Georgia's model for its state building was —"Sutherland," It was situated on one of the main avenues of the Exposition, known as "The Trail," and immediately north of Virginia and opposite Tennessee and Ohio. It was a replica of the home of the late Gen. John B. Gordon in Kirkwood (an Atlanta suburb).
The Georgia Legislature made an appropriation of 30,000 dollars to provide for the State's participation in the Exposition, but made no provision for a building. With the aid of a committee of citizens, they raised 18,100 dollars in private subscriptions for this building. The house was furnished entirely with Georgian manufactures. The cost of furnishing the building was approximately 3,000 dollars.
The buildings interior showcased walls of curly pine; rooms were furnished in choice woods and exquisite furniture.
In the ladies' reception room,, hung an old portrait of General Gordon,by female artist- G. K. Gregory. In the gentlemen's room, stood an oil of Gov. Hammond, the first governor of the Province of St. Louis.
At the end of the Fair, the Georgia commission to the Louisiana Purchase Exposition donated the entire furnishings of the state building to the Georgia
Industrial Home at Macon, Georgia., the only nonsectarian orphanage in the
Owing to the lateness in preparing for the Exposition was begun--October, 1903-- the state a did not make a complete and comprehensive exhibit of her natural, educational, and manufacturing products.
In the Agricultural Palace, one of the most different exhibits contributed by Georgia was that of the manufacture of the celebrated Georgia cane syrup, donated by the Georgia Syrup Growers' Association, which cost 1,700 dollars. There was also a complete display of sea-island cotton in bales and types, together with threads and the various cloths manufactured from the same. The state also showcased its cotton industry. The display consisted of a pyramid containing cotton-seed hulls, meal linters, crude oil,surrounded by commercial packages of meal and hulls, refined oils and lard compounds manufactured from cotton seed. The material and
maintenance cost 12,000 dollars. A fine tobacco exhibit was also shown.