WELCOME TO Worth County! History • Worth County was created from Dooly and Irwin Counties in 1853. • Worth County’s current seat, Sylvester, GA was originally called Isabella Station. The first record of “Sylvester” was a post office established on June 17, 1882, at Isabella Station. It is Latin for “sylva” meaning wood and “vester” meaning your. • Sylvester’s downtown is on the National Register of His-toric Places. The renovation and protection of it’s historic buildings has preserved it’s charm and kept the downtown bustling. • In it’s history Worth County has had 4 Courthouses. The current courthouse was rebuilt in 1982 as a result of fire damage. It still sits on the square in Sylvester today. • Worth County is no stranger to Manufacturing and Distribution. Long time home to Peter Pan Peanut Butter, Olam Edible Nuts (Universal), Birdsong, NAPA Distribution and Coca Cola Bottling Co Distribution Center. • Incentives include but not limited to Quick Start, Job Credits, Energy Tax Credits and more depending on creation of jobs. • A hardworking labor force. • Public Airport 4 miles from Sylvester. • Hunting Plantations: 22 Quail Plantations, 5 are open to the public. Along with hunting, most also offer fishing, skeet shooting, hiking, horseback riding and more! • Parks: Sylvester has several parks open to the public, including Reed Bingham State Park, with places to get out and exercise as well as a clubhouse to relax in after a fun day outdoors! Enjoy lighted tennis and basketballcourts, shady picnic spots, and playgrounds for the little ones. • Festivals/Yearly Events: Annual Georgia Peanut Festival, Relay for Life Service, Downtown Sylvester’s Farmers Market, Music Festival, Sumner Egg Festival, Pageant & Car Show, 100 Mile Peanut Pickin’ Yard Sale, City of Sylvester Chirstmas Parade & much more! Fast Facts at a Glance • Critical Care Access Hospital with approximately 50 beds. Phoebe Worth is designated as one of the state’s critical access hospitals. Phoebe Worth provides state-of-the-art health care services for the community it serves. Worth County also has a 116 bed Nursing Home facility, assisted living care facility, as well as two Family Medical Centers. • Worth County has it’s own Health Department, Library and Humane Society. • Three Dentist Offices. • Communications: Sylvester Worth County has a Local Newspaper published weekly as well as an online News Service. • Financial facilities: four banks. • Worth County hosts 22 hunting plantations several which are open to the public. Southern Woods Plantation -Voted by CNN Travel as one of the top 6 Hunting sites in the United States. • Home to Sue Monk Kid, author of The Secret Life of Bees . “Worth” Visiting • Ole Engine 100: A steam locomotive that ran the rails of the Georgia-Ashburn-Sylvester-Camilla Railways from 1930-1948. The engine was donated to Sylvester in 1957 to make sure it had just the right retirement spot. It can be seen in T.C. Jeffords Park. • Pope Park: Founded in 1910 and home to the Worth County Rams, it is the longest consecutively played baseball field in Georgia. In 2010 Pope Park celebrated its 100th anniversary! Go Rams! • Wildlife Museum: In one of Worth county’s local business-es, Tyson Steel Buildings, there is also a wildlife museum. Containing animals from around the world being displayed in their natural habitat, admission is free to the public. • Possum Poke: Home of the former Michigan Governor, Chase S. Osborn and his wife Stellanova. Possum Poke is two buildings-Big Poke which was a hunting lodge, and Little Poke which served as Governor Osborn’s Home office as well as house. • Camp Osborn was created when Gov. Osborn decided to donate 810 acres for use by the Boy Scouts of South Georgia! Quality of Life • Home to excellent schools, recreational programs, thriving small business and facilities. • Schools that invest in teacher and leader quality and creating an environment where teachers and students are partners in learning to insure a viable workforce and constantly evolving “Ensuring a Quality Education for ALL Students. • State Championship Athletic Programs. • Agriculture is the lifeblood of Worth County. Peanut fields and cotton fields are abound in Worth County. Our Farmers are proud of the fact we lay title to “The Peanut Capitol of the World”. Economic Development & Workforce • Located on 4 Lane S.GA Parkway (US 82/GA 520)with easy access to I-75. (less than 15 minutes drive) • Worth County hosts a 196 Acre GRAD Ready Industrial Complex, other existing industrial sites and buildings. www.worthcountyeda.com. Recreation • Lake Blackshear Resort: 25 miles for camping, fishing, boating, swimming, skiing, golfing and picnicking. Choose from 14 Guest Rooms located in the lodge, 64 large Villa Guest Rooms, or one of the 10 scenic lakeside cozy cabins.