The whole day through
Just an old sweet song
Keeps Georgia on my mind.
East of me lies Savannah, with her stately oaks and sweeping Spanish moss. Home to memories and ghosts of a time gone by, a writer can walk down the street "see" life nearly 300 years ago or can take one of the many ghost tours available and hear about haunted houses such as the Mercer House which was built and first owned by musician Johnny Mercer’s family, and gained notoriety after being featured as the murder scene in the book and film versions of “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.”
Even older than Savannah is St. Marys, Georgia—the second oldest continuously occupied city in the nation, being settled in the mid-16th century by the Spanish.
Mountains more your speed? The northwest of Georgia is home to the Blue Ridge foothills and mountains that are part of the Appalachian Mountain Range. Take a trip of the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway or pan for gold at one of the 500 gold mines in Georgia. You can visit Brasstown Bald, the highest point in Georgia, and then later visit the Alpine village of Helen, Georgia.
A few fun facts about Georgia:
~Cumberland Island National Seashore contains the ruins of Dungeness, the once magnificent Carnegie estate. In addition, wild horses graze among wind-swept dunes.
~The pirate Edward "Blackbeard" Teach made a home on Blackbeard Island. The United States Congress designated the Blackbeard Island Wilderness Area in 1975 and it now has a total of 3,000 acres.
~In Gainesville, the Chicken Capital of the World, it is illegal to eat chicken with a fork.
~In 1828 Auraria, near the city of Dahlonega, was the site of the first Gold Rush in America.