Civil War Cannon
Be sure to head Downtown to beautiful Willis Park. Here you will find our restored Civil War cannon and a sign that tells of it’s history.
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 at 101 Broad Street.
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. For guided trips on beautiful Lake Seminole, contact Pam Martin-Wells by visiting her website www.pammartinwells.com.
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 Recreation Area
Launch into the Flint River from Earle May Boat Basin Recreation Area! With outstanding Mega Ramps, a paved trail, an animal park, picnic pavilions, swimming area, campground, and playground, there’s something for everyone. The Performing Arts Building is also located at the Boat Basin where many community events happen throughout the year, including River Town Days, July 4 activities, 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 Museum is located on Water Street in Downtown Bainbridge.. Artifacts from all over Decatur County are on display and many new items will soon join them. The items in this museum give a balanced history of Decatur County and the surrounding areas. 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.