Peaches, peanuts, and Vidalia onions. Indian mounds, white-columned mansions, and Thomasville roses. Georgia—the last of the original thirteen colonies and a major theater during the Civil War—is much more than the celebrated setting of Margaret Mitchell’s novel Gone with the Wind. It is a state rich in history and geographical diversity. Georgia Icons illustrates the quintessential symbols that make the Peach State so fascinating and unique.
Profiled here are fifty classic symbols of this extraordinary state, revealing little-known facts, longtime secrets, and historical legends. From Archie Butt’s Titanic Bridge to the waving girl of Savannah, here’s the inside story about the very things that give this state its character.
Did you know that one of the most famous rabbits in the world has its very own statue on the courthouse square in Eatonton? That an Italian immigrant was responsible for Claxton, Georgia, being known as the Fruitcake Capital of the World? Or that an old house in the state’s northwest corner was the residence of a Scottish American named John Ross—who was chief of the Cherokee Nation for more than forty years?
For Georgians and newcomers alike, Georgia Icons will be a treasured keepsake of this captivating state.