Historical facts about some of Georgia’s small towns


  • Most towns between Atlanta and Savannah have a Sherman story, though Covington’s is less harrowing than some: His troops looted the town but otherwise left it intact.

  • That well sitting smack in the middle of downtown Social Circle? It’s a replica of the town’s earliest water source (though the source of the town’s name remains unclear).
  • Chartered in 1786, Greensboro can claim the dubious distinction of being the first U.S. town to be sacked and burned to the ground by Native Americans.
  • In 1832 Hezekiah Rutledge purchased 132 acres of Morgan County farmland for $250; these days, a small patch of that is occupied by the town that bears his name.
  • After the Georgia Railroad Company was chartered in 1833, Buckhead became a layover for trains that weren’t allowed to run on Sundays.
  • Madison’s historic district is the state’s second largest (watch your back, Macon).
  • The Battle of Kettle Creek, a crucial skirmish on the Revolutionary War’s southern front, was waged just twelve miles from Washington.
  • From 1804 till 1868, Milledgeville served as Georgia’s fourth state capital, nestled between Louisville and some backwater called Atlanta.

This article originally appeared in our August 2013 issue.

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  • Ann McCrickard

    Thanks to Rhonda Geiger for giving us the heads up on these features. Enjoyed the stories and my interest was piqued with facts I did not know but intend to learn more about! I have a suggestion for another ‘theme’ that can feature small Georgia towns and, hopefully, my little town of Boston will be included. Boston, GA is the second largest Boston in the US (I believe there are 12 with zip codes). A reporter (David Filipov) from the Boston Globe came here two or three years ago and included our sweet town in a feature about other Bostons in the US; the story ran on the front page. We host a mini-marathon (13.1 miles) held the last Saturday in October so we are just wrapping up the 34th Annual Boston (GA) Mini-marathon and Festival which was dedicated to our sister city, Boston, MA in memory of those whose lives were lost or devastated by the bombings at the 2013 Boston Marathon. I am thinking there are other small towns in Georgia which have larger sister cities in the US or perhaps internationally and wouldn’t your readers be interested in their stories?