tree frog (Hyla cinerea) was
designated the official state AMPHIBIAN on
May 9, 2005, thanks to the efforts of a 4th grade
class at Armuchee Elementary School in Rome.
the Georgia Museum of Art, on
the campus of the University of Georgia in
Athens, as the offical state ART MUSEUM on
April 16, 1982.
Atlas of Georgia, the first atlas
ever produced for the State of Georgia (in 1981),
was designated the official state ATLAS
on March 28, 1985.
Ballet, founded in 1929 and now the
oldest continuously operating dance company was
designated the official STATE BALLET
COMPANY on March 14, 1973.
Civitan Club's "Shoot the Bull"
Barbecue Championship was made the official state
BEEF BARBECUE COOK-OFF on April
||In 1928, the
school children of Georgia selected the brown
thrasher (Toxostoma rufum) as the
official state BIRD. No official
action was taken, however, until April 6, 1935,
when the brown thrasher was declared the state
bird of Georgia by proclamation of Governor
Eugene Talmadge. The State Legislature finalized
the bird's "official status" on March
Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus)
was designated the official state BUTTERFLY
on April 4, 1988.
Eighth Air Force Heritage Museum (now
the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air
Force) was declared the official state CENTER
FOR CHARACTER EDUCATION on June 2, 2003.
Appalachian Brook Trout was designated
the official state COLD WATER GAME FISH
||Georgia is the
state in the country, accounting for
approximately 49 percent of the crop's national
acreage and production, which is why it was
designated the official state CROP
Bass (Micropterus salmoides)
was designated the official state FISH
on March 24, 1970.
||The current design
of the FLAG of Georgia was
approved by the Georgia General Assembly on May
5, 2003, and by the voters of the state on March
rose (Rosa laevigata) was
adopted as the official state FLORAL
EMBLEM on August 18, 1916, at the
request of the Federation of Women's Clubs..
||John and Nancy
Feek, chairpersons for American Folk Dance of
Georgia, persuaded State Representative J. Max
Davis and Senator Joseph Burton to sponsor a bill
making the Square Dance the
official state FOLK DANCE. The
bill became law on April 8, 1996.
Folk Festival was designated the
official state FOLK FESTIVAL in
March and October at the Cotton Hall Theater in
Colquitt, Swamp Gravy
was designated the official state FOLK
LIFE PLAY in 1994
||The official state
FOSSIL is the tooth of Carcharocles
megalodon, a large shark that became
extinct at the end of the Cretaceous period. It
was so designated on March 18, 1976.
Heritage/Bennett Center at Reinhardt
College in Waleska was designated the official
state FRONTIER AND SOUTHEASTERN INDIAN
INTERPRETIVE CENTER in 2003.
was designated the official state FRUIT
on April 7, 1995.
||The Bobwhite Quail
(Colinus virginianus) was designated the
official state GAME BIRD on
March 20, 1970.
was designated the official state GEM
on March 18, 1976, as part of the same bill which
designated a state fossil and a state mineral.
||Staged for two
months each summer, "The Reach of
Song" is a performance that
celebrates the heritage of Appalachia. This
nationally acclaimed show presents the pleasures
and the sorrows of mountain life in an auditorium
on the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds near
Hiawassee. It was designated the official state HISTORIC
DRAMA in 1990.
(Apis mellifera) was designated the
official state INSECT on April
Deer (Odocoileus virginianus)
was designated the official state MAMMAL
on April 30, 2015.
Whale (Eubalaena glacialis) was
designated the official state MARINE
MAMMAL on April 2, 1985.
which is found in abundance throughout northern
Georgia, was designated the official state MINERAL
on March 18, 1976, as part of the same bill which
designated a state fossil and a state gem.
has never adopted an official state MOTTO,
the 1799 State Assembly mandated that the phrase Wisdom
Justice Moderation be placed on the
Island Musical Theatre Festival has
presented musical theatre in the Jekyll Island
Amphitheatre since the summer of 1989. It was
designated the official state MUSICAL
THEATRE in 1993.
monument in Ashburn, home to the
world's largest peanut-shelling plant, was
designated the official state PEANUT
MONUMENT in 1998.
Chamber of Commerce's Slosheye Trail Big
Pig Jig, in Vienna, was designated the
official state PORK BARBCUE COOK-OFF
on April 14, 1997, as part of the same bill which
designated an official state beef barbecue
Kelly was inspired to create Pogo 'Possum
and his friends after visiting Georgia's
Okefenokee Swamp in 1942, and made him the star
of a nationally syndicated comic strip from 1948
to 1975. Pogo became the official state 'POSSUM
on April 20, 1992.
were designated the official state PREPARED
FOOD in 2002.
of Georgia Railroad Shops Complex in
Savannah was designated the official state RAILROAD
MUSEUM in 1996.
tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus)
was designated the official state REPTILE
on March 30, 1989. The enabling act was
spurred by concerns over the tortoise's declining
numbers due to habitat loss.
Drum (Sciaenops ocellatus) was
designated the official state SALT WATER
FISH in 2006.
High School opened in 1921, was racially
integrated in 1966, and served students from
Plains until 1979. Former President Jimmy
Carter and his wife Rosalyn are the school's
most famous graduates. Designated the official
state SCHOOL in 1979, it is now
part of the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site.
||The front of the SEAL
of the state of Georgia features a symbolic image
of the Constitution as an arch that is supported
by three pillars. The pillars represent the three
branches of government-- the legislature, the
judicial, and the executive. Banners worded
Wisdom, Justice, and Moderation, hang from the
pillars. The principles of the Constitution are
symbolically protected by a guardian standing
ready with a drawn sword. Circling the images are
the words "State of Georgia 1776." The
reverse reads "Agriculture and Commerce
1776," and the image is of the seashore with
a ship at anchor near a wharf receiving hogsheads
of tobacco and bales of cotton, Georgia exports.
A small boat can be seen in the distance
representing internal traffic. A man is shown
plowing in a field and a flock of sheep is shown
in the shade of a tree representing the
agricultural aspects of the state. The design was
adopted in 1798.
Whelk (Busycon carica) was
designated the official state SEASHELL
on April 16, 1987.
On My Mind," by Stuart Gorrell
Carmichael, was officially adopted as the
state SONG on April 24, 1979,
replacing "Georgia," by Robert Loveman
and Mrs. Lollie Belle Wylie).
District Tartan was designated the
official state TARTAN on May 1,
1997. General James
Oglethorpe commanded the Highland Independent
Company of Foot which, in 1746, wore the Black
Watch tartan. Captain John Mohr
MacIntosh is remembered in the MacIntosh red.
Opera House, in Columbus, was built in
1872. Governor Jimmy Carter proclaimed it the
State THEATRE of Georgia for the
1971-72 season, and the legislature made the
designation permanent in 1992. It was named a
National Historic Landmark in 1978.
Railway Museum in Duluth was designated
the official state TRANSPORTATION HISTORY
MUSEUM in 2000.
||Thanks to members
of the National Society of the Daughters of the
American Revolution, the Live Oak
(Quercus virginiana) was designated the
official state TREE on February
acclaimed as the worlds sweetest
onion, Vidalia Onions can
only be grown in fields surrounding Vidalia and
Glennville. They were designated the official
state VEGETABLE in 1990.
Georgia," by James Burch, was
designated the official state WALTZ
(Rhododendrun spp) was designated the
official state WILDFLOWER on
April 19, 1979. On May 7, 2013, the enabling act
was amended to specify the native azalea as the
official wildflower (as opposed to any cultivated