City of Bainbridge
|Incorporated||December 22, 1829|
|Address||P.O. Box 158
Bainbridge, Georgia 39818
|Fax||(229) 248 2008|
The city of Bainbridge, the county seat of Decatur County, was incorporated on December 22, 1829. Bainbridge was named for Commodore William Bainbridge, commander of the U.S. Constitution, “Old Ironsides”.
The historic Decatur County courthouse was constructed in 1902 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Seminole State Park, in Bainbridge, is located on the banks of Lake Seminole. This 37,500-acre lake attracts sport fishing, deer and duck hunting. The park is home to the gopher tortoise, the only native tortoise in Georgia. Other area attractions include Cheney Griffin Park and Willis Park.
The River Town Days, held annually during the first weekend of May, is the largest history, music and amusement festival in the city. Bainbridge also hosts the Swine Time Festival and the Decatur Fall Festival and Fair.
Bainbridge is home to Bainbridge College, a unit of the University System of Georgia, with an estimated enrollment of over 2,000 students.
According to 2000 Census, the City of Bainbridge had a population of 11,722 persons. Between 1990 and 2000, the city experienced a population increase of 8.5%, compared to the state growth during this period of 26.4%.