Historic Markers Across Georgia

Home of the Vidalia Sweet Onion

Marker ID: GHM 138-3
Location: Highway 280 3.7 mi east of Ga 29 intersection in Vidalia
County: Toombs
Coordinates: N 32° 12.291    W 082° 21.761
  32.20485537    -82.36269061
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMA7B3
Home of the Vidalia Sweet Onion Marker
Photo by Ken Moser


One of the first crops of Vidalia Onions was commercially grown near this site in 1931 by Moses Coleman, a local farmer. the onion is planted in a 20 county area from September through February and is harvested from late April through early-June. Vidalia Onions very low in pungency due to a combination of the native soils being low in sulfur and the growing in a mild climate. The onions, grown in this 20 county area, have developed an international reputation as the `world`s sweetest onion.` The Vidalia Onion was named Georgia`s official vegetable in 1990 and is a major state industry.

GHM 138-3 Georgia Historic Marker 1999