatoona
Pass*. Extend your trip with a visit to the
Georgia Aquarium in nearby Atlanta.
*Cache details can be found at
www.geocaching.com. The information here
was current at the time of itinerary creation.
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Take The Scenic Route
Experience Georgia’s Driving Trails
Georgia’s driving trails have something for everyone - rich history, natural beauty,
welcoming towns, fun and adventure for the entire family.
SOUTHERN HIGHROADS TRAIL
For miles of stunning mountain and lake views,
take a drive on the Southern Highroads Trail.
You’ll discover welcoming towns like Ellijay,
Georgia’s apple capital, and Helen, a re-creation
of a Bavarian alpine village tucked into
the Appalachians. Incredible waterfalls include
the double falls of Anna Ruby and the plunging
waters at Tallulah Gorge. And, you’ll enjoy spectacular
views of four states from Brasstown
Bald, Georgia’s tallest mountain. To get even
closer to all the scenic beauty, try camping at
one of the state parks, renting a mountain cabin
or taking a hike on the Appalachian Trail.
Travel from the historic river town of Augusta
to the natural wonders of the Okefenokee
National Wildlife Refuge on the Woodpecker
Trail. Along this scenic, 204-mile trail you’ll find
friendly small towns, local museums and great
places to canoe and camp such as Magnolia
Springs State Park with its crystal clear natural
springs. You’ll also find hundreds of farms
producing bumper crops of pecans, peanuts
and Vidalia Sweet Onions. You may even spot
the trail’s namesake - the numerous red-headed
woodpeckers that inhabit the pine forests.
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PLANTATIONS AND PINES TRAIL
From Bainbridge to Brunswick, this tree-lined
trail takes you on a journey through the past
and the present. See the stately old homes of
historic plantations, from Pebble Hill Plantation
in the west to Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation
in the east. Get up close and personal with
an alligator on a boat tour of the Okefenokee
National Wildlife Refuge. Stop and smell the
roses in Thomasville, whose flower-lined streets
and gardens have earned it the nickname “The
Rose City.” And, encounter some wildlife at the
new Georgia Sea Turtle Center on Jekyll Island
when you reach the coast.
HERITAGE HIGHWAY 441 TRAIL
On U.S. Highway 441, you’ll experience Georgia’s
incredibly diverse terrain from the mountains
to the coastal plains. Discover spectacular
views of peaks and valleys as you drive among
the southern Appalachian Mountains. As
the mountains give way to the rolling hills of
the Piedmont region, you’ll find antebellum
mansions to explore in historic cities such as
Madison and Milledgeville. Then travel south
where the land flattens out, providing a perfect
setting for you to tour cotton fields or go
canoeing on mysterious blackwater rivers.
BLUE AND GRAY TRAIL
If there is a Civil War buff in your family, this
trail, which includes more than 60 battlefields,
national parks, and museums, is a must-see.
Start your trip at Chickamauga, site of the
second largest battle of the war and the first
battlefield to be designated a National Military
Park. Then follow a route that mirrors Sherman’s
movements during the Atlanta Campaign. Go
to the top of Kennesaw Mountain and imagine
preparing for battle. Or for something a little
lighter, visit the Atlanta home in which Margaret
Mitchell wrote the epic Civil War novel “Gone
With the Wind.”
BORDER TO BORDER TRAIL
See Georgia from top to bottom on the Border
to Border Trail. Spanning 320 miles on U.S.
Highway 27, the trail takes you from the natural
wonders of Cloudland Canyon and Rock City,
to the cultivated beauty of Callaway Gardens,
to the man-made marvels of the Kolomoki
Indian Mounds. History buffs will want to stop
at the Little White House in Warm Springs
or tour Chickamauga National Military Park.
And be sure to stop in Rome at Berry College,
the world’s largest contiguous campus. The
Border to Border Trail follows the Martha Berry
Highway, named for the college’s founder.
