Interesting Facts you Probably didn't know about Georgia!
- The official State Bird of Georgia is the Brown Thrasher; the State Fish is the Largemouth Bass; and the State Tree is the Southern Live Oak. Georgia’s State Motto is “Wisdom, Justice, Moderation.”
- Georgia has 159 counties, but only one named after a woman. Hart County was named for Revolutionary War heroine Nancy Hart. Folklore holds that the Cherokee called her “Wahatchee” (or “war woman”), and that War woman Dell in Clayton GA was named for her. Both Lake Hartwell and Hart State Park were also named for the anti-British fighter.
- The highest elevation point in Georgia is Brasstown Bald, which towers 4,784 feet high. There’s a viewing platform at the top that offers 360º views, which are truly jaw-dropping when the fall colors in North Georgia reach their peak. On a clear day, you can see four states: Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.
- The 7 Natural Wonders of Georgia include Amicalola Falls, the Okefenokee Swamp, Providence Canyon, Radium Springs, Stone Mountain, Tallulah Gorge, Warm Springs, and A Southern Lifestyle Co...
- During his time in Savannah in 1793, Eli Whitney invented the Cotton Gin, which went on to transform the American economy. After learning about cotton production and the painstaking process of cleaning cotton while in Georgia, he built a machine that could remove seeds quickly, effectively changing the game for the south’s cotton farmers. At ASLC we make sure our shirts are made from cotton sourced right from Small Town USA!
- Georgia was a major hub for the Civil Rights movement. In 1957, Martin Luther King Jr. co-founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in Atlanta, which played a significant role in organizing marches and protests. The SCLC is still active today and remains committed to fighting for equal rights and justice in America.
- The Cherokee people are one of the most prominent Native American tribes in Georgia. When the Cherokee Nation government began meeting in New Echota (in Calhoun GA) in 1825, it was officially named their capital. This was the site of the first Cherokee newspaper, the Cherokee Phoenix, as well as the first Cherokee Supreme Courthouse.
- Named after King George II, the state of Georgia was established in 1732 as the last of the original 13 colonies. James Oglethorpe proposed using the area as a felon colony and refuge for London’s indebted prisoners, but it was ultimately founded to protect South Carolina from Spanish enemies in Florida.