Barnesville is a city in Lamar County, Georgia, United States. The city is a part of the Atlanta Metropolitan Area. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 6,755. The city is the county seat of Lamar County.
Barnesville was once dubbed the "Buggy Capital of the World" as the town produced about 16,000 buggies a year around the turn of the century. Each year in the third week of September the town hosts an annualBuggy Days celebration.
Lamar County Courthouse in Barnesville, Georgia
|Nickname(s): Buggy Town|
Location in Lamar County and the state of Georgia
Barnesville was founded in 1826 and named for local tavern owner Gideon Barnes. In 1920, Barnesville was designated seat of the newly formed Lamar County.
Barnesville served as a major hospital site for wounded southern troops during the Civil War. Local families took wounded Soldiers into their homes and treated them with highly successful recovery rates. Major General William B. Bate, CSA of Hardees Corps wounded in Atlanta at Utoy Creek 10 August 1864 was treated here. Gen Bate after the war was elected Governor of Tennessee and served in the United States Senate until his death in 1912. He commented on his successful recovery as a result of the kindness of the local populace in Barnesville.
In the early morning hours of April 28, 2011, at 12:38 A.M. a tornado rated EF3 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale with 140 mph winds touched down in Pike County 4 miles south of Meansville, GA. The tornado went on to destroy several homes in Barnesville. Two deaths occurred in Barnesville along Grove Street. The tornado also destroyed aChevron gas station and a church in Barnesville. Three tractor trailiers were also blown off of Interstate 75 at approximately 1:02 A.M. This tornado was part of the April 25–28, 2011 tornado outbreak.
Barnesville is located at (33.053090, -84.156217).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.7 square miles (15 km2), of which, 5.7 square miles (15 km2) of it is land and 0.18% is water.
The Barnesville-Lamar County Chamber of Commerce hosts three annual festivals each year.