Only an hour's drive from Atlanta, Jefferson was designated the county seat of Jackson County on November 24, 1806. The city, named for President Thomas Jefferson, was the site of a previous Indian settlement named Thomoccoggan. The city was then incorporated as Jeffersonville. Later, the name was changed to Jeffersonton and finally shortened to its current name on June 30, 1824.
Main Street Jefferson hosts an array of community events throughout the year. The Crawford W. Long Museum highlights the life and medical career of Dr. Long, who was the first to use ether as anesthesia in 1842. The picturesque buildings in downtown house some great local shops and restaurants. Hurricane Shoals Park is a great family outdoor escape while Gresham Motorsports Park offers spectators state-of-the-art oval- track racing and entertainment. Another must see is the Shields Ethridge Heritage Farm, an outdoor agricultural museum.
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28 College Street
Jefferson, GA 30549
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Shields Ethridge Heritage Farm Digital Brochure
Welcome to the Shields-Ethridge heritage farm. Since 1799, this farm has remained agriculturally productive.
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