Henry County

McDonough was founded in 1823 and served as a relay station on the New York to New Orleans stagecoach line and an important stop on the Southern Railway from Atlanta to Florida. The county courthouse and historic jail building are on the north side of the square near the Welcome Center located in a historically maintained 1920’s Standard Oil service station.


Henry County, comfortably south of Atlanta, is only a short 30-minute drive down I-75 from the city. This fast growing county is a great place to live, work, play and raise a family. Henry County is the fastest growing county in Georgia and the 6th fastest in the nation. There is a unique mixture of southern hospitality along with all the activities of a dynamic city.


Henry County was created by the State Legislature in 1821 and, for the next 150 years, remained a rural farm community. But in 1969, I-75 opened, providing a short commute to the bustle of Atlanta. Today, Ford Parts, Nestle USA, Whirlpool and BellSouth Services all have major distribution centers here. With these and other industries located in the county, the population is growing rapidly. In the last ten years, the population of Henry County has more than doubled and is expected to continue increasing.


Shoppers flock to Tanger Outlet in Locust Grove with more than 70 stores and the best cookies south of Atlanta. Henry County is also host to two NASCAR races each year, bringing in 140,000 racing fans. Golfers can retreat to the Tom Fazio-designed courses at Eagle’s Landing.

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