Introduction to Albany, Georgia
Albany is situated along the banks of the Flint River in Southwestern Georgia in Dougherty County. Pecan groves, farms and pine trees are still surrounding the city. The primary employers are the health care industry, education as well as the Marine Corps Logistics Base. The city is the commercial center for the southwest portion of Georgia. The well known entertainer Ray Charles was born in Albany.
The Creek Indians were the original inhabitants. They gave the region the name "Thronateeska," the term for the local flint. In 1836 Nelson Tift, from Connecticut, created a settlement near the Flint River. He chose the name Albany since the New York state capital named Albany was also situated near the navigable head of a river. Cotton production was thriving and the town became a primary transportation center. Steamboats moved the cotton to other regions. Later, it became a prominent railroad station.
In 1841 and 1925 the town experienced severe flooding caused by the Flint River. In 1942, the construction began for an Army Air Corp training base. It was later given to the US Navy and was shut down in 1974. Miller Brewing company bought a portion of the land to construct a brewing facility. In 1951 the Marine Corps constructed a huge base in the outskirts of the town.
Museums and the Arts
- Albany Ballet Theater.
- Albany Civic Center.
- Flint Riverquarium was constructed around a large blue hole spring.
- Albany Civil Rights Movement Museum provides information and memorabilia regarding the notable Movement of the 1960's.
- Thronateeska Heritage Center.
- Albany Museum of Art features a large collection of sub-Sarahan African artwork and other art collections.
- Georgia Artists Guild of Albany.
- The Albany Symphony Orchestra.
- The Albany Concert Association offers well known national and international entertainers.
- Theatre Albany hosts plays and musicals.
There are a large number of Registered Historic Places in Albany including the Albany Municipal Auditorium, Carnegie Library of Albany, Rosenberg Brother's Department Store, John A. Davis House, Albany Railroad Depot Historic District and the Old St. Teresa's Catholic Church.
Activities and Sports
Lake Chehaw provides opportunities for fishing and boating. The Parks at Chehaw form a large recreational center which includes a wild animal park, a huge play area, a biking area and a variety of ecosystems. Golf enthusiasts can enjoy the numerous golf courses located in Albany. The South Georgia Peanuts baseball team plays in the South Coast League. The South Georgia Wildcats play arena football games. The Albany James H. Gray Civic Center is a large facility which hosts basketball games, ice shows, rodeos, wrestling and other events.
The city is served by the Southwest Georgia Regional Airport.
Albany State University and Darton College are located in the city.