The Cherokee Rose is the state flower of Georgia and was introduced to the United States during the 1780’s, where it soon flourished and gained its English name. The flower is linked to the Trail of Tears with its petals representing women's tears as they traveled from the Cherokees' home to various U.S. forts. The flower has a gold centre which symbolises the gold stolen from the Cherokee tribe.
The Brown Thrasher is the official state bird of Georgia and is a Thrasher, not Thrush which is similar but is spotted below and has a shorter tail. The Brown Thrasher is reddish-brown above, with a white breast and throat streaked with brown, and two white bars on each wing. It has a long tail with a relatively large curved beak. Adults average about 290 mm in length. The Thrasher is the inspiration for the name of Atlanta's National Hockey League team, the Atlanta Thrashers.
Georgia has 159 counties which is only surpassed by the number of counties in Texas.
Here is the county list in alphabetical order as of the 1950s:
Appling | Atkinson | Bacon | Baker | Baldwin | Banks | Barrow | Bartow | Ben Hill | Berrien | Bibb | Bleckley | Brantley | Brooks | Bryan | Bulloch | Burke | Butts | Calhoun | Camden | Candler | Carroll | Catoosa | Charlton | Chatham | Chattahoochee | Chattooga | Cherokee | Clarke | Clay | Clayton | Clinch | Cobb | Coffee | Colquitt | Columbia | Cook | Coweta | Crawford | Crisp | Dade | Dawson | Decatur | DeKalb | Dodge | Dooly | Dougherty | Douglas | Early | Echols | Effingham | Elbert | Emanuel | Evans | Fannin | Fayette | Floyd | Forsyth | Franklin | Fulton | Gilmer | Glascock | Glynn | Gordon | Grady | Greene | Gwinnett | Habersham | Hall | Hancock | Haralson | Harris | Hart | Heard | Henry | Houston | Irwin | Jackson | Jasper | Jeff Davis | Jefferson | Jenkins | Johnson | Jones | Lamar | Lanier | Laurens | Lee | Liberty | Lincoln | Long | Lowndes | Lumpkin | Macon | Madison | Marion | McDuffie | McIntosh | Meriwether | Miller | Mitchell | Monroe | Montgomery | Morgan | Murray | Muscogee | Newton | Oconee | Oglethorpe | Paulding | Peach | Pickens | Pierce | Pike | Polk | Pulaski | Putnam | Quitman | Rabun | Randolph | Richmond | Rockdale | Schley | Screven | Seminole | Spalding | Stephens | Stewart | Sumter | Talbot | Taliaferro | Tattnall | Taylor | Telfair | Terrell | Thomas | Tift | Toombs | Towns | Treutlen | Troup | Turner | Twiggs | Union | Upson | Walker | Walton | Ware | Warren | Washington | Wayne | Webster | Wheeler | White | Whitfield | Wilcox | Wilkes | Wilkinson | Worth | Campbell | Milton
SeaJay's Waterfront Cafe and Pub on Jekyll Island off the ICW serves an all you can eat Low County Shrimp Boil. Their website says that their World Famous "LOW COUNTRY BOIL" Buffet Dinner are now available for two-day express home delivery
Their recipe of shrimp, mild sausage, corn on the cob and potatoes served with cole slaw and rolls is $14.95 for all you can eat ($7.50 for children under 10). We've never had it because we like shrimp a lot more than sausage.
Here is a recipe for it:
LOW COUNTRY SHRIMP BOIL
8 (4 inch) Polish sausages
16 new red potatoes
8 ears yellow corn
8 sm. onions
4 lbs. shrimp
1 pkg. crab or shrimp boil
3 tbsp. cayenne pepper
Add shrimp boil and cayenne pepper to 3 gallon pot of water. Boil 15 minutes. Add Polish sausages. Boil 5 minutes. Keep water at a boil. Add ingredients as listed. Boil 25 minutes. Add shrimp last 4 minutes. Drain and pour into large tray.
