93 miles southeast of Atlanta, beautiful Baldwin County, “Georgia’s Antebellum Capitol,” was developed on lands once held by the Creek Nation. The county was established in 1803 and named for Abraham Baldwin, a member of the Continental Congress, who authored the legislation that established the nation’s first state university, the University of Georgia. Milledgeville, which holds the county seat for Baldwin County, was once the state capital of Georgia.
Milledgeville holds much of the county’s tourist attractions, including the Milledgeville Museum District. The charming, historically preserved downtown offers a trolley ride through the most picturesque parts of town. For history enthusiasts, there’s the Old Governor’s Mansion, or Georgia’s Old Capital Museum, located in the building where the Georgia legislation voted to secede from the Union.
A smattering of art galleries that dot the downtown landscape include contemporary student work as well as traditional collections. Literary buffs will want to visit Andalusia, the farm that once belonged to the family of legendary author Flannery O’Connor, which hosts year-round public tours.
Residents enjoying Baldwin County homes find many opportunities for fun, exercise, culture and relaxation. A sampling of recent local events included an art exhibit of etchings and paintings, a 5k race and fun run, the Deep Roots cultural arts and music festival, trivia night, a bluegrass festival, a crafts workshop and “haunted” trolley tours to celebrate the fall season.
For foodies who require a gourmet selection anywhere they would consider moving, Baldwin County offers many culinary options, including historic Southern cuisine, and more modern international options. The Greenway Farmer’s market offers some of the best local produce, meat, eggs, cheese, jams, jellies and breads in Baldwin County for the aspiring home cook.
Baldwin County real estate is buffeted by the local school system. Baldwin County Schools are undergoing system accreditation this school year, which assures the district’s academic excellence.
The district participates in YES (Youth Enrichment Services), a collaborative project of Georgia College, Baldwin County Schools, Baldwin County Parks and Recreation and local volunteers. YES is designed to increase graduation rates, to enhance literacy, and to raise achievement and educational aspiration for students in grades 3-12. Program activities include academic support, homework assistance, enrichment, snacks and transportation.
Public schools within the district include 6 county public schools and 3 private schools