Georgetown Poppy Festival – {Emily Michelle Photography}

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Georgetown: the Red Poppy Capital of Texas (bet you didn’t even know there was such a thing.)

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Seeds from poppies in Europe were sent to Georgetown right after World War I. Henry Purl Compton (known as ‘Okra’) who served in the American Expeditionary Forces sent them to his mother. She planted them at her home which is now 507 East 7th Street. From there, they were spread (by birds, bees, and people!) down the river and over much of Old Town… We understand that Georgetown is one of the few locations in the United States where red poppies reseed themselves from year to year. Each April as the poppies bloom, Georgetown celebrates with the annual Red Poppy Festival, held on the beautiful historic downtown Square.” – Red Poppy History | Main Street Georgetown

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