Donalsonville is a city in Seminole County, Georgia, United States. The population was 2,796 at the 2000 census. The city is the county seat of Seminole County
Donalsonville City Hall
Location in Seminole County and the state of Georgia
Donalsonville was originally part of Decatur County. It is named after John Ernest Donalson (1846–1920), also known as Jonathan or John E. Donalson, a prominent businessman of the area. Donalson built the first lumber mill in Donalsonville, called Donalson Lumber Company. He also built homes and a commissary for the workers of the mill. The lumber company paved the way for the town's growth. Donalsonville was first chartered as a town in Georgia on December 8, 1897. When Seminole County, Georgia was formed in January 1920, Donalsonville was named as the county seat. By August 1922, the Town of Donalsonville became known as the City of Donalsonville, with the charter passing on August 19, 1922. The Seminole County Courthouse was erected in 1922 and is still standing today. The Courthouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. (Wolfe)
Donalsonville is located at (31.040887, -84.878382).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.0 square miles (10 km2), of which, 4.0 square miles (10 km2) of it is land and 0.25% is water. Geography. Donalsonville is 3.99 square miles (10.3 km2), with 0.01 square miles (0.026 km2) of that being water area, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The city is located just 20 minutes north of Lake Seminole, 60 miles (97 km) south of Albany, Georgia, and 35 miles (56 km) east of Dothan, Alabama. On the map, Donalsonville is located at 31.04 N Latitude and 84.88 W Longitude. (U.S. Census Bureau)
The Olive Theatre and the agricultural mural paintings set the cultural tone of the city. The Olive Theatre is in an old building downtown, which has been renovated and hosts the local talents. (Broome) The murals are present on a few of the downtown buildings and depict the main industry in the county. The other main attraction of the city is the Donalsonville Country Club, which is the hangout for many local golfers. The Harvest Festival is a vast part of Donalsonville’s culture. The festival that is hosted each October supports the local industry of agriculture. There are other attractions, including the Christmas Tour of Homes and the PRCA Rodeo, that are held in Donalsonville.
The Seminole County School District holds grades pre-school to grade twelve, that consists of one elementary school, a middle-high school. The district has 120 full-time teachers and over 1,754 students.