City of Fort Valley
Fort Valley is a quiet and peaceful, yet energetic and progressive city located near the geographical center of Georgia in growing Peach County. The city has a current estimated population is 9,721 as of 2012 by the Census Bureau. The city, established in 1856, is the county seat of Peach County.
Known as the Peach Capitol of the World for many years, Fort Valley still produces more than 50 percent of the state's peach crop. It is also the birthplace of and corporate home to the Blue Bird Corp., one of the nation's largest manufacturers of school and transit buses. The city is also home to Fort Valley State University and the American Camellia Society. Lane Southern Orchards operates a sprawling peach packing, retail facility and restaurant at the edge of town which has become a very popular tourist attraction.
With quiet tree-lined streets and dozens of beautiful historical homes, Fort Valley is a city in transition. Served by a dedicated mayor and city council, progressive and professional fire and police departments and an innovative city-owned utility service, the city is preparing itself for tremendous growth over the next few years.
Many of the city's downtown business properties have been remodeled and restored over the past several years and the city's movie theatre, abandoned and vacant for more than 30 years, is being renovated and restored into a showplace arts center for the community. The restortion project is nearly complete and the facility is already becoming a popular venue for special events. For more information visit the Fort Valley Mainstreet Website.
Fort Valley is also fortunate that three of its historical railroad buildings have been spared the wrecking ball. The old passenger station has been partially renovated and recently sold and the freight terminal and switching station remain basically unchanged from the day they were constructed by the old Central of Georgia Railroad around the turn of the last century.
For more information about Fort Valley, visit the city's official website at www.fortvalleyusa.com