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Lowndes County, Georgia
||December 23, 1825
||Dasher, Hahira, Lake Park,
Remerton and Valdosta
||504.3 square miles
||Lowndes County is named for
William Lowndes, a South Carolina statesman who died shortly after being
nominated for Vice President of the United States. The county seat, Valdosta,
was named for Governor George Troup's plantations, named for an Italian alpine
valley, Val D'Osta.
The first county seat,
Franklinville, was established in 1828. In 1837, Troupville became the county
seat until the railroad surveyors came to the area. The citizens of Troupville
decided to pickup and move the town four miles to ensure its economic
prosperity. The town was then renamed Valdosta in 1860 and became the new seat
of county government.
has three National Register Historic Districts: Downtown, Victorian Fairview,
and Patterson Street.
|Points of Interest
||The county's numerous
opportunities for recreation include Langdale Park, the county's newest park.
The 5,000-acre Grand Bay Wildlife Management Area, 10 miles north of Valdosta,
is the second largest cypress-blackgum bay in Georgia after the Okefenokee
Swamp. Visitors to the Wildlife Management Area can fish, canoe, birdwatch,
hike, camp, and hunt.
Moody Air Force Base is located in
the county. It was named for George Putnam Moody who died in an air crash in
Tours are also
available of many of the city's historic homes, such as the Crescent, which
serves as the headquarters for the Valdosta Garden Center, and the Barber
Pittman House, which was home to the first bottler of Coca-Cola outside of
Valdosta is the
business and retail hub for south Georgia and north Florida.
has a symphony orchestra composed of local professional musicians, Valdosta
State University faculty and students, as well as guest artists.
||Valdosta was the boyhood home of
John Henry (Doc) Holliday from 1866-1972. The actual house was purchased and
restored in 1981 for use as a residence.
||Valdosta State University was
originally founded in 1906 as South Georgia State Normal College for Women, and
became part of the University of Georgia system in 1950.
April, Valdosta hosts an Arts and Balloon Festival to celebrate fine art,
ballet, theater, music, poetry, arts, and crafts. Other local festivals include
the Azalea Festival in March, the Remerton Cotton Patch Festival in September
and the Hahira Honey Bee Festival in October.
Cities and Towns In Lowndes County
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