Introduction to Valdosta, Georgia
Troupville, the original settlement from which Valdosta was created, was once a steamboat landing on the Withlacoochee River. It was named after Governor George M. Troup. However, when the Gulf and Atlantic Railroad was constructed four miles away, the residents of Troupville simply moved the town closer to the railroad. This resulted in the creation of Valdosta. The city was officially incorporated on December 7, 1860. Valdosta was named after Troup's estate which was known as "Val d'Osta."
Valdosta and nearby Attractions
- Lowndes County Historical Society and Museum
- Carnegie Library
- Cherry Lake
- Calvary Church
- Grand Bay Wildlife Management Area
- Fairview Historic District
Things To Do In Valdosta
Those interested in the regional history and culture can pay a visit to the Lowndes County Historical Society Museum. The Richard Holmes Powell Library, Valdosta City Hall, J. E. Mathis Municipal Auditorium, Lowndes County Jail and Carnegie Library are also worth taking a look around. At the city's lakes and reservoirs, one can enjoy a variety of water sports. There are also many shopping centers in Valdosta. The Azalea International Folk Festival, held every March, draws crowds from all the neighboring cities and town.
Valdosta Regional Airport, about 6 miles away, provides facilities for air transportation.
Valdosta Higher Education
Higher educational opportunities are provided by the local Valdosta State University and the Valdosta Technical College. One can also enroll at the Albany State University, the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University and Florida State University.