That Was Weird
Here are a
few of Georgia's special places.
many strange destinations in Georgia, and I will be adding more
In Summerville, Georgia,
folk artist Howard Finster created Paradise. Finster was a reverend
who used his talents to create his special vision of sacred art.
As his art became known outside his community, he gained recognition
around the world. Finster's work now hangs in museums world-wide,
Rock bands commissioned
his work for their album covers. R.E.M. used his art on three
of their albums. His work for the Talking Heads' "Little
Creatures" was named Album Cover of the Year by
Rolling Stone magazine for 1985.
Howard left for true Paradise
on October 22, 2001.
Although the mass produced
CPK can be purchased anywhere, you can only get an original, hand-sewn
doll at Babyland General Hospital in Cleveland, Georgia.
Visitors to the "hospital"
can watch as a cabbage goes into labor, then adopt the newborn,
or one of the dozens of other "Little People" found
in classrooms and playgrounds inside the building.
The most successful new doll
introduction in the history of the toy industry began as a hobby
for a young art student from Cleveland, Georgia, named Xavier
Roberts. In the mid-1970s, Roberts began making soft scuplture
dolls that were "adoptable." In less than 5 years, major
magazines and newspapers began spreading word of his "Little
People." By 1983, Roberts had signed a deal with a toy company
and the "Little People" were renamed "The Cabbage
Patch Kids." They became the toy craze of the 80s. In 2000,
a CPK was featured on a U.S. postage stamp. It is believe that
there have been over 80 million dolls sold.
Secret's in the Sauce"
In the Whistle Stop Cafe,
you can place an order of, what else?, fried green tomatoes. The
town also hosts the annual Fried Green Tomatoes Festival. Don't
like Fried Green Tomatoes? Too bad.
In central Georgia, the small
town of Juliette continues to hold on to its claim to fame as
the filming location of the movie "Fried Green Tomatoes."
Warm Springs, Georgia, hosts
a Presidential White House. This was the home away from home for
Franklin Roosevelt who came to the area for the naturally heated
mineral springs as treatment for his polio related paralysis.
He called his home here The Little White House. It was here, where
on April 12, 1945, as he sat posing for a portrait, the President
suffered a cerebral hemorrhage, and died. The house and museum
are open to visitors year round.
Carved In Stone
One of the most popular destinations
for tourists and locals alike is Stone Mountain in DeKalb County
(just outside Atlanta). It hosts millions of visitors who come
for the laser show, concerts, festivals, and a dozen other reasons.
It's biggest attraction is
the mountain's gigantic carving of Confederate heroes Stonewall
Jackson, Robert E. Lee, and Jefferson Davis. It
is the largest bas-relief in the world, measuring over 3 acres.
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