Moultrie-- Let's take a little quiz and see if we can learn a few things about Colquitt County's history. Why don't we do it like Jeopardy?
This Spainish Explorer became the first non-Indian to see this area when he sailed up the Ochlocknee River in 1540.
Colquitt County was formed in 1856 from land taken from these two counties.
Moultrie was chartered in 1859 named after General William Moultrie, a hero from this war.
In the 1930's Colquitt County farmers hire the nation's first one of these.
The high school's sports teams' nickname comes from the first one of these built in Moultrie in 1914.
Many downtowns are struggling, but downtown Moultrieis thriving.It really isa prettyarea, without many empty buildings,and you do see people.
This is a place full of activity, and it took a good plan to make that happen. Business is good at Joanne Hancock's Moultrie antique store. "Every weekend, we get out of town people."
Same story down the street at Bob Herndon's antique mall. Bob-- "We just have a unique shopping experience for folks that want to come over and visit us."
A campaign promoting Moultrie as Southwest Georgia's Antique Capital is attracting a lot of visitors. Herndon's guest book is proof. Bob: "Just looking here, the Netherlands, Jackson, Tennessee."
But there's a lot more to downtown Moultrie than antiques. You can do anything from shopping to eating to going to college and living and of course working. In the last five years, the city, county, and private business owners spent $9-million sprucing up sidewalks and storefronts, renovating the courthouse, and building a new courthouse annex.
So the community as a whole has come together and made dowtown what it is today, a vibrant centerpiece of Moultrie and Colquitt County. Most everybody agrees that development money was well-spent.
Bob--"Wow, there's been such a rebirth of downtown over the last couple of years. It's really been amazing."
Southwest Georgia's Antique Capital, proving what's old really can be new again.
Amy Johnson mentioned you can really do everything downtown. 400 students go to college at ABAC on the Square. There several good local restaurants. And a few people live in loft apartments, and the old Colquitt Hotel is being renovated to create more residential lofts.