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The world’s largest ball of twine. The highest outhouse in the lower 48. A scarecrow-infested town.
What do they have in common? They’re all ripsnorting roadside attractions. And they can be found from the back roads of Alabama to the main drag of Las Vegas. In fact, they can be found right here in Northeast Georgia.
Even though today is April Fool’s Day, these attractions are no joke.
Oversized rocking chair
Just outside Lula down a winding country road is a hard-to-miss attraction that keeps people in its seat.
Dwight Oliver of Goldbrook Pumpkin Farm said he originally built the giant rocking chair as a place for schoolchildren visiting the farm to gather for pictures. The 15 or so foot chair, he said, can hold 30 kids.
Oliver said he sees car tags from all over as people stop to take a look or get a picture of the orange-and-white chair. Some folks have even sat in the chair waving at passers by as if they were sitting on their own front porch, he said.
And everyone around knows about the big chair on the corner of Persimmon Tree Road and Lula Road. According to Oliver, the farm can’t move the chair anywhere else or “people won’t know where we are.” After seven years, the chair is a permanent fixture.
Oversized Indian mound
After rocking out on the farm, head north up Ga. 75 for a look at a 500 year-old mound of dirt. No, not great aunt Edna, but an actual earthen structure built by Native Americans.
The Georgia historic marker notes that in 1540, the explorer DeSoto visited the Cherokee town of Gauxule where, on top of the mound, stood the town house and a sacred fire that burned “unceasingly.”
Instead of a flame, the top of the 20-foot mound now is adorned with a white wooden cupola to mark the spot.
One of the first excavations in the state, according to the New Georgia Encyclopedia, there is evidence of more than 75 burials on the site. Many of them showed some degree of status, since they were buried with copper ornaments or conch shells.
Although the Nacoochee mound is located on private property, it can easily be seen from the road — complete with cows grazing around it.
One postcard-perfect picture later, hop on down to Rabbittown for a bunny bigger than life.
In an ode to the tiny town on Old Corneila Highway, sculptor Denny Walley was commissioned to carve a 20-foot rabbit for display in front of the Rabbittown Cafe.
Impossible to miss, the cute bunny made of Styrofoam and stucco sits on its haunches.
“When I first moved out from New York it was the first project I did here,” said Walley, in an earlier interview with the Times.
Towering over a nearby gas station, liquor store and pretty much everything else, the giant bunny is the center of attention, especially come Easter.