Are you really proud of your state?!
I know, I am too and my friend, Beckie at Infarrantly Creative decided that we should do a blog hop about our states and share with all of you, so I’m joining up this week with 29 other bloggers who are also celebrating their state pride. They will be sharing anything from state crafts, to recipes, projects and more.
Please click over and visit Beckie first to see some of the fabulous state projects that have been shared so far!
As a very proud Georgia resident and Southern girl, I have lived in this great state since I was 6 years old, so I definitely consider myself a native. Georgia is home and I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else, except maybe after retirement. The traffic around here would be about the only reason I would ever move. But, Georgia has some great things going for it. I remember taking Georgia history in grade school, but I’m afraid I didn’t retain a lot of it.
From coastal Georgia, with moss dripping from the trees, to the mountains of N. Georgia, we have some beautiful cities and countryside in our great state. Savannah is one of the best known cities in Georgia and I love visiting there, with its history filled elegant homes and regal squares that make up that quaint city. Stone Mountain, our own hunk of granite mountain, just east of downtown Atlanta is a sight to behold.
Ray Charles singing, Georgia on My Mind always makes me proud. There’s something really special about that song.
I’d love to share a few special things about my home state. Here are a few facts I found online, some interesting and some quite humorous. You can see the entire 50 facts at the link, but I picked my faves to share here:
- Historic Saint Marys Georgia is the second oldest city in the nation.
- On January 19, 1861, Georgia joined the Confederacy.
- Georgia was named for King George II of England.
- In Gainesville, the Chicken Capital of the World it is illegal to eat chicken with a fork. (who knew??)
- Stone Mountain near Atlanta is one of the largest single masses of exposed granite in the world.
- Georgia is the nations number one producer of the three Ps–peanuts, pecans, and peaches.
- Known as the sweetest onion in the world, the Vidalia onion can only be grown in the fields around Vidalia and Glennville.
- Georgia is the largest state east of the Mississippi River.
- Georgia’s population in 1776 was around 40,000. (uhhh, we’ve grown just a bit in over 200 years)
- The annual Masters Golf Tournament is played at the Augusta National in Augusta every first week of April.
- Georgia is often called the Empire State of the South and is also known as the Peach State and Cracker State.
- 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.
In my own hometown of Marietta, we are known for one thing that comes to the forefront for most of us who grew up here. Mention Marietta and most people will bring up the Big Chicken. Yep, we have a giant red chicken with moveable beak at one of the major intersections in Marietta. Our own icon of Southern memorabilia. Needing extensive repairs a few years ago, there were talks of tearing down our Big Chicken, but we natives rallied and saved her from the wrecking ball. Yep, that was one proud day. She still stands in all her glory right where she needs to be and is home to a KFC restaurant.
via Sussman Imaging
May she shine forever, beak moving proudly!
Peaches, Pecans, and Peanuts: The 3 P’s from Georgia!
As noted above in fun facts, Georgia is well known for 3 crops grown in our fine state: Peaches, pecans and peanuts. By the way, most Southerners I know say pe-caahns, not pee-cans. That’s just a little side note. You’re welcome! All 3 of these are Southern foods and loved by all who grew up here. I know my family has certainly eaten our weight in all three of these flavorful foods. I’ve shared some peach recipes with you all over the years and here are 2 of my faves: Peach Cobbler and Peach Bowl Pizza, recipes that my mother has made. We love them both!
I shared Tricia Yearwood’s Crockpot Chocolate Candy recipe a couple of years ago, which starts with peanuts and ends with chocolate and it’s a big hit as well. One more Southern specialty, pecans are a staple in so many Southern foods and these Pecan Pie Mini-Muffins will get your mouth watering with how delectable they are. I love these for special occasions.
If you missed these recipes the first time around, please click over to the links above and save the recipes to try yourself. These are Southern goodies made with the 3 P’s known to Georgia and you can’t go wrong with peaches, peanuts, or pecans.
I’m proud of my state, aren’t you? A fun way to share your state pride is with a map. Aren’t these state maps from Map My State so cute? This is a fun way to give a gift to someone who is proud of their state.
There are also mugs available, so you can choose any state and get yours personalized for anyone. This company is offering my readers 20% off with the coupon code: southernhospitality
I think this is a great way to celebrating the uniqueness that is your state, so let’s hear it for state pride!
I know each of our beautiful states across our country are known for some fun facts.
