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County Formed May 15, 1821
County Seat Forsyth
Incorporated Cities Culloden and Forsyth
Total Area 397.737555 square miles

History

From its county population in 2000 of 21858 to its current population estimate of 27051, the county has experienced a growth change of 5193.

Monroe County, located in west central Georgia about fifty miles south of Atlanta and twenty-five miles north of Macon, is the state's fiftieth county. It was named for James Monroe, the fifth president of the United States. The state legislature designated the county seat as Forsyth in 1823, and the first courthouse, built in 1825, was replaced by the current structure in 1896.

Monroe County was an active site during the Civil War (1861-65). A skirmish was fought at a Towaliga River bridge on November 17, 1864. The Battle of Culloden on April 19, 1865, was fought ten days after the surrender of Confederate general Robert E. Lee at Appomattox, Virginia, as the word about the war's end had not yet reached Monroe County.

Confederate soldiers wounded in battles at Atlanta were brought to a special hospital  camp inForsyth —said to be the first such camp in Georgia—and 300 soldiers are buried in a Confederate cemetery in the town. Monroe County escaped much of the destruction associated with the Civil War, possibly because of its reputation as a center for healing and respite.

Points of Interest

Places of interest include the Chattahoochee National Forest (Monroe County is one of the eighteen counties over which this national forest spreads); High Falls State Park, a 1,050-acre park that features waterfalls; and Lake Juliette, a 3,600-acre reserv

Many sites in Monroe County are on the National Register of Historic Places, including the Hil'ardin/Sharp-Hardin-Wright House in Forsyth; the Montpelier Female Institute, west of Macon; and the State Teachers and Agricultural College for Negroes Women's Dormitory and Teachers' Cottage in Forsyth. 

Juliette, an abandoned railroad town in the county, was reconstructed as the fictional town of Whistle Stop for the making of the film Fried Green Tomatoes (1991). Today Juliette offers several souvenir shops as well as the operational Whistle Stop Cafe.

Annual Events

The Green Tomato Festival was started to celebrate this county's role in a Hollywood film.

Forsythia is an annual festival for the whole family that features many attractions.

County http://www.monroecountygeorgia.com/
Chamber of Commerce http://www.forsyth-monroechamber.com/
Additional County Info http://www.georgiaplanning.com/CountyPortal/countyportal.asp?FIPS=13207
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View of Ocmulgee River


Whistle Stop Cafe, Juliette


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