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8. When legendary golfer and Atlanta native Bobby Jones was working to create what is now Augusta National Golf Club, home of The Masters golf tournament, Prosper Berckmans' sons were helping to design the landscaping. The club would eventually take over the Berckmans Nursery area and incorporate it into the club with the Berckmans' home, known as Fruitland Manor, becoming the Augusta National Clubhouse. Many of the varieties of plants (including peaches) that were part of Berckmans Nursery still thrive on club property. Georgia is a breakfast state with a variety of fruits, including the peach.
Georgia designated the peach as the official state fruit in 1995 (Georgia also recognizes a state vegetable, a state crop, and an official prepared food). AllGeorgia's nickname is "The Peach State" because of its reputation for producing the highest quality fruit. Georgia-grown peaches are recognized for their superior flavor, texture, appearance and nutritious qualities - a peach is featured on the U.S. Mint's Georgia quarter. Georgia became the 4th state in 1788. The Georgia quarter features a peach (state fruit and nickname), live oak sprigs (the state tree), an outline of Georgia, and the state motto: "Wisdom Justice Moderation" (public domain image on Wikipedia). All State Quarters
The “Peach State” has around 70 roads in the state named after peaches. In Atlanta, Peachtree Street is one of the city’s major routes. Many remain puzzled by why Georgia has this nickname, and rightly so. These days, the state’s most valuable fruit crop is the blueberry, much of the land is dedicated to peanut farming, and California produces the highest number of peaches in the US. So what’s the story behind Georgia and this beloved stone fruit? Jumping forward a century, in 1995 the peach was designated the official state fruit and there are plenty of events that commemorate this fruit in our beautiful state. Firstly there is the annual Georgia Peach Festival. This week-long event attracts up to 10,000 visitors and takes place in Byron and Fort Valley. What started as a commemoration to the peach producers of the state is now a celebration of the fruit itself. (Source: www.roundaboutatlanta.com)
Another consequence of the civil war was the need to create an image for “The New South”. Cotton plantations and their links to slavery had terrible connotations and didn’t fit with the idea of Southern society cutting ties with slavery. These politics combined with the boll weevils that attacked many cotton plantations drove the success of the peach production industry. However, like much of Southern history, there are two halves to this story. Many enslaved people were employed to work on peach plantations for next-to-no pay and their salaries could not even cover one of the peaches they were instructed to pick all day.
Jumping forward a century, in 1995 the peach was designated the official state fruit and there are plenty of events that commemorate this fruit in our beautiful state. Firstly there is the annual Georgia Peach Festival. This week-long event attracts up to 10,000 visitors and takes place in Byron and Fort Valley. What started as a commemoration to the peach producers of the state is now a celebration of the fruit itself.The festival was in fact stopped in 1926 when it became too successful! The small towns of Peach County couldn’t cope with the large numbers of visitors that descended upon them every year to witness elaborate dances, songs, barbecues, and pageants. In 1986, Fort Valley decided to revive the festivities and change the dates from blooming season to harvest season, which allows for the production of the main event — the world’s largest peach cobbler! This baked good is free to taste and measures 11 by 5 feet, with a depth of approximately eight inches. (Source:www.roundaboutatlanta.com)