On this week's episode of Georgia Traveler, it's off to Georgia's Southern Rivers region. Albany is our destination city, where we visit the Riverfront Park, the Riverquarium and the Parks at Chehaw. We enjoy a performance of Swamp Gravy, the famous folk life play in Colquitt. David Zelski explores Mule Day in Calvary. We survey the largest swamp in North America and experience a trip back in time at the Agrirama in Tifton. And Phil Proctor discovers down home delights at Nothin' Fancy.
Agrirama (Tifton) – Watch This Segment Online
Just off of interstate 75, exit 63B to be exact, you'll find Georgia's Museum of Agriculture and historic village. The Agrirama is a site to be experienced. Walk through a traditional farm community of the 1870s, a progressive farmstead of the 1890s and a rural town. There is much to do and experience, including a ride on a logging train!
Mule Day (Calvary) – Watch This Segment Online
Only about 200 people call the city of Calvary home, but during the first weekend in November, Calvary's population grows to 60,000 to 90,000 – and that count does not include mules. The Lions Club sponsors the annual Mule Day event, and as David Zelski discovered, there's lots to see and do.
Nothin' Fancy (Albany) – Watch This Segment Online
Just 15 miles outside Albany, Phil found some fantastic catfish at Nothin' Fancy. In keeping with their name, they don't have a fancy website, but you can call them at 229-792-6420. And if you're looking for an exact address, look no further, it's 4269 GA Highway 234, Leary, Georgia 39862.
Stephen C. Foster State Park (Fargo) – Watch This Segment Online
The Okefenokee is the largest swamp in North America, and who better to show you around than our own nature girl, Keely Walker Muse? The fact that most of the swamp is a National Wildlife Refuge makes it a wildlife paradise. There are many sites around the swamp which you can explore, but the primary entrance is Stephen C. Foster State Park.
Swamp Gravy (Colquitt) – Watch This Segment Online
It's the name of a delicious dish that can help you stretch a small catch of fish, but Swamp Gravy is also the name of the official folk life play of Georgia. The good folks of Colquitt, Georgia put on a darn good show, and it's a true community effort. Also a local must-see are the murals that decorate numerous walls around town.