Introduction to Camilla, Georgia
The community of Camilla, which was named after General Henry Mitchell's granddaughter, Camilla Mitchell, was incorporated on December 14, 1858. The first mayor of the city, Mr. T.J. Butler, was elected in 1868. On September 19, 1868, an inter-racial riot resulted in the death of numerous African-Americans. Colonel Pierce, the Republican candidate for Congress, also suffered grave injuries in this riot, which played an important role in the 1870 ban on knives and firearms at public gatherings. In the 21st century, Camilla was hit by two devastating tornadoes.
Camilla and Nearby Attractions
- Albany Civil Rights Movement Museum
- Thronateeska Heritage Center
- George T Bagby State Park
- Lapham-Patterson House State Historic Site
- Dothan Area Botanical Gardens
Things To Do In Camilla
The Albany Civil Rights Movement Museum, and Thronateeska Heritage Center display exhibits focusing on the heritage of the region. The Agrirama is a living history museum depicting 19th-century farm life. Lapham-Patterson House State Historic Site, and Pebble Hill Plantation are historical sites nearby. A variety of recreational facilities are provided by the Reed Bingham State Park, and Seminole State Park. The area also numerous quail hunting plantations such as the CoveyRise Plantation, Riverview Plantation, and Rio Piedra Plantation. In addition, the city hosts the Gnat Days Festival in May every year.
Air transportation is available from the Southwest Georgia Regional Airport.
Camilla Higher Education
Colleges near Camilla include the Tallahassee Community College, Albany State University, and Florida State University.