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County Formed July 18, 1924
County Seat Fort Valley
Incorporated Cities Byron and Fort Valley
Total Area 151.27437 square miles


From its county population in 2000 of 23810 to its current population estimate of 26922, the county has experienced a growth change of 3112.

Peach County was Georgia's 161st county and the last county to be created. (In 1932 Milton and Campbell counties merged with Fulton, leaving the final number of counties in the state at 159.)  Its name from the peaches grown there and is the self-proclaimed "Peach Capital of the World." Samuel Henry Rumph lived in the area and launched Georgia's peach industry after he developed the Elberta peach variety, named for his wife.

Today the seat of Peach County, Fort Valley was officially incorporated in 1856, although the town's main institutions had been in existence for a couple of decades. The other incorporated town in the county is Byron, named for Lord Byron, an English Romantic poet. 

Points of Interest

The most famous employer in Fort Valley, as well as one of the largest, is the Blue Bird Body Company, founded in 1927. Known for its yellow school buses, the company also houses a museum, where tourists can see the original Blue Bird number one.

The American Camellia Society, founded in 1945, maintains its national headquarters at Massee Lane Gardens in Peach County. The gardens, added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980, feature nine acres of camellias.

Higher Education

Fort Valley State University, a member of the University System of Georgia, is a historically black college and a land-grant institution.

Annual Events

The Peach Regional Rodeo and the Georgia Peach Festival celebrate the county's most famous crop. In the 1920s the Peach Blossom Festival attracted thousands of people from all over the world.

Additional County Info
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State of Georgia

Byron Depot

Troutman House, Fort Valley

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