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Vidalia in Toombs County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Home of the Vidalia Sweet Onion

 
 
Home of the Vidalia Sweet Onion Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2009
1. Home of the Vidalia Sweet Onion Marker
Celebrating its 31st year, the 2009 Vidalia Onion Festival will be held April 24 - 26, 2009.
Inscription. One of the first crops of Vidalia Onions was commercially grown near this site in 1931 by Moses Coleman, a local farmer. The onion is planted in a 20 county area from September through February and is harvested from late April through early-June. Vidalia Onions very low in pungency due to a combination of the native soils being low in sulfur and the growing in a mild climate. The onions, grown in this 20 county area, have developed an international reputation as the "world's sweetest onion." The Vidalia Onion was named Georgia's official vegetable in 1990 and is a major state industry.
 
Erected 1999 by Georgia Historic Marker. (Marker Number 138-3.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
Location. 32° 12.291′ N, 82° 21.761′ W. Marker is in Vidalia, Georgia, in Toombs County. Marker is on East 1st Street (U.S. 280) near Pete Phillips Drive, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Vidalia GA 30474, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 16 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Toombs County (approx. 2.1 miles away); Paul Anderson
Home of the Vidalia Sweet Onion Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, April 19, 2009
2. Home of the Vidalia Sweet Onion Marker
E. 1st St and Pete Phillips Dr. intersection
(approx. 3.3 miles away); Dead River Cemetery (approx. 16.1 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. Delicious Vidalia Onions are only grown in Georgia. (Submitted on April 23, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
2. Vidalia® Onions History. 1986- Georgia's state legislature defined the 20-county Vidalia® production area as follows: Emanuel, Candler, Treutlen, Bulloch, Wheeler, Montgomery, Evans, Tattnall, Toombs, Telfair, Jeff Davis, Appling, and Bacon counties in their entirety, along with portions of Jenkins, Screven, Laurens, Dodge, Pierce, Wayne, and Long counties. (Submitted on April 23, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
Categories. 20th CenturyAgricultureLandmarks
 
Vidalia Sweet Onions image. Click for full size.
By Vidalia Onion Festival Committee
3. Vidalia Sweet Onions
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,375 times since then and 80 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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