Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Georgia On My Mind
Not just an amazing Ray Charles song, but the sight of our next state destination. Can't wait. Until then, here's some fun facts about Georgia:
1. Georgia was named for King George II of England.
2. The pirate Edward "Blackbeard" Teach made a home on Blackbeard Island. The United States Congress designated the Blackbeard Island Wilderness Area in 1975 and it now has a total of 3,000 acres.
3. The official state fish is the largemouth bass.
4. Georgia is the nations number one producer of the three Ps--peanuts, pecans, and peaches.
5. Known as the sweetest onion in the world, the Vidalia onion can only be grown in the fields around Vidalia and Glennville
6. Georgia is the largest state east of the Mississippi River.
7. Coca-Cola was invented in May 1886 by Dr. John S. Pemberton in Atlanta, Georgia. The name "Coca-Cola" was suggested by Dr. Pemberton's bookkeeper, Frank Robinson. He penned the name Coca-Cola in the flowing script that is famous today. Coca-Cola was first sold at a soda fountain in Jacob's Pharmacy in Atlanta by Willis Venable
8. The popular theme park - Six Flags Over Georgia, was actually named for six flags that flew over Georgia. England, Spain, Liberty, Georgia, Confederate States of America, and the United States.
9. Savannah was the landing site for General James Edward Oglethorpe, founder of Georgia.
10. Wesleyan College in Macon was the first college in the world chartered to grant degrees to women.
So here's to a weekend of pecans, peanuts and peaches!