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They say you can't go home again, and in many ways I guess that's true. Not so much because the people and places you love have changed (although they probably have), but because you have changed.

That's why the stories told by family members about people and places in our past have such power. These stories are the closest any of us is likely to come to time travel and are the driving force behind oral history projects like those profiled in "Voices of Georgia" on page 24. Such bits of family folklore, often handed down from grandparents, or even great-grandparents, are unique treasures. And since they are fleeting by their very nature, we've included tips from professionals on how you can get started preserving your family memories. Ten years from now, you'll be glad you did.

In the meantime, new adventures beckon on page 16, where we highlight Georgia's agritourism trails. Designed to get travelers off the interstates and into the countryside, these byways span 35 counties and offer experiences as varied as exploring a family farm, touring a winery and navigating a corn maze. From Fannin County in North Georgia to Bulloch County near the coast and Clinch County on the Florida line, there's an agritourism adventure within a couple hours' drive, no matter where you live.

If you're ready to exit the car, see page 33 for opportunities to get outside and play in the Clarks Hill Lake area. Here you can angle for that record bass, test your skills on a motocross track or kayak a scenic river. And for even more to see and do, check out the bonus content in our online edition at georgiamagazine.org.


Laurel George

Be sure to check out July's BONUS Web exclusive content, including:

(These links will take you directly to the flippable edition where the bonus content appears.)


Ella Milner of Woodstock enjoys picking strawberries at The Rock Ranch, which is one of the stops on Georgia Grown Trail 41. (Photo by King Davis.)



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