McRae is a city in Telfair County, Georgia, United States. As of the 2010 census it had a population of 5,740, up from 2,682 at the 2000 census, due largely to expansion of the city limits around the McRae Correctional Facility. The city is the county seat of Telfair County. McRae was incorporated March 3, 1874, and was named for a pioneering Scottish family. On January 1, 2015, McRae and the adjacent town of Helena merged to form McRae-Helena.
Location in Telfair County and the state of Georgia
McRae was founded in 1870 as station number eleven on the Macon and Brunswick Railroad. In 1871, the seat of Telfair County was transferred to McRae from Jacksonville. McRae was incorporated as a town in 1874 and as a city in 1902.
Located in downtown McRae is Liberty Square, home of a Statue of Liberty replica that is one-twelfth the original's actual size. There is also a copy of the Liberty Bell and a marble memorial to Telfair County residents who died in service.
On the outskirts of McRae is the Talmadge Home. This historic site was the home of two former Georgia governors,Eugene Talmadge and Herman Eugene Talmadge. McRae was also the birthplace of Marion B. Folsom (1893–1976), a longtime executive of the Eastman Kodak Company who served as the United States Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare during the Eisenhower administration.
Famous railfan photographer William B. Folsom is buried in McRae.
The Telfair County School District holds grades pre-school to grade twelve, that consists of one elementary school, a middle school, and a high school. The district has 112 full-time teachers and over 1,648 students.