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PEACH BLOSSOM TRAIL
You can’t visit the Peach State without indulging
in the sights, scents, and flavors of the
Peach Blossom Trail. Stretching through eight
counties from south metro Atlanta to the fertile
fields of middle Georgia, the trail becomes a
wonderland in March as delicate pink and white
blossoms burst forth from the trees. If you’d
like a feast for more than your eyes, come back
between May and August to sample some of
Georgia’s favorite fruit at a roadside stand. Or
for an extra treat, visit an orchard that lets you
pick your own peaches right off the tree.
COLONIAL COAST BIRDING TRAIL
You’ll make lots of new, feathered friends on
the Colonial Coast Birding Trail. More than 300
species of birds have been spotted at 18 sites
winding through 100 miles of diverse habitats.
You might spy a great egret stretching its long
legs in the marshes near Jekyll Island. See a
bald eagle soaring over Melon Bluff Nature
Preserve. Enjoy the rare sight of an endangered
wood stork feeding its young near Savannah.
Or watch sandpipers skitter away from the
waves at Cumberland Island National Seashore.
Be sure to visit throughout the year to see new
species as they migrate into the area.
Get a glimpse of what life was like before the
Civil War on the Antebellum Trail. Traversing
100 miles, this trail takes you through seven
communities that virtually escaped Sherman’s
March to the Sea. Stroll down avenues
lined with period white-columned mansions in
historic Madison. Visit Milledgeville, the former
capital city, for a tour of the stately Old
Governor’s Mansion. Old Clinton has so many
well-preserved homes to see it has been called
“the town that time forgot.” And you just might
discover some forgotten Confederate gold.
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• Georgia has two nicknames: The Peach State
and The Empire State of the South.
• Georgia was named to honor King George II
• Georgia was the first state to elect a female
U.S. Senator and give married women
• Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International
Airport is the world’s busiest passenger
airport. It is also the home of the tallest air
control tower in North America and the
second tallest in the world, measuring in at
398 feet high.
• Atlanta is home to the Coca-Cola Company,
the world’s largest soft drink group.
• The Georgia Aquarium in downtown Atlanta is
the largest aquarium in the world.
• Georgia is the largest state east of the
Mississippi River, stretching from the Atlantic
Ocean to the Appalachian Mountains.
• Savannah, on the Atlantic Coast, boasts one
of the largest historic districts in the country.
• Atlanta, Georgia’s capital and largest city
developed as a transportation crossroads and
was the heart of the Old South until it was
destroyed in 1865 during the Civil War.
• Athens has the only double-barrel cannon
ever made. It was manufactured in Athens
to protect the city from General William
Sherman’s advancing troops.
• In 1996, Georgia welcomed 197 nations, 10,318
athletes and 47,466 volunteers to the XXVI
Summer Olympic Games.
• Dahlonega is the site of the nation’s first major
gold rush in 1828.
• The Golden Isles of Georgia have been a
vacation destination since the late 1700’s.
Step back in time at the Jekyll Island National
Historic Landmark District for a look at the
lifestyle of America’s wealthiest families in the
• The Vann House, situated near Chatsworth, is
the only mansion in America built by a Native
American, Chief Joseph Vann.
• Oliver Hardy, the famous comic, was born in
Harlem, Georgia. The Oliver Hardy Festival is
held the 1st Saturday in October each year to
commemorate his life and laughs.
• Stone Mountain is the world’s largest freestanding
piece of exposed granite.
• Brasstown Bald Mountain has the highest
elevation in the state of Georgia at 4,784 feet
above sea level.
• Atlanta was first known as Terminus and then
as Marthasville. At its incorporation as a city
in 1845, it was named Atlanta for the Western
and Atlantic Railroad.
• The Varsity, in Downtown Atlanta, is the
world’s largest fast-food drive-in restaurant.
Each day it serves over 2 miles of hot dogs,
1 ton of onions, 2,500 pounds of potatoes,
5,000 fried pies and 300 gallons of chili.
• The Martin Luther King Center and the Carter
Presidential Library in Atlanta are fascinating
tributes to the contributions of Dr. Martin
Luther King, Jr. and the 37th President of the
United States, Jimmy Carter, both winners of
the Nobel Peace Prize.
