Nestled in Southwest Georgia on the Chattahoochee River, Stewart County is unique. From hiking at Providence Canyon (The Little Grand Canyon) to tours - Omaha Brewing Company, Richland Distillery, Dr. Hatchett's Drugstore Museum, Bedingfield Inn Museum, and more - to hunting and fishing, Stewart County has a lot to explore. Come see!
Providence Canyon State Park, Florence Marina State Park, Rood Creek Landing, wildlife viewing areas and great ﬁshing will enchant you.
On your visit, sip America’s award-winning Rum and taste unique, handcrafted Beers. Field-to-table has been our staple for 100 years
Stewart County's history and heritage runs deep through the hilly farmland and deep gullies. Explore the rich history of Indian Creek Wars, railroad towns and agricultural industry.
You’ll ﬁnd the story of our people around every turn in the road, while Bedingﬁeld Inn Museum reveals the South of 1836.
Which do you prefer: driving tours or drinking tours? Find a designated driver and have fun with both!
Atlanta 135 miles / LaGrange 72 miles
Columbus 28 miles / Tallahassee 152
Bordered by the Chattahoochee River on the west, Stewart County is easily accessible from I-185 & I-75
Stewart County is home to multiple towns:
Lumpkin, Richland, Louvale, and Omaha
Stewart County is 464 sq miles of diverse recreational, historical and cultural attractions
Sidney Root moved from Vermont to Lumpkin in 1847 as a young man to learn the mercantile business from his cousin, William Rawson, who had an established store here. Success here couldn’t contain him, and he moved to Atlanta in 1857. He became wildly successful in Atlanta before the war, so much so that Confederate President Jefferson Davis tapped him to run the Union blockades of the South’s eastern ports. (The South needed supplies from Europe for the troops and the citizens.) Root already had a shipping business at Wilmington, North Carolina and Charleston, South Carolina. By the end of the war, he had built his steamship fleet to 22 vessels and was a multi-millionaire. The Union seized much of his wealth after the war. Still, he had wisely split his holdings between banks in both the North and the South. He lived in New York immediately after the war so that his son could attend Columbia University to become an engineer. Later, Root and his wife moved back to Atlanta. Some of his accomplishments:
· Root was friends with both President Lincoln and President Davis.
· Root knew both General Grant and General Lee.
· He helped found Mount Olivet Church, a church for freed former slaves in New York.
· He wrote a children’s Bible study book which sold about 20,000 copies.
· He founded the Board of Direct trade in Atlanta before the war which helped establish Atlanta as an international city and became the predecessor of the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce.
· He designed Grant Park in Atlanta.
· He was an early advocate of prison reform and helped found a movement in Atlanta which eventually became the leading accreditation organization of corrections, the American Correctional Association.
· He was an early advocate of forestry and helped found the forestry profession.
· He was a trustee for Spellman College in Atlanta, guiding major contributions from his contacts.
· He is probably the only Stewart Countian ever to be mentioned on the front page of the New York Times. His obituary there called him Jefferson Davis’s closest friend.
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