Americus-Sumter County Extends A Cordial Welcome

Located just 120 miles southwest of Atlanta, you’ll find the home of a former President, Victorian secrets and volumes of history.

The Historic Downtown District of Americus is home to the Windsor Hotel, a Victorian-era landmark built in 1891; and the Rylander Theatre (c. 1921), a jewel of a performance space, featuring frequent road shows and local productions.

World-famous historic sites and attractions include: the Andersonville National Historic Site (also the location for the National Prisoner of War Museum); The Jimmy Carter National Historic Site, Plains High School, the Plains Depot Museum and the Jimmy Carter boyhood home and farm; the Lindbergh Memorial statue at Souther Field Airport near Americus; Habitat for Humanity’s International Headquarters and Global Village in downtown Americus; and the Georgia Rural Telephone Museum in Leslie.

The SAM shortline railroad (main depot in Americus), will even take you on a scenic excursion to points east: Plains, or points west: Leslie and the Lake Blackshear area, providing more than 8,700 aquatic acres for boating and fishing.

Less than ten miles northeast of Americus is the Andersonville National Historic Site. The site is 500 acres of beautifully kept grounds including the site of the Andersonville Civil War Prison and the National Prisoner of War Museum.

Just ten miles southwest of Americus is the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site in Plains. Visitors to Plains can see the Depot used for Carter’s campaign headquarters, the farmhouse where he was raised, and the Plains High School that has been converted into a museum.

The Americus-Sumter County Arts Council is committed to enriching the culture of our community by promoting the literary, visual and performing arts.

Sumter County is a community where family values are a virtue, historic attractions are treasured, and diverse educational, recreational and cultural advantages are abundant.

A New Era of Progress

The devastating tornado of 2007 dealt a major blow to the community, but also inspired a sustained sense of purpose for all citizens. An impressive 40 acre healthcare state-of-the-art development is underway at the new Phoebe Sumter Medical Center. The community has also geared its future as a retirement destination complemented by the all-new Village at Southland ridge, plus other private developments. First-rate nursing and retirement homes make Sumter County an appealing location for seniors.

Meanwhile, on the youth front, both Georgia Southwester State University and South Georgia Technical College provide outstanding services to the region as they have grown at record pace. A progressive Sumter County School System and Southland Academy (private) provide exemplary educational opportunities.

Come and experience the "Real Georgia" in Americus & Sumter County!

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