If the name gives you Italian Job vibes, there’s a good reason. In 1870, the town of Preston was renamed Turin after Turin, Italy. Why the name change? Besides Italy being absolutely dreamy, the railroad was coming. However, unlike the Italians, the people of Turin weren’t big fans of wine and stipulated that the railroad could only pass through the town if the trains were alcohol-free and always allowed passenger service. As you can imagine, times changed and so did those rules.
There’s a strange and unexpected roadside attraction hiding within this tiny Georgia town. Drive along the highway through Turin, and it won’t be long before you come across a (mostly) nude Barbie Beach.
The naked Barbie and Ken dolls have been lounging around in a 6-foot-by-4-foot stretch of sand for more than 15 years. They’re arranged in an ever-changing display that matches various current events, such as the Final Four playoffs, the Olympics and even a royal wedding. Barbie Beach is the brainchild of two longtime Turin locals who created their first sandy scene in celebration of the 2006 Winter Olympics, which just so happened to take place in Turin, Italy.