About Crawford County

Historic. Modern. Scenic.

History

The First non-Indian settlement in what became Crawford County was the Creek Indian Agency on the Flint River, built by Indian Agent Benjamin Hawkins. The county was formed out of Houston County in 1822, and the old town of Knoxville became the county seat the next year. Knoxville was a thriving community throughout most of the 1800’s. It was here that Col. William Ward’s volunteers were presented Joanna Troutman’s forerunner to what became the Lone Star Flag of Texas. It was here that Coca Cola inventor John Pemberton and Georgia’s first Black Congressman Jefferson Franklin Long were born. But when the railroad came through Crawford County, new business wanted to be nearer the tracks. The resulting new settlement, first called New Knoxville, was soon named Roberta in honor of the founder Hiram McCary’s daughter. Roberta was incorporated as a town in 1890 and a city in 1915. Its first mayor was A.J Danielly. With the railroad and then a state and federal highway as the main routes to Florida, Roberta and Crawford County catered to tourist for many years, with many motels and restaurants thriving in the 1950’s. As the railroad discontinued passenger service and interstate highways became the popular driving routes, the area became more dependent on agriculture, timber, and manufacturing. Today, Roberta-Crawford County has become a beautiful and quiet Southern community.

  • The jail was the only county jail facility in Crawford County from its construction in 1888 through 1972. It is also one of the few remaining buildings representing Knoxville’s historic status as the County Seat. It was contracted to be built at a cost of $3,563.38 by the Crawford County Commissioner of Roads and Revenues who also guided its design. The builder was Thomas B. Artope, a marble and granite dealer in Macon Georgia.

Jugfest

The Georgia Jug Fest is brought to Crawford County by the Roberta-Crawford County Chamber of Commerce and is held on the third weekend in May, celebrating more than two hundred years of the “jug making” tradition in Middle Georgia. Potters working in traditional as well as modern styles, as well as crafters and folk artists, demonstrate and sell at the festival in historic Knoxville.

Peaches to Beaches

Established in 2005 by former GIPA President Evelyn Simmons, the Peaches to the Beaches Annual Yard Sale now covers over 200 miles from Barnesville and Culloden to Brunswick and the Golden Isles in Georgia. Each year twelve eager GIPA communities coordinate to produce Georgia’s Longest Yard Sale along Highway 341 in an effort to promote travel and stimulate economic growth along the parkway.