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Vanishing Georgia

Vanishing GeorgiaTake a journey through Georgia's past as Georgia Public Television presents Vanishing Georgia, a one-hour special recalling the days when families actually lived in the Okefenokee Swamp, one-room schoolhouses provided basic educational needs, the turpentine industry was in full swing, and a small town called Osierfield was visible not only on the map, but on the road as well.

From the cliffs of Tallulah Gorge to the beaches of Tybee and Jekyll Islands, it is evident how much Georgia has changed. The popular mountain resort in North Georgia was once remote, almost a day's journey from Atlanta via the little Tallulah Falls railway. Today the mountains are virtually suburbs of metro Atlanta. Georgia's barrier islands once offered a rare seaside experience. Tybee was a populist resort with crowded, lively beaches, but Jekyll was for the very rich only. There millionaires such as the Rockefellers and Morgans built "cottages" featuring 17 bathrooms, courtyard swimming pools and 40-foot solariums.

Once upon a time, a cow named Rosebud put Atlanta-based Mathis Dairies on the map. This popular marketing scheme gave children a close-up and personal introduction to Mathis's most famous bovine. Squirting milk produced squeals of excitement from the children, who left with "much coveted" red and white buttons proclaiming "I Milked Rosebud."

Also featured in Vanishing Georgia are two famous Georgia natives: Hank Aaron and Johnny Mercer. Aaron recalls his record-breaking home run hit in the Atlanta Fulton County Stadium, which was later demolished for parking. Mercer's friends in Savannah reminisce about the composer of hits such as "Moon River" and "Accentuate the Positive," which earned Mercer the title of "America's greatest lyricist."

Georgia's historic mill villages and Savannah's City Market highlight lifestyles that have all but disappeared from the state.

Vanishing Georgia is a journey back in time using archival photos, film footage and interviews to tell stories of a state which cherishes its past even as it evolves and grows.

Producer: GPB's Mark Cottrell has worked with Walt Disney, Coca-Cola and Nike. Executive Producer: Emmy-winner Carol Fisk (Zoo Q and Historic Houses of Georgia: The Antebellum Years). Vanishing Georgia was produced in cooperation with the Georgia Department of Archives and History, The Vanishing Georgia Collection and The University of Georgia Press.

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