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Valdosta, GA

About ValdostaValdosta'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 Centers James H. Rainwater Conference Center and Tourism Authority 1 Meeting Pl. Valdosta, GA 31601. Phone:(229)245-0513 or (800)569-8687

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 (305 W. Central Ave.).

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 and JCPenney. Summit Pointe is located at Inner Perimeter and Country Club rds.

Things to Do Annette Howell Turner Center For The Arts

Barber-Pittman House

The Crescent

Lowndes County Historical Society and Museum

Wild Adventures Theme Park

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Valdosta, GA

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2010 W Hill Ave. Valdosta, GA 31601

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4025 Northlake Dr. Valdosta, GA 31602

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1702 Gornto Rd. Valdosta, GA 31601

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3026 James Rd. Valdosta, GA 31602

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