Introduction to Barnesville, Georgia

Barnesville, Georgia, in Lamar county, is 33 miles NW of Macon, Georgia (center to center) and 49 miles S of Atlanta, Georgia. There are 5,972 residents in the city.

Barnesville History

Creek Indians were the original inhabitants of the area, but The Land Lottery of 1821 opened the area for white settlement. An Indian fighter, Jenks, is responsible for the first establishment in 1825. A year later, he sold it to Gideon Barnes, who built a log cabin, an inn, and a tavern. The area's first office was also established by him on June 28, 1827. Initially known as "Barnes' Store", this post office was renamed "Barnesville" in June, 1831. The city of Barnesville was incorporated on February 20, 1854. During the late 19th century, the city produced nearly 16,000 buggies a year, earning it the nickname "Buggy Capital of the World".

Barnesville and Nearby Attractions

  • Jarrell Plantation State Historic Site
  • Old Jail Museum
  • Ocmulgee National Monument
  • Sprewell Bluff State Park
  • Museum of Arts and Sciences
  • Hay House Museum

Things To Do In Barnesville

The city of Barnesville offers easy access to numerous museums and historical sites such as the Ocmulgee National Monument, Jarrell Plantation State Historic Site, Sidney Lanier Cottage, Georgia Children's Museum, Georgia Music Hall of Fame, and the Museum of Arts and Sciences. The Tubman African-American Museum houses artifacts and memorabila related to African-American art, history, and culture of the region. The Atlanta Farmers Market is another popular attraction. The 528-acre Indian Springs State Park includes a beach, a lake, cottages, camp grounds, and picnic areas. At the Sprewell Bluff State Park, and High Falls State Park, visitors can enjoy hiking, fishing, boating, and picnicking.

Barnesville Transportation

Air transportation is available from the William B Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport.

Barnesville Higher Education

Gordon College is located in the city of Barnesville. Mercer University, and Macon State College are also close by.


Total Population 6,609
Male Share of the Population 44.3%
Female Share of the Population 55.7%
Senior Citizens 12.9%
Employed Population 16+ 1,961
Age of the Population 28


% of people married 26.5%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 17.5%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $36,739
% Above Poverty Level 66.7%
% Below Poverty Level 33.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 24 minutes
% Working from Home 7.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.4%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 37.8%
Median Gross Rent $609
Median House Value $105,400


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 62.2%
US/American 0%
English 4.5%
Irish 4.1%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Barnesville Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 33 miles NW of Macon, Georgia (center to center)
Nearest Large City 49 miles S of Atlanta, Georgia
County Lamar
Standard Zip Codes 30204
Phone Area Codes 770
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 33.054
Longitude -84.155

Barnesville Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 11.4 miles
Jan Temp 31 to 55 F
Apr Temp 45 to 75 F
Jul Temp 67 to 90 F
Oct Temp 47 to 75 F
Annual Precip 46.4 inches
Distance 16.4 miles
Jan Temp 32 to 53 F
Apr Temp 48 to 73 F
Jul Temp 68 to 90 F
Oct Temp 49 to 75 F
Annual Precip 50.8 inches
Distance 35.7 miles
Jan Temp 35 to 56 F
Apr Temp 51 to 75 F
Jul Temp 70 to 91 F
Oct Temp 52 to 76 F
Annual Precip 45.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Culloden 254 $36,250
Meansville 157 $44,500
Milner 1,140 $48,591
Orchard Hill 222 $35,455

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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Serves 716 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19

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