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Macon in Bibb County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

First Public Camellia Show

 
 
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By David Seibert, November 9, 2011
1. First Public Camellia Show Marker
Inscription. After a revival of interest in camellias, the first public Camellia Show in the U.S. was held Feb. 5, 1932 at Burden-Smith & Co. At the suggestion of Henry T. Conner, immediately after the show, the Azalea and Camellia Soc. of America, forerunner of the American Camellia Soc., was formed with 48 charter members. Maconites serving as officers -- all of whom, with the Vineville Garden Club, directed the show -- were T. J. Stewart, James H. Porter. Dr. W. G. Lee, Henry T. Conner. J. G. Bailie of Augusta was treasurer. At the Dempsey Hotel, Sept. 29, 1945, the American Camellia Society was organized. Dr. H. Harold Hume, Univ. of Fla., was its first president.
 
Erected 1957 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 011-11.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
Location. 32° 50.168′ N, 83° 37.622′ W. Marker is in Macon, Georgia, in Bibb County. Marker is on 3rd Street 0 miles north of Cherry Street, in the median. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Macon GA 31201, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Post 3 Macon (a few steps from this marker); William Arthur Fickling, Sr.
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By David Seibert, November 9, 2011
2. First Public Camellia Show Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); Wilson's Raid To Macon (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Macon City Hall (about 500 feet away); Freemasonry in Macon (about 500 feet away); Jefferson Davis at the Lanier House (about 500 feet away); Macon History (about 500 feet away); Civil War Era Maconites of African Ancestry (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Macon.
 
Also see . . .  History of the Camellia Society of Sacramento. Although the marker makes claim to the first public Camellia Show in the US, the website of the Camellia Society of Sacramento indicates earlier public Camellia shows: The first camellia show was held in April 1924, in the David Lubin School, headed by Mrs. Charles Gilmore, Chairman. After three shows, with increasing interest from year to year, the Sacramento Garden Club was formed and each year the conducted the Annual Camellia Show. For many years, from 1931 to 1944, the chairman was Mrs. H. Pisani, who developed many of the programs that included a census of camellia plants in Sacramento, and finally
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By David Seibert, November 9, 2011
3. First Public Camellia Show Marker
Looking north (in the northbound lane)on 3rd Street toward Mulberry Street
a Children’s Camellia Parade. The shows became an established event in early March of each year, but increase in size of the show required more space in which to hold the show. As a result, the show was moved to the Memorial Auditorium.
(Submitted on January 15, 2015.) 
 
Categories. Horticulture & Forestry
 
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Wikipedia
4. Camellia
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 464 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.   4. submitted on , by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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