• Gone With The Wind was written by author
Margaret Mitchell in Atlanta on Crescent
Avenue. The novel won Mitchell the 1937
• Best selling novel, Cold Sassy Tree, was based
on life in the town of Commerce in 1905 and
• Eatonton, Georgia was home to two famous
Georgia authors, Joel Chandler Harris, author
of the Uncle Remus Tales, and Alice Walker,
winner of the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for
The Color Purple.
• In 1886, an Atlanta pharmacist, John
Pemberton, created a mixture as a quick fix
cure for headaches. The mixture was taken
to Jacob’s pharmacy and mixed with soda
water. Pemberton’s bookkeeper named the
creation Coca Cola, wrote out the name in his
distinctive script and today, over a century
later, Coca Cola is written the same way.
• Milledgeville is the only city that was built
exclusively to be a state capitol. The city was
laid out in 84, four-acre squares and served
as the capital of Georgia from 1803 until 1868
The Governors Mansion and the Old Capital
are open to the public for tours.
• The Kangaroo Conservation Center in
Dawsonville boasts the largest population of
kangaroos outside of Australia.
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what’s cooking in Georgia
A sampling of recipes from the locals for you to taste the many
flavors of Georgia.
Sweet Potato Casserole
6 cooked sweet potatoes, peeled and mashed
1 cup sugar
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 stick margarine, melted
1/3 cup milk
3 tablespoons Dr. Pete’s Praline Mustard Glaze
Mix all ingredients in bowl with electric beater.
Pour into greased casserole dish.
Bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.
During last 5-7 minutes of cooking, drizzle additional Dr. Pete’s Praline
Mustard Glaze over top of casserole and finish cooking. Serves 6-8.
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Peach State Bread
1 cup sugar
1 cup shortening
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup finely chopped pecans
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Drain peaches, saving syrup, and chop into fine pieces. Set aside.
Cream together sugar with shortening.
Add eggs and continue to mix. Gradually fold in dry ingredients, except cinnamon.
Using a wooden spoon, fold in vanilla and pecans.
Stir in chopped peaches.
Pour into greased 8-inch square pan or 9x5 inch loaf pan.
Sprinkle with cinnamon. Bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour 5 minutes.
Cool 20 minutes before removing from pan.
2 cans 15.5 oz pineapple tidbits (drained)
1 cup of flour
1 cup of white sugar
3/4 cup of grated cheese of your choice (sharp cheddar works well)
1 sleeve of Ritz Crackers
1 stick melted butter
Preheat oven to 400-425 degrees.
Combine flour, sugar, and pineapple in 13x9 Pyrex dish.
Mix well and spread evenly across bottom of dish.
Sprinkle grated cheese over mixture.
Crush Ritz crackers and sprinkle over layer of cheese.
Melt butter and drizzle over crackers.
Bake in oven for 20 minutes or until crackers are crisp brown and casserole bubbles.
Four Cheese Pimento Sandwiches
Favorite among patrons at the Masters ® Tournament each April
3 cups (12 oz) shredded white Cheddar cheese
2 cups (8 oz) shredded yellow sharp cheddar cheese
4 oz crumbled bleu cheese
4 oz. Parmesan cheese
1 (4 oz) jar sliced pimentos
1 cup light mayonnaise
2 tbsp Dijon mustard
Party-size loaf white bread or favorite bread to cut into slices
Combine the white cheese, yellow cheese, bleu cheese, parmesan cheese, pimentos,
mayonnaise and Dijon mustard in a food processor and process until smooth.
Remove to a bowl.
Cover and chill.
Spread on bread slices for sandwiches
Savannah Red Rice
a favorite at Mrs. Wilkes Boardinghouse, Savannah
2 medium onions, diced
2 medium bell peppers, diced
2 cups cooked white rice
6-8 tomatoes chopped and cooked or one 16 oz can of tomatoes
1 cup tomato sauce or catsup
1 teaspoon TABASCO® sauce
4 strips bacon, fried to a crisp and crumbled
Salt and pepper
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Brown the onions and peppers in bacon drippings.
In a large bowl, combine the rice, onions, peppers, tomatoes, tomato sauce, Tabasco, and bacon.
Season with salt and pepper to taste. Mix well.
