Set in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Demorest is home to Georgia’s longest running Fourth of July festival and parade, and Piedmont College. It is also home to the Johnny Mize Athletic Center and Museum, honoring the Baseball Hall of Famer, who was born in Demorest and played baseball at Piedmont before his professional career from 1936 to 1953 with the St. Louis Cardinals, New York Giants and the New York Yankees.
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April 2014 ribbon cutting for the new Demorest Police Headquarters
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Mason-Scharfenstein Museum of Art
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The Mason-Scharfenstein Museum of Art houses a permanent collection of primarily 19th and 20th-century American and European artwork, with a smaller gallery featuring a variety of exhibits by students, faculty, and invited artists.
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Demorest was founded in 1889 as a private endeavor of the Demorest Home, Mining & Improvement Company. It is named for William Jennings Demorest, an internationally known alcohol prohibition leader. A church bell honors his name and lifetime achievements. The city became a public entity in 1917.
Proudly, Demorest is home to Georgia's longest running Fourth of July festival and parade, Piedmont College, the Johnny Mize Athletic Center and Museum, the Mason-Scharfenstein Museum of Art, the Arrendale Amphitheatre, the Swanson Center for the Performing Arts and a welcoming, friendly citizenry of about 2,000.