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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.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureHorticulture & ForestryIndustry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Georgia Historical Society series list.
 
Location. 32° 12.291′ N, 82° 21.761′ W. Marker is in Vidalia, Georgia, in Toombs County. Marker is on East 1st Street
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
(U.S. 280) near Pete Phillips Drive, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Vidalia GA 30474, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
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 (approx. 3.3 miles away); Dead River Cemetery (approx. 16.1 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Delicious Vidalia Onions are only grown in Georgia. (Submitted on April 23, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
 
Vidalia Sweet Onions image. Click for full size.
By Vidalia Onion Festival Committee
3. Vidalia Sweet Onions
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 4, 2020. It was originally submitted on April 23, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,530 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 23, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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