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In Their Own Words

August 18, 1740

Refreshing Rain and Peaches in Colonial Georgia

William Stephens noted a refreshing rain had fallen in Savannah, alleviating the heat - and also the abundance of peaches, which would eventually become Georgia’s state fruit:

“…A fine Shower of Rain falling, was exceeding delightful and refreshing, the Heats for a while past having been more than ordinary violent; nevertheless the Town had the great Blessing of Health to a Degree far beyond its Neighbours cross the River in Carolina, which it was to be wished might not be impaired, as the Fall came on, through the immense Quantity of Peaches growing every where, which our People have long eaten with Greediness, alike with the Swine, that have in great Part been fed with them. …”

Source: Allen D. Candler, ed. The Colonial Records of the State of Georgia, Vol. IV, Stephens’ Journal 1737-1740, Atlanta, GA, 1906, pp. 644-645.