Let me tell you, there are some weird spots throughout the state of Georgia. Have you ever been driving down the road and spotted a giant billboard raving about the BEST roadside attraction in the state? Nine times out of ten, it’s probably not the best, but it could be pretty dang cool to check out. Especially because most roadside attractions are in the realm of the bizarre. Take a look at these 15 bizarre roadside attractions in Georgia that you have to check out:
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1. The Tree That Owns Itself—Athens, Georgia
This beautiful white oak tree has its own deed and everything. The owner thought it to be important that this tree remain standing and protected, as well as the plot of land 8-feet in radius surrounding it. Makes you wonder if the tree needs to pay taxes, right?
2. Tank Town USA—Morgantown, Georgia
In one of the stranger roadside attractions in Georgia you can drive your own tank over junk cars. That’s right. You can simply pay a fee in order to see what it feels like to drive a tank and crush the old metal which is littered throughout the yard.
3. Doll’s Head Trail—Atlanta, Georgia
This strange little trail is littered with doll parts and other types of salvaged garbage, making it eerily strange yet unique. The local carpenter Joel Slaton created the trail by encouraging visitors to find trash along the trail and contribute their findings. However, it does seem like more doll’s heads have been added than anything else.
4. The Dwarf Castle—Alpharetta, Georgia
This bizarre little house has some interesting guards in the form of gnomes. The house itself is in the shape of a castle, and is surrounded by a wrought iron fence, and tons of garden gnomes, keeping the property safe and….strange.
5. Rousakis Plaza Echo Square—Savannah, Georgia
Right in the heart of Savannah, there is an echo chamber, marked by a big X thanks to some cement pavers. Here, if you stand on the X and speak, you’ll be able to hear an echo, which cannot be heard by anyone else outside of that square. Pretty bizarre, right?
6. National Tick Collection—Statesboro, Georgia
Feeling like you want to peruse the world’s largest tick collection? If you swing by Statesboro, you’re in for a treat. The collection holds more than a million individual specimens across nearly 860 separate species of this vampire parasite. Talk about a bizarre vacation destination.
7. The Giant Peanut—Ashburn, Georgia
Do you want to see the world’s biggest peanut? Then stop by Turner County for a glimpse of their huge peanut monument, which was erected in honor of the nut being the county's biggest and most important agricultural product.
8. Lunch Box Museum—Columbus, Georgia
Ever wonder what happened to all those metal lunchboxes after those disgruntled mothers in Florida lobbied to have them banned? They showed up in Columbus, Georgia, of course at the Lunch Box museum. With more than 3,500 lunch boxes, this roadside stop is truly something to see.
9. Haunted Pillar—Augusta, Georgia
Legend has it, if you touch this pillar in downtown Augusta, you will die soon after. The 10-foot-tall concrete pillar is what remains of the farmer’s market from the 1800s, which perished by a freak winter tornado. According to the legend, a preacher who was not allowed to preach in front of the market cursed the entire spot saying great winds would destroy the place, leaving behind only one pillar. When the prophecy came true, nobody dared to touch the remaining pillar.
10. #TinyDoorsATL—Atlanta, Georgia
Scattered throughout the city of Atlanta, there are nine cheeky vignettes featuring six-inch mini doors, all created by artist Karen Anderson. The story behind every door is up to you, but you must find these doors first, which are small enough to be overlooked. Hint: 8 doors are located in downtown Atlanta, and one is located in Decatur Square.
11. Georgia Guidestones—Elberton, Georgia
In one of the more truly bizarre roadside attractions, you’ll find the Georgia Guidestones. These stones were erected in 1980, by a mysterious person or group. A set of 10 guidelines is inscribed on the stones, in eight modern languages. Although no one knows for sure, some people assumed the Guidestones were meant to provide a set of rules for living in balance and harmony.
12. Old Car City USA—White, Georgia
This famed roadside attraction is littered with old, deteriorating American cars. You can walk through the property and take photos of the decaying wrecks, some of which have been fusing with nature after sitting so long.
13. The Earthworms—Hawkinsville, Georgia
Hawkinsville is a tiny town in rural Georgia which features a bizarre roadside resident. The earthworm in Hawkinsville is named Diplocardia longa by scientists and is nearly two feet long. It produces a sticky slime when it glows blue in order to ward off predators. This same slime is what is found in fireflies, too! Good luck when you stop by to find these critters, and make sure you bring a napkin.
14. Gravity Research Foundation Monument—Atlanta, Georgia
Roger Babson was a self-made millionaire who hated gravity. That’s right, he hated gravity and fought tooth and nail in order to create a shield to protect from it. You see, Babson lost his young sister who drowned, and he blamed gravity for her demise. This led him to create the Gravity Research Foundation, to discover a gravity shield. Although he never did, outside in the courtyard of Emory University, you can still see the monument they erected in his honor.
15. Lapham-Patterson House—Thomasville, Georgia
This old Victorian house is as beautiful as they come. The colors, the architecture, and the upkeep all make this a marvel to see. However, there is something that makes this house a bit bizarre: it contains more exterior doors than rooms. Because it was built by known pyrophobe Charles Lapham, he needed as many doors as possible, in order to be able to exit the house in case of a fire.
So, what do you think? Some pretty weird spots, huh? But also at the same time, these 15 roadside attractions are pretty unique in their own right. If you’re a fan of Unique Georgia, then take a look at this article:
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