LaGrange-Troup County, Georgia
Ideally-located less than an hour from both Atlanta and Columbus and sharing a 35-mile border with Alabama, LaGrange-Troup County – named for the estate of French and American hero General Marquis de Lafayette and Governor Troup – is home to 67,000 residents and plays host to popular annual events like February’s For Love of the Arts celebration, March’s Azalea Storytelling Festival and October’s Hummingbird Festival. The sophisticated Southern city harbors the nearly 26,000-acre recreational wonder known as West Point Lake, two four-year liberal arts and science colleges, LaGrange College and Point University, and West Georgia Technical College. A cultural hub, LaGrange offers three galleries, two art museums, a history museum, the LaGrange Symphony Orchestra, three performing arts theatres and more than 80 mouth-watering restaurants. www.LaGrangeChamber.com
Fast Facts and Trivia
- Designed by the noted architectural ﬁrm of Hentz & Reid, the 35-acre Hills and Dales Estate is one of the ﬁnest historic homes in America today, a beautiful Georgian- Italian style home built in 1916 for textile magnate Fuller E. Callaway and his family.
- The formal gardens surrounding Hills and Dales Estate were created prior to the Civil War.
- One of the largest lakes in Georgia is located in Troup County. The lake covers 26,000 acres and provides excellent opportunities for ﬁshing, camping, boating and other recreational activities at its many day use areas and two marinas. The lake’s 500 miles of unspoiled shoreline attracts almost 2.5 million visitors per year.
- LaGrange-Troup County is part of the Presidential Pathways travel region, which is so named because former U.S. President Jimmy Carter is from Plains and former U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt vacationed at his Little White House in Warm Springs. Both of these towns are included in this region, as is Columbus, the third largest Georgia city.
- Part of the “Southern Loop” of antique shops from Fairburn and Palmetto to LaGrange, Hogansville boasts an abundance of antique shops in a charming small town.
- The County Commission chairman and his family have an organic produce farm in Troup County that provides farm-to-table offerings to C’Sons Restaurant. Also providing local organic food, Sim’s Garden Patch in Mountville surrounds the couple’s renovated old church house. Pine Mountain’s Jenny Jack Sun Farm is run by a young married couple, both University of Georgia graduates. LaGrange and Hogansville both have weekly farmers’ markets.
- After the men of the LaGrange area left for the Civil War, 40 women organized a militia. The militia company named itself the Nancy Harts, after the Revolutionary War heroine who single-handedly defended her home against a group of invading British soldiers. They learned how to shoot their riﬂes near an old red schoolhouse in “Ben Hill’s Grove,” which was located behind Bellevue. Built in 1853, Bellevue was the home of U.S. Senator Benjamin Harvey Hill. Bellevue is open to tourists.
- From Korean pears to Korean restaurants to Korean-owned businesses and cultural arts, Kia’s decision to locate its ﬁrst North American plant in West Point/Troup County has had a major inﬂuence on the area.
- LaGrange has more Andy Warhol collectors than any town its size.