Since I don't have a picture of this buffet (I wasn't taking pictures of those things at that time), I have substituted the picture of the menu, shrimp and Low Country. In SC, they call this Frogmore Stew
The State Motto is: Wisdom Justice Moderation (it is on the state seal) for the three branches of government (legislative, judicial, executive).
The State Tree is: southern live oak.
The State Bird is: brown thrasher
the state flag has the state seal and 13 stars (Georgia is one of the original 13 states) and the red and white strips that represent the union and also has "in God we trust" at the bottom
The Georgia park system offers free admission to its state parks on Wednesdays. Since its the middle of the week, the parks are uncrowded and waiving the admission fee is an extra incentive to go explore some of these great parks.
I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.
Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.
Rather deliberately, the state that was so fiercely loyal to the Confederacy and resistant to changing the southern way of life became prominent in the civil rights movement.
Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. was born and raised in Sweet Auburn, just outside of Atlanta. He is remembered for his work in ending segregation through non violent means. King deliberately chose locations which were the most segregated to bring his cause home.
Before his death, in a famous speech, Dr King said the quote which appears above. It was his vision that the people of the United States would live in a society that was not divided into black and white.
Martin Luther King never lived to see that dream. On April 4, 1968, "a shot r[ang] out in the Memphis sky" and Dr. King was assasinated. But his work continued and his "I have a Dream" speech became one of the most famous speeches in US History.
Atlanta is home to the Martin Luther King National Historica Site. The site provides a historical background on Dr. King and information on the current state of the civil rights movement.
Georgia's landscape was the sight of many civil war battles and the state played a pivotal role in the Confederates stand against the Union. The battles in this state ended when the Union took the state capital of Atlanta, but several places were of strategic importance in this campaign and saw fierce fighting.
Just north of Georgia, the land stands as natural monuments to the struggle and tragedy of the war. Kennesaw Mountain and Picketts Mill are two such designated historic.sites. Further north and towards the Tennessee border, Chickamauga and Chattanooga State Military Park also honors the sacrifice of both sides.
Marietta served as a transportation point during the war, and the local hospital treated, or, in most cases, attempted to treat soldiers. The confederate cemetary in this city serves as the final resting place of many Confederates.
Atlanta native and novelist James Dickey wrote this story which later became a movie and struck fear in the hearts of many, especially men. If you don't know why, just ask someone who's read the book or seen the movie. Portions of Dickey's novel were allegedly based upon a small town in North Georgia, and drew extreme criticism from the town's residents who were not portrayed favorably to say the least. Actually, the supposedly fictional but based upon reality residents of this small town were depicted as inbred, toothless and sodomizing individuals. Its definitely not a children's story.
This Sculpture was made by Keith Jennings in the fall and winter of 1995. In February of 1984 an expidition was launched from St. Simons Island which discovered the clving grounds of the North Atlantic Right Whale. The mothers give birth in near by coastal waters in the winter months. The calves and their mothers are in great danger and many die from collitions with ocean vessels, other die from unknown reasons, there are fewer than 300 left. The artist fashioned this sculpture to raise awareness, and try to save the few remaining.
A spawling Fort Benning covers most of Chattahoochee County, where camouflage seems like the day's latest fashion trend.
As the World's largest infantry training facility, the county likes to boast of its youthfulness and the fact that America's largest number of single men live within its borders.
Please and thank you are essential parts of speech in the South. Use them liberally and frequently. At least try sweet tea, don't say negative things about Atlanta's foundations: Ted Turner, MLK, Coca-Cola, CNN, the Southern ways or the Southern grammar. Our grammar and English can be quite correct, even when slow, chopped, drawn-out, or pronouced witha twang. Some call it charming, and if it puts you off, pretend it doesn't offend you and you'll be invited back. After all, we put up with those charming Yankee accents from Boston, New York, and Philadelphia, right?
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