Pour into greased casserole pan and sprinkle cheese on top.
Bake for 30 minutes or until rice is dry enough to separate. Serves 4-6 people.
Note: You may also add 1 pound of cooked shrimp, sausage, pork or ham.
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The Original – created in Brunswick
1 3lb chicken
1 lb lean beef
1 lb lean pork
3 medium onions, chopped
add Ingredients 2
4 (16 oz) cans tomatoes
5 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 bottle (14 oz) catsup
1 tablespoon TABASCO®
2 bay leaves
1 bottle (12 oz) chili sauce
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1 stick butter
Cook one hour occasionally stirring to prevent sticking.
Place meat in large, heavy pot.
Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Add onions and cover with water.
Cook until meat falls from bones (several hours).
Remove from heat and allow to cool.
Tear meat into shreds and return to stock.
add Ingredients 3
3 tablespoons Vinegar
2 cans (16 oz) cream style corn
2 cans (16 oz) small limas or butter beans
1 can (15 oz) small English peas
Optional: 3 small diced Irish potatoes and box of frozen, sliced okra
Cook slowly until thick. Makes one gallon. Serve with barbecue or seafood.
a favorite at Lane Southern Orchards, Fort Valley
1 quart fresh sliced peaches
1 cup water
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons margarine
1 teaspoon lemon juice
Stir ingredients together in a large saucepan.
Heat over medium heat until mixture comes to a boil and thickens.
Place filling into an 8 x 11 inch casserole or baking pan.
2 cups plain flour
1 cup sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla flavoring
1 stick margarine, melted
1 cup milk
Mix topping ingredients together and pour over the filling mixture.
Sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon.
Bake in a 300 degree oven for approximately 45 minutes or until brown.
Fried Green Tomatoes
a favorite at the Whistle Stop Café, Juliette
3 or 4 medium size green tomatoes
1 cup white cornmeal
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon salt or to taste
2 teaspoons pepper or to taste
Solid vegetable shortening (or bacon drippings)
Slice tomatoes about 1/4 inch thick.
Combine cornmeal, flour, salt and pepper.
Dredge tomato slices in the mixture.
Heat enough shortening or drippings to generously coat the bottom of a heavy cast-iron or other skillet
and fry until lightly browned on both sides.
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from “A Taste of Tallapoosa: Savor the Flavor”
Tallapoosa Business Association, 2003
2-3 oz. packages cream cheese, softened
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 - 9” graham cracker crust
1 cup chopped pecans
1/3 cup instant chocolate pudding mix
2 cups cold milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup whipping cream, whipped
12 to 16 pecan halves
In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Spread onto bottom of crust. Sprinkle
with chopped pecans. In another mixing bowl, combine pudding mixes. Add milk and vanilla; beat on
low speed for 2 minutes. Spoon over the pecans. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Top with whipped
cream and pecan halves. Melt butter and drizzle over crackers. Bake in oven for 20 minutes or until
crackers are crisp brown and casserole bubbles. Yield: 8 servings.
Jewish Apple Cake
1st place recipe winner from the Ellijay Apple Festival
2 cups sugar
3 teaspoons vanilla
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup vegetable oil
1 cup orange juice
4 large apples
Topping mix: 1 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/2 cup sugar combined
Combine sugar, eggs, vanilla, and oil and beat until smooth.
Add baking powder to flour and add alternately with orange juice to batter.
Have ready thinly sliced apples.
Grease and flour a tube pan. Pour 1/2 of batter into pan.
Place half of the apples around on batter and sprinkle half of topping mix around on top of apples.
Pour in remaining batter, spread with remaining apples and sprinkle
with remaining sugar and cinnamon.
Bake at 350 degrees for 1 1/2 hours or until toothpick comes out clean.
Let cool on rack in pan. Serves 8-10 people.
Hot Vidalia Onion Dip
2 8-oz. blocks of cream cheese
1/2 cup chopped Vidalia Onions
1 large can of chicken (drained)
1 can Rotel tomatoes (drained)
1/4 cup chopped hot peppers (optional)
Mix all ingredients together and place in baking dish.
