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Jones County is a county in the central portion of the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 28,669. The county seat is Gray. The county was created on December 10, 1807, and named after U.S. Representative James Jones.

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Living in Jones County

Jones County, along with Morgan County, Putnam County, and Old Randolph, were established by an act of the Georgia General Assembly on December 10, 1807, from land that had originally been part Baldwin County in 1803 and, earlier, part of the Creek Nation. Jones County was originally bounded by a line running north 56° east to Commissioners Creek, then north 15° west to Cedar Creek, then up the creek to corner Randolph County and Putnam County, then along a line to Ocmulgee River, then down the river to where the old county line between Wilkinson County and Baldwin County was. It excluded parts of what is now Bibb County east of the Ocmulgee River, including the location of Fort Benjamin Hawkins, as they were part of a reserve guaranteed to the Creek Nation. Those areas were later added to Jones County after the Treaty of Indian Springs.

During the initial months of the county’s existence, a town known as Albany served as the county seat. The town was renamed Clinton and was established as the county seat by the Georgia General Assembly on December 22, 1808. Clinton was incorporated as in 1816. During the 1800s Clinton grew as a center of commerce and the cotton trade. Clinton remained one of the most populous cities in Georgia in the mid-1800s.

In December 1810 Jones County gained a portion of Putnam County between Cedar Creek and their original border. In December 1822 Bibb County was established and Jones County lost some of its land to that county.

During the early 19th century, Jones County had a rapid population increase. The peak came around 1835, when the county ranked third or fourth among all of the state’s counties in agricultural wealth. After 1835, soil erosion and lack of funds to develop property drove many farmers to newly opened land elsewhere in Georgia.

Before the American Civil War, a few factories sprang up in the county, including a cotton gin factory at Griswoldville in the southern portion of the county and a woolen factory at Wallace. Griswoldville was founded by Samuel Griswold in the 1850s. During the Civil War, the cotton gin factory was reformatted so it could produce pistols and other weapons for the Confederate Army. Griswoldville was located on the railway linking Macon to Savannah, and became a prime target in 1864 as the Union Army moved through Georgia. On November 20, 1864, the town and the factories in it were burned as part of Sherman’s March to the Sea. Days later the Battle of Griswoldville took place in the area. The town of Griswoldville was not rebuilt.

Many other areas in Jones County were damaged by the Union Army during that time period. The Jarrell Plantation State Historic Site in Jones County showcases one of the few and well-preserved antebellum plantations in Georgia.

In the 1890s a railroad line owned by the Central of Georgia Railway named the Macon & Northern Railroad was built through the county and bypassed Clinton by a mile after citizens wanted the line to not pass through the town. By the early 1900s the population had shifted northeastward and the city of Gray was established. On June 27, 1905, the citizens of Jones County voted on the issues of moving the county seat from Clinton to Gray. The results were 1,289 votes in favor of moving the county seat to Gray and 51 votes for keeping the county seat at Clinton. On August 9, 1905, Gray became the new county seat of Jones County.

Father and son Alonzo and James D. Green were innocent African-Americans lynched near Round Oak and Wayside, Jones County in retaliation for the murder of popular white farmer Silas Hardin Turner on July 4, 1915. A third man, William Bostick, was also lynched on this day. None of those killed received a trial.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 395 square miles (1,020 km2), of which 394 square miles (1,020 km2) is land and 1.5 square miles (3.9 km2) (0.4%) is water.

The western half of Jones County, west of Gray, is located in the Upper Ocmulgee River sub-basin of the Altamaha River basin. The northeastern quarter of the county, north of Gray, is located in the Upper Oconee River sub-basin of the same Altamaha River basin, while the southeastern corner of Jones County is located in the Lower Oconee River sub-basin of the larger Altamaha River basin.

Major highways

  • U.S. Route 129
  • State Route 11
  • State Route 18
  • State Route 22
  • State Route 44
  • State Route 49
  • State Route 57
  • State Route 540 (Fall Line Freeway)

Rivers

  • Ocmulgee River

Adjacent counties

  • Jasper County – north
  • Putnam County – northeast
  • Baldwin County – east
  • Twiggs County – southeast
  • Wilkinson County – southeast
  • Bibb County – south
  • Monroe County – west

National protected areas

  • Oconee National Forest (part)
  • Piedmont National Wildlife Refuge (part)
  • Blountsville
  • Bradley
  • Clinton
  • Fortville
  • Gray (county seat)
  • Haddock
  • Round Oak
  • Wayside
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Treasures By The Tracks 4.5 star rating 13 reviews
105 Atlanta Rd
Gray, GA 31032

(478) 986-0200

Bent Axle 4.0 star rating 13 reviews
125 W Clinton St
Gray, GA 31032

(478) 986-5933

Shark's Fish & Chicken - Gray 5.0 star rating 1 reviews
300 W Clinton St
Ste D
Gray, GA 31032

(478) 221-3074

Old Clinton BBQ 4.0 star rating 44 reviews
2645 N Columbia St
Gray, GA 31032

(478) 986-3225

Jalapenos Cantina 1.0 star rating 3 reviews
4171 Gray Hwy
Gray, GA 31032

(478) 221-3261

Pickle Barrel Cafe & Sports Pub - Gray 2.5 star rating 37 reviews
214 W Clinton St
Gray, GA 31032

(478) 986-6468

Chevy's Pizza 4.0 star rating 23 reviews
115 W Clinton St
Gray, GA 31032

(478) 986-9800

I Love Country Buffet 3.5 star rating 7 reviews
300 W Clinton St
Gray, GA 31032

(478) 986-0007

Watering Hole of Lake Oconee 5.0 star rating 1 reviews
903 Harmony Rd
Ste 300
Eatonton, GA 31024

(706) 473-8924

Pickle Barrel Cafe & Sports Pub - Gray 2.5 star rating 37 reviews
214 W Clinton St
Gray, GA 31032

(478) 986-6468

Duke's Lounge & Dog House 4.5 star rating 10 reviews
162 Sinclair Marina Rd NE
Milledgeville, GA 31061

(478) 453-8440

Who Cares Bar & No Grill 4.0 star rating 5 reviews
1027 Lake Oconee Pkwy
Ste 10
Eatonton, GA 31024

Reboot Retrocade & Bar 4.5 star rating 29 reviews
566 Cherry St
Macon, GA 31201

(478) 621-4861

The Society Garden 4.5 star rating 23 reviews
2389 Ingleside Ave
Macon, GA 31204

(478) 508-7095

Shooters Bar 1.0 star rating 1 reviews
4755 Chambers Rd
Macon, GA 31206

Northside Cheers 4.5 star rating 25 reviews
3852 Northside Dr
Macon, GA 31210

(478) 474-5006

Jane’s Asian Market 5.0 star rating 1 reviews
4274 Gray Hwy
Gray, GA 31032

(478) 733-8036

The Fresh Market 4.0 star rating 29 reviews
4357 Forsyth Rd
Macon, GA 31210

(478) 757-4222

Meat Shop 1.0 star rating 1 reviews
Railroad St
Gray, GA 31032

(478) 986-4952

Publix - Greensboro 4.0 star rating 11 reviews
6350 Lake Oconee Pkwy
Ste 106
Greensboro, GA 30642

(706) 454-7140

Kroger 3.0 star rating 17 reviews
2809 N Columbia St
Milledgeville, GA 31061

(478) 414-2140

Harveys Supermarket 4.0 star rating 4 reviews
Gray, GA

(229) 686-9411

Ingles Market 2.5 star rating 7 reviews
W Clinton St
Gray, GA 31032

(478) 986-3159

Publix 4.0 star rating 15 reviews
5451 Bowman Rd
Macon, GA 31210

(478) 474-3064

Cathedral Coffee 5.0 star rating 32 reviews
5915 Zebulon Rd
Northway Church
Macon, GA 31210

(478) 476-1962

Reckon Coffee and Wine Bar 4.5 star rating 2 reviews
401 Cotton Ave
Macon, GA 31201

(855) 840-9141

Taste and See Coffee Shop 4.0 star rating 115 reviews
546 Poplar St
Macon, GA 31201

(478) 238-5191

Blackbird Coffee 4.5 star rating 65 reviews
114 W Hancock St
Milledgeville, GA 31061

(478) 454-2473

Z Beans Coffee - Cotton Ave. 4.0 star rating 21 reviews
311 Cotton Ave
Macon, GA 31201

(478) 259-4348

Z Beans Coffee - Mercer Village 4.0 star rating 19 reviews
1635 Montpelier Ave
Macon, GA 31201

(478) 200-6136

Ingleside Bookstore & Café 5.0 star rating 1 reviews
834 Wimbish Rd
Macon, GA 31210

(478) 477-2508

Queen Bee Coffee 5.0 star rating 2 reviews
45 North Kimbell St
Ste B
Forsyth, GA 31029

(478) 993-1891

Fitness Xtreme 4.5 star rating 7 reviews
2974 Riverside Dr
Macon, GA 31204

(478) 405-0420

Kinetix Health Club 4.0 star rating 4 reviews
6443 Zebulon Rd
Macon, GA 31220

(478) 405-0860

Anytime Fitness 5.0 star rating 1 reviews
2103 Veterans Blvd
Dublin, GA 31021

(478) 353-1041

Anytime Fitness 5.0 star rating 1 reviews
618 South Harris St
Sandersville, GA 31082

(478) 412-2770

Medical Center Wellness Center 4.0 star rating 7 reviews
3797 Northside Dr
Macon, GA 31210

(478) 477-2300

Bodyplex Fitness 2.0 star rating 7 reviews
1850 N Columbia St
Milledgeville, GA 31061

(478) 414-1444

Bodyplex Fitness 4.5 star rating 2 reviews
106 Village Ln
Eatonton, GA 31024

(706) 485-9916

Uptown Athletic Club 5.0 star rating 1 reviews
202 S Main St
Madison, GA 30650

(706) 752-1680

Pet Supermarket 3.5 star rating 3 reviews
265 Tom Hill Sr Blvd
Macon, GA 31210

(478) 475-4194

Macon Pets Resort and Spa 3.0 star rating 10 reviews
4010 Northside Dr
Macon, GA 31210

(478) 471-7388

Pet Supplies Plus - Macon 3.5 star rating 8 reviews
4650 Forsyth Rd
Ste 170
Macon, GA 31210

(478) 292-8624

Dogwood Kennel 3.0 star rating 2 reviews
Gray, GA 31032

(478) 731-7110

Piedmont Animal Hospital 2.0 star rating 4 reviews
4298 Gray Hwy
Gray, GA 31032

(478) 986-9301

Gordon Animal Clinic 5.0 star rating 14 reviews
2686 Dennard Hardy Rd
Gordon, GA 31031

(478) 628-5376

Pet Wants Madison 5.0 star rating 1 reviews
1400 Eatonton Rd
Ste 600
Madison, GA 30650

(706) 521-2998

Forsyth Road Animal Clinic 2.5 star rating 6 reviews
4941 Forsyth Rd
Macon, GA 31210

(478) 474-4829