History Makers Call Georgia Home
FDR’s Little White House, Warm Springs
lar novels of all time, Gone With the Wind,
was written in Atlanta by native Georgian
Margaret Mitchell. Flannery O’Connor is
another highly-praised Georgia author and
many of her best works were written and
published while she was living at Andalusia,
the O’Connor family farm in Milledgeville.
The Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home
in Savannah allows visitors to experience
part of the great writer’s childhood. An-
other world-famous Georgia author hailing
from Eatonton is Alice Walker . She shares
her hometown with Joel Chandler Harris,
creator of the “Uncle Remus” character and
second in popularity only to Mark Twain
at the time of his death. In Eatonton, The
Uncle Remus Museum is full of authentic
period mementos associated with
Harris’ lovable character.
Georgia’s place in the epic
struggle for equal rights is sec-
ond to none. Lucy Craft Laney
has gone down in history as one
of Georgia’s most influential edu-
cational leaders. A portrait of her
was commissioned and unveiled
in the Georgia State Capitol, and
her Augusta home was restored in
1991 and opened as the Lucy Craft
Laney Museum of Black History.
Georgia’s most famous and influ-
ential civil rights leader was Dr.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Born in
Atlanta’s “Sweet Auburn” neighborhood, Dr. King was a figurehead in the
community as well as the world. Learn
more about America’s best-known civil
rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,
at the Martin Luther King, Jr. National
Historic Site in Atlanta.
Explore these famous Georgians and the
sites associated with them and see where
history is made.
U.S. presidents, literary masters and civil rights leaders have all called Georgia home.
President Jimmy Carter is well
known for his actions on the national and international stages, but
he is also remembered in Georgia
as a young Governor. Today, take
a trip to his restored 1930’s boyhood farm in Plains for an educational journey to another time that
documents the childhood and life of
America’s 39th president. Open to
the public daily, the Jimmy Carter
Presidential Library and Museum in
Atlanta includes photos and memorabilia
from Carter’s presidency. The only house
Franklin D. Roosevelt ever owned was his
Little White House in Warm Springs. Now
a protected historic site preserved much as
he left it, Roosevelt’s Little White House is
home to rare artifacts such as his 1938 Ford
convertible with custom hand controls and
the “Unfinished Portrait”. The 32nd president is also honored by the largest state park
Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site, Atlanta
in Georgia: Franklin D. Roosevelt State
Park. President Woodrow Wilson spent
the formative years of his youth in Augusta.
The Boyhood Home of President Woodrow
Wilson is listed on the National Register of
Historic Places and has been designated an
official “Save America’s Treasures” site.
Any consideration of famous Georgians
would be incomplete without turning to
the literary world. One of the most popu-