Bake at 325 degrees until bubbly in the middle.
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Iced Sweet Tea
“Champagne of the south”
8 cups water
4 small or 2 family-size tea bags (recommended: Lipton)
1 cup sugar
8 cups cold water
In a teapot, boil 8 cups water.
Add tea bags and remove from heat.
Let steep for 5 minutes, or to taste.
Strain tea into a gallon-size pitcher and add sugar.
Add remaining cold water to pitcher and stir.
If needed, add more sugar to taste, it is sweet tea after all.
Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Pecan Pie Muffins
a favorite at the Harbor House Inn, CommercE
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup flour
2 large eggs
1 cup butter melted
Combine pecans, sugar and flour.
Make well in center.
Beat eggs until foamy, add butter, then add to dry ingredients.
Stir just until moistened.
Bake at 350º for 20-25 minutes.
Warm, Fresh Apple Caramel Cake
The Lodge on Apple Pie Ridge, Alto
1 cup vegetable oil 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 cup brown sugar 1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup white sugar 1 cup fresh pecans
3 whole eggs 2 teaspoons vanilla
3 cups sifted flour, plain 2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 teaspoons cinnamon
5 medium crisp, tart apples, peeled and diced
1 cup heavy cream 3/4 cup white sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla
Pre-heat oven to 325 and butter/flour a Bundt-type pan.
Combine oil, both sugars, and eggs and mix well.
Sift together all other dry ingredients.
Combine wet and dry ingredients and milk and stir until just mixed.
Add vanilla, nuts, and apples and fold all together.
Spoon into prepared pan.
Bake for 55-65 minutes until cake tests done with toothpick.
Quail in Sour Cream Sauce
from Pines and Plantations: Native Recipes of Thomasville
8 – 10 quail butter
1/4 cup sherry
1 pint sour cream white wine
Season quail lightly with salt and pepper.
Moisten inside and out with white wine; then wash liberally with sour cream.
Chill and keep cool.
Next day strain off juices.
Brush with butter.
Brown in 400 degree oven for 10 minutes.
Pour sour cream marinade over quail, reduce temperature to 300 degrees and roast until
tender. Baste and season sauce to taste, add paprika for color and sherry.
Make caramel by combining all ingredients in heavy saucepan.
Stir continuously over medium heat until thickened, approximately 5-7 minutes.
Pour over warm cake and enjoy the warm and gooey treat.
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Fry some fish golden brown. Pour off the grease, but leave some of the drippings.
In the drippings brown:
4 or 5 finely diced potatoes
2 or 3 finely diced onions
1 chopped bell pepper (optional)
When these are tender, add:
Large can of tomatoes, salt and pepper
2 teaspoons of Louisiana Hot Sauce
Pick some of the meat off one or two of the cooked fish and add to the mixture
Simmer for as long as you can resist the wonderful aroma
This is a basic recipe – anything can be added like corn or beans
If you really like it HOT, add one diced jalapeno pepper
A recipe by First Lady Rosalynn Carter, Plains
3 cups granulated sugar
1 cup water
1 cup white corn syrup
3 cups raw peanuts
2 tablespoons baking soda
1 stick butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
Boil sugar, water and syrup until it spins thread; add peanuts.
After adding peanuts, stir continually until syrup turns golden brown.
Remove from heat; add remaining ingredients; stir until butter melts.
Pour quickly on two cookie sheets with sides.
As mixture begins to harden around edges, pull until thin.
a favorite of the Heart of the South Restaurant, West Point
6 cups crumbled corn bread (see note)
1 lb thin sliced bacon, cooked crisp, drained and crumbled
2 cups shredded sharp cheese
1 large tomato, chopped
1 (16 oz) can whole kernel corn, drained
1 cup mayonnaise
1 cup chopped green onions
1 cup chopped green pepper
In a large bowl, combine all of the ingredients.
Cover and refrigerate until well chilled.
Use day-old cornbread if possible.
If you have to cook fresh cornbread for this salad, make sure you
DO NOT mix it with the other ingredients while still warm.
Chop the onion and green pepper by hand and not with a food processor.
The larger pieces add to the look of the salad.
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