50 Fascinating Facts About Georgia

Many people still view Georgia as an unknown and undervalued travel destination, but those say it is full of charm, beauty, and welcoming locals. It's a small country sandwiched between Europe and Asia. Yet, it has a lot to offer, including historic towns, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, snow-capped mountains, beautiful forests, and world-renowned wine. Here are some fascinating facts to pique your interest if you're thinking about taking a trip.

Fascinating Facts

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Georgia was the last of the original 13 states to join the Union.
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The historic villages of Ushguli, located in Svaneti's mountains, are Europe's highest-elevation communities, rising 2,100 meters above sea level. It's not hard to understand why they choose to make this place their home.
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Tbilisi has a subtropical climate, but the winters can be frigid. Therefore, the city's warm moniker isn't a result of it. It's really because of the natural hot springs found in the 5th century when people first discovered them.
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In comparison to other states, Georgia has the most distinct soil types.
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Georgian Jews have been in the nation for almost 2,600 years, but Ashkenazi Jews arrived in the 19th century, splitting the population in two.
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Two or more persons must sing polyphonic music, which is choral folk music dating back to when Christianity was introduced in Georgia (early 4th century AD).
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In 1878, he was born in Gori, Russia, which was still a part of the Russian Empire. In Gori, a new Stalin Museum exalts Stalin's legacy (yep, it exalts!).
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People who enjoy sorghum should visit Blairsville, which is located nearby. The only place in Georgia where sorghum is explicitly grown for syrup production is unique soil and climate conditions. If you can, plan your trip to coincide with the Blairsville Sorghum Festival in October.
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Martin Luther King, Jr. was born in Atlanta, Georgia, and grew up in the state
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In 2017, it was ranked as the world's 7th safest nation to visit; nevertheless, certain regions along the Russian border should be avoided.
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Funeral directors in Georgia risk losing their licenses if they use profanity around a deceased person.
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James Oglethorpe, who arrived in Savannah in 1733 and named the state of Georgia, laid the groundwork for its establishment. It was the thirteenth and final of the original thirteen colonies to be founded.
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Georgia became the fourth state to join the Union when it did so on January 2, 1788.
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The state of Georgia was given its name in honor of Great Britain's King George II.
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Georgia is the largest producer of peaches, peanuts, and pecans in the United States.
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One of the world's most extensive exposed granite formations may be seen outside Atlanta in Stone Mountain, Georgia. On top of all that, it assembles the world's most enormous sculpture from it.
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Onions famed for their sweet flavors, such as Vidalia and Glennville, can only be cultivated in the surrounding area.
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Georgia's nicknames include the Peach State, the Cracker State, and the Empire State of the South, among others.
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Berry College in Rome, GA, in Georgia, has the world's most extensive campus.
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The brown thrasher is Georgia's official state bird, while the Cherokee rose is its official state flower.
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It was the first college to award degrees to women when it was Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia, in 1911.
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North Georgia's Chickamauga Battlefield was the scene of one of the Civil War's deadliest engagements.
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n addition to Martin Luther King Jr. and Jimmy Carter, notable Georgians include Jackie Robinson, Kanye West, and Julia Roberts.
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One hundred fifty-nine counties make up the state of Georgia, which is the second-most in the US (Texas has 254).
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The world's busiest airport, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), serves a total of 68 million people annually.
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You may not be aware that Atlanta, Georgia, hosted the Summer 1996 Olympic Games. The Centennial Olympic Games were held in Atlanta to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Summer Olympics in Athens in 1896. Furthermore, the United States hosted the Summer Olympics for the fourth time.
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Atlanta, Georgia's capital, has played a critical part in the state's growth and development.
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During the 1830s, a gold rush began in the foothills of northern Georgia near Johns Creek, which was inhabited by Cherokee Indians who the federal government subsequently expelled. On the so-called "Trail of Tears," these developments are documented.
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Much of what is now Alabama and Mississippi was part of Georgia when it was formed in 1772.
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In Columbus, Georgia, there lies Fort Benning, a world-class military complex. It's named for Confederate brigadier general Henry L. Benning, who served during the American Civil War.
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It's the world's largest annual poultry, meat & feed industry event, and it takes place in Atlanta, Georgia, every year.
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Columbus, Georgia, is home to the WhiteWater Express, the world's longest urban whitewater rafting course.
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Those who enjoy parks, museums, and the arts should visit Columbus. The city is home to museums, including the Columbus Museum, the Springer Opera House Museum, and the Lunchbox Museum, amongst others. Standing Boy Creek State Park, Heritage Park, & Flat Rock Park are just a few of the area's well-known parks. The Bradley Theater, the Springer Opera House, and the Liberty Theater are excellent choices for culture vultures.
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Georgia has the nation's 24th-highest rate of adult obesity and the 18th-highest rate of obesity among kids aged 10 to 17, according to stateofobesity.org.
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Pogo, the 'possum is the official state 'possum of Georgia. This animated short shows his shenanigans.
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In Atlanta, Martin Luther King Jr.'s home on Auburn Ave. is a historic landmark; it's recognized as the "Birthplace of the Civil Rights Movement."
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In Atlanta, there are approximately 55 streets named "Peachtree." According to some historians, the roads may relate to a Creek Indian town near Atlanta called "Standing Pitch Tree," according to some historians.
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Funeral directors in Georgia risk losing their licenses if they use profanity around a deceased person.
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During the American Civil War, Union General William Sherman ordered the burning of Atlanta. After the battle, the city chose the phoenix symbol to represent its rebirth from ashes.
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Stone Mountain Park in North Carolina is home to what it says is the world's most giant exposed granite formation. Many noteworthy constructions, such as the Georgia Capitol Building, made extensive granite extracted from the mountain.
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Stone Mountain's 1,683-foot summit contains a live shrimp display. Rainwater collects in depressions in the stone, which offers a home for a variety of creatures.
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Wild horses roam the island of Cumberland in Georgia.
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Georgia is one of the world's most biologically varied countries, ranging from subtropical and semi-desert to alpine.
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You'll enjoy the Veryovkina Cave in the west Caucasus if you like caverns. It's concealed in the Gagra Mountain range. The cave's depth is 2,212 meters, making it the world's most profound.
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In Ashburn, Georgia, the world's largest (fake) peanut may be found. The enormous legume is perched on a bright yellow mound.
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There's a vast drive-in restaurant in Atlanta that covers two acres. The Varsity has a parking capacity of 600 automobiles.
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Shkhara is Georgia's tallest mountain at 5,193 meters/17,040 feet.
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Georgia generates most of its energy through hydroelectric dams, with Zhinvali Dam being the largest.
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In Tallapoosa, Georgia, an opossum taxidermy is dropped on New Year's Eve, attracting 4,000 people each year. Since the early 2000s, one of the city's oldest buildings has lowered a Christmas light-covered ball housing a stuffed opossum named Spencer at midnight. The annual Possum Drop concludes with fireworks, live music, and the crowning of a (human) Possum King and Queen.
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With a capacity of over 10 million gallons, the Georgia Aquarium is the world's biggest aquarium, containing more than 100,000 aquatic creatures.

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