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April 07, 1995

Georgia Peach: Official State Fruit

Georgia is called the Peach State, but the fruit has been part of our history long before there was a Georgia.

Franciscan monks introduced peaches ...
April 19, 1979

Azaleas and Callaway Gardens

Azaleas have been grown for hundreds of years in Asia, Europe, and North America.

Descended from Asian shrubs, they are a form of rhododendron, with ...
August 12, 1909

Boll Weevil in Georgia

How much would you pay to kill a pest?

On this day in 1909, the Georgia General Assembly formally asked the U.S. Congress for a $5 million prize to t...
September 18, 1895

The Atlanta Cotton States & International Exposition

On this day in 1895, President Grover Cleveland threw an electric switch at his Massachusetts home and officially opened the Atlanta Cotton States and Intern...

June 28, 1863

W.C. Bradley

His companies, and the money they made, impact Georgia to this day.

William Clark Bradley was born in 1863 on an Alabama cotton plantation. He moved...
March 16, 1841

Henry Tift

This Connecticut carpetbagger turned out to be mighty welcome.

Henry Tift was born in 1841 in Mystic, Connecticut. After the Civil War, he came to A...
April 30, 1825

William McIntosh

On this day in 1825, 200 Creek warriors set fire to a plantation house, and shot and stabbed the owner to death. The owner was William McIntosh, a Creek Indian ...
May 11, 1803

Georgia's First Land Lottery

Georgia’s lottery is nothing new. Between 1805 and 1833, the state held eight land lotteries. Seventy-five percent of Georgia was sold to roughly 100,000 peop...
January 17, 1796

William Washington Gordon

Georgia and its cotton industry may well have gone off the tracks if it hadn’t been for William Washington Gordon.

In 1835, Gordon was instrumen...
December 08, 1765

Eli Whitney

King Cotton wound up owing Eli Whitney a lot.

Born in 1765 in Massachusetts, the unemployed Yale graduate came South for a teaching job. When that d...

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