City of Homerville
There's No Place Like Homerville
Vibrant Communities Grant
Downtown Homerville public art project representing two
indigenous plants of the Okefenokee Swamp 
Downtown Homerville is the county seat of Clinch County, Georgia. The heart of downtown is located at the intersection of US Highways 84 East and 441 South, both of which lead travelers to the three entrances of the Okefenokee Swamp. The Okefenokee Swamp is considered to be one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Georgia and is the largest "blackwater" swamp in North America. Stephen C. Foster State Park located in Fargo, Georgia is the local entrance for Clinch County.
In 2021, The Homerville Main Street Program received a Vibrant Communities Grant from the Georgia Council for the Arts for two art installations downtown. Local Metalwork Artist Ron Morgan created two iron sculptures representing indigenous flowers found in the Okefenokee Swamp. Sheree Baldree, also from Clinch County, painted the installations.

Second only to Cypress trees, the next most common image of swamp vegetation is that of the “lily pad”. Like shiny green dinner plates floating upon black water, the white Fragrant Water Lily, Nymphaea odorata abounds in the Okefenokee. These verdant saucers are garnished with large, sweet-scented flowers. Not only is the White Water Lily a picturesque part of the swamp, but it is an important part of the ecosystem. Wildlife such as deer, beaver, and muskrat will eat the leaves and rhizomes; while the seeds are consumed by various waterfowl. The underwater parts of the plant also provide food and habitat for invertebrates, which are also sustenance for reptiles, amphibians, and avian life.

Some of the most distinctive-looking plants in the swamp are the pitcher plants, found growing in clumps around the swamp. The Sarracenia genus of plants has eight species, seven of which are found only in the southeastern United States. The pitcher plants hold small pools of water inside their long stalks, or "pitchers." Insects are attracted inside the pitchers, sometimes by the odor of decay or sweetness, and are forced downward by pointing hairs inside the lining of the plant. Trapped inside the pitcher's small pool where a narcotic helps drown them, bacteria then decompose the soft parts of the insect, and enzymes convert the protein into usable nitrogen. Slicing open the tube of the pitcher will reveal the black skeleton remains of many insects. Three varieties of pitcher plants are found in the swamp: the golden trumpet pitcher, Sarracenia flava; the hooded pitcher plant, Sarracenia minor; and the parrot pitcher plant, Sarracenia psittacina. The golden trumpet pitcher is recognized by its more open top. The hooded pitcher has a definite curving top, sometimes with small, transparent windows on the back of its hood which help trap insects inside the pitcher. Flying insects are attracted to the windows where they spend their last hours. The parrot pitcher has smaller, reclining pitchers. All have a remarkable drooping flower that helps attract insects.

Please visit Downtown Homerville and Stephen C. Foster State Park