Introduction to Waycross, Georgia
Waycross, Georgia, in Ware county, is 73 miles NW of Jacksonville, Florida. There are 15,333 residents in the city.
The area now known as Waycross was originally settled in by Europeans in 1820. At that time, the area was known as "Old Nine" or "Number Nine." The name was later changed to "Pendleton," and then to "Tebeauville" in 1857. It was incorporated in 1873 as the county seat of Ware county. However, it was reincorporated as "Way Cross" on March 3, 1874. This name was chosen probably because the area was the meeting point of several railroad lines.
Waycross and nearby Attractions
- Okefenokee Heritage Center
- Waycross Public Library
- Satilla Square Shopping Center
- Bailey Branch
- Kirkland's Lake Skating Rinks
- Okefenokee Swamp Park
Things To Do In Waycross
The Okefenokee Heritage Center houses a museum which provides a host of information about the various groups that have been instrumental in shaping the region's history. It also has a locomotive from 1912, as well as an interactive singing exhibit. In the city, one can also visit the Waycross Public Library, the Waycross City Hall and the Ware County Jail. The Hatcher Point Mall Shopping Center and Satilla Square Shopping Center are ideal destinations for those who love shopping. In addition, residents of Waycross host the Okefenokee Agricultural Fair and the Swampfest every year.
Air transportation is available from the Moody AFB Airport.
Waycross Higher Education
For higher education, residents of Waycross can enroll at the local Okefenokee Technical Institute or Waycross College.