The peach has a long history in Georgia.
In the 16th century, Franciscan monks introduced peaches to islands along Georgia’s coast. Thereafter, peaches and other fruits were cultivated by Indigenous Creek and Cherokee peoples. The commercial production of peaches in Georgia was prevalent by the mid-19th century. In 2019, Georgia ranked third in national peach production, behind California and South Carolina.
Kenneth F. Murrah Georgia Peach Farm Crate Labels Collection contains labels from Georgia peach farms and their growers. These labels were an early form of advertising for market and grocery shoppers.
John Fisk Allen’s Victoria Regia, or the Great Water Lily of America, with illustrations by William Sharp, was published by Dutton and Wentworth in Boston in 1854.