Chattahoochee Cookin’

March 22 – September 20, 2015
Third Floor Galleries

  • Peabody’s New Hautbois Strawberry
    Sarah Lucinda Torry
    Partial gift of Kelly and Melissa Hunt and Museum purchase made possible by the Evelyn S. and H. Wayne Patterson Fund

  • Tom Huston Peanut Company handbill
    ca. 1950
    Museum purchase made possible by the Evelyn S. and H. Wayne Patterson Fund

  • RC Cola bottle display
    Courtesy of James Hall

  • A Moment in Dinglewood
    oil on canvas
    Bo Bartlett
    Museum purchase

In any discussion of American food, the South’s brand of home cooking rises to the top as a regionally distinctive tradition, and certainly one of the tastiest. The Chattahoochee Valley has its own proud culinary heritage, which forms the basis of Chattahoochee Cookin’. This exhibition spotlights local foodways from the perspective of both food producers and consumers, ranging from historic Muscogee (Creek) sofke to contemporary Dinglewood scrambled dogs.

Pecans, peanuts, corn, and other crops will be discussed, as well as more sugary delights. The exhibition also spotlights local beverages, with cola drinks featured alongside locally distilled liquor. Technological innovations and agricultural implements designed by local residents are examined, as well as the role of local restaurateurs who produce Columbus culinary specialties. Murals painted for the Georgia Department of Agriculture building in 1956 depict the changing nature of agriculture and how we think about the producers who feed us.


Read the Welcome Letter from Museum Director, Marianne Richter!

This exhibit is generously underwritten by:

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