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County Formed May 15, 1821
County Seat McDonough
Incorporated Cities Hampton, Locust Grove, McDonough and Stockbridge
Total Area 326.482034 square miles


From its county population in 2000 of 121625 to its current population estimate of 213869, the county has experienced a growth change of 92244.

Henry County was formed in 1821 from Creek Indian lands. Georgia's 50th county was named for Patrick Henry, whose powerful rhetoric helped push the Colonies into the Revolutionary War. Although spellings differ, McDonough, the county seat, was named for Captain James MacDonough, the victor over the British on Lake Champlain in the War of 1812.

There are several historic places throughout Henry County. The Brown House in McDonough is home to the Henry County Historical Society. Built in 1826, the building was the home of Andrew McBride, a Revolutionary War Veteran from South Carolina. The home became the Brown House Hotel after it was expanded in 1874.

The McDonough area is also home to the Shingleroof Methodist Campground where annual campmeetings have held since the 1830's. The campground was used as a training ground for Confederate forces during the Civil War.

Points of Interest

Henry County hosts several major sporting events each year. The Chick-Fil-A Charity Championship, a Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Tour Event, is held at the Eagles Landing Country Club each April. The Atlanta Motor Speedway, located in Hampt

The Panola Mountain State Conservation Park is located east of Stockbridge on the county's border with Rockdale County. The 537-acre park surrounds Panola Mountain, a million-year-old granite monadnock. The South River, which eventually flows into Lake Jackson, also flows through the park.

Notable Citizens

Famous individuals from Henry County include James Weldon Johnson, founder of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Martin Luther King, Sr., who was born and raised on a farm near Stockbridge and Congressional Medal of Honor winner Ray Davis of Stockbridge.

Annual Events

Several communities in the county host annual fairs or cultural events. The Henry County Fair is held each October in McDonough. McDonough also hosts the Geranium Festival in May.

Stockbridge is home to the Old Stockbridge Days Festival in May and Locust Grove celebrates Old Locust Grove Days in May, as well. The Fairview Fall Festival is held each year in early October.

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Brown House Hotel, McDonough

Atlanta Motor Speedway (ALT)

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