About ForsythForsyth is named for Gov. John Forsyth, who served as secretary of state to Presidents Andrew Jackson and Martin Van Buren. In 1834 the town became a regional transportation center when it was linked with the railroad. It also served as a distribution point when cotton planters brought their product to Forsyth for shipment to Macon and the southern United States.
The Monroe County Courthouse, in the center of Courthouse Square, was built in 1896 and is an example of Victorian architecture. The courthouse is in the middle of an eight-block historic district that preserves late 19th- and early 20th-century buildings. The Monroe County Museum and Genealogy Room, 126 E. Johnston St., is a restored 1896 Victorian depot; phone (478) 994-5070. Its museum features railroad memorabilia and exhibits about local history.
The Rum Creek Wildlife Management Area, 7 miles east on SR 18, is 8,100 acres on Lake Juliette. High Falls State Park, 11 miles north on High Falls Road just off I-75, features a scenic waterfall.
Visitor Centers Forsyth-Monroe County Chamber of Commerce 10 W. Chambers St. Forsyth, GA 31029. Phone:(478)994-9239
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