Well, That Was Weird
Unique Destinations
Here are a few of Georgia's special places.
(There are many strange destinations in Georgia, and I will be adding more over time.)

Paradise Garden

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, including Smithsonian.

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.

Hey, Babyland!

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.

"The 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.

The Little White House

History 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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