Introduction to Sylvester, Georgia
In 1893, a community known as "Isabella Station," was established and became the county seat of Worth County, when the Brunswick and Albany Railroad entered the region. Gradually, more communities were founded along the railroad. In 1894, the residents of Isabella Station voted to change the community's name to "Sylvester" in honor of a prominent local family. Sylvester was incorporated on December 21, 1898. The city's first courthouse burned down in 1879, but a new one was built in 1893. However, this too was damaged by fire. Following the burning of the new Worth County courthouse in 1982, Max Hufstetler was convicted as an arsonist.
Sylvester and Nearby Attractions
- Albany Civil Rights Movement Museum
- Thronateeska Heritage Center
- Jimmy Carter National Historic Site
- Reed Bingham State Park
- Tyson Steel Wildlife Museum
Things To Do In Sylvester
Agrirama, a living history museum depicting 19th-century farm life, is close to Sylvester. The Thronateeska Heritage Center includes the Wetherbee Planetarium, the Museum of History, and the Discovery Center. The city also offers easy access to the Albany Civil Rights Movement Museum, Jefferson Davis Memorial State Historical Site, and the Jimmy Carter National Historical Site. Golfing, swimming, boating, fishing, and picnicking can be enjoyed at the Georgia Veterans Memorial State Park, which also features a beach and nature trails. In addition, Sylvester is home to the Tyson Steel Wildlife Museum where animals from around the world are displayed in their natural habitats. The community celebrates the Georgia Peanut Festival in October every year. This festival includes the Peanut Parade, an annual dance called Goober Gala, an arts and crafts show, the Miss Georgia Peanut pageant, and peanut cuisine.
Air transportation is available from the Southwest Georgia Regional Airport.
Sylvester Higher Education
Valdosta State University, Albany State University, and Fort Valley State University are the nearby colleges.