Our town is the county seat of TelfairCounty located in the Magnolia Midlands of Georgia. McRae, like many of the state’s small towns was established after the Civil War when railroads opened the interior of the state to more extensive development. The Ocmulgee and Little Ocmulgee Rivers opened the original pine forests to harvest, providing access to seaboard markets. Naval stores and cotton dominated the area’s endeavors in the later 1800s. It was then that many fine neo- classical homes were constructed; many using local oak and heart pine. McRae, a crossroads of its time, experienced a housing boom circa 1900 that resulted in a large number of fine homes, many of which remain today. Telfair remains largely agricultural with the exception of Husqvarna, the world’s largest manufacturer of grass mowers. Cotton, peanuts and corn are the major crops. The county is known for its fine fishing and hunting – the world record largemouth bass was caught here in 1932 and it remains the record today. The county more recently produced the state record atypical white tail deer. Georgia’s best kept secret, the Wallace Adams Golf Course at Little Ocmulgee State Park, located within 2 miles of McRae is recognized as one of the finest public courses in the state. McRae is blessed with good weather year round and the area is amazing free of natural disaster. The climate, housing, churches, schools and infrastructure make it a wonderful place to raise a family. Our citizens are friendly and welcoming – an asset only surpassed by the picturesque neighborhoods and many fine homes.
The historic neighborhood of McRae features a number of large neoclassical homes in a variety of styles. Many of these two story homes are Greek Revival, Victorian, or Mission in style. Also, there are a number of single story vernacular Plantation Cottages of the same 1890 – 1920 period. A number of these homes and a number of homes of recent construction are available. The medium home price for homes in McRae is $70K. The price range for the larger homes is $275- $475K.
McRae is located midway between Macon and SavannahGeorgia in the heart of the Coastal Plain. The city and surrounding county are blessed with an abundance of fresh water, sandy soil and a pleasant climate; outdoor activities as well as agriculture flourish. The local school system features up to date facilities, excellent teachers and award winning achievement. A number of colleges and universities are located in close proximity and our students are eligible for the State’s Hope Scholarship program. The lakes and rivers, Horse Creek Wildlife Management Area, Little Ocmulgee State Park, and the new Telfair County Recreational Complex contribute to the healthy lifestyle of our citizens. Azaleas, crepe myrtles, roses, gardenias and camellias, verdant green lawns, along with stately oaks, magnolias, pine and pecan trees all contribute to the city’s beauty and to our quality of life. The beauty of the area, its stress free climate and low cost of living, combine with the excellent supporting infrastructure to make it a great place to retire or to raise a family.
CountyBoard of Commissioners 91 Telfair Avenue * Suite A McRae, Georgia 31055 Phone (229) 868-5688
7 South Forsyth St. Helena, Georgia 31037 Phone (229) 868-6711
City Council Mike Young– Mayor Lewis Harrell
Mildred Jones, Mayor Pro-Tem
Janeen Tokar-City Manager
The City of Helena, Georgia is a small friendly southern town. It is the home of the Telfair County History Museum and the Little Ocmulgee Instructional Center (Heart of Georgia Technical College). Located nearby is the Little Ocmulgee State Park which offers an 18 hole golf course, 60 room lodge, restaurant, meeting rooms, camping fishing and hiking. A variety of shopping is available. There are a number of churches in the area and the County has an excellent school system. Mayor M.L. Harrelson
City of Jacksonville
City of Jacksonville P.O. Box 7 Jacksonville, Georgia 31544 Phone (229) 833-6901
City Council Lenton Warren – Mayor Deborah Pace
Lenton Smith, Mayor Pro-Tem
City of Lumber City
City of Lumber City P.O. Box 489 33 Main Street Lumber City, Georgia 31549 Phone (912) 363-4942 * Fax: (912) 363-8029
City Council Sue B. Sammons – Mayor Johnny Burkett
David Deen Terry Brown Mary Moore Ray Smith Brent White, Mayor Pro-Tem
City Hall 25 S. First Avenue McRae, Georgia 31055 Phone (229) 868-6051
City Council June Bradfield - Mayor Sarah Bowen Billy Fred Crawford Charles Mathis Vergilene McDonald Martha Ann Mullis David Neal
McRae is a small, rural town also known as the "Crossroads City" (Highways 341, 441, 280, and 23 intersect). In the springtime one is greeted by the beauty and fragrance of azaleas, dogwood and bradford pear trees. Liberty Square features a replica of the Liberty Bell and Statue of Liberty. Little Ocmulgee State Park, across Sugar Creek provides golfers with a renowned 18 hole golf course. Sportsmen are drawn to the area by the wonderful hunting and fishing available. The friendly community boasts of several antique shops, bed and breakfast inn, many civic clubs, good restaurants, duplicate bridge, beautiful churches and accredited schools.