The green 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.
designated 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.
Hawkinsville Civitan Club's "Shoot
the Bull" Barbecue Championship was
made the official state BEEF BARBECUE
COOK-OFF on April 14, 1997.
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 20, 1970.
The Tiger 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
is the number-one peanut-producing
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.
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 2, 2004.
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..
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
every March and October at the Cotton Hall
Theater in Colquitt, Swamp Gravy
was designated the official state FOLK
LIFE PLAY in 1994
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.
Funk 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.
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.
County 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 cook-off.
Walt 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.
The gopher 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.
Plains 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.
The Springer 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
Railway Museum in Duluth was designated
the official state TRANSPORTATION HISTORY
MUSEUM in 2000.
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 25, 1937.
Internationally 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
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