Sylvester is the county seat of Worth County, Georgia, United States. The population was 5,990 at the 2000 census. The city is thecounty seat and business center of Worth County and is claimed to be the Peanut Capital of the World due to its peanut production
Sylvester City Hall
|Nickname(s): “Peanut Capital of the World”|
|Motto: "Small Town. Big Heart."|
Location in Worth County and the state of Georgia
Sylvester started as a "beautiful nowhere" in 1893 and was first called "Isabella Station". When the Brunswick and Albany Railroad came through Southwest Georgia, the county seat was Isabella, which is located three miles north of the railroad. Slowly, however, the center of gravity for trade and commerce shifted south along the railroad. Two other towns, Poulan and Sumner, sprang up along the railroad in Worth county, but it was "Isabella Station" that grew and prospered the fastest. In 1894, the citizens voted to change the name to "Sylvester". In 1898, Sylvester voted to incorporate and then on December 21, 1898, the Georgia Legislature agreed to incorporate Sylvester as a city.
Sylvester is located at (31.531425, -83.836233).
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 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) of it (0.52%) is water.
The Peanut Festival is an annual festival held on the third weekend of October in T.C. Jeffords Park to celebrate the city's status as Peanut Capital of the World. The event is sponsored by the Sylvester/Worth Chamber of Commerce and ConAgra Foods, makers of Peter Pan peanut butter. Activities include one of the largest parades in the Southeast and a beauty pageant with up to 100 contestants. Craftsmen from all over the state come to Sylvester to showcase their creations at the festival and some live entertainment and carnival attractions are usually on hand as well.
The Worth County School District holds grades pre-school to grade twelve, that consists of two elementary schools, a middle school, and a high school. The district has 296 full-time teachers and over 4,354 students.