Civil War Cannon – Willis Park in Downtown Bainbridge
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 – 420 Cemetery Street
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.
Historic Homes and Buildings
Bainbridge features many historic homes and buildings, most 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. We invite you to take a stroll along our oak tree lined streets, or sit and relax in one of our beautiful parks!
The Flint River and 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. For guided trips on beautiful Lake Seminole, contact Pam Martin-Wells by visiting her website www.pammartinwells.com, or Clint Brown by calling 850-491-9199. For information on Georgia’s fishing regulations, visit www.georgiawildlife.com/regulations
Seminole State Park – 7870 State Park Drive, Donalsonville
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 – 520 Lake Lane, Brinson
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, hiking, and fishing. Check out our Facebook page: Silver Lake Wildlife Management Area
Earle May Boat Basin Recreation Area – 100 Boat Basin Circle
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 -220 East Troupe Street
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 – 127 E. Water Street
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.
Bainbridge Art Gallery – 119 W. Water Street
The Bainbridge Art Gallery is housed in a historic building that originally served as the Bainbridge Police and Fire Department. It was built in 1914 in the Mission style architecture and designed by William Augustus Edwards. For many years this building also served as a City Hall, and a Library. The building was bought by the Bainbridge-Decatur County Council for the Arts in 1995 and in 2007 reopened as the Firehouse Center & Gallery. It is a contributing building on the National Register of Historic Places (NRIS #87001908) and is a part of the Bainbridge Commercial Historic District. The Art Gallery will is open on Saturdays from 10am until 2pm and by appointment. Local and regional artists are featured on a rotating basis.
The Springhill Christmas Tree Farm – 795 Woodhull Road
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.
Bainbridge is known for its extraordinary hunting opportunities. Brentwood Plantation is one of Georgia’s most diverse plantations. Check out their website at http://brentwoodplantation.com/
Southwind Plantation is the 2017 ORVIS Wing-shooting Plantation of the Year Award Winner! Southwind offers the perfect atmosphere for the avid outdoorsman. Learn more about Southwind Plantation by visiting their website at https://www.huntsouthwind.com/
January – WHIGHAM, GA – Rattlesnake Roundup – Contact the Cairo-Grady County Chamber of Commerce at 229-377-3663
March – BAINBRIDGE, GA – River Town Days – Contact the Bainbridge-Decatur County Chamber of Commerce at 229-246-4774
March – BLAKELY, GA – Peanut Proud Festival – Contact www.PeanutProudFestival.com
April – TALLAHASSEE, FL – Springtime Tallahassee – Call 850-224-5012
April – COLQUITT, GA – National Mayhaw Festival – Call 229-758-2500
July – BAINBRIDGE, GA – July 4th Celebration – Contact the City of Bainbridge at 229-248-2000
October – BAINBRIDGE, GA – Fall Festival and Fair – Contact the Bainbridge-Decatur County Chamber of Commerce at 229-246-4774
November – CALVARY,GA – Mule Day – Call 229-377-MULE
November – CLIMAX, GA – Swine Time Festival – Contact Sarah Dollar at 229-416-2511
November – DOTHAN, AL – National Peanut Festival – Call 334-793-4323
November – TALLAHASSEE, FL – North Florida Fair – Call 850-878-3247