The Milledgeville personal injury lawyers at the Mann Law Firm have, for over 50 years, helped individuals in Milledgeville, GA, whose lives have been affected by the negligent actions of others.
Along US 441, at a spot where the current of the Oconee River picks up speed, sits the home of “Capitals, Columns & Culture,” the grand Southern belle known affectionately to about 18,00 locals as “Milly.” The only city in the United States other than Washington, D.C., that was actually designed to be a capital city, Milledgeville was the state capital for more than 60 years and still serves the people in her capacity as the seat of Baldwin County. The strong civic past of this city is beautifully balanced by towering oaks, diverse architecture and a vibrant downtown.
Only 30 miles northeast from where we are based in Macon, the Mann Law Firm embraces and celebrates all sides of Milly. We value our one-on-one relationships with people across Middle Georgia and focus our work on individuals – not large corporations or big business. We live and work here, and we care about every corner of our community.
Located where the Upper Coastal Plain merges into the Piedmont and named in honor of Governor John Milledge, the city began as 500 acres divided into 84 four-acre squares. Ahead of their time, the planners also included four public squares of 20 acres each. Milledgeville served as the fourth capital of the Peach State, prospering during the cotton boom, seeing Georgia through the Civil War, and struggling when the capital was moved to Atlanta in 1868. The growth of agri-business helped the community survive. The Middle Georgia Military and Agricultural College (later Georgia Military College) was established in 1879 on Statehouse Square. Ten years later, the Georgia Normal and Industrial College (later Georgia College and State University) was founded. Today, a satellite campus of Central Georgia Technical College is located in Milledgeville.
The community that sprang up around the 1950s creation of Lake Sinclair is also woven into the city’s modern identity. Encompassing 15,300 acres and over 500 miles of shoreline, the lake welcomes visitors year-round for swimming, boating, picnicking, and camping. Fishing tournaments from club level to professional are common, especially for largemouth bass, crappie, hybrids, catfish, and striped bass. Another popular spot where residents and visitors join to enjoy the outdoors is the pristine Oconee River Greenway Park and Riverwalk. Open seven days a week from sunrise to sunset, the Greenway boasts walking trails, biking paths, fishing stations, and even fun for the family pet at an off-leash dog park.
Rose Hill, a Greek Revival-style home, holds court as the centerpiece of 50-acre Lockerly Arboretum and has gracefully hosted many private events of Milledgeville’s citizens. Founded in 1965, the Arboretum features shrubs, trees, herb beds, rhododendrons, a conifer collection, and bulb and perennial beds. The greenhouses are used for educational programs and will be expanded next year to include tropical plants. For those who aren’t nature enthusiasts, Milledgeville has a number of well-preserved examples of federal style architecture, a museum district, over 10 blocks of shops and restaurants, and the best way to see it all – aboard a historic trolley.
Milly has played hostess to some notable names through the years. Eminent American Revolutionary War hero the Marquis de Lafayette visited in 1825 to much fanfare, while classic comic actor Oliver Hardy lived there in his late teens. “The Father of the Two-Ocean Navy” and U.S. Congressman Carl Vinson lived, died, and was buried there, and influential Southern Gothic writer Flannery O’Connor returned to Milledgeville to live her remaining years on her beloved ancestral farm. Named “Andalusia” in 1946 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1980, that 544-acre farm offers free visitor admission for self-guided “walk-in” tours four days a week and hosts public events year-round, including the wildly popular Annual Bluegrass Festival every November.
There’s a lot to love about Milledgeville, including the fact that it is in the Guinness Book of World Records for being the only city in the world to require a train to stop at a red light! Whatever you do here, and however you enjoy the city, it’s our mission at the Mann Law Firm to help you do it safely and to protect your rights if someone has harmed you.
The next time you have a question about car accidents, bike accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, medical malpractice, nursing home negligence, premises liability, work injury, wrongful death or any personal injury, give us a call.