This is a portrait of frontier Georgia, told in the words of thirteen travellers who came here from England, Scotland, Ireland, France, Sweden and New England, between the Revolution and the Civil War. There are stage coach wrecks along the highways and dirty beds and rusty forks at isolated taverns. The book is fresh and alive with personal, exciting, firsthand descriptions of rising raw towns in the wilderness, drunken Indians and backwoods settlers and plantations lost in the interminable forest. The most famous travellers are Basil Hall, Tyrone Power, James Silk Buckingham, Charles Lyell, Frederick Law Olmsted, plus eight others. The book is embellished with drawings of Georgia made in 1828 by Basil Hall.