Waynesboro is a city in Burke County, Georgia, United States. The population was 5,766 at the 2010 census. The city is the county seat of Burke County. It is part of the Augusta, Georgia metropolitan area.
Waynesboro is known as "The Bird Dog Capital of the World". The Waynesboro Commercial Historic District is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Waynesboro is located in Burke County, one of the eight original counties of Georgia. The city was named after General Anthony Wayne, whose daring efforts during the Revolutionary Warearned him the nickname "Mad Anthony Wayne".
Although the residents lived in the area before the Revolutionary War, the town was not laid out until 1783. The city was officially incorporated in 1883 as Waynesborough. The name was changed to Waynesboro sometime after.
President George Washington spent the night of May 17, 1791, in Waynesboro. There is a stone monument marking the historical location in front of the Golden Pantry (formerly Kwik Stop) on Liberty Street. Some claim that Washington owned land in Waynesboro. He had planned to develop it as a sugar plantation prior to his involvement with the American revolutionaries. He later sold it upon purchase of his Mount Vernon property in northern Virginia.
On December 4, 1864, the Civil War Battle of Waynesboro was fought just south of the town. Forces under Union General Judson Kilpatrick prevented troops led by Confederate GeneralJoseph Wheeler from interfering with Union General William T. Sherman's campaign to destroy a wide swath of the South on his march to Savannah, Georgia, and the Atlantic Ocean.
Downtown Waynesboro, within the historic district
|Nickname(s): "The Bird Dog Capital of the World"|
Location in Burke County and the state of Georgia
Waynesboro is located in the center of Burke County at (33.090482, -82.015404). U.S. Route 25 bypasses the city on the east side, while State Route 121passes through the center as Liberty Street. To the north it is 28 miles (45 km) to downtownAugusta, and to the south it is 49 miles (79 km) to Statesboro.
According to the United States Census Bureau, Waynesboro has a total area of 5.5 square miles (14.2 km2), of which 5.4 square miles (14.0 km2) is land and 0.039 square miles (0.1 km2), or 0.96%, is water. The city's elevation is 295 feet (90 m) above sea level. Pine, oak, dogwood, and other trees found in the South are in Waynesboro.
The Burke County Museum traces the area's history, from plantation life to the establishment of agribusiness.