PIKE COUNTY, GA
79 Jackson Street
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416 Thomaston Street
Situated in the west-central portion of Georgia, Pike County is just 50 miles south of downtown Atlanta and 50 miles north of Macon. This traditionally rural area is gradually transforming as new business and industry is drawn to the picturesque natural environment and rich resources.
Quality education in Pike County begins with the Pike County Board of Education, overseeing modern schools where small classrooms provide more individualized attention. The school system also benefits from a mentoring program that further personalizes the educational experience. Post-secondary education and higher education are available in a number of institutions, including more than 40 colleges and universities within metropolitan Atlanta. In Georgia, all high school seniors who maintain a B average receive an all-tuition scholarship to public institutions. Just 15 minutes from Pike County and Zebulon, Gordon College is one of the fastest-growing institutions within the University System of Georgia. This residential college provides more than 60 programs of study for thousands of commuting and resident students. In addition to associate programs and certifications, the college provides a limited number of higher-level degrees including a nursing degree in conjunction with the Medical College of Georgia and a master’s degree in education through Georgia Southwestern State University. Mercer University in Macon is distinguished as one of the largest Baptist-affiliated institutions in the world. Technical institutions, part of the Georgia Department of Technical and Adult Education, are just a 15-minute drive north or south at the Griffin Institute or the Upson Institute.
Several hospitals are convenient for Pike County residents who require state-of-the-art healthcare. Upson Regional Medical Center in Thomaston claims a proud history of continued growth and expansion, including an outpatient center, a 20-bed Emergency Services Center, a Women’s Diagnostic Center, and the region’s only full-service health and fitness facility. Committed to the latest technologies, URMC takes a proactive stand in promoting preventative measures and healthy lifestyles through an array of outreach programs. Spalding Regional Medical Center in Griffin provides a respected 160-bed acute-care facility that has been caring for the residents of Spalding, Pike, Lamar, Butts, Fayette and Henry counties for more than 100 years. Recent upgrades include a new Women’s Center with private patient suites and a hotel-like setting. Other specialized hospital services include orthopedics, cardiology, oncology, rehabilitation, and sleep medicine. Skilled professionals in private practice in Pike County meet most routine needs close to home, quickly and conveniently.
Named after the famous explorer Zebulon Montgomery Pike who discovered Pike’s Peak in Colorado, beautiful Pike County claims a rich history of agriculture and forestry that continues today. At the same time, the trend away from crowded urban areas into the serene countryside is transforming the face of the county and creating a population boom in Pike County. Currently, nearly 75 percent of county residents are commuters to regional employment centers. Even this statistic is sure to change. The new millennium saw the construction of a 148-acre business park and the acceleration of economic development, enhanced by Interstates 75 and 85. Pike County blends a progressive attitude about quality growth with a reverence for the past, most evident in historic preservation. The most striking example is the majestic 1825 brick courthouse designed by Golucke and Steward in the Romesque Revival/Colonial Revival style.
“Plenty of wide open spaces” are ideal for beautiful new residential communities, properties with vast acreage, and country manors. Within the county’s small municipalities, friendly neighborhoods showcase well-kept older homes. Pike County’s rural beauty has made it ideal as a film location for a number of movies, including the classic “Fried Green Tomatoes.” The tiny town of Juliette is capitalizing on the movie’s fame, drawing visitors to the undeveloped beauty of 3,600-acre Lake Juliette and the Old Mill Motorcycle Museum in the Old Juliette Grist Mill. Zebulon attracts enthusiastic shoppers to the Market on the Square, a seasonal delight. Residents enjoy an active arts council and a wide array of recreational amenities as well as opportunities to enjoy outdoor adventure. Sponsored bicycle rides, the Meriwether Pike Scenic Highway, the Tri-County Hunt Club events, or the Horse Fun Day at the Pike County ABEC Park are just a few unique activities and attractions. Colorful festivals dot the calendar with elaborate and inspiring celebrations of holidays, history, and culture. For live entertainment, the Hollonville Opry House and the Williamson Music Barn mix country, bluegrass, and gospel music. Take your time discovering the hidden facets of picturesque Pike County, a wonderful place to call home.
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The friendly hometown community of Concord is proud of its history and quiet, tree-lined neighborhoods where many families have lived for generations. For more than 30 years, Concord has celebrated its rich community history with the Concord Jubilee each October. More than 100 vendors and visitors from across the region are drawn to this small town for a weekend filled with arts and crafts, antiques, collectibles, homemade delicacies, and live entertainment. Popular pastimes for local residents include hiking, biking, camping, fishing, hunting, horseback riding, scenic drives, and the exploration of natural and scenic sites. The more highly developed city of Zebulon is nearby for expanded amenities, and a number of urban centers are within a reasonable commute.
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The welcoming city of Molena has grown very slowly through the decades, preserving tranquil neighborhoods, a quaint historic downtown district, and hometown friendliness. For the past several years, Molena has welcomed visitors each November to the colorful Molena Fest with its Southern arts and crafts show. Like much of Pike County, Molena is a long-established, stable community that is poised for transformation as more people desire to escape urban crowds for small-town living and open countryside. Reasonable home and land prices, commercial development opportunities, premier recreational areas close to home, and the pleasures of rural life are all points in Molena’s favor as the future unfolds. Nearby Zebulon, the largest city in Pike County, provides expanded amenities and services close to home. A number of highly developed urban centers are also available within a reasonable commute.
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Modest in population, the historic city of Zebulon is nevertheless the largest commercial center for residents of Pike County. Graced by the architectural elegance of its 1895 courthouse, the town square is a showcase of historic charm. Beginning in May each year, Zebulon attracts visitors and local residents to the colorful Market on the Square that features locally grown produce, hand-baked items, and local crafts. Zebulon also draws enthusiastic crowds to its many festivals and celebrations, including the magical Pike County “Christmas on the Square” Celebration, the lively July 4th Celebration, the Annual Garden Tour, the unusual Spring Clean Recycled Craft Fair, and the Zebulon Pimiento Festival. Recreational opportunities and special events are available in developed parks, although a wide range of sports and outdoor activities are supported by the surrounding countryside including state parks and regional sparkling lakes.