Henry County, Georgia, is an area blessed with natural beauty, high quality of life, rapid business development, and a progressive future.
Located just 28 miles south of the city of Atlanta, Henry County's location and amenities make it the fastest-growing county in metro Atlanta. In fact, it is one of the fastest-growing counties in the nation. Today's population of over 92,000 is expected to increase to nearly 112,000 by the year 2002. Henry's four municipalities, Hampton, McDonough, Stockbridge and Locust Grove, are all steeped in hometown charm yet offer the best in economic development, housing opportunities and quality of life.
Henry County has a long history of growth, hardship and resurgence. The county was formed from land acquired from the Creek Indians in 1821. It is known as the "Mother of Counties" as no less than 11 other Georgia counties were eventually created from land once part of Henry County. Steady growth from railroad development continued into the 1860s, when the Civil War began. Henry County's new nickname became "The Breadbasket of the Confederacy" because of the many acres of crops residents harvested and fed the soldiers. This made the county a prime target for General Sherman and the Union Army, who burned the communities to the ground. Once again, however, growth found its way to Henry County, and by the 1880s, the area became a major cotton producer, earning yet another nickname: The Cotton Kingdom. Cities were born and railroads were built yet again. The county prospered until the Depression hit, and the Cotton Boll Weevil crash ended Henry's cotton industry and the economic vitality of the area. However, rebirth occurred again in Henry County, and by the late 1960s, there was no turning back. The major cause of development can be traced to the construction of Interstate 75, which split Henry County down the middle and brought business with it.
The opening of I-75 provided such easy access to Atlanta that more and more people began choosing Henry County as a place to live, while commuting to Atlanta to work. And Henry County businesses had the opportunity to draw employment from the city. Today, major corporations are choosing Henry County as a place to do business and to live. Many top corporations have located facilities in Henry County, including Ford Parts and Distribution, Nestle USA, and Snapper Power Equipment. Businesses such as SunTrust Service Corporation and Toys "R" Us have also recently made Henry County their home. The combination of location and lifestyle is the reason the growth of the county has been rapid for over 10 years. And that trend will most likely continue into the future.
Newcomers to Henry County are always excited and impressed with the many housing options that are available. Whether you prefer a brand new subdivision, a country manor home or a golf and country club community, you can find it in Henry County. Upscale communities such as Eagle's Landing Country Club, Hampton Shores and Lake Dow North attract families who enjoy resort-style living. Styles range from two-story traditional to European stucco, with many homes set on the golf course or lakeside.
New home communities offering swim and tennis facilities are also very popular in Henry County. Or choose from a wide selection of condominiums and apartments. And although there is a wide range of housing options, they all have one feature in common: value. Housing in Henry County is one of the best values in the Atlanta area. Quality developments offer buyers the same amenities and features found in much more expensive homes in other metropolitan areas. Price ranges between $80-$110,000 are quite common, with higher-end communities priced at over $200,000.
There is never a lack of things to do in Henry County. Many historic structures with architecture dating back to the 1800s can be seen in McDonough, the county seat. The Henry County Courthouse, built in 1897, overlooks McDonough's Town Square, which is centered around a war veterans monument. Visitors can obtain a brochure from the Henry County Chamber of Commerce which outlines a walking tour and describes several houses and buildings surrounding the square.
A major attraction in Henry County is Hampton's Atlanta Motor Speedway. The speedway has been located in the county since 1959 and draws spectators from across the Southeast. Atlanta Motor Speedway holds the record for the largest attendance (150,000+) at a Georgia sporting event, and its success has made an important contribution to the growth of Henry County and its businesses.
For a quieter outing, visit Panola Mountain State Conservation Park, a wonderful place to get away and get in touch with nature. Located north of Stockbridge, the park surrounds a 1,000-acre granite dome. Hiking, educational programs on the ecology of mountains, and interpretive exhibits featuring live plants and animals are just a few of the activities offered. Annual special events also take place at the park, including the Spring Wildflower Walks, Fall Wildflower Walks, and the Environmental Discovery Program.
Henry County is a golfer's paradise. Premier golf courses at Eagle's Landing, Cotton Fields and Georgia National Golf Club provide challenging and beautiful golfing year-round.
If your interests lean towards cultural arts, the Henry Arts Alliance, Inc., can meet your needs. Founded in January 1992, the Alliance has sponsored several musical series since its inception. Encouraging all forms of the arts, including visual, musical, literacy, dance and theater, the Alliance has brought exceptional cultural enrichment to the community.
For those who consider shopping an "art form," Henry County offers challenge and adventure in a unique variety of shops. Experience downtown McDonough, complete antique and gift shops which line the streets. And the Tanger Factory Outlet Center in Locust Grove offers up to 65 percent off merchandise from manufacturers such as Liz Claiborne and Bugle Boy.
Downtown Locust Grove is famous for its 100-year-old hardware store, which has been owned and operated by four generations of the same family. If you're looking for a taste of small town charm, you can find it here.
Henry County has come a long way since its development in 1821. Its blend of hometown, historic flavor combined with business diversity and excellent housing opportunities explain why it is one of the fastest growing regions in the state and the nation.