The Town Behind the Georgia Peach

Even though Georgia is nicknamed The Peach State, there are probably still people, even in Georgia, who have never tasted a deliciously fresh Georgia peach. Fortunately for me, I live in the small rural town where the peach industry in Georgia started.

Marshallville Depot by Mark Tisdale

Marshallville Depot by Mark Tisdale

Marshallville was settled around 1820 in what is now Macon County (not to be confused with the city of Macon in Bibb County).  The town itself has a population of approximately 1,400 and is located about 13 miles from Perry across Interstate 75, at the intersection of Highways 127 and 49.  About 100 miles south of Atlanta, it is a gateway from the east into the middle of the beautiful Presidential Pathways region of our state.

Samuel H. & Elberta Rumph

In the latter half of the 19th century, Samuel H. Rumph, whose family was one of several that settled in Marshallville from Orangeburg, S.C., planted some peach seeds that had been unwittingly cross-pollinated from a Chinese Clingstone variety by his grandfather years earlier.

Photo by In a Southern Kitchen

Photo: Elberta peach tree, In a Southern Kitchen blog

He planted them around 1870, and in about five years they produced a peach so delectable that he decided to name it after his wife, Elberta.  It was flavorsome and juicy, yet firm enough to ship to eastern markets in special refrigerated (ice) railcars of his own design. The rest is history.

A commercial peach boom started that supplied up to 18 peach packing houses in and around Marshallville.  You can read more about the story in the book White Columns in Georgia by Medora Field Perkerson.

Today, you can still find the home Mr. Rumph built in Marshallville noted by the historical plaque in front of the home. And, there are still many, many peach orchards around Macon County and surrounding counties such as Peach, Taylor, Crawford and Houston County.


To get your own Georgia peaches, stop by William L. Brown Farms north of Montezuma on Highway 49, Pearson Farm north of Fort Valley just off Highway 341, Taylor Orchards in Reynolds and Lane Southern Orchards on Highway 96 south of Fort Valley.  You won’t regret it!

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CLICK HERE for a complete list of Georgia Grown peach orchards, farms and farmers markets.



Tim Gerard
, born and raised in Iowa, currently retired from a career of many chapters, moved to Marshallville in 2013.


Georgia Grown: Hardy Farms Peanuts


Name: Hardy Farms Peanuts

Where: Hawkinsville, Georgia

Brad_Ken HardyStory: Hardy Farms has been a family owned business since 1935. From supermarkets to roadside stands, Hardy Farms has been turning out the finest peanuts around. Hardy Farms uses only the finest & freshest peanuts available. Their longstanding reputation for quality has made their peanuts some of the most popular in the southeast! They pick their peanuts daily, then clean, process and package them just for you, allowing you to take them from the bag directly to the pot! They will even cook them using their proven method of boiling and ship them to you ready to enjoy!


Where to Buy: Hardy Farms processes and ships fresh Green and Boiled Peanuts to Publix, Kroger, Harveys, and Winn Dixie Supermarket Distribution Centers throughout the Southeast region of the United States. They also ship mail orders via Hardy Farms also currently deploys 30 Hardy Farms Peanut stands throughout Central Georgia. Those stands are open around the first of August through the end of November depending on the weather. Keep an eye out!


Georgia Grown: Georgia Winery

18238_485992701440359_777554813_nWhat: Georgia Winery & their sweet southern wine

Where: Ringgold, Georgia

The Story:  Come discover the surprisingly flavorful wines of the Chattanooga Valley’s oldest and most celebrated winery- The Georgia Winery and Vineyards. Established in 1983, the Georgia Winery is the first of its kind in Georgia and is the only winery in the North Georgia and Chattanooga area. Serving as a pioneer in the farm wine-making industry, Georgia Winery has lead other vineyards and wineries to open across the state in recent years.

191075_457001127672850_2099460832_oGeorgia Winery is a family owned and operated facility producing award-winning fine wines. Specializing in capturing the fresh flavor of the fruit results in unique wines that explode with flavor and tantalizes taste buds across the nation.

If you are planning a visit to the Chattanooga or North Georgia area the Georgia Winery is your next stop! Enjoy complimentary wine tasting of all signature wines at the elegant tasting bar. Winery tours are offered every Saturday at 2 o’clock and 4 o’clock pm. Peruse through the beautiful gift shop including unique gifts, gourmet foods, homemade fudge, hand-crafted wine, chocolates, and more.

Prepare your palate for a taste of true Southern hospitality at its best. With over 20 different wines to choose from, ranging from dry to sweet, from light to full-bodied, Georgia Winery offers something for every discriminating taste. Bring your taste buds and come on in for a delightful experience.

gawineryThe Georgia Winery is open Monday – Saturday from 10:00am till 6:00pm.

6469 Battlefield pkwy. Ringgold, Ga. 30736 | | 706.937.WINE