Something for Everyone!
Leave behind the hustle and bustle and find yourself surrounded by beauty and charm. Visit Moultrie, a small city with big Southern pride. You will find a thriving agricultural industry, historic homes, world class recreational facilities, and one of the best cultural arts center in Georgia. Take a stroll down the tree lined streets that surround the award winning Courthouse and enjoy shopping in the downtown eclectic specialty shops and restaurants. Be entertained by our concerts, festivals, and special events throughout the year on the Square, including the annual Spring Fling Festival, annual holiday festivities and award winning lighted, nighttime Christmas parade.
Historic Downtown: “Stop, Shop, Love and Live”. A visit through downtown Moultrie will charm you at first site. Specialty shops, antiques stores, and restaurants located in architecturally diverse buildings line the historic streets of Downtown Moultrie. Designated on the National Register of Historic Places, Downtown Moultrie.
Award winning Colquitt County Courthouse Square, is the site for outdoor concerts, festivals and special events. The Courthouse built in 1902 has been restored to its original splendor. For more information call (229) 890-5455 or visit us online at www.downtownmoultrie.com.
The Colquitt County Arts Center is the landmark for the artistic community. Formally the Moultrie High School, the Colquitt County Arts Center offers extensive programming in the visual and performing arts. The Arts Center’s galleries display a number of world-renown exhibits throughout the year as well as houses permanent collections. Concerts and special events provide entertainment for all. For more information, call (229) 985-1922 or visit www.colquittcountyarts.com.
Take a trip through time at the Museum of Colquitt County History. The museum houses artifacts depicting different aspects of early life in Colquitt County. Maintained by a core of volunteers, the museum welcomes all visitors and natives alike for a tour of special exhibits and permanent displays. For more information, call (229) 890-1626 or visit us online at www.colquittmuseum.org.
Foreign roots can be found planted in Moultrie. Located in the Moultrie Public Library, the Ellen Payne Odom Genealogy Library offers a collection of genealogical, ethnic, and historical information for professional and amateur researchers. The Library is an approved AAA attraction and attracts thousands of visitors to Moultrie for research purposes yearly. For more information, call (229) 985-6540 or visit www.mccls.org.
Colquitt County is truly a Sportsman’s paradise. Hunters from across the country and around the world marvel at the sporting opportunities of Colquitt County’s outstanding hunting preserves. Dove, turkey, deer, quail and duck abound at area hunting lodges/plantations.
A visit to Reed Bingham State Park will let you live on the wild side. A popular recreation area situated along the county lines of Colquitt and Cook counties. The 1,620-acre park encompasses a 375 acre lake, a 3.5 mile nature trail which includes a cypress swamp, a pitcher plant bog, and other habitats representative of South Georgia. Campgrounds and areas for picnicking, fishing, boating, swimming, biking, and even a miniature golf course are available to the public. For more information, call (229) 896-3551 or visit www.gastateparks.org/info/reedbing.
Doerun Pitcherplant Bog Natural Area has both intact longleaf-wiregrass uplands and acres and acres of pitcherplants! Located on the Gulf Coastal Plain of southwest Georgia in ColquittCounty between Doerun and Moultrie, Doerun Pitcherplant Bog Natural Area contains 651 acres along the Ochlockonee River. For more information visit www.georgiawildlife.com/node/2377.
Tom White Linear Park, cyclists, walkers and joggers can enjoy 7.2 miles of meandering trails that extend from Downtown Moultrie to the community airport. As part of the “Rails to Trails” program, the linear park replaced the old railroad tracks and provides a scenic route for bikes and walking enthusiasts of all ages. In a matter of miles, the Moultrie Trail (a.k.a. Tom “Babe” White Linear Park) will whisk you from woodlands to streetscapes, or from a quiet cemetery to a busy restaurant.
Known as “North America’s Premier Farm Show”™ the annual Sunbelt Ag Expo has more than 1200 exhibitors showcasing the latest in farming technology. The Expo’s unique site has a 100-acre exhibit area adjoining a 600-acre working research farm. In the exhibit area, which includes both outdoor and indoor exhibits visitors will find every imaginable product or service a farm could ever need. Whether you are large acreage production farmer or a weekend lifestyle farmer the Expo is an event you don’t want to miss. For more information call (229) 985-1968 or visit online at www.sunbeltexpo.com.
The Calico Arts and Crafts Show is a one-stop shopping extravaganza for Southwest Georgia and the surrounding area. From ornamental iron home and garden décor, to painted glass and antiques, to whimsical painted children’s furniture and accessories…it’s all together in one location. Approximately 500 vendors featuring fine arts, handmade crafts and hand decorated items. The show has become an established, highly anticipated event held each March and November. Free parking and easy access make it easy to start having fun immediately. For more information call (229) 985-1968 or visit them online at www.calicocrafts.com.
The Moultrie Automotive Swap Meet is a bi-annual three day automotive event with 70,000 square foot of inside space and over 4,000 outsides spaces. This event is an automobile lovers dream with parts, tools, literature, equipment, antique and performance parts, crafts/collectible and not to mention the thousands of automobiles of many makes or models ranging in various stages of restoration. Also don’t miss getting a good buy at the auto auction or purchase one from the many vendors. For more information visit online at www.moultrieswapmeet.com.
Number ONE Agricultural County in Georgia! Most agriculturally diverse County east of the great Mississippi. Agribusiness is the industry through which Colquitt County got its start and remains the foundation of the community’s economy. Approximately 900 farms produce about $480 million in cash crops annually, making Colquitt County the most diverse agricultural county east of the Mississippi River. Top producing crops include cotton, tobacco, peanuts and various produce. For more information on agriculture in Colquitt County, please contact the Extension Service at (229) 891-7455.
In 1941, before the United States was actively engaged in World War II, a new Army Air Force base was carved from some 1600 acres of tobacco and cotton fields a few miles southeast of Moultrie, Georgia. It was named Spence Air Base after World War I hero Lt. Thomas Lewis Spence of Thomasville, Georgia. When the attack on Pearl Harbor came on December 7, 1941 a small military detachment of 27 officers and 39 enlisted men staffed Spence Air Base. The base grew rapidly into an advanced single engine training base that functioned throughout the war. Spence was reactivated in 1951 during the Korean conflict due to the increased need for well trained military pilots, the first United States Air Force (USAF) class, Class 52-C, reported for training in May 1951. Spence, in the 1951-61 decade, saw over a million hours flown, with over 2.5 million take offs and landings and over 6400 flight students successfully completing their training courses. In addition to flight trainees from the United States students were trained from 34 other countries, it was indeed a decade of accomplishment for all involved.
Today, three of Spence’s wartime hangars are still in existence. Other buildings built by during the war also remain. Spence field is a host to many large events including the Calico Arts and Crafts Show, Automotive Swap Meet and the Sunbelt Ag Expo that has grown into the world’s largest farm show with over 1,000 exhibitors. Since many of the visitors fly to the show, Spence’s old tower is manned during the event to control air traffic. Sunbelt Expo maintains a year round administration center at Spence. www.spence-air-base.com