If you’re coming over from Cindy in Kansas at Skip to My Lou, welcome! We are all posting about our states today and I’d love for you to hop over next to my friend, Kelly at Eclectically Vintage, where she is sharing about her state of New Jersey.
Also, before you go, Beckie will be sharing a “Show Your State Pride” Link party on Monday, the 23rd, so if any of you bloggers would like to share your state next week, please don’t miss the link party!
What about YOUR state are you proud of the most?
Jane @ Cottage at the Crossroads says
What a fun idea to read about each blogger’s state! Being from South Carolina, I have spend a lot of time in Georgia as well and feel right at home there! One memorable trip was when we were taking the back roads and riding in a convertible. We inhaled a lot of the local flavor, too!
Becky in 'Bama says
Though my by-line may “Bama” I lived in the state of Georgia for about 6 years when I was a pre-teen. Rhoda, we actually lived between Marietta and Austell, so I, too have seen the ‘big chicken’ in person. When the Cobb County Mall opened, we thought we were in ‘high cotton.’ My husband and I drove through the old neighborhoods about two years ago – hardly recognizable. I will always have fond memories of Georgia and the family friends we made there.
Great post, Rhoda. And, I just ordered two state mugs as Christmas gifts.
Julia G. says
The Sunshine State is home for me! But I do have Georgia on my mind!
Sandy Coughlin says
This is so cute. Makes me want to get an Oregon mug or something! Love it.
Yvonne @ StoneGable says
I am a fan of Georgia too. It has Savannah and Atlanta… and is the host of Haven! You have done your adopted state proud, Rhoda!
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I love this! I lived in Georgia while I went to UGA and a couple years ago and these were some fun facts that I did not know about. One thing I love about Georgia that every person needs to visit is Cumberland Island. It is so beautiful and peaceful. Plus it is a special place since that is where my husband proposed to me at the little chapel on the island. Ok off to get some state prints they are great!
Melesa Garrison says
I’m a native Texan, but have lived in Oklahoma for several years. I love Georgia though! I went to Paula Deens yummy restaurant and sat on the bench that Forest Gump sat on 🙂 and it is just beautiful with people to match! I enjoyed reading your fact list…Thanks!
Amy @ Positively Splendid says
Great post, Rhoda! So many yummy ideas. 🙂
Kate Horrell says
I live in Savannah now moved up here from South Florida in 2005 when I lost my house to Hurricanes Francis & Jeanne. I LOVE IT HERE, no place else I rather be. I love walking the squares and taking my dog for walks in Foryth park. Just beautiful. I love the 4 seasons we have here with Fall being my favorite. Soon I will be able to open my windows to let the cool breezes in, can’t wait.
Buffie Baril says
We here at Nashville Wraps are mighty proud to be from Tennessee! Check out our Pinterest board:
Jake's a Girl says
Love my home State of GA. Old Dalton girl here. Now i’m a tad north in Cohutta. ha. Cohutta is only a few miles from Red Clay state park. Dalton is known for being The Carpet Capitol of the World.
Jake’s a Girl
My mom was born in a little place called Blackwell (East Cobb County) in 1918. Most of the Marietta area was rural. I can remember when Piedmont Road was a one lane dirt road. I’m old too. The Big Chicken has always been a landmark as far back as I can remember.
Jonesboro, home of Gone With the Wind. You can visit Stately Oaks built in 1839 and survived the Civil War.
Maria G. says
I can say that the most significant thing about any state is it`s history and it`s main achievements. The way you expressed all the details is logical and the dishes are really interesting I think everybody wants you to share the recipes with your readers.
A Bama girl for most of my life, ROLL TIDE, we moved to the Marietta area seven years ago. As we were asking directions and finding our way around it seemed that every direction we got began with, “Well you go to the Big Chicken”. It’s the starting point for everything in Cobb County…
Meg Doster says
You are such a blessing! I enjoy the pictures of your home in Marietta. God bless you abundantly.
I’m proud of the quilts I’ve seen come from Virginia hands! Love the diversity of Georgia!
You know I’m from Georgia, Atlanta and May-retta to be exact and love all things from my home state! Love this post. You are spot on my friend! Now, I’m in Florida and my baby gator is in her 3rd year at UF. 1/2 my life in GA and 1/2 in FL. Can’t wait to see all the other bloggers post! A terrific idea! Ya’ll are the best, ya hear? !! LOL
Love your blog and appreciate the level of effort that you put into it! This was a great business to showcase. I, too, ordered up a few items to get a jump on the holidays. Thank you!