MOULTRIE -- Colquitt County cotton farming is one of many topics viewers of the program "More Georgia Backroads" will experience Monday.
Among the people interviewed on the program will be Mark Mobley of Mobley Farms.
"As a good buddy of mine says, 'If something ails you, take a Georgia backroad and call me in the morning.' They're life's natural remedies," says Swainsboro native and popular singer-songwriter Larry Jon Wilson.
As the host of "More Georgia Backroads," which premieres at 9 p.m. Monday, Nov. 21, on Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB), Wilson shares historical anecdotes and original songs during the program, which explores East Central, Southwest and Southeast Georgia. The show is GPB's latest production in the Georgia Legacy series, which celebrates the state's local culture and history, and is the follow-up to the popular program "Georgia's Backroads," which covers the northern, central and west central regions of the state. "Georgia's Backroads" airs at 10 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 21, after the premiere of its sequel. The programs will have an encore presentation on Thursday, Nov. 24, at 7 p.m. and again on Monday, Dec. 12, at 8 p.m.
"When I was a boy, most all of Georgia's roads were backroads," Wilson said. "Now, it seems, there are wide highways everywhere, and it's harder to find places like this and that's a shame. My career as a singer, songwriter and concert performer has taken me all over the world, but the people, places and events you find off the beaten track here always call me home to Georgia."
"More Georgia Backroads" begins its journey in Southwest Georgia at Blakely's Kolomoki Mounds State Historic Park with the story of one of the oldest and most significant Native American sites in Georgia. From there, the program visits Cuthbert in Randolph County, the birthplace of bandleader Fletcher Henderson, known as the unofficial "King of Swing."
Continuing its trek through the region, the program explores the Morgan Family Farm, one of just a few black-owned farms in the state's Centennial Farm program, which recognizes farms that have contributed to Georgia's agricultural heritage for 100 years or more. Next, viewers are treated to a trip to the town of Leslie, home of the Georgia Rural Telephone Museum, one of the world's largest telephone museums.
Moving onward, viewers are treated to a trip to the town of Sylvester, known as the "Peanut Capital of the World." Finally in this section, the program ventures to Colquitt County to explore the region's history of cotton farming.
Sites in East Central Georgia will include Eatonton, home of the mysterious Rock Eagle; Sparta, home of Amanda America Dickson, who at one time was the richest black woman in the country; Dearing and its dairy farms; Appling, where Kiokee Baptist is known as the "Mother Church of Georgia Baptists"; Harlem, hometown of Oliver Hardy, of Laurel and Hardy; Wrens, the childhood home of best-selling author Erskine Caldwell; Louisville, Georgia's third capital; and Sandersville, home of the Kaolin Festival.
More Georgia Backroads begins its journey through Southeast Georgia with a trip to New Ebenezer on the banks of the Savannah River near Rincon. Once the site of a colony founded by German Lutherans who sought to escape religious persecution, New Ebenezer is of great interest to archaeologists and others seeking to keep the spirit of the colonists alive.
From there it explores beekeeping in Claxton; turpentine manufacturing in Baxley; and the life of Obediah Barber, a legendary pioneer in the Okefenokee Swamp.
For more information about the areas explored in "More Georgia Backroads" and "Georgia's Backroads," visit the GPB Web site at www.gpb.org/backroads.
The region's GPB station is WABW of Albany, which is Channel 8 on Mediacom and Channel 12 on CNS cable services in Moultrie.
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