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Lamar County is located in west
central Georgia between Atlanta and Macon. In 1920, the session of
the state transferred land from Monroe and Pike counties and created
the county of Lamar, making a land area for Lamar County of 185
Lamar County has a rolling landscape
and is well drained by streams emptying into the Flint River and
Ocmulgee River. Its agricultural land, with pecan and peach groves,
is a little northwest of the geographic center of Georgia. About 2.3
percent of Lamar's residents are currently involved in agriculture,
forestry, fishing, hunting, and mining.
The county seat, Barnesville, was
well known as the "Buggy Capital of the South" in the late 1800s and
early 1900s, with several Barnesville companies producing buggies.
In mid-September each year, Barnesville celebrates Buggy Days with a
parade—displaying original Barnesville Buggies—and a crafts
celebration bringing thousands of visitors to the town.
Population in the county has grown from the 1930
census figure of 9,745 to 15,912 in the 2000 census. Future plans of
the Atlanta Regional Commission are to include Lamar County in the
Atlanta metropolitan area.
|Lamar County Courthouse
Gordon College is located in Barnesville, and more than 3,000
students were enrolled in 2003. In 1972 the college became a
two-year unit of the University System of Georgia.
The Barnesville Expo Center offers a wetlands trail
with an open arena. The center, used for trade shows and educational
programs as well as livestock events, is the first in the nation to
combine wetlands and an expo center. Lamar County is investing in
its future to provide environmental and agricultural education for
|Barnesville Expo Center