As owner of the Monroe Railroad in 1883, General Lewis Lawrence Griffin envisioned a prospering town and planned one that included wide roadways, plots for six churches, two schools, parade grounds and a cemetery.
Today, the city, now called Griffin, has expanded and diversified into a friendly community. The local government has worked very hard to redevelop and revitalize the city in efforts to create more business, more jobs and more homes.
Trulia, an online website for home buying, lists 895 homes in the area priced from around $20,000 to $600,000. There are also 51 places to rent priced from the $321 to the $1,250 per month.
Griffin recently announced residential and commercial winners for the city’s Beautification Project. Projects like this keep the city in immaculate condition and make it the perfect place to raise a family.
Along with the excellent living conditions, Griffin has highly ranked school systems that continue to achieve high academic scores.
Griffin also provides an amazing location for recreation with tons of restaurants, shops, parks and historical attractions.
Be sure to check out these great places in Griffin:
Shopping and Dining
• 6th Street Pier. This restaurant is highly rated and is an excellent place to enjoy fresh seafood like shrimp, tuna
piccata, mardi gras mahi or choose a steak and some fried green tomatoes.
• American Mills Outlet Store. Founded in Griffin in 1921, this store has a large variety of interior and exterior décor to complete your new dream home.
• Slices Pizzeria. This place is sure to have something everyone will love. The menu includes cheesy garlic bread, a variety of salads, subs, paninis, wraps, stone oven pizzas, pasta dinners and much more.
• Downtown Griffin. Spend the day visiting downtown’s restaurants, shops and places to walk. Businesses include Antique Griffin, Main Street Players, Mill Towne Gourmet and Weekend Treasures.
Entertainment and Recreation
• Main Street Players. Located in the heart of downtown Griffin in the old Woolworth’s building, Main Street Players features many productions throughout the year. The next upcoming show is Pump Boys and Dinettes, running from September 12 to September 22.
• City Park Community Center. This facility features a one court gymnasium and meeting rooms. Adjacent to the facility are two softball fields and The Grind Skate Park.
• The Oakfuskee Path. As the main branch of the Upper Creek Trading Path from the Savannah River to the Creek Indians of Alabama, The Oakfuskee Path in Griffin was a trading trail in the 1700s and was a pioneer trace and early stage route later on. Now, much of the old path remains in use today.
• Fairmount Park. The park is one of Griffin’s favorite gathering spots. It offers a gymnasium, multiple meeting rooms,
concessions, a large pavilion, playground, outdoor basketball court, horseshoe pits and a softball field.
• Griffin Museum. Located upstairs in Griffin’s Welcome Center, the museum includes city artifacts and memorabilia dating as far back as the mid-1800s. Additionally, The Doc Holliday Museum, representing Griffin’s legendary son, has a small display here.
• Old Medical College Historical Area. One of just four pre-Civil War college buildings still standing in Griffin, this school was incorporated as the Middle Georgia Medical College in 1859. From medical college to hotel to apartments to being on the National Register of Historic Places, the area has been preserved well.
• Sam Bailey Building. Built in 1870, the Sam Bailey Building is the oldest public school building in Griffin. Now, the building is incorporated into the Griffin High School campus. Originally built for the Griffin Male Institute, it was named for Sam Wesley Bailey, a banker and landowner who came to Griffin after the Civil War and donated generously to the school’s building fund.
• Georgia Experiment Station. One of the first state agricultural experiment stations to be established in this country, the Georgia Station has helped aid in improving and developing modern agriculture for the last 100 years. Owned by the University of Georgia, the Georgia Station in Griffin focuses on food safety, quality enhancement, biotechnology and genetics, crop and pest management, environment and natural resources and urban agriculture.
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