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There is much to see and enjoy in Southwest Georgia. And in the process, whether you're a visitor or a fellow Georgian, there is much to discover and learn as well. Having lived in Southwest Georgia all my life, I never knew there was so much hiding in my backyard until I started working on this website.
Some of the native sons and daughters include Nobel Prize winners, inventors, and such diverse personalities as Margaret Mitchell, Julia Roberts, Dean Rusk, Martin Luther King, Jimmy Carter, Joanne Woodward, Parnell Roberts, Cesar Romero, Erskine Caldwell, Carson McCullers, Flannery O'Connor, Ray Charles, Fletcher Henderson, Oliver Hardy of Laurel and Hardy, Burt Reynolds, Stacy Keach, Johnny Mercer, Harry James, Joe Penny, Rosie Grier, General Lucius Clay, Jackie Robinson, Otis Redding, Kim Basinger, Lena Horne, Little Richard, Marla Maples, and Alice Walker. Both Emilio Pucci and Hershal Walker claim the University of Georgia as their alma mater; Madame Chiang Kai-shek graduated from Wesleyan in Macon, Georgia.

Places to visit in Southwest Georgia - Things to do and see!

Cuthbert's King of Swing

Who created that catchy swing music of the 1930's and 1940's that kept dancers cutting a rug? Many music critics believe that Fletcher Henderson, a native of Cuthbert, Georgia, is the true King of Swing.
Henderson was born into a musical family on December 18, 1897. He started playing piano at the age of six ~ and never looked back. In 1920, Henderson moved to New York to attend graduate school, but he decided to play piano on a riverboat on the Hudson River instead.
Throughout most of his life, he worked in the music industry. He started out with the Harry Pace/W.C. Handy Music Company as a song demonstrator. He also used his talents as a recording director and accompanist. He organized big bands and even joined Benny Goodman's band as the staff arranger.
Henderson's orchestra was the first African-American band to broadcast regularly over the radio. Critics credit him as being the first jazzman to organize a big band. Many believe his orchestral arrangements became the foundation for what is known as the Swing Era. Although he may have never received the credit he deserved, Cuthbert honors their hometown jazzman each April at the Fletcher Herderson Jazz Festival.    Keeping Georgia on Your Mind


Jimmy Carter National Historic Site

In the small town of Plains, you'll find the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site. Operated by the National Park Service, the site inludes the restored Plains High School that both Jimmy and Rosalynn attended. The school, which is now the state high school of Georgia, also serves as the visitor center and museum for the site. Visitors can see films and exhibits that tell the story of Carter's rise to becoming U.S. President. The museum shed light on how the town of Plains coped with changing social issues during the Great Depression years. The Boyhood Farm of Jimmy Carter is also located here in Sumter County.


Habitat for Humanity International's Global Village & Discovery Center

This six-acre Global Village and Discovery Center opened on June 7th, 2003 in Americus with the purpose of providing a first-hand look at low-cost housing solutions that are both environmentally and culturally appropriate.
Visitors to the site travel through the "Living in Poverty" exhibit before touring the Global Village, where replicas of Habitat Homes built in third-world countries show how the organization stives to eliminate poverty housing. Detailed descriptions of homes built at a cost ranging from $2,900 - $4,300 include a hurricane-resistant stone home in Haiti, a house made of concrete and steel in Guatemala, a pressed-earth brick hoje in Kenya and a wood home on stilts in Papa, New Guinea. Vistors can also participate in hands-on activities such as brick and tile making.
The site also features five guest areas, a Visitor Welcome Center, an International Marketplace with galleries, a theater, and Marketplace Store and Exploration Center. It is located at 121 Habitat Street in Americus. For more information and hours, call 1-866-924-5823.


Fort Benning: The Home of Infantry

Fort Benning is known as the most influential infantry center in the world. The army established the training site in 1918 on a plantation south of Columbus. Today, it not only serves as an Infantry School, but also an Airborn School, Ranger School and provides training on the Bradley Fighting Vehicle. Leaders such as Omar Bradley, Dwight Eisenhower, George Patton and Colin Powell have all trained at Fort Benning.
One of the most fasinating features of the site was made for the public to enjoy. The National Infantry Museum honors the centuries of service the infantryman gave our nation. The museum encompasses 30,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space filled with artifacts from the wilderness of Virginia in 1607 to the Persian Gulf in 1991.
Visitors will enjoy viewing a large collection of firearms, uniforms, helmets, and vehicles. Memorable pieces include documents signed by George Washington and Franklin D. Roosevelt, a gas mask for a horse and a 1902 Studebaker Utiity Wagon. There's also a 100-seat auditorium that shows films daily and a gift shop. The museum is open to the public Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.


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More to See...
In Southwest Georgia 
  • Bellevue Mansion
        Located in Troup County, Georgia
  • Chattahoochee Valley Art Assoc.
        Located in Troup County, Georgia
  • Little Whitehouse & F. D. Roosevelt State Park
        Located in Meriwether County, Georgia
  • Callaway Gardens
        Located in Harris County, Georgia
  • National Infantry Museum
        Located in Muscogee County, Georgia
  • Columbus Museum
        Located in Muscogee County, Georgia
  • American Camillia Society
        Located in Peach County, Georgia
  • Montezuma
        Located in Macon County, Georgia
  • Andersonville Historic Cemetery
        Located in Sumter County, Georgia
  • Americus & Plains
        Located in Sumter County, Georgia
  • Pasauan Folk Art Compound
        Located in Marion County, Georgia
  • Providence Canyon State Park
        Located in Stewart County, Georgia
  • Westville
        Located in Stewart County, Georgia
  • Florence Marina
        Located in Stewart County, Georgia
  • Blue & Grey Museum
        Located in Ben Hill County, Georgia
  • Fitzgerald
        Located in Ben Hill County, Georgia
  • Jefferson Davis Museum
        Located in Irwin County, Georgia
  • Crystal Lake
        Located in Irwin County, Georgia
  • GA Veterans Memorial State Pk
        Located in Crisp County, Georgia
  • Parks at Chehaw
        Located in Dougherty County, Georgia
  • Georgia Agirama
        Located in Tift County, Georgia
  • Kolomoki Mounds State Park
        Located in Early County, Georgia
  • George T. Bagby State Park
        Located in Clay County, Georgia
  • The Mayhaw Tree, Inc.
        Located in Miller County, Georgia
  • Lake Seminole
        Located in Seminole County, Georgia
  • Climax Swine Time/Rattlesnake Roundup
        Located in Decatur County, Georgia
  • Lapham-Patterson House
        Located in Thomas County, Georgia
  • Pebble Hill Plantation
        Located in Thomas County, Georgia
  • Rose Test Gardens
        Located in Thomas County, Georgia
  • Museum of Aviation
        Located in Houston County, Georgia
  • Little Ocmulgee State Park
        Located in Telfair County, Georgia
  • Big Pig Jig
        Located in Dooly County, Georgia
  • General Coffee State Park
        Located in Coffee County, Georgia
  • Downtown Historic District Macon
        Located in Bibb County, Georgia
  • Harriet Tubman Museum
        Located in Bibb County, Georgia
  • Ocmulgee Mounds National Monument
        Located in Bibb County, Georgia

  • Southwest Georgia Counties

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  • Atkinson County, Georgia
    Information about Atkinson County, Georgia
  • Baker County, Georgia
    Information about Baker County, Georgia
  • Benhill County, Georgia
    Information about Benhill County, Georgia
  • Berrien County, Georgia
    Information about Berrein County, Georgia
  • Bibb County, Georgia
    Information about Bibb County, Georgia
  • Bleckley County, Georgia
    Information about Bleckley County, Georgia
  • Brooks County, Georgia
    Information about Brooks County, Georgia
  • Calhoun County, Georgia
    Information about Calhoun County, Georgia
  • Chattahoochee County, Georgia
    Information about Chattahoochee County, Georgia
  • Clay County, Georgia
    Information about Clay County, Georgia
  • Coffee County, Georgia
    Information about Coffee County, Georgia
  • Colquitt County, Georgia
    Information about Colquitt County, Georgia
  • Cook County, Georgia
    Information about Cook County, Georgia
  • Crawford County, Georgia
    Information about Crawford County, Georgia
  • Crisp County, Georgia
    Information about Crisp County, Georgia
  • Decatur County, Georgia
    Information about Decatur County, Georgia
  • Dodge County, Georgia
    Information about Dodge County, Georgia
  • Dooly County, Georgia
    Information about Dooly County, Georgia
  • Dougherty County, Georgia
    Information about Dougherty County, Georgia
  • Early County, Georgia
    Information about Early County, Georgia
  • Grady County, Georgia
    Information about Grady County, Georgia
  • Harris County, Georgia
    Information about Harris County, Georgia
  • Houston County, Georgia
    Information about Houston County, Georgia
  • Irwin County, Georgia
    Information about Irwin County, Georgia
  • Lanier County, Georgia
    Information about Lanier County, Georgia
  • Laurens County, Georgia
    Information about Laurens County, Georgia
  • Lee County, Georgia
    Information about Lee County, Georgia
  • Lowndes County, Georgia
    Information about Lowndes County, Georgia
  • Macon County, Georgia
    Information about Macon County, Georgia
  • Marion County, Georgia
    Information about Marion County, Georgia
  • Miller County, Georgia
    Information about Miller County, Georgia
  • Mitchell County, Georgia
    Information about Mitchell County, Georgia
  • Muscogee County, Georgia
    Information about Muscogee County, Georgia
  • Peach County, Georgia
    Information about Peach County, Georgia
  • Pulaski County, Georgia
    Information about Pulaski County, Georgia
  • Quitman County, Georgia
    Information about Quitman County, Georgia
  • Randolph County, Georgia
    Information about Randolph County, Georgia
  • Schley County, Georgia
    Information about Schley County, Georgia
  • Seminole County, Georgia
    Information about Seminole County, Georgia
  • Stewart County, Georgia
    Information about Stewart County, Georgia
  • Sumter County, Georgia
    Information about Sumter County, Georgia
  • Talbot County, Georgia
    Information about Talbot County, Georgia
  • Taylor County, Georgia
    Information about Taylor County, Georgia
  • Telfair County, Georgia
    Information about Telfair County, Georgia
  • Terrell County, Georgia
    Information about Terrell County, Georgia
  • Thomas County, Georgia
    Information about Thomas County, Georgia
  • Tift County, Georgia
    Information about Tift County, Georgia
  • Turner County, Georgia
    Information about Turner County, Georgia
  • Twiggs County, Georgia
    Information about Twiggs County, Georgia
  • Upson County, Georgia
    Information about Upson County, Georgia
  • Webster County, Georgia
    Information about Webster County, Georgia
  • Wilcox County, Georgia
    Information about Wilcox County, Georgia
  • Wilkinson County, Georgia
    Information about Wilkinson County, Georgia
  • Worth County, Georgia
    Information about Worth County, Georgia
  • Places to Visit in Southwest Georgia

     

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