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Oak City Cemetery

Prior to the establishment of Bainbridge, the Oak City Cemetery site had long been home to an Indian Village. It was established as a cemetery in 1852 when William H. Peabody was buried there. His grave is located next to the powder house, where gun powder was stored during the Civil War. In 1878, the west section of the cemetery was deeded to Temple Beth-El and became one of the first Jewish Cemeteries in South Georgia. Miriam Hopkins, a famous Broadway, movie and television star from the 1920s-1950s is buried there. Hopkins was nominated for an Oscar and has a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Marvin S. Griffin, the 72nd Governor of Georgia is also buried in the cemetery, along with numerous unknown Confederate soldiers.

Bainbridge Heritage Tour

This self guided tour features 41 of Bainbridge's historic buildings and homes, many of which have been restored to their original stately glory. So many of them are full of stories just waiting to be told, like the Callahan-Penhallegon house, built by a steamboat captain and modeled after one of his ships. Heritage Tour Guides can be picked up at City Hall or the Bainbridge CVB.

Lake Seminole

In 2008, the Georgia State Legislature declared Bainbridge the Bass Capital of Georgia. It's no secret that Lake Seminole is one of the main reasons why. Both the Flint River and Lake Seminole offer abundant fishing and water sports, attracting thousands of amateur and professional fishermen with many top bass tournaments throughout the year. In fact, Bainbridge was home to the very first B.A.S.S. tournament.

Seminole State Park

Located 23 miles west of Bainbridge on Hwy. 253, Seminole State Park covers 604 acres. It is a complete park with cottages, campsites, picnic facilities, swimming and ski areas, miniature golf, fishing docks and ramps. The threatened gopher tortoise, the only tortoise native to Georgia, makes its home along a 2.2 mile nature trail located in the park. The park also offers swimming, boating, waterskiing, bicycle and canoe rentals, summer nature programs and weekend hayrides.

Silver Lake Wildlife Management Area

Silver Lake WMA is a state-owned property that consists of 9,800 acres and is one of Georgia's largest WMAs. Bordered by both the Flint River and Lake Seminole, the site offers its visitors a chance to enjoy the outdoors by bird watching, hiking, horseback riding, hunting or fishing.

Earle May Boat Basin Park

Launch into the Flint River from Earle May Boat Basin Park! With brand new Mega Ramps, a walking trail, petting zoo, picnic pavilions, swimming area, campground and park, there's something for everyone. The City's Amphitheater is also located at the Park. Here, many community events happen throughout the year, including River Town Days, July 4, and numerous bass fishing tournaments.

Bainbridge Little Theatre

Established in 1974, the Bainbridge Little Theatre (BLT) is a staple of downtown Bainbridge. The Little Theatre has four productions each year, plus a children's summer camp every summer, where youth and teens put on productions at the end of camp. Visit their website: www.bainbridgelittletheatre.com.

 

The Decatur County Historical & Genealogical Society Museum

The Decatur County Historical and Genealogical Society Museum is located at 110 Broughton Street in Downtown Bainbridge.. Artifacts from all over Decatur County are on display and many new items currently being cagaloged will soon join them. The items in this museum give a balanced history of Decatur County and the surrounding areas. Hours of operation are Tuesday 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., Thursday 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. and Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. They are also open by appointment. For more information call 229-515-5761.

The Springhill Christmas Tree Farm

Located just south of Bainbridge, Georgia, is the Springhill Christmas Tree Farm. An area attraction for many years, owner Dan Provence has made his farm a place to visit for year round family fun! Not only is it a beautiful place for weddings, birthdays, photography venue, and reunions, the Springhill Tree Farm is the site of Church Fall Festivals, you pick Christmas trees, Company parties, and Cross County Races and Octoberfest. Octoberfest is a month long time of fun with a you-pick pumpkin patch, 4 acre crop maze, pumpkin chuckin, hay rides, bouncy house, food and more! There always is that one night when the crop maze is haunted and comes alive with spirts! This is free every weekend in October and available during the week for groups of 20 or more! For more information call 229-246-2231 or visit www.springhilltreefarm.com.


 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

PRINTABLE YEARLY EVENTS CALENDAR AND MAP

If you're looking for fun for the entire family, you're sure to find it in Bainbridge at one of our annual events. Whether you are looking to get outdoors, want to do a little shopping or just want to relax and try something new, we've got the perfect thing for you!

RIVER TOWN DAYs - March 14 - 16

Location: Earle May Boat Basin

Contact Information: Bainbridge-Decatur County Chamber of Commerce at 229-246-4774

Friday night concert and Saturday events include activities for all ages: kids rides and activities, entertainment, exhibits, and the Great River Rummage

JULY 4

  • JULY 4 CELEBRATION
  • Location: Earle May Boat Basin
  • Contact Information: City of Bainbridge at 229-248-2000

THIRD WEEKEND IN SEPTEMBER

  • BAINBRIDGE BIKEFEST
  • Location: Bikefest Grounds
  • Contact Information: Bainbridge Bikefest at www.bainbridge-bikefest.com
  • Concerts, games, vendors and of course lots of bikes!

HALLOWEEN

  • PUMPKINS IN THE PARK
  • Location: Willis Park
  • Contact Information: City of Bainbridge at 229-248-2000
  • Kid, Teen, and Adult costume contests and Pumpkin carving contests

SUNDAY BEFORE THANKSGIVING

  • HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE
  • Location: Downtown Bainbridge
  • Contact Information: City of Bainbridge at 229-248-2000
  • Downtown Shops open and offering great sales for holiday shopping, Mary Barber Cox signs special Bainbridge-themed Christmas ornaments in Willis Park, Poinsetta sale, door prizes and much more

FIRST THURSDAY IN DECEMBER

  • CHRISTMAS ON THE RIVER
  • Location: Earle May Boat Basin
  • Contact Information: City of Bainbridge at 229-248-2000
  • Lighting of the Community Christmas Tree, singing at the Performing Arts Center, Marshmallow roasts, hayrides and a special visit from Santa Claus!

FIRST SATURDAY IN DECEMBER

  • BAINBRIDGE BOAT PARADE
  • Location: Flint River from the Chamber of Commerce to Calhoun St. Bridge
  • Contact Information: City of Bainbridge at 229-248-2000
  • See lighted boats parade along the Flint River, decorated with Christmas lights gallore!

SECOND THURSDAY IN DECEMBER

  • BAINRIDGE CHRISTMAS PARADE
  • Location: Downtown Bainbridge
  • Contact Information: Hundreds of floats parade through downtown Bainbridge with candy, dance routines, cheers, and more

 

THIRD THURSDAY IN DECEMBER

  • CHRISTMAS ON THESQUARE
  • Location: Willis Park
  • Contact Information: City of Bainbridge at 229-248-2000
  • Hayrides, Hot Cocoa, Marshmallow roasts and singing by area school music groups. Don't miss your chance for last minute shopping! Merchants will be open late.

 




 
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  UPCOMING EVENTS
Pumpkins in the Park
Thursday, October 31,4:30 p.m,in the downtown Willis Park, there will be a costume contest,games,hayrides, and kids can "Trick or Treat" downtown merchants.
Oak City Cemetery Living History Tour
Friday, November 1 from 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Experience Bainbridge's rich history and the truths, tales and folklore of some of its most famous former residents!
Holiday Open House
Sunday, Nov. 24 from 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Head to downtown Bainbridge for Holiday Open House. Downtown merchants will offer great deals to kick off the holiday shopping season. Local artist Mary Barber Cox will be in Willis Park signing this year's Christmas ornaments.



Christmas on the River
On Thursday, Dec. 5, Earle May Boat Basin is the place to be! From 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., join the fun for the lighting of the community Christmas tree, singing at the Performing Arts Center, marshmallow roasts, hay rides, and hot cocoa! It is a night filled with lights and songs, family and fun... and of course a visit from Santa!!
Christmas Parade
Thursday, December 12 6:30 p.m. Downtown Bainbridge.
Christmas on the Square
Thursday, Dec. 19 from 5 p.m. -7 p.m.
Join us in Willis Park and let Christmas on the Square put you in the holiday spirit! There will be hayrides, hot cocoa, marshmallow roasts and singing by chiors. Downtown stores will be open for last-minute shopping. It is a night filled with memories to be made! Come enjoy the magic and small town tradition at its best.
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Bainbridge, Georgia Convention and Visitors Bureau
101 Airport Road
Bainbridge, GA 39819
 
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