Ever wonder how Waynesboro, Ga., became the “Bird Dog capital of the World?”
In this week’s edition of The Augusta Chronicle’s “Augusta Outdoors” video series, you can learn more about the Georgia Field Trials, first held in Burke County in 1903.
The annual event lured some of the nation’s finest dogs and trainers – and famous guests that included Ty Cobb, Bobby Jones and many others.
In the early 1950s, a New York millionaire named Henry Berol, heir to the Eagle Pencil Company, created a bird hunting plantation a few miles from town and named the place after his daughters, Diane and Elaine.
Di-Lane became the tenured ancestral home to the Georgia Field Trials for many decades – and remains the host site today.
Berol kept more than 100 champion bird dogs at his southern retreat and later died there.
We’ll explore this interesting man’s legacy – and the cemetery where some of the finest gun dogs of the Old South were laid to rest.