DescriptionValdosta's history is linked with transportation growth and a strategic location in the path of early westward expansion. Originally called Troupville, the settlement was designated a county seat in 1837. When it became evident that Troupville would not be on a proposed 1860 railroad route from Savannah to Mobile, Ala., the townsite was moved to take advantage of the potential prosperity. Troupville citizens renamed the town Valdosta for the governor's home Val de Aosta, or “Vale of Beauty.”
The city has six historic districts featuring Victorian-era commercial and residential buildings.
Visitor InfoJames H. Rainwater Conference Center and Tourism Authority 1 Meeting Pl. VALDOSTA, GA 31601. Phone:(229)245-0513 or (800)569-8687
ShoppingFactory outlet shops lure bargain hunters to the Lake Park Outlets Mall, I-75 exit 5. Anchor stores at the Valdosta Mall on SR 94W are Belk, JCPenney and Sears. Summit Pointe is located at Inner Perimeter and Country Club rds.
Self-guiding toursA brochure describing a driving tour of Valdosta's six historic districts can be obtained from the conference center and tourism authority and at the Lowndes County Historical Society and Museum.
Things to SeeAnnette Howell Turner Center For The Arts