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Georgia Governor E.D. Rivers, who was elected from Lanier County in 1936, brought free text books to the schools of Georgia.
Lakeland was incorporated in 1925 and was named for its surroundings: first named Alapaha, after the Alapaha River, then Milltown because of the numerous mills in the area, and finally arriving at the name most descriptive of a region known as an outdoorsman’s paradise including Grand Bay Lake, Lake Irma, and Banks Lake.
In remembrance of its days as Milltown, over 30 life-size murals have been painted on downtown buildings, depicting citizens and landscapes from photographs circa the 1920s.
Lakeland is renowned for its annual Flatlanders Frolic held at the Threatte Center. Its citizenry hosts an eclectic mix of arts and crafts vendors, a road race, a beauty pageant, and musicians. For over thirty years, the Flatlanders Frolic has been a cherished tradition in Lakeland, drawing visitors from all over the Southeast.
The hub of community activities, the Threatte Center, provides a beautiful and spacious venue for concerts, plays, receptions, reunions, birthday parties, dances, meetings and exhibits. Plenty of parking areas and beautiful grounds set off this outstanding facility located just south of town on the Valdosta highway. For more info, call 229-482-1184.
Lakeland is a haven for those desiring a scenic small community lifestyle but with close access to the amenities of a metropolitan area. For more info, call the Chamber of Commerce at 229-482-9755.