I receivedÂ a copy of The 50 Best Small Southern Towns by Gerald Sweitzer and Kathy Fields that has just come out.Â Living in Georgia, I was very interested in seeing what towns the authors chose. Almost as interesting, was a section in the back of their book titled “Additional Small Southern Towns of Interest” where they listed 4 runner up towns from each state.Â In Georgia these included Cartersville, Sandersville and Thomasville.Â I have been hearing good things about these very towns, so this immediately validated my interest in this book.
The authors visited each town listed in the book (more than 150 towns!) and spoke with many regular lay people as well as professionals in each community.Â These really are small towns in that their scope was towns with a population of at least a thousand but no more than 25 thousand. They list many other criteria in their book, too many to list here.
After their evaluations, they list 5 or 6 best small towns inÂ eachÂ states (and the 4 runners up towns as mentioned above).Â InÂ Georgia, for example, they list Carrollton, Covington, Dahlonega, Perry, St. Marys and St. Simmons Island.Â Being in the Atlanta area, I like Dahlonega and St. Simons Island best from this list from first glance, but maybe I should visit the other towns listed.Â I do like Sandersville and Carterville from the runner up list they provided.
I found this book interesting, especially since at age 60 we plan on visiting as many placesÂ as we can to see what is out there beyond the rat race we just left behind.Â We plan on visiting in our own state first then maybe working in some towns in neighboring states as a combination vacation and research trip.
Thanks to Gerald Sweitzer andÂ Kathy Fields forÂ providing such timely informationÂ for me and my wifeÂ Mary Ann.
PS: I will try to find out if Kathy Fields is still teaching theÂ Simple Living classes in the Atlanta area that was mentioned in the bioÂ of this book.