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I would like to begin the introduction to these eight things with a very short story. That I now live happily in Forsyth, Georgia is a pure accident. Let me explain. After living in Decatur, Georgia since 1973, there came a time when the street where we lived had over eighty-thousand cars passing by per day. The city planners were talking about widening the road and taking their eighteen or so feet out of our front yard. Obviously, it was time to sell. I went to Home Depot and bought a "For Sale by Owner" sign and stuck it in the ground. As I was hitting it the last few licks a car stopped and made an appointment for that evening. We sold the house that night. I just had been to California looking at retirement properties. We had to act and act we did. We moved into a little mill house we inherited from my wife's Mom that we had been unable to sell. We are still there nine years later and loving it!
One—People and Essential Services
The people in Forsyth, Georgia are very friendly. The town is located in the Monroe County seat. It is half-way between Atlanta and Macon. During my wife's parent's life here, Forsyth was a mill town. Now it is simply a town of around five-thousand people who manage to live longer lives than most. The city is traffic free. We have wonderful essential services. The fire department, the utility's people and all of the various help agencies are all at arms length. We have our own small Monroe County Hospital with a fifty bed capacity
Two---Cost-of-Living and Miscellaneous Facts
The demographics are simple. It costs about thirty-percent less to live here than the rest of the U.S.A. More people own houses here than rent. The average family income was around thirty-two thousand per annum. The average rent is five-hundred twenty-five dollars a month. Monroe County counts the population at around twenty-five thousand.
Three---Business and Industry
Plant Shearer is a Georgia Power company which generates electricity from coal and contributes greatly to the tax base. The old Tift College campus has been purchased buy the State of Georgia and is in the final stages of a fifty-million dollar renovation which will be the headquarters for Georgia Department of Correction's administrative offices. Another sizable employer is the Georgia Department of Safety Training Center for law enforcement, the department of transportation, and the department of motor vehicles. There are twelve manufacturing companies in the county. Of the six surrounding counties, Monroe County has the highest percentage employed by local industry.
Four---Dining and Shopping
Shopping is all very close by for everyday groceries, drug stores, small shops and a nice assortment of fast-food restaurants mixed with dining establishments. We count the Grits Café, an upscale white-table cloth restaurant, as the best around. Residents from thirty to forty miles away come to enjoy the delicacies of this fine dining experience. Atlanta and Macon are easily accessible for more exotic shopping and eating out experiences. Everything you need is here in Forsyth; but it is the many frivolous wants and some cheaper prices that will compel you to escape to parts yonder for shopping adventure. Our gas stations have a conspiracy on gas prices; they all sell it for the same price . . .ummm? Additionally, the city has a small Wal-Mart which will be razed when the new Super Wal-Mart is completed in 2009. And, for the outdoor sportsmen we have a new super Bass Pro Shop less than a ten mile trip down I-75 south. (Travel – Atlanta, one hour; Macon – one-half hour)
Five---Schools and Churches
Public Schools are some of the best in the State and there is also one private high-school, Monroe Academy, with an excellent reputation. Being in the Bible belt the city finds itself with almost a full page of church listings; you can take your pick. Except if you are a Catholic like my wife and I are, the closest church is twenty-six miles. We chose Saint Joseph's Catholic Church in Macon. This church was built by the Jesuits in 1873. It was originally to be a basilica but the Bishop had other plans and Savannah won the day. The church is by far one of the most beautiful churches we have ever seen in all of our world travels. It is worth stopping for Mass to see and enjoy it.
Six---Recreation and Entertainment
There is a wonderful array of outdoor and indoor facilities to occupy ones free time. Including a great library, an eighteen hole golf course, Forsyth Country Club, a free gymnasium with the latest exercise equipment, a very active little theater group loaded with talent called, The Back-Lot Players who perform in the newly renovated Rose Theater. For the fishermen we have many lakes and the Okmulgee River where you can catch your limit real close to home.
Seven---Special Events and Occasions
Of special note is the fact that the movie, Fried Green Tomatoes, was filmed a short piece across the bridge going east in Juliette. Recently, Oprah Winfrey did her TV Show, "My Favorite Things," in Macon and was scheduled for a whistle stop in Juliette but it didn't happen to everyone's disappointment.
Eight---History, Geography and Culture
The city was established in 1813, and is probably the best kept secret in Georgia, since it is now close to being a bedroom community to the city of Atlanta. It has an Historical Complex Museum, and an Art Gallery all right downtown in walking distance to the City Hall and the County Courthouse picture here. I-75 runs directly through the city connecting the Piedmont corridoor with Florida. All of you snow birds